There is Something in The Dark 

Close your eyes for a second. What do you see? Is it an emptiness of nothing or a darkness of purpose? Regardless of what you see, the only way you know it’s dark or empty is in your mind. When a place is dark, familiarity will give you an idea of the environment you are in. Darkness implies absence of clarity, and not an emptiness of purpose. 

When Hurricane Sandy struck, many people experienced blackouts. It was a long time I had experienced darkness for a long time, but I was not worried, because I was familiar with my environment. The substance of what I have does not diminish, neither does it increase until I did something with it. I was in school at that time, and had to do some assignments, so I took what I needed from the darkness I was in, and moved to a different location that had power and Internet connection. How did I know I had what I had? Because I knew what my environment was, and what I had in that environment, and what I had to do to keep moving towards my purpose.

Your life does not have to come to a halt just because you have experienced darkness. What you need to succeed does not become invalid or disappear just because you cannot see it. Your potential exists within you whether you are in a dark situation or not. You just have to adjust to a different environment in order to become the person you are meant to be, but know that what you need is always with you. God is with you and will always reveal to you what is in the dark. 

You are more than the darkness. Your value can never be overshadowed by the darkness you experience. 

God bless you. 

Keep Going

Here I sit, wondering if I should take a break from everything or keep going. I ask myself this because I find that sometimes, we can be so focused on accomplishing our goals in life that we forget to take care of ourselves to ensure we can enjoy our successes. This is not to say that stop what you are doing, but that you understand that God will bring you to whatever He has promised to you. Do not be stressed because your plans have not manifested, because they will, and you should keep going, but those plans require relaxation and sometimes, movement. 

It is ok to slow down sometimes. Nothing can delay what God has ordered to happen in your life. Keep going in the pace that God has set for you, and when you find yourself feeling stressed, take a moment and examine where it is that your life is headed. Only you are on the road you are on. Your strength is specific to who you are and your destination. Do not be forced to abandon what has made you successful in your life. You succeeded and shall continue to succeed, but keep going at your own pace and nothing can hinder your progress.

God bless you.

The Empty Mind

I was sitting down one morning, and I was trying to come up with something to write about, and I could not think of anything. I searched through so many writings I had done, and I was trying to write something new. I prayed and my mind was blank, and the only thing I could think of was the empty mind. It was not that there was nothing to write about, but what was important to write about. This brought my mind to how we try to force to our lives to achieve certain things when God has not led us to it yet.

Each one of us has a way to follow, and sometimes it might seem like you are stuck, and it might seem like nothing can stand in your way, and nothing can stand in your way, but sometimes, your mind has to be empty in order for God to fill it. 

The Emptiness that you may feel in your life sometimes is not absence of progress, but an upgrade of purpose. It means you are about to be filled with new content, so you can get farther than you have ever gone before.

Another week has begun, and you have been given new content to advance into greater things and achieve greater things. You may feel empty sometimes, but that is God bringing in new content for what you are about to embark on. You are about to step into something new, but you need an empty mind in order to receive a greater mind for what life is about to deal you with. When you find yourself  feeling empty minded, do not be alarmed, there is something new being deposited within you.

God bless you. 

No Alteration

Life can seem like alteration sometimes. Every step you take, you take something away or add something to what you already have. The demand of life is that every level you go to, you will need something that you didn’t have before. Alteration can be good or bad, because you alter to accommodate, and it is not necessary to carry everything to the next level.

When I sat down to write this, my mind was on alteration as trying to patch things up that are broken or torn in your life or my life, because it is not so easy to throw away the things that remind us of our shortcomings or what made us who we are. In times of battle, a soldier on the field of battle did not have the luxury of just going back and getting a uniform, you fixed what you had and continued pushing ahead till the soldier was victorious. Such is our lives, sometimes our lives are a continues effort of alterations, changing what we have to suit our needs, and our only choice is to use what we have, even if it is not the best option to deal with the situation we find ourselves in. Your only option sometimes is what you have in the moment, and it is how you make use of it that will determine whether you succeed or not. 

When an army goes to fight, there is always someone with medical expertise, someone to radio in on the situation on the ground, someone to give instructions, etc. Sometimes you have to be all of this on your own, but that is because of your ability to do anything. I have said that no alteration is needed, because you have to know what to alter and what to patch up. You alter what has nothing to do with what you are trying to accomplish, and you patch what is significant to you achieving your goals in life, and sometimes, reinforcements are necessary, regardless, knowing what you need in whatever situation will help you succeed in whatever you find yourself in.

There have been many times I have done alterations, because nothing ever fit where I saw myself ending up in life. I went through three majors before settling on what I really wanted to do, which was not easy because they were all promising, but you need to know where you are going in order to understand what you will need on that journey, because sometimes, you may find yourself alone, and at other times, you may find people to help you get there. Regardless, you are more than a conqueror, and as the Bible says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord”-1 Samuel 30:6. 

The tools you need to succeed in life are in you. You are stronger and capable of anything in whatever situation you find yourself in.

God bless you 

Patience will get you there

I was driving this morning, and many drivers on the road were driving so fast, and when I went further, I discovered there was some minor traffic on the road. It made me think to myself how sometimes we are in so much hurry to achieve our goals, that we forget to let the wisdom of God guide us to where we want to be. 

Two weeks ago I was on my way to the airport, and there was a huge traffic. A car came up behind me, and before I knew it, the driver was cutting in front of everyone just because he was in a hurry. Each one of us has destination he/she has to get to, and as much it’s important to get there, it is equally important to understand how to move. Getting to your destination is not about how fast or slow you go, but how well you move. You might know your destination, the means you are using to get there, but not the things or people who make up the road. You may be careful in pursuing your goal, but not everyone is as careful as you are, and being patient will give you clarity to move and the ability to handle anything, whether it is slow or fast traffic. Nothing can stand in the way of you getting to your destination on time and being successful, but patience is necessary.

God bless you.

Another Day

What are your expectations for today? Did you achieve everything you set your mind on? The day is not over yet, and your success is not limited to one day. Every day is different, and just because today’s result was not the same does not mean you will not get to your destination. Just as Mondays can be stressful, eventually, Tuesday will come, so will all the rest of the days, and nothing can change your ability to be successful in anything you have planned. Everyday is just another day, and everyday is part of a process you will go through. Keep your focus on any goals you have set for yourself, and no matter what day it is, God will bring you to succeed in everything in your life. It is just another day, but your success remains secured no matter when it happens, so know that your success can show up anytime on any day.

God bless you. 

Mondays

Aren’t Mondays the worst, spending a wonderful time over the weekend,  going to church, enjoying family time, relaxing, only to realize that it is Sunday evening, and you have to go back to work, school or something that in Friday afternoon, you had been so excited to leave behind? 

The beginning of the week also means the start of exciting things that God has in store for you. It might seem the busiest day of the week, but Friday is around the corner, and like everything you have been experiencing, Friday is approaching, and everything you have been working towards is about to yield exceptional and great rewards. 

Happy Monday and God bless you.

School or No School 

Growing up, everyone is encouraged to go to school, do your homework, study for an extensive amount of time, listening to your teachers. What happens when you exit the confines of school, and your degree is no match for the career you want to get into. I have had a struggle with this issue because, prior to graduating, my entire focus was on gaining enough experience within the field I wanted to get into. My quest to be great at what I wanted to do overshadowed everything I was learning in school. 

I always approached my professors with one question, ‘How do I become better?’, and I always did what I was told, only to enter the real world and be told that I needed an experience in a field I had no experience in. So is going to school worth it or not? Even if you go to school, how sure are you that your degree is going to land you into your career? Don’t get me wrong, school is great, but shouldn’t there be a balance to entering into your desired field? I know there are various avenues to demonstrate what you learn in school, but if there is one thing I have learnt, it’s that, do not allow inexperience to dictate how far you can reach. 

I am currently pursuing my masters, and it has been a very great experience for me, because I have always approached any field I want to enter in from two angles: What I know and what I need to know. 

What I know is a combination of what I have been taught and what I have experienced for myself. I had the opportunity to send some of my work to outlets that were outside the confines of my school, and it was because some of my professors wanted to expose us to the realities of what existed beyond the school. This is not the case for everyone, because even what you know is not enough sometimes. I got out of school and realized I needed to do more, and so as soon as I finished my undergraduate, I enrolled in the masters program I am in, which became my ‘what I need to know’.

What I need to is what made me pursue the masters program, but I have also understood that God is going to open up a way for you where your degree cannot. The Bible says that in all your ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Where your degree is not enough to grant you the experience to increase, God is going to give you an opening to increase. So, go to school if you can, but never allow any degree to be all that you can be. You are more than a degree.

God bless you.

Going Through The Motions

So many things happen to us during the course of the day, weeks or months that bring out different reactions. Let’s say you are driving, and someone cuts in front of you without warning, most people’s reaction is that of anger. The reason for the anger  is what could have happened, you could have died but you were focused on the road, and so when it happened, your senses  allowed you to overcome that situation.

Motions are what we go through, and they come out of situations we go through. It does not matter if it is a situation of your own creation, sometimes certain situations arise we did not plan for. You do not decide what family to be born in, what town to be born into, and you are forced to deal with whatever that atmosphere presents. When you are finally able to talk or think, you realize you have already been thrust into a life you had no choice in, but that is what you are dealt with. It can be frustrating sometimes, when you are a child, but you grow up and develop a mindset of your own, and then you are confronted with making a choice based on what you know and what you have discovered.

The motions we go through are when even after we have discovered those things, we still have no say or action in the situation we find ourselves in. You did not have a choice in it, but you have to spend a good portion of your life, living a life based on someone’s suggestions. Another thing is, that the person or people who were part of your beginning are people who have an understanding of what it takes to go through the motions. It will feel like anger, sadness, fear, etc., because you never know what that person is going to introduce you to next, and it is not always going to be something you are comfortable with, but if there is a trust between you too, it will always lead you to where you are supposed to be.

Certain things happen to us that we have no control of, and there is nothing we can do about it. The relationship between us and God is the greatest example. We ask God for things all the time, and it comes very fast sometimes, and at other times, it comes slow. Once you know this, you will find it easy to understand that motions are normal, that a choice, regardless of what it is, will not elicit the same result. Your choices may have an uncertain future, but your future is certain because your motions are what have made you excel in everything you have done, and knowing that your motions are going to be different will always bring you different results, but positive and great results. 

Don’t allow your motions to determine your success, but let it strengthen you in all you do, and no matter what you achieve, it will always bring you to where God wants you to be and what he has in store for you.

God bless you. 

Your Requirement

I received a call one day about a job offer, which I qualified for, except they wanted someone who spoke Spanish. It made me think, that how many people have reached a point of greatness, and been disqualified because of a basic requirement they did not have. I call it basic because it exists in some environments, and not in others. Have you ever been denied because of a requirement you did not have? It might not necessarily be Spanish, but Russian, Italian, or something else entirely. The thing is, that sometimes, your qualification may not be intended for what you think. Assuming I was hired, I would be able to do my job, until I come across a patient who speaks only Spanish, and my qualification disqualifies me. You are disqualified for that position, but not all other positions. It does not mean you should go out of that environment to someplace else, because whilst I was unqualified for that position, I was made to understand that I might be qualified for another position that did not require speaking a different language.

It is important to understand why it happens, because sometimes, it seems like the ideal situation, and you go for it, only to be told if you had this, you would be the best candidate for this position. You have to understand that you are spared the agony of humiliation. Sometimes, you are spared because what God has in store for you is greater than what you were going for.

 

“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;  and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.  But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:8‭-‬11 NKJV

Verse 14 talks about knowing your place, because knowing where your qualification puts you will determine how you are perceived. It does not mean you aim for something lower, but when you find yourself in a position where everyone possesses the same or similar qualities, it is best to go in as what they think you are, and until they show up and , you present yourself as you.

This parable is about an event, but the things we go through in life are events, and whether you have an idea about an event or not, you are only as good as what the host says you are. It is your qualification that got you through, but it is your character that will determine whether you remain there or not.

The parable is concentrated on finding yourself in the right place, even in the right environment. We go through life, finding ourselves in situations that are often right, yet are full of sections that have different elements. There are so many people who want to be doctors, yet, there are different types of doctors that serve diverse needs. When you are told your requirements are not enough, do not try to force yourself into a situation you are not meant to be in. It is either you learn the requirement or search for where your qualifications fit. Ask God where your requirements fit in, and he will determine whether your requirements deserve an upgrade or another environment.

Requirements are just that, the real prize is what lies ahead of your placement. It is God that determines where you end up, so when your requirements become inadequate, do not see it as a setback, but an entry point created for you to enter, and like the parable, the host will bring you to where you are supposed to be. Life will feel like you need a requirement every time, but know that you can overcome it because of the way you present yourself in the sight of your host. Make use of what you have in your hand and nothing shall ever be out of your reach. It is God that made you, and he will qualify you for anything that is yours.

God bless you.