“A holy man, because of his great virtue, was taken by the angels to visit heaven. As the angels were escorting him through the heavenly mansion, they passed through a great hall piled high with gifts of every kind. The man asked his guides why all these gifts were here. They replied, “These are all the things people prayed for but quit their prayers right before they were to be delivered.”
So many times in life, a lot of us quit too soon. We quit when we are just “three feet from gold”. We give up on our dreams and hopes just at the time when our hard work is suppose to pay off. I have read about and seen it in the lives of many entrepreneurs who give up on their businesses, and sell them after years of toiling, and then the new owners now take these same businesses, and transform them to multi-million dollar companies. Here in my country I have seen I have seen men who bought oil wells that were considered “dry” and unproductive, and struck rich from them.
Don’t give up on your dreams because it is taking too long. You closer than you think. Some of us don’t get what we desire and pray for because we quit desiring them. We lose heart simply because the people we look up to told us we can’t achieve our desires. Never allow anyone talk you out of your dreams and goals because there are people with worse circumstances than yours who have achieved higher goals than the ones you target.
Whatever you desire, focus on them. “Make them your definite chief aim” because you will never get anything you don’t truly desire. Be specific about your desires and go for them. Maybe the reason why your prayers and desires are not being answered is because you don’t know what you want. Today you desire a job, tomorrow you are talking about starting a business. If someone talks to you the next week, what they hear is you want something else. Folks, “if we are steadfast in our efforts to attain our worthy desires, they may come to us, but idle dreams seldom come true.”
There are times when after making so much progress in life, and accomplishing great feats, we are hit by challenges and we become terribly discouraged. We begin to think that it is easier and better to retreat than to push ahead.
If you are faced with this situation as you are reading this, I want you to remember that “there is no victory in retreating”. Learn to burn your bridges behind you, never leave room for the enemy to tempt you through discouragement, indecision, fear and setbacks. Have the courage and faith to move on no matter what. Affirm to yourself that; “No matter how rough or how hard it gets, I am going to make it.” Keep pushing when things look dark and huge obstacles confront you. Keep pushing when you walk through “the valley of the shadow of death”, because you are not alone, others have passed through this route and have overcome.
Folks, never estimate your future, your progress in life by the little troubles, pains, challenges, misfortune, diseases that confront you now. “The black clouds which shut out your sun today, will be gone by tomorrow.”
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. – psalm 139:14
This statement speaks volumes about our uniqueness, powers, abilities, talents,…and the fact that we are beautiful! Yes you marvellous. With this truth, I can’t help but wonder why so many of us don’t love ourselves. When we look at our lives all we tend to notice are the faults, what we lack, some of us in expressing our self-hatred, we abuse our bodies and minds. We fail to realise as zig Ziglar said, “It’s true if you take care of your car, it will take you places, and if you take care of your self-image, it will take you places too.”
Folks, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Inside you is the power to turn a minus into a plus. Learn to love yourself. “You will make a lousy anybody else, but you are the best “you” in existence.”
Once you accept and love yourself, it isn’t imperative that others accept you. Angelo Patri said “Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody and something other than the person he is in body and mind.”
Be yourself. Nobody wants a phony. Nobody wants a counterfeit note or coin..not even you!
Friends never allow yourselves to be upset by trivial matters you ought to despise and forget. … “Your time on earth is limited” At most we may have 10, 20, 30,…100 more years to be around. Why lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances, lost opportunities, crying over relationships that didn’t work after we did all we could etc, that in a month’s, year’s time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody?
No, let us devote our lives to worth-while actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring causes.
“For life is too short to be little.” Be great! Live your greatest life!