No matter what it is you are going through; a divorce, breakup, loss of job, sickness, business failure, delays, lack of education, poverty, etc, you can reach into that pain or challenge and pick out the lessons. Your life may not look pretty at the moment, but it is exactly what you need to learn for you to grow into the person you have been destined to become.
If you have suffered more than your fair share of difficulties in life, perhaps you are being prepared to serve some greater purpose that will require you to be equipped with the wisdom you have acquired through your trials. Difficulties call out great qualities and make greatness possible. “When God wants to educate a man, he does not send them to school to the graces, but to the necessities.”
“Everyone wants to be good but not many people are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes to become great.”
One thing I have discovered today is most people want to succeed, they want the good life but they don’t want the process. Maybe it’s because we live in a society where instant foods and products are being sold, most of us now think we can have instant success.
Guys forget what the media is selling to you daily, there isn’t any overnight or instant success out there. If you want to achieve success at anything or field in your life you need to understand that it is going to involve loads of work and it is going to take awhile.
The old saying nothing good comes easy is very through as you will have to work and push your way through. But this is what stops most people; we don’t want to be uncomfortable. We don’t want our makeup ruined; we don’t want to get dirty. We want a quick and stress-free path to success and unfortunately there is none. Folks don’t get me wrong I too would love to have an easy way and I’d love to skip over the hard process and stuff but it just doesn’t work that way. Continue reading Success is The Result of A Process
One question for you, who is your source? The source of a stream or river determines whether it ever runs dry or it flows continuously all year long. In life we all need to have a source, and I have discovered that the only sure source you can rely on is God.
If God is the source of our joy, joy will never fail us. If He is the source of our love, love will never fail us. If He is the source of our strength, strength will never fail us. If He is the source of our mercies, mercy will never fail us. If He is the source of our success, success will never fail us. No challenges, adversity, trials, or sickness can knock out the person who has made God his/her source. http://www.facebook.com/vinegoro
It was said of Abraham Lincoln that when his mother was about to die, and he was by her sick bed she said to him “Be somebody Abe” and Abraham Lincoln took those words to heart. Little wonder he strived all his life and never gave up in spite of the number of times he tried and failed until he became somebody.
Many of us today need to be told those same words because we have settled into being “nobodies”. Or in the words of Zig Ziglar we have become wondering generalities. God created you to make impact, to become somebody in this world. He never intended anyone to be and die in mediocrity. It is time for us to do an inner inspection of our gifts, talents, skills, abilities given to us by God that we have allowed to become dormant.
Take a look at your life are you living at your best? Is the person you are right now, the best you could have been given the amount of investment made on you by God? Are the results you are producing now the best you could have produced given your talents and creativity? Continue reading Be Somebody!
A friend shared a story about the oak tree and the wind with me recently, and it has so many life lessons we all can learn from so I have decided to share with you also; A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, Mister Oak?” The oak tree said, “I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger and stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, they are the very deepest part of me. Until today, I was not sure, of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m so much stronger than I ever knew!” Continue reading Don’t Let Life Break You
Some years ago when I just left the University and was still job hunting, I used to feel very frustrated and sad about the slow pace of my life; I didn’t have a job yet, I was still living with my parents and I was far away from most of my goals. This feeling always becomes worse when I meet an old school mate or someone I knew back then who is doing better than me.
As I grew closer to God and devoted my life to reading more, I realized that there isn’t any need to compare my lie with others, as most times it leads to anger, envy or depression which will inhibit our own growth. I also discover that in life we must not all begin our journey at the same time and it is irrelevant if others have left you behind as long as you are focused on where you are going.
Are you going through this phase in your life? Are you constantly measuring your success with that of others? Or is someone close to you always comparing you with other people and making you feel like you are not doing much in your life. My friend if that is the case with you, I want you to remember these words from the scripture spoken by the wisest man that ever lived; “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. But time and chance happened to them all.” Continue reading Life isn’t a Competition
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, Continue reading A Fathers Advice to His Child
We need to be careful how we open up our plans and dreams to other people. While we need people to help us grow, not all people are happy about the advancements we make in life. A wise man once said and I agree, “People want you to succeed but not that much.” The natural mind has some elements of jealousy in it. Not all friends mean well for you; not all of them want you to be ahead of them.
Look around you and you will find marriages and relationships that have been ruined because someone they trusted with information betrayed them. I have seen business opportunities stolen; I have seen jobs lost because people weren’t too happy that one of the parties was being successful. Who do you have in your close network? Who do you share your dreams and goals with? It’s time to take a closer look at your associates and friends or risk being heartbroken. Continue reading Be Careful Who You Share Your Dreams With