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You Are Almost There….Hold On

“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.”

Keep pushing…

Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something you‟ll be quite a lot.

And when you‟re alone, there‟s a very good chance you‟ll
meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won‟t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul.
On you will go though your enemies prowl.
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike.
And I know you‟ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You‟ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You‟ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life‟s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

By Dr. Seuss (Oh the places you’ll go!)

THE VALUE IN PAIN

All successful people know that it is easy to stay where you are, that is why most people never really change. They are stuck in that moment in time of their lives. Real success in anything in this life requires you to stretch, to leave your comfort zone. You need to be exposed to new ideas and dynamic ways of thinking.

The truth is change is not easy. Take for example you decide to make a commitment to physical fitness after years of inactive living. It is obvious that you will go through pain, you are going to be hurt for a while, but then you will be the physical specimen that you dreamed to be once you pay the price to get there. Most of us stop at the point of the pain and we never move through it.

Studies of long distance swimmers have found that, they usually get to a point where all they want to do is stop; all they want to do is just be hauled into a boat and taken home. But they have been trained to know that, that is the danger zone for them. If they can just get through the temporal slowdown, then they would finish their race and maybe even win the prize. But they have to get through that danger zone.

The danger zone for most of us is;

7697827940_37f2a74eb61- The danger zone of inconvenience: Most of us will only do that which is easy and convenient. If you want to achieve success in your life, relationships, education and business, you have to get out of the “easy bus”, and do the uncomfortable thing. Things that most people cannot and would not do.

2- The danger zone of comfort: There are some of us who feel that even though we don’t know it all, we are doing alright. We do not, or won’t make any effort to learn because we are too comfortable. Without the pressure of losses, or obvious failures, we won’t do anything different. This is a certain path to a life of mediocrity.

3- “Why suffer mentality”: A lot of us don’t want to suffer. We want everything now and easy. We don’t believe in hard work. If a relationship don’t seem to be working, instead of working on it, we walk. If a marriage do not seem to work out we just walk out. if a job doesn’t pay quickly, we quit. If we start a business and it doesn’t pay off in the first one or two months, we head for another opportunity. We do not have the mentality for long term thinking. We won’t look for something persistently, and because of this attitude, we miss our success targets.

People who succeed keep their momentum. They keep their momentum by consistently training themselves, by consistently stretching themselves.

Let these words of Apostle Paul inspire you; “Not that I have already obtained all this, or I have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philipians 3:12 – 14

DON’T GIVE UP CHASE THAT LION!

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One snowy day around 1000 BC, in some small mountain area just outside Jerusalem came a man walking through the snow which was blowing through his face. The snow had accumulated to about six inches thick on the ground. The man was wearing a bear skin cloak that protected him from the bitter cold, his beard and eye brows had turned white from the frozen snow. Suddenly, out of the woods leaps a Lion. The Lion shakes off snow from its mane and stares coldly at the man. Lions weigh up to 56 kilograms, they can reach speeds of up to 56 kilometres per hour, and can jump 5 meters in a single leap. Now man and beast look eye to eye, their frozen breathe rises as steam. The natural progression of things would be that the man turns and runs and the Lion chases after him, but this time nothing like that happens. Something literally mind-blowing, something never witnessed before in history happens. The man begins full sprint at the Lion. He began the chase and the Lion turns and run from the man, both run breaking limbs and small trees standing in their way. Suddenly the snow gave way under the very powerful paws of the Lion, and the Lion crashes into a snowy pit. Our man stops at the edge of the pit, peers down at the trapped Lion, and then leaps to the depth of the pit.
Come to think of it!!! Who does that? Who is insane enough to do that? Although the bible did not give a blow by blow description, I believe it was the scariest moment of the man’s life. He stood inches away from thirty deadly teeth; he could smell the Lion’s breathe, then the pit grew silent, a silence that seemed like eternity, and suddenly out of the pit comes our man. The Lion is dead! The man’s name is BENAIAH. He is the Lion chaser. The man who killed a Lion without a weapon as stated in the bible.
Friends “Benaiah” could have run away and no one would blame him, no one would have thought any less of him if he turned and ran from the Lion. He could have played it safe and no one would have referred to him as a coward. The most logical decision would have been to turn and run for his dear life, but if “Benaiah” had done any of these, if he had not gone after the Lion, no one would have ever known his name. He would have been buried in the annals of history.
Do you want to be a Lion chaser? Lion chasers are a rare breed of people. You have to develop a winning attitude; the choice to chase the Lion comes from the heart not the head. Lion chasers think outside the box. Our society wants us to be normal. All of our lives we have been programmed for normality and conformity, but this is not the intent of God in creating us, the bible says we are gods, sons of the most high God. We are created for the extraordinary, we are made to chase Lions and not live mediocre lives. Learn to see outside the box, see beyond where you are in life. Where you start does not matter, but where and how you end up does.
In life we all have Lions we face, these Lions maybe in the form of your relationship:…..You don’t see how it will work out, Lions in the form of your career or in your finances, it does not seem like you will ever find a job or get out of debt, “you don’t know how you will fulfil your dreams”. Lions in your health, doctors have said you are not going to get well. A lot of times we pray about our Lions, God please help me, God help my partner change, God give me a better job or do this and that.
Oh yes it is good to pray, to ask for help, but when you face a Lion, it is not enough to pray. It is not enough to believe it will turn and go and not attack you. Here is what you do: you have to attack your Lion. You have to chase the Lion. If you don’t attack life, life will attack you. What is that fear holding you back? You don’t pray about it, you face your fears. 2 Timothy 1 tells us “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love and of a sound mind.”
As we go through life daily, we are going to have Lions that would try to keep us from God’s best. Yes it’s good to pray, it’s good to believe, it’s good to quote scriptures and speak in tongues, but remember you don’t ask Lions to leave your life. You CHASE them.