Who gets the credit for your successes, God or man? 

It’s easy to praise God when all is rosy and dandy. I mean when everything falls into place just the way we want, thanking God for the favor and blessings shouldn’t be difficult. However, it is. When the blessings flow in our lives we forget the One from Whom it comes.

Most of us find it hard to recognize God’s grace when our plans go according to our desires. At that juncture we become demi-gods, attributing to ourself the credit of such  good fortunes. We say we made it to where we are because of our hardworks, choices and persistence. Are you sure God didn’t line up the happenings in our lives to get us where we are? 

On the other hand we are quick to question God when we encounter setbacks, demanding to know why He allowed misfortune to befall us. Verily, I tell you that we scheme our own misfortunes and not God. Bad things happens to us not because God allows it but because of His redemptive plans for us. It is therefore in our own good at such a time when we are in dire straits.

Failure to recognize our mortality and the truth that God has given us the free will: power to make our own choices and that some of these choices lead us into misfortune, we would never understand God’s love for us.

Your foundation as a Christian is really tested when you are hit on all sides by adversity. It is during the hard times in your life that you can look in the mirror and call yourself a christian. You see, being a follower of Jesus Christ doesn’t mean you won’t get sick, or lose your job or even still be accused falsely. It doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes or lose your way. It doesn’t mean the enemy won’t overcome you sometimes. It simply means God will be with you till the very end. He would never forsake you so long as you don’t reneged on your faith in Him.

We should always be thankful to God for whatever situation we find ourselves in. For no matter what we have as needs, somebody somewhere have greater needs. For the mere fact that you’re alive to express your displeasure to God for the deplorable conditions you think you’re in is reason enough to be thankful.

And who says that God doesn’t know what you’re going through?  Is God no more omnipresent and omnipotent?  Why then are you troubled? Can you tell what will happen the next hour, day, month or the year ahead? So why are you therefore troubled, didn’t God say in Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think about you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”

Just trust in Him and be humble He will see you through as He did for Joseph. Love God with all your heart at all times, especially when you feel you don’t have a reason to. God loves you.

Shalom.

Weakning my fears by staying positive all the time.

A young lad I’m mentoring called me early one morning before his last terminal exams paper and questioned me about having fears. This is the conversation that ensued between us.

Patrick: Hi bro Steve, what’s up ? 

Me: Good morning Pato I’m good, how are you? 

Patrick:  I’m fine just that I have some questions bothering me that I hope you can help me clear up.

Me: I see. Okay go ahead and ask

Patrick: Do you sometimes experience fear? 

Me: Lol yea. In fact I do most of the time

Patrick: Really? 

Me: Yea. Now tell me why the thought of having fears is eating you up ? 

Patrick: Hmmm. I’m afraid not to live up to expectation. Tomorrow is our last paper for the term and looking back I think I haven’t really giving out the best of me during this examination and I’m afraid this term results may not be what I usually get.

Me: Hmmm. 

Listen, from my personal experience I’ll tell you that it is normal to have fears. Fears actually helps to put things in perspective for you. Most of the times when I experience fears, it tells me I need to rethink my outlook about life and work on me to become better.

You see the thing about fear is that it is a constant reminder that we are mere mortals and not the super hero we sedate ourselves to believe we are. When I am experiencing fear it tells me my relationship with God and people isn’t alright or there’s a faulty ideology that I’m holding on to. 

As for me fear helps me to work on me to become a better me. It gives me that window for internal inspection. Fears guides me to realign my life with the originator of my life. I do fear but rather than let my fears cripple me into inaction it becomes the fuel that drive my good intentions.

Fear motivates me to be good, honest and kind others. It drives me to accept challenges admitting to myself that I may not succeed but wouldn’t know this if I don’t try.

Patrick: Wow, that is a tall order. Thanks so much bro. I’ll ponder over this hopefully it show me the way to work around my own fears.

Me: Okay. That’s a start. But remember everyone experiences fears one way or the other. Some people are just good at handling their fears than others. It’s up to you to decide where you want to belong.

Patrick: Great. I will think about it. Thanks

Me: You’re welcome. All the best in your final paper.

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