“Things turnout best for people who make the best out of the way things turnout” – author unknown
Motivational slogans have been part of my life for a very long time. They keep me going and just when I think I have reached the end of myself, the following slogan reminds me that things are still ok;
“Eat a live frog, every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you all day”
Isn’t it amazing, we tend to live this dream of which even we are not sure what the next sunrise may bring. Life has this way of exposing glimpses of the future that motivates us to take the next step. For some this might be strange or not true, but I strongly believe that if we keep focusing forward and are attentive to the things happening around us, we might be surprised of what we will discover.
We look at people around us and often admire them. We say that if we could just be like them things would be different. We often dream of meeting selected people in our endeavour to know them better, yet the opposite is also true. I often say to our students that seeing me standing here in front of you, hearing me speak and knowing my name, does not mean that you know me. Yes, you know something of me, but me, you do not know. Only I know myself!
What is it then, that when we admire people, we are attracted to them? Is it their personality, their fame, their belongings or is it something much deeper? As reflected in the opening slogan, personality has its way to open doors, but character is the key ingredient in keeping those doors open.
In 2 Peter 1:5 – 8, we learn that we daily need to add to our “faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love”. These are all elements of character that we need to cultivate in our lives on a daily basis. They do not come from self, they can not be bought, and you can’t get them by going to a university or to study a specific theoretical training course. Character gets developed through experience, going through difficult times, making the best out of the way things turnout. It’s a daily decision that needs to be made. The amazing part however is that the scripture continues in saying that “if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Wow! The Lord does not expect us to be perfect; we should only have an attitude of continuous growth in our understanding of who He is.
As we exercise goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love to those around us, we will discover the goodness of God and His plan for our lives.
I often hear people saying that they are waiting on the Lord for His plan for their life, whereas the word of God is full of instructions and guidelines on how we are to be sensitive and alert to what He is doing and join in with that. Many young people today are doing nothing, because they are waiting. Waiting for what, I ask? The authority and unify power that God has installed in every generation, has the power to change this world, yet the devil continue to prevent this authority to manifest by keeping Gods people passive.
As Christian believers we need to be reminded that God has already given us everything. It is our responsibility to take up this inheritance and exercise the authority given to us through His cross and resurrection. The battle has been won, and we have to forget about who we were before we met Him. Our past has been dealt with and so rightly it is expressed, once again in a slogan, “Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse, but treat a man as if he already is what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” The Lord does not see us the way we were, or are, but He view as for what we should be.
As a person I strongly sense that the Lord is raising up an army of young people; thousands of soldiers in God’s army. Young men and women trained as warriors in His battle and they are wild at heart; History-makers. The army is disciplined. This new generation is obedient. Who can stop them? Can failure succeed? Can fear scare them or Death kill them? Whatever it takes they will give: Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide, laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs, laughing at labels, fasting essentials. The advertisers cannot mould them. Hollywood cannot hold them. Peer pressure is powerless. This is an army that will lay down its life for the cause. They shake foundations; they allow revolutionaries to dream again, they pray as if it all depends on God and live as if it all depends on them. They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations and they need no passport, for they carry the ultimate passport in their hearts; the message of the new generation. They walk tall and trees applaud, skyscrapers bow, mountains are dwarfed by these children of another dimension.
“We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not in some of us – it’s in everyone. So why are we stuck on the thought that we are the leaders of tomorrow? Why not the leaders of today? Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate; our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
The world is undoubtedly shaking like never before. Everywhere you look the evidence of shaking is near. God has given us a calling for our time and for the time to come. The great changes that the world is undergoing will require a believing, creative and professional generation who realize that their strength in Christ is real and that it is not just religious jargon. Jesus often spoke of changing the world. Not in terms of military force or political intrigue, but by changing people. We are all called of God. Called to Christ, called to worship and serve Him, called to walk worthy of our calling in Him, called to obey the biblical creation mandate, called to share Christ with others. The purpose of missions however, is not to fulfill the Great Commission. Rather, it is to increase the number of people on earth who worship the one true and living God with reverence and awe, giving Him the glory He deserves. It is to raise up a generation of fathering believers who inspire, worship and practically exercise the passion to serve Christ in a risky venture larger than this life.