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Surviving Work Politics II

“So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.” ‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭18:5, 14‬ ‭

Hello and glad to come your way again.

Last two weeks, we left off with politics is rife especially among work. People can be quite surprised at that, thinking it should be the last place to be. Knowing that, you should be able to survive and thrive in such an environment. People have been shocked thinking changing jobs will eliminate that, only to find out it is the same everywhere.

Today, I want us to look at how David survived a wicked boss in King Saul. How come he didn’t end as a prey in his master’s kingdom? The two verses I shared explains why.

The first verse is after David’s conquest of Goliath which brought him notoriety. He made friends with the king’s son in Jonathan, he behaved wisely and was promoted. David didn’t lose his head after a major victory. It is interesting to note that when some achieve a personal victory, they just ‘go wild’.

The second verse was after surviving Saul’s attempted murder and been promoted. At this stage of his life, this was his second promotion.

I find it amazing that even after surviving an attempted murder, he still accepted King Saul’s promotion to being a captain.

So in between killing Goliath and David’s second promotion, two times the Bible quotes on David “behaving wisely”. The general definition of wisdom is “applying common sense or knowledge”, but in David’s case, wisdom’s definition is more that. It also speaks of sobriety in thought and been able to discern people’s thoughts and moves before they happen. It always gave him an upper hand. That is also wisdom.

David’s wisdom in this verse talks to me about emotional intelligence. What is that? It is generally defined as managing your emotions to communicate effectively. It has a lot to with empathy and also overcoming challenges (conflicts). David’s best friend was the son of his boss who wanted him dead, and also became a son in law to this same boss… let that sit with you for a minute. He managed relationships despite being in a ‘lion’s den’ . Some just alienate themselves from the whole team to be an island because of one bad worker. A posture like that won’t survive in today’s corporate world. Life is hinged and built on relationships.

The last thing I want to dwell on is, David’s focus at the job he was assigned to in the palace. I mean, how can you remain that resolute and calm in such a ‘workplace’? That to me speaks of wisdom. Don’t let politics in the workplace sway you away from the duties and responsibilities of your job. Some get easily distracted and form groups among themselves, which at times can be unfruitful. They do nothing but promote mutiny in an already toxic environment.

I am not criticizing but sharing an observation; today’s graduates (Generation Y/millennials) have very thin skin. They feel entitled and quit at the least pressure. They think just having ‘book knowledge’ on the job is just enough to succeed in today’s workplace. They have no life skills in dealing with problems and managing different personalities. Perhaps, they are products of their environment. I can’t tell but wonder aloud. Let your knees not buckle at the sign of the least pressure… life is hard! Four years of college doesn’t teach that fully, till you get out there in the work environment or experience life.

May I end on this note that, wisdom is not beyond us. I will leave you with this Bible verse.

“But maybe you need to know how to be wise. Then ask God to help you. He is ready to give everyone what they need. And he never says that it is wrong to ask. So, God will help you to be wise.” James‬ ‭1:5‬

Ask God in prayer- that’s it!

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Surviving Work Politics

“When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. The very next day a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did each day. But Saul had a spear in his hand, and he suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David escaped him twice.” ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭18:6-11‬ ‭

Hello and glad to come your way. I have been looking at the definition of work place politics and I think this is the best out of all by slideshare.net, and it quotes, “Workplace politics is the use of power and networking within an organization to achieve personal benefits.”

Our scripture reading for today captures the heart of that message. Before we get into the meat of our topic, you have to understand firstly that politics is everywhere- it doesn’t only pertain to electing government officials. Secondly, you have to understand politics very well, else you will be a victim. Thirdly, politics has to deal with people and power, so you will have to study the nature of humans too very well.

Politics has many branches, but for the purpose of this blog I will restrict it to work. When you read the Bible story, it talks about David coming home from battle to the cheers of women singing his praises. This didn’t sit well with Saul because in the chorus of the song, Saul was just ascribed thousands to David’s ten thousands. The nature of King Saul and David’s relationship turned political from that day.

Anytime, you excel at an assignment in your workplace, be on the lookout for politics. It is just a hard, cold truth. Excellence at something rears the ugly head of politics in people. Understand that the workplace is not like your home where perhaps love, care and nurture were the abiding principles. This is different- it is a concrete jungle where competition, performance appraisal, promotion, pay increases etc are the order of the day. Work is an environment where jostling for power is prevalent.

From this story, there are some noteworthy points I picked up.

1. Don’t be surprised at jealousy– when your praises are sang or say, you are promoted in the workplace, don’t be surprised at people you once had vibes with now give you the cold shoulder. As painful as it is, you can’t spend time crying at this or quit and look for another job. Friend, do you think it will get better in another workplace? I am here to disappoint you with my answer, IT WILL NOT! It is the same everywhere. King Saul became jealous of David when he was crowned the people’s champion.

2. Workplace is territorial, expect a fight– you were new to the job and the supervisor who even became your lunch mate, showed you the ropes till you ascended to the same position as him. Now, you are confused as to why he doesn’t like you anymore. You have invaded his territory and expect a pushback. In Saul’s mind, David could be a king so he had to protect his territory hence his jealousy. I have come to know by experience that ideals such as teamwork and collaboration are only preached, but not TRULY practiced and believed. No wonder, it is only an ideal but not a realism.

3. You could be eliminated, eyes open!– the jealousy of Saul caused him to throw a spear at him. The intent was to eliminate him. In the workplace, you can be eliminated by rough tactics. In some cases, people have even gone as far as murder. This is where the studying of people comes in. Don’t be naive because subtlety is real. Some will not exhibit Saul’s jealousy, but they will smile towards you thinking otherwise. You have to be vigilant to survive and also thrive irrespective of the odds stacked against you.

I will end on this: you can’t eliminate work politics. It has come to stay and it is part of the fabric and culture of work. The only thing you can do is, learning to survive it. That is something colleges will never teach you.

I wish you a strong finish to this month and a blessed upcoming new month.

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Four Little Things IV

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend? Today, we will wrap up on this topic by looking at one more little thing.

We have been gleaning wisdom from unconventional places by observing.

Over the the past three weeks, we have been informed through Proverbs 30:24-27 that:

The ant is a symbol of industry.

The rock badger is a symbol of borrowed strength.

The locust is a symbol of teamwork.

Let us look at our text again for today’s lesson.

“The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs‬ ‭30:28‬

The Hebrew rendering of this text suggests lizard- in fact a gecko, but it is not conclusive. Although, when you look at other versions of this text, the word lizard is used. The description there is not consistent with that, because the gecko doesn’t really use its hands.

So from this passage, what I personally observed from the spider is skill. That word jumped at me. Everybody is born with talent, but not all have skill. When talent is fine tuned and goes through a refining process, it is called skill.

The take home from the spider is, its skill of spinning webs or cobwebs lands him in places like a king’s palace. You will never go to places of prominence with talent.

As annoying a cobweb can be, appreciate the skill of a spider. So with this, let us learn a few on skill.

1. Talent makes you mediocre at best– talent can be overrated. Everyone has it! Talent at times is like crude oil. You can’t do much with it, though its price value on the market is high because of potential. Talent speaks of potential. You may have great prospects of “making it”, but you won’t quite get there. If we function on raw talent, we won’t have the best results.

2. Skill speaks of consistency and diligence– you don’t become skillful by dreaming or wishing. It comes through honing in your craft and that takes a lot of work- something you are prepared to do over a period of time. Developing a skill means you have to be married to a routine. In the world of sports, the difference between a superstar and a regular player is skill. A superstar has paid the price through hard work in developing raw talent.

3. Skill will take you places– the spider’s annoying craft has taken it to a place of prominence in the king’s palace. Sometimes, it is not so much about the craft, but how well you excel at the craft that will speak volumes. If it speaks volumes, it will then takes you places.

I pray to God, we will all work on our skill to be polished for the benefit of service to humanity. It has a price though, but may the spider’s inspiration spur us on. We can’t be of quality service with just talent.

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Four Small Things III

Hello and a good day to you all! We are continuing on finding wisdom from unconventional places hence our series, four small things.

The text we are using in Proverbs instructs us to go beyond the face value of an ant, a hyrax and learn from them. So far, we have seen the ant as a symbol of industry. And then, the hyrax, that of borrowed strength.

Before we focus on the third, let us look at our foundational text.

“The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks;” Proverbs‬ ‭30:27‬ ‭

The third small thing today is the locust. Known to be very destructive in nature. The mention of the name locust in the Bible evokes terror. This is the first time something praiseworthy has been noted.

They don’t have a king meaning, they have no kind of appointed leadership or structure, yet advance in ranks.

The lesson gleaned is teamwork. But before that, I also observed other things.

1. The ability to work unsupervised– they have no leader, but stuff gets done. In this world where there is a leadership void, chaos is present. The locust rewrites that story that “I may be in a disadvantage, but I advance…” We should all come to that sense of self governance. The locust teaches us that inspiration can also be inward as outer. As you start this work week, be determined to finish your break on time without your supervisor coming to tell you- that is the wisdom of a locust.

2. They embrace the odds, yet advance– they don’t run from the challenge that they have no king or system of governance. They advance irrespective of that. Who learns from a locust? Their destructive reputation precedes them, yet they advance. The locust rewrites their story despite these odds. I pray you are encouraged to fight any odds this week to rewrite your story.

3. They believe in collaboration– that is the main takeaway. They believe in teamwork. “Teamwork makes the dream work” is their mantra. Bruce Waltke, a professor wrote this on the teamwork of locusts, “They are well known for their amazing ability to form gigantic swarms that can wreak devastation of a scale almost beyond imagination. Highly reliable eyewitness accounts of modern locust plagues border on the incredible.” No matter how gifted you are, believing in the essence of a team will not dim your light, but brighten it.

I am shocked to know there is a wealth of wisdom in a pest like a locust. We will not just learn, but apply them.

God bless our week and may we be fruitful.

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Four Small Things II

“Rock badgers—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocky cliffs.” Proverbs 30 : 26

Hello and blessed to come your way again! Last week, we started a journey on some unusual creatures who have been made the epitome of wisdom in our deliberation. We looked at the ant.

Today, we want to focus on the rock badgers or hyrax as they are called. Pay particular attention to how their weakness is first spotted- they actually have no speed or strength rendering them powerless against large predators with sharp teeth such as leopards, servals and caracals.

But the Bible admonishes us to glean some wisdom from a weak animal as that- they make their homes among the rocks.

Two things stand out from this to me:

I. They make the strength of the rock their own strength.

II. They find refuge among the strong.

The lesson driven home to me is borrowed strength. It takes humility to practice that principle, knowing you are not “all that” and you are handicapped in one way or another. Unfortunately, some believe their own hype too much not wanting to concede to that truth.

It will take being realistic to honestly assess yourself in your areas of strength and weakness; where you have great expertise and where you are totally inept. The hyrax has no problem admitting, it doesn’t have the speed of a rabbit or the strength of an elephant. It rather focuses on ‘networking’. That is, being among others to find inspiration in the things that you lack.

Another striking point is, they don’t easily expose themselves knowing their limitations. Most times, it is not wisdom to tell people what you are weak at or lacking. You can, but be very discerning with the company you are vulnerable to. The hyrax rarely ventures in the open knowing it could be a meal for another. It is why they are a scarce breed. They spend most of their time among the refuge of the rocks. That is their safe haven.

Which brings me to my last observation- who inspires you? Who has your ears, time, energy and attention? The badger’s inspiration is the rock hence the name rock badgers. What you pay attention to, what you invest in, you suddenly become!

It is okay to have shortfalls or weaknesses, but it is not okay to be a prey. The hyrax today serves as our lesson that instead of lamenting over our weaknesses, we can practice the concept of borrowed strength for our survival. Go to the hyrax and learn!

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Four Small Things I

Hello and glad to write again! Hope you have had a good weekend and also a good past month? All too soon, another month dawns on us. Today and in the subsequent weeks ahead, I want us to look at a striking passage in the Bible about some four unusual folks that will teach us a great deal of lesson from a chapter in Proverbs.

The key word in the book of Proverbs is wisdom, “the ability to live life skillfully”. King Solomon, the principal author, uses a combination of poetry, parables, pithy questions, short stories, and wise maxims to teach on common sense and a divine perspective necessary to handle life’s issues.

The scripture at hand is in Proverbs 30:24-28. We will take the first two verses to focus on the first point of our lesson.

“24There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;” Proverbs‬ ‭30:24-25‬ ‭

Inspiration can be quite common if you are observant. It can be interesting at times the places where wisdom can be gleaned from. Though unconventional, yet lies in a message that cannot be denied.

The ants are the first. Who learns from the ant? Yet this book forces us to pay close attention to its way. Ants are generally seen as very small, little things wandering around. Personally, I consider them a nuisance. Food crumbs are a great way of invitation to them. Despite their weakly exterior and their annoying reputation, we are advised to look at a teachable moment: prepare their food in summer.

The lesson I get from the ant is industry. They are productive by virtue of work. Few points to take home here.

1. They are mindful of seasons– summer is for work and winter is for gathering all that work. Ants have a good sense of timing and are wise with their time. They work when they have to, and rest at the appropriate time. Since they are aware of the seasons, they can’t afford to procrastinate. Time is of the essence, so we have to do what we have to do… in time.

2. Hard-work overcomes individual weakness– their weakness lies in them not strong. Their industry outshines that flaw. Everyone has a weakness or a bad habit we are all not proud of. Sometimes, the best way to deal with that is just to focus and emphasize on your strengths. We all have strengths. Maybe in this season will be a good time to discover yours and hone it to maximize yourself.

3. Preparation is key to industry– I couldn’t help but notice the word “prepare”. Nobody becomes productive on a whim, it comes through deliberate and a calculated process. I heard this popular saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. Zeal and enthusiasm are not enough to kick things rolling. Most at times, a plan in place does- it speaks of preparation. You can see people with a fireball of energy and passion tackle an assignment only to lose steam half way because a plan was not in place to keep the momentum going.

Thank God for the ant- it makes me see creation has indeed a place and a purpose in the existence of this world. You know what; careful observation perhaps may reveal the underlying purpose of most things we despise.

May God make us wise people and also have the ability to search for wisdom from ‘unusual places’.

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Keep Hope Alive!

““For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.” Job‬ ‭14:7-9‬ ‭

Hello, how was your weekend? If you read the whole of chapter 14, it is the author (Job) who had a moment with himself thinking about the grave and afterlife. This particular verse was in comparison to man’s ending. Job had a limited understanding of the afterlife and claimed trees have hope when they die but when man dies, he is wasted away. That is not scripturally true anyway.

Out of his prose, the hope of a tree stands out for me in today’s post. Job’s observation here was, there is a sort of resurrection in the world of trees and plants; new life can sprout out of an old stump.

Look at all the factors of death against a tree here: it is cut down, the shoots are not growing, old roots, a decaying stump. Yet, once water touches the tree, the appearance of death on it gives way to new life- it grows and brings forth branches… AGAIN!

I don’t know how the first six or seven months may have turned out for you. My encouragement to you is, bounce back and flourish again from whatever setback, pain or disappointment you might have experienced.

A tree will grow again because of what touches it- water. What ‘touches’ you can be a factor to your resuscitation.

Once upon a time, a man who walked on this earth as Jesus had an interaction with a Samaritan woman talking about what Job lacked understanding of; man’s ending. He then gave the lady a clue as to who He truly was and the gift He carried.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But anyone who drinks the water I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give people will be like a spring flowing inside them. It will bring them eternal life.”” John‬ ‭4:13-14‬ ‭

When the woman believed in the message of Jesus and saw Him as Lord, it was similar to drinking water. Her life now had found meaning and a purpose to it. That is hope. She then left her water pot and drew a whole city to Jesus. Your life will find meaning again and shoot forth like a tree when you smell the scent of water in Jesus.

With Jesus, you will not only find hope to keep on ticking in life. He also gives great meaning to the afterlife as well. Certainly, we are more than a tree. We will live again after death because of the gift of eternal life.

Today, I present to you Jesus, the living water!

I pray for every reader to keep hope alive! May we bounce back AGAIN! I pray that may Jesus be made real in the hearts and lives of every reader that wants to know Him. May they experience what I have truly experienced- living water. Amen!

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Will I Pass This Test?

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”” Luke‬ ‭14:7-11‬ ‭

I hope we all had a great weekend? This Bible text caught my attention on a great lesson on humility.

Jesus was at a wedding watching the guests picking their places of honor at the table. In my mind’s eye, I can see them probably scrambling for those seats to feel important.

Jesus, being an observer, decided to use a parable to get his point across. A parable is a story, whether fiction or non-fiction, to drive home a spiritual truth. So the point of the story was humility, but used a story of how it is more honorable to be invited to a place of honor than assuming that place only to be unseated by someone more important. He then ends on the note that if one exalts himself, he will be humbled. And the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

From this story, humility is not thinking of yourself less. Humility doesn’t promote inferiority complex. Anybody who has a complex is NOT humble. We shouldn’t mix the two. Humility gives place to believe in our strengths, skills and talents. Humble people are confident.

The second point I draw from this is, humility is thinking less of yourself. The first has to do with self esteem, this point rather emphasizes on us not being the center of attention. Everything should not be “me, myself & I”. When you think more of yourself, you will want to be associated with the high & mighty, occupy chief seats etc. I have also noticed how the craze for titles are a rush for such ilk. People like that are very partial, and will relate with you based on status. How sad!

People who think more of themselves actually think of themselves less. It is because of a poor self esteem, that is why they mask themselves with a false sense of superiority at the expense of relationships to get to the top. Looking at the story critically, the place of honor was not what Jesus was concerned with. It was rather the attitude with which they attach significance to that place of honor that probably caught Jesus’ attention.

Some feel so “important” that not getting the right seat will throw them into a hissy fit. No way, am I also advocating disrespect. But if you attach your worth or significance to a seat of honor or your associations, that is a humility test that needs to be retaken.

Jesus promised, those who live a humble life will be exalted in the end. Living a humble life in this context means thinking of others first before assuming what you think is rightfully yours. So humility here is more of an attitude.

May we choose the path of humility which has a great recompense of a reward.

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Sometimes, Discipline Isn’t Enough II

Hello guys, glad to come to your way again. How was your weekend? I followed up on the sports events in that span: COPA America, Wimbledon & Euro 2020. The drama filled with sports is something else… lol

Last week, we stressed on doing things out of self will and discipline is not ALWAYS the key. No matter how resolute you may seem, there are just “some things” that won’t bow to your resolve. We looked at a Bible passage of an apostle- a church leader who battled with certain bad habits. He came to the end of himself. In as much the virtue of self-mastery should be promoted, there are times you are at your wits end with yourself.

Look at the following verse of the same chapter we looked at last week.

“This makes me very sad! My body is leading me to death. I need someone to make me free from the power of sin over my body.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭

The apostle, who was Paul in question, felt wretched over his inability to deal with the power of sin which was the issue at bay. This should teach us to have an empath on “certain people” who tend to give it all, yet don’t seem to overcome in the area of certain vices and addictions they may be personally fighting. Look at a church leader at his wits ends trying hard to save himself! This mirrors the silent cry of many going through it. Today, some of the people under the spotlight who are dealt the harshest of criticism are pastors embroiled in a scandal.

So, did Paul become free? Yes. Look at the evidence in this Bible verse.

“Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:25‬ ‭

So you see, Paul indeed came to the end of himself and that is where Jesus Christ took over. Some of these fights in trying to conquer personal demons are out of our reach when we rely SOLELY on self will and discipline. The answer is in Jesus Christ who became our Lord by dying for our sins which included all our sinful, wicked and destructive habits that we don’t want people to know. He died so that we can all come to a place of rest by relying on Him.

It is only when people have made a decision to follow Jesus Christ, that they will TRULY come to a place of rest and empowerment to ward off destructive behaviors. As a Christian, I can personally attest to this: there is a certain inward strength and tenacity different from my natural, that sails me through some things. It is comforting at the same time knowing God has got this with me.

God doesn’t force a relationship with man. Man makes a will and a conscious decision to do so, and it is only through Jesus Christ that God ceases becoming a mystery to being very real in your life.

Think about it…

When you make that decision, pray this prayer: “Lord I invite you into my life as my savior. Deliver me from myself and from all my sinful ways. I repent of this and take this step of faith to proclaim you as the Lord of my struggles. Help me to know God as a father. Amen”

Congrats, if you did! This is the first of many steps. Get a Bible or download one- there are many Bible apps now. Look for a church in your area for mentorship and guidance on this walk of faith. Your journey of freedom starts now.

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Sometimes, Discipline Isn’t Enough

“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” Romans‬ ‭7:18-19‬ ‭

Hello, glad to come your way again. I had a great weekend. Hope yours went well?

This Bible text really speaks to me that I want to share with this community today. I have learnt that, sometimes no matter how strong willed you are, you will still fall flat on your face when it comes to dealing with some bad or addictive habits. Sometimes, it is easy to counsel people and give them “steps” to beat it or “pray away” the situation- which can be a religious way to cop out. And yet, they still struggle.

With little understanding of the situation, we tend to judge those people we have counseled or prayed for that they are not disciplined, lack self governance or they are “not trying hard enough.”

Please listen to me; EVERYBODY has an issue which will let us talk like the scripture I just quoted. You know why? Because if life was that easy where everything can be fixed with resolutions, “mindmatics” & discipline, then we will never need God at all.

This scripture talks about the author’s personal struggle in conquering sinful tendencies. He was a Christian- in fact an apostle. He was a church leader that had people that look up to him in the community, yet he had struggles. Please, even monks do struggle! Understand that! Your “role model” perhaps is going through hell trying to overcome certain habits at the expense of his fame, fortune and reputation.

I wrote this to let you know, it is human and normal that discipline sometimes is not enough. In life, if all that you have is your discipline, I feel sorry for you because at a point, discipline is going to fail you. Keep on living and you’ll discover that.

Yesterday, in this part of our world was Independence Day, and even though people commemorated it with food, fun, celebration and fireworks. You ask yourself, “are people really free?”. So many are fighting serious addictions, bad habits, and the issue of sin which has caused them to throw their hands up in despair wanting to give up. A country can be independent, but the souls of that country NOT.

I want to speak to you through this post that DON’T GIVE UP! The verse of this chapter I quoted ends well on a good note, and we will look at that next week. We should have more empathy and understand difficult situations.

It is okay for people to touch us with their ugly and uncomfortable situations, and we not shooing them away. The truth is, what about if they have really tried their best?! Are we GOD to judge them as failures? What about you having a facade of perfection, yet quietly struggling? We can do better, good people!

SOMETIMES, DISCIPLINE IS NOT ENOUGH!…

May God keep you safe and sound! For those whose self-worth has been crushed due to your personal struggles, I pray for healing and restoration. I truly do!

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