Saturday, July 29, 2017

All of your heart.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

I recently have been reading ‘Boy meets Girl’ by Joshua Harris- a book on Courtship and all that. Seated in a taxi this morning, I came to the end of this book that has been my travel companion for the last couple of days(mainly the past week really). So at the end of the book, the writer goes ahead to explain his reasons for writing and lo and behold; it didn’t have very much to do with helping you find the love of your life and all that. He hoped that by reading the book, we’d be drawn to a more intimate relationship with God!

He quoted Prov 3:3-5;

Alighting from the taxi, all that occupied my mind was this portion of scripture. Memory upon memory flooded my mind! When I was a child, we sang it as a song in Sunday school and the more I thought, the more things that occurred to me to think about!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

When I thought of these words, I then had to ask myself what their implied meaning was. If it says trust in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART does it infer that trust can come from only part of the heart? Does it mean that we can trust with only a part of us- not fully/ entirely? And if we can, does that count as trust?

I quickly thought of so many instances where I trust God at my convenience! It made me think of parts of my life where ‘IT’S SIMPLY NONE OF GOD’S BUSINESS!’ I may not come outright and say that, however my actions do!

I will quickly and readily trust Him with my relationship with HIM but there are things that I like to do by myself and not ‘bother Him’ because ‘I gat this!’ So in reality, I trust Him with only part of my heart.

The scripture continues to say, and lean not on your own understanding! Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. I don’t think these are random words put together. I would like to think this choice of words is intentional! To trust in God with all your heart, means your own understanding MUST make it’s way out of the equation! Your understanding has to give way to this full trust in God. In other words, you don’t lean on your ability to comprehend (use your mental capacity to decipher) the will of God but rather you trust where or what He has called you to in whichever season of your life!

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path! I am literally squealing in delight at this part. All of it just comes together so beautifully. It is interwoven into the most fundamental of requirements for us as children of God. When you trust God with all your heart and not lean on your understanding but instead acknowledge Him, He by default will direct your path! That right there is His response to this kind of faith in His character!

Maybe let’s define this word acknowledge. To acknowledge is a verb- a doing word!

verb: 1. Accept or admit the existence or truth of.
synonyms:
admit, accept, grant, allow, concede, accede to, confess, own, recognize
antonyms:
reject, deny




2. (of a body of opinion) recognize the fact or importance or quality of
So, to acknowledge God in all our ways would mean we accept the existence or truth of who God is and recognize His importance(key phrase being in all our ways). I’ll just let that sink in for a bit.

In every single one of our doings or our attempt at doings, we MUST accept the importance of God. That means accept His will and what He requires of us (which by the way is all stipulated in His word)!

When we have done all the above, God then directs our footsteps. Only when we have fulfilled the requirements or prerequisite of the blessing (of direction by God), do we create atmosphere/environment for Him to come and direct our affairs!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Do people change?

Someone recently told me that I had changed- I had become another person. Lol! I did not try and argue with them or anything like that- I just tried to understand where they were coming from. on an ordinary day, I am quite the ball of energy. I love life way to much to be stressed out or grumpy! I enjoy the thrill of the unknown and dispelling mental filters so I constantly go out of my way to do things that other people are too careful to do.

I don't mean the illegal stuff- just the challenging stuff.

I digress! I don't think I've changed; however I'm open to the school of thought that my response to certain things has changed. For instance, I have no expectations of people. I don't mean I have low expectations, I mean I don't obligate anyone to do anything for me. I appreciate my friendships and all but I will not take offense because someone does not do what I would under normal circumstances expect them to.

But again, maybe that's how I have changed. I seem to give off the 'I don't care' vibe. Don't get me wrong, I care but not about the things that people ordinarily care about! I care more about bettering myself than changing people to benefit me. Of course I have my days when I want things done a certain way by people to my benefit but most days, I'm very able to cover all my bases.

I love to help people as and when they think it's necessary- in every way possible. As to whether they accept the help or not, is entirely up to them. So, I have to ask what your take is on this whole people changing thing. Do people change or is change just a perception of different from usual response to the same stimuli?

I throw it to you!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

You are worth your time!

Sometimes LIFE CAN BE SO BUSY! And it just keeps getting busier! You find yourself running from one appointment to another never really finding time to stop. You wake up and even before your feet touch the ground, you're in go-mode! As your day progresses, the calls just keep coming in and it's one thing after another.

Life can prove entirely busy and time-consuming. But we have all come to embrace life as so. If it's not the job it's friends or social media or ministry or family or television. Our lives are so full of events that just keep going we just have to be deliberate and stop.

I find that too many people are moving through life fatigued and cranky because they barely get enough rest. No, I don't mean sleep but rest. They just have not taken time off to shut everything out and breathe for a moment.

Unfortunately I used to be one of those people who was always feeling tired, spent, fatigued- and many times I find myself slipping back into it- but I have learnt to be more deliberate about my time. I have learnt that I am worth the investment that I give to other things in my life. And I have learnt that I am as important as the things I often prioritise over myself.

I have learnt to invest in me- and I don't mean the left over time when I'm tired and out of it. I mean productive time when I can just sit and think through life, re-invent myself and spend time exploring my dreams, passions, ambitions and aligning them to fit into my time.

You are worth your time!  You are worth your productive time! You are worth the time when you are alert and can make sense of the things you want to do with your life! Invest in yourself because you are worth it!