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THE GRACE TO OVERTAKE

 

When a year comes to an end and we get ready to begin a new year, it is a time for reflection. This reflection might be based on the successes and failures of the past year or an entire life time. For some, the conclusion is overwhelmingly positive while for others, there is really nothing to write home about. Some people feel like just throwing the towel, pulling up a white flag and quitting the fight. They have toiled but their efforts seem to be in vain.

No effort is ever in vain; even your mistakes and failures are a lesson to the future generation. Remember Thomas Edison.

For me, the past year has not been an easy one. I have walked down the same road most of you have trodden. There have been moments of joy but also times of great distress. I have cried and I have laughed. Sometimes, I have had to give my shoulders for others to cry on but at other times, I badly needed someone to offer me theirs. I gave encouraging words to people on some days but on others I did not feel like getting out of bed myself. But in all this I kept my eyes focused on God who gives life to the dead and calls those things that are not as if they were (Romans 4:17). Then I remember that I have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Even if I do not yet see them, I have God’s word that it shall come to pass.  I am alive and I have Jesus on my side: I still have all my chances.

In God’s kingdom, overtaking is permitted for those who are smart enough to take it by force. I might be the last in the race, but don’t give up on me yet because the race is not yet over. All I need is the grace for speed and acceleration. (Remember Perez-Genesis 38:29). I can still pursue, overtake and recover all that I have lost or failed to achieve provided I encourage myself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6, 8).

As we look forward to the unfolding of this year 2014, let us look forward to greater achievements in the future. And if we must look back, it should not be with regret but to gather momentum because we have on us an exceeding grace for acceleration, speed and overtaking.

 

 

 

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MEDIOCRITY: ENEMY OF YOUR PROGRESS

 

Many people never achieve their goals in life because they have consciously or unconsciously chosen to be mediocre. They wonder why they never seem to excel like X or Y. They have not realized that the set of values by which they live is a set up for mediocrity and consequently a sub-standard life.

HOW DOES MEDIOCRITY MANIFEST?

  • When you lack the desire and determination to pursue excellence and the higher things in life.
  • When you get satisfaction from a sub-standard quality of life.
  • When you are unwilling to pay the price and go for a better alternative even when it is possible to do so.
  • When you are stuck in the rut of your weaknesses and will not challenge limitations and obstacles on your way.

When you do not believe that God is whom He says He is, that He can do what He says He can do, when you do not believe in yourself as a well of potential created by God you will live a life that is below expectations. Low self-esteem is usually a result of ignorance about who you are and what you have in Christ. When Jesus came on the scene, He knew exactly who He was so no amount of negative appellations and criticism could put Him down.

When you look at creation you will see a Creator who loves quality. You        are created in His image, so that quality is innate in you.

  • Get to know the Word of God and what He says about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully created (Psalms 139:14). You are a chosen generation (I Peter 2:9).
  • You deserve the best things in life. You are blessed because you are of the household of faith. (Galatians 3:7-9).
  • Make up your mind to be the best, to go for excellence in everything you do. You can do it (Philippians 4:13).

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