“Success is easier than failure.” “Winning is better than losing”.But everyone has the option to live on whatever layer of life’s pyramid they choose. You have to choose to stay down or climb to the top. At the top the view is better, and the crowd is smaller. But it’s easier to settle for the lower levels, because to some people they just want to get in step with their peers, some just don’t know how to succeed, they want to be accepted. They choose to follow the follower, conforming to one another. Belonging is all that is important to these people.
But this is the trap that gets practically everybody, and most people end their lives in it. They live their lives playing to the crowd, especially the wrong one, trying to be one of the boys. The most important thing to them is to be liked they have…
In his book, “The 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History”, Bud Greenspan shared the following true story; On an October evening in 1968, a group of die-hard spectators remained in the Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium to see the last finishers of the Olympic Marathon.
More than an hour before, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia had won the race to the exuberant cheers of onlookers. But as the crowd watched and waited for the last participants, it was getting cool and dark. It looked as if the last runners were finished, so the remaining spectators were breaking up and leaving when they heard the sounds of sirens and police whistles coming from the marathon gate into the stadium.
And as everyone watched, one last runner made his way into the track for the last lap of the forty kilometre race. It was John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania. As he ran the 400-metre circuit, people could see that his leg was bandaged and bleeding. He had fallen and injured it during the race, but it hadn’t let it stop him. The people in the stadium rose and applauded until he reached the finish line.
As he hobbled away, he was asked why he had not quit, injured as he was and having no chance of winning a medal. He answered, “My country did not send me to Mexico City to start the race. They sent me to finish the race.” Continue reading Keep That Resolution→
Let me share this story with you: “A Canadian bird decided that it was too much trouble to fly south for the winter. He said to himself, “I can brave a winter. A lot of other animals do it. It just can’t be that hard.” So as all the other birds flocked away toward sunny South America, he stayed behind and waited for winter.
By the end of November, he was having serious second thoughts. He had never been so cold, and he couldn’t find any food. Finally he broke down and realized that if he didn’t get out of there soon, he wasn’t going to make it. So he started flying south all by himself.
After a while it began to rain. And before he knew it, the water was turning to ice on his wings. Struggling, he recognized that he couldn’t fly any longer. He knew he was going to die, so he glided down and made his last landing, crashing to the ground in a barnyard.
As he lay there stunned, a cow came by, stepped over him, and dropped a plop right on him. He was totally disgusted. Here I am, he thought, freezing to death. I am about to die. I am on my last breath, and then this! What an awful way to go.
So then the bird held his breath and prepared himself to die. But after about two minutes, he discovered that a miracle was happening: He was warming up. The ice on his wings was melting. His muscles were thawing out. His blood was flowing again. He realized that he was going to make it after all. He got so excited and happy that he began to sing a glorious song. Continue reading Stay On Your Goals→
My child, I have a message for you today. Let me whisper it in your ear so any storm clouds that may arise will shine with glory, and the rough places you may have to walk will be made smooth. It is only four words, but let them sink into your inner being, and use them as a pillow to rest your weary head.“This is my doing.”
Have you ever realized that whatever concerns you concerns Me too? “For whoever touches you touches the apple of [my] eye”(Zech.2:8).“You are precious and honored in my sight” (Isa. 43:4).Therefore it is My special delight to teach you.
I want you to learn when temptations attack you, and the enemy comes in “like a pent-up ﬂood” (Isa.59:19),that “this is my doing” and that your weakness needs My strength, and your safety lies in letting Me ﬁght for you.
Are you in difﬁcult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, never ask your opinion, and always push you aside? “This is my doing.” I am the God of circumstances. You did not come to this place by accident—you are exactly where I meant for you to be.
Have you not asked Me to make you humble? Then see that I have placed you in the perfect school where this lesson is taught. Your circumstances and the people around you are only being used to accomplish My will. Continue reading A Message Of Hope→
Most Christians are familiar with the story of David. Many times when we talk about David, we only remember his exploits over “Goliath.” Not many remember the fact that he had killed a lion and bear prior to that. Maybe because that aspect of his life wasn’t dramatically expressed like his triumph over Goliath.
But you see, the lion and the bear that attacked David’s flocks were wonderful opportunities for him. Have we ever thought of what would have happened had David faltered and failed in killing both animals? I believe that if he had failed, he would have missed God’s opportunity for him, and may never have fulfilled his purpose on earth.
Nobody would think of a lion and a bear, some of the planet’s most deadly animals as a special blessing or an opportunity, yet they were an opportunity in disguise for David. That’s why I strongly believe that every adversity, every difficulty, every trial that comes our way, if we view it correctly, is an opportunity for us. Continue reading Gold Wrapped in Dirt→
I thought I should share this with you today: God often seems to place His children in places of deep difﬁculty, leading them into a corner from which there is no escape. He creates situations that human judgment, even if consulted, would never allow. Yet the cloudiness of the circumstance itself is used by Him to guide us to the other side. Perhaps this is where you ﬁnd yourself even now.
Your situation is ﬁlled with uncertainty and is very serious, but it is perfectly right. The reason behind it will more than justify Him who brought you here, for it is a platform from which God will display His almighty grace and power.
He not only will deliver you but in doing so will impart a lesson that you will never forget. And in days to come, you will return to the truth of it through singing. You will be unable to ever thank God enough for doing exactly what He has done.
As I listened to Olivia Newton-John’s song “Let go and let God” on my music player, I just could not help but think of the people out there who are still struggling with the pains of a loss of a loved one, divorce, broken relationship, loss of job or business, etc.
Or maybe yours is not loss, maybe you are struggling to hang on to something that is not working anymore, maybe your relationship is becoming frustrating by the day, your job is no longer fulfilling, your kids are not doing well, or something else.
Life may seem to be cruel sometimes, especially when the waves of life tosses us about, and leaves us with little or nothing to hold on to, in these moments most people just do not know how to handle life anymore. They get stuck in the past whining and complaining about these circumstances, and refusing…
Earlier today, I was sitting with my buddy, and together we were sharing our past experiences. And funnily, we were both laughing at those experiences. I remember telling him if he could still remember those days when we had car that will fail us in the middle of the road, and how we would have to push it amidst the curses of other road users. Back then I used to be ashamed of myself and the car.
There were also instances when ladies won’t go out with me because I didn’t look like much. There had been times when some of my other siblings and I slept in the living room floor, because the only other room was crammed. As I recounted these and many other negative experiences I have had, instead of feeling sad, frustrated and angry as I used to feel those days, I found them funny, and had a good laugh.
There are some of us going through rough patches in our lives right now. Maybe you are struggling with your kids school; your marriage is being threatened; you are heavy in debts, or practically struggling in life.
In my life I have come to discover that some of the most difficult challenges I face, the decisions with the most risk I have to take—those things that I would rather not do, that will take the most effort, cause the most pain, and be the greatest struggle—bring a blessing with it. And every time I refuse to do them, I miss the blessing.
Some of us have been called to walk difficult paths in life, we have been given challenging callings and life missions. Many of us have been labelled “Useless”, “Joker”, “Unserious”, “Air- castle builders” and many other names. Folks when God calls you into challenging, unpopular, even laughable life missions and purposes, He often prepares unquestionable, and undeniable blessings for you in the end. But these blessings you will never receive unless you travel the steep, risky, crazy, thorny paths of life.