Your Time Will Come

Growing up in Africa, I remember taking the bus to nursery (kindergarten) school. Parents and guardians would walk their kids to the bus station every morning. For several months, “everyone” i.e nursery (kindergarten) and primary (grade) school students rode in the same bus. The bus was an old Toyota Coaster (80’s generation) and it had a distinctive sound when it pulled up to the bus stop. It was usually packed but we enjoyed the ride regardless. We had the same driver for those months, he was a nice man with tribal marks on his face, we called him “uncle.”

However one day after waiting for several minutes, we realized that our bus was running uncharacteristically late. Usually, we would hear the sound of the bus as it approached us,  but on this day, we did not hear anything.

Suddenly, we saw a white Toyota Coaster approaching us, it did not have the “noisy distinctive” sound as our previous bus did. IT WAS A NEW BUS!!!!

Excitement filled the air as we screamed and rushed into the bus before it stopped completely (This would not be acceptable these days). I was able to get into the bus and secure my seat. To my surprise, I  noticed that “uncle” wasn’t driving, the new bus came with a new driver as well. He took one look at me and with a stern face said, ” This is not your bus, you have to come down at once.”

“What?” not my bus? it turns out that due to the overcrowding, they had to separate students in primary (grade) school from those of us in nursery (kindergarten) school. You see, where I grew up, we wore uniforms to schools and the driver was able to know my academic level because of the color of my uniform.

I have to confess that this decision devastated my peers and I.  I cried seriously but eventually had to leave the bus. It was so painful to me because this was my last year in kindergarten (nursery school), it just wasn’t my time. Not quite long after, our old bus pulled up and drove us to school.  A year later after I graduated from Kindergarten, I got my chance to ride a newer bus.

The message I am trying to pass across, is that “Time, has time for everyone.” Your time will come , in fact your time has come.  God makes everything beautiful in His time. Sometimes our impatience with were we are, prevents us from enjoying God’s process for promotion.

I like what King David said in Psalm 27:13-14

[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. [AMP].

David was overlooked and passed over as a boy by his family and he knew what it felt like. He knew the sting of disappointment but he also knew the faithfulness of God and simply refused to doubt God’s ability to come through for him.

Friends, regardless of the disappointments, the pain of being overlooked or the anguish of delay, resolve like David did to trust and wait on God. God never overlooks His children, we are the ones that overlooks His timing. Your Time will come.

God bless.

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Stand Your Ground!!!

One of the greatest lessons my father thought me is to respect everyone but fear no one. Somehow that little lecture he gave me as a small boy always remained with me. Every time I faced opposition from people or situations, I would remember my father’s voice echoing in the chambers of my mind.

“Don’t be afraid of anyone, you hear!!” he would say. Those words would energize me as I confronted bullies, oppositions and my greatest fears. I wish I could tell you I came out of those situations  unscathed or that I never experienced fear again but all the same, I could always rely on the confidence from those words in times when I wanted to give up.

Everyday many of us go through life battered and bullied. If we are not bullied, tempted or battered by external sources like loved ones, employers or friends, then it will be from internal sources mostly within our minds (the most dangerous source). Many times, when we face temptations, oppositions and fears, we get intimidated. Our knees buckle and then we fall like a pack of cards.

Ephesians 6:13-14 says,

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, …..”

God through Apostle Paul is encouraging us to fight back, don’t tuck your tail in between your legs and cave in.  We can fight back by rejecting those internal thoughts of fear that bombard our minds, we can look away from that tempting situation. Yes we can!!! Don’t allow life and fears to bully you today, God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).

Put on the armor God has given you and take a stand against the enemy today. Hear God, like I heard my father say “Stand your ground child, I am on your side, you can’t fail and don’t be afraid of anyone.” God bless.

Have Faith!!!

The book of Hebrews defines “Faith” as the “evidence of things we hope for and the assurance about things that we do not see (Heb 11:1).  Dictionary.com defines the word “Assurance” as a “Positive declaration intended to give confidence.”

Faith comes when we receive and accept God’s declaration of victory, provision, salvation, protection and promotion on our lives, which creates a confidence and a patience to act. This confidence also make us assured that the things we have a strong expectation for (Hope for) will come to pass.

Some people say that Faith is the sixth sense, it is what will get you to receive things that many have said is impossible. We please God when we live by faith (Heb 10:38) and we are able to “climb mountains,””tame dragons” and “conquer problems.”

Friends your victory is in your faith.

1 John 5:4 says “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Fill your mind with Gods declaration of victory over you, remember He said that He has made you the head and not the tail, remember He is your Shepherd and has supplied all your needs, remember He is the source of wisdom and grace. Lay hold of His promises and let it begin to produce that inner assurance of victory. God loves you and He is rooting for you to win. Just have faith today and watch all your hopes come alive. There is always something to thank God for so focus on that. God bless

Room For Improvement

One of the most humbling and yet encouraging realities of life is that there is always room for improvement. Regardless of how far you have come or how discouraged you are about your situation, there is always something you can do improve the situation.

In other words, you are yet to see the best of you or that situation. You might say ” I am a terrible father, mother, wife, friend, employer or employee, I don’t think there is much I can do the change that.” You might even feel stuck in a particular situation but don’t give up, there is always something you can add, there is a step you can take, there is always room for improvement.

2 Peter 2:5-9 says,

 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” (KJV)

The bible urges us to make the effort to “add” to our faith goodness or as some translations would say “excellence,” to our faith. We ought not to be satisfied with the level that we are in, we must keep pressing on. Verse 8 says that if we have these qualities in “increasing” measure, we will be productive and not ineffective. To avoid being ineffective and unproductive in whatever we do, we have to find ways to improve ourselves and resist the plans of the enemy  to keep us stagnant.

Friends resist the urge to beat yourself up, resist the impression in your mind that you can never rise above the level that you are in now. Add excellence to your faith, seek ways to improve yourself, go to school if need be, read some more books on the issue, take some steps towards the goal. Always check your situation and find ways to improve.

You can be that excellent parent, you can be that excellent boss, you can be that excellent friend, you can be that excellent minister, you can be that excellent sibling. You can be all that God wants you to be. All you have to do is thank God for where you are but most especially thank Him for where He is taking you to.

As longs as you are alive, there will always be hope and lots of room for improvement, so don’t give up on you because still believes in you.

God bless.

Don’t Give Up!!!

Have you been in a situation that just made you want to quit? Perhaps you are working a job that seems too stressful, in a marriage or ministry that is over bearing, started a business that just doesn’t seem to take off and you are wondering what to do next.

You look for answers but nothing seems to show up, you  have reached your wit’s end and the only logical conclusion is for you to “close shop” and quit. You are thinking of throwing in the towel, you are about to give up on that marriage, you are getting ready to throw caution to the wind and give up on yourself.

Friends, be encouraged, “Don’t Give Up!!!” I think it will be somewhat of a consolation to know that you are not alone. We all go through times when we want to give up but we must remind ourselves that God who loves us is with us and can help us in times of trouble or indecision.

There is a story in the bible that intrigues me every time I read it. It is the story about a time King David faced a tumultuous situation. David and his men had just returned home to find out that their wives and children had been taken captive by the enemy. (1 Sam 30:3-19). The bible tells us that David and his men wept until they had no more strength in them (1 Sam 30:4), in other words, they simply gave up on recovering their possessions as well as their families.

However, something happened to David, He suddenly realized who was in his corner. He realized that he served a God that was bigger than the situation he was facing. He realized that a confirmation from God was all the motivation he needed to move ahead and after a long period of crying, the bible says “….But David encouraged himself in the Lord”(1 Sam 3:6). It is interesting that the bible doesn’t say that “David encouraged himself,” it says “David encouraged himself in the Lord,” which is a big difference.

When we try in our strength to motivate ourselves, relying on our physical abilities or talents to get us over the hump, we fail miserably. Our trust should be on God in moments when we want to quit. Only God can get us over the hump and when we encourage ourselves based on what God has said to us and who He is then we sure will succeed. David did this and sought after God’s guidance regarding the situation.  He would later recover everything that taken away from him and his men.

I don’t know you are working on or what it is that is making you quit but please be encouraged not to give up. Don’t give on what God is doing in your marriage, don’t give up on that child that is misbehaving, don’t give up on that dream, ministry or project and most especially don’t give up on yourself because God has not given up on you.

So take a step, take sides with what God is saying about you even if you can’t see it manifesting and remember 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which says

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

God bless you.