The last couple of days have been filled with introspection. Most of the days were spent in solitude doing utterly nothing meaningful, while others were full of life. During this time I have to come to learn value the ‘simple’ things in life that I often used to take for granted. Some of the lessons that have really stood out for me during this period have been;
Family and Friends
The power of a strong support system is often underestimated. Some of us boast of having many friends, while others are of the notion of ‘quality over quantity.’ At the end of the day, it comes down to who is there with/for you when you at the mountain top and still there at your lowest. Who sticks with you through thick and thin? I appreciate seasons. That there are people in our lives for a specific season and just like a sigh, they are gone. It is important to appreciate this and take out the life lessons during and after the season whether these people are gone or not.
Family is important and it’s not just by blood.
Many times we deceive ourselves. That we are indispensable, unshakable, unbwogable… But the truth is, sometimes life knocks you down. For some of us bouncing back is easy, doesn’t take long. For others, it is a hard treacherous journey. Others never recover. A good support system is one of the things that helps some of us get back up. But what happens to that one who has none out of the inability to have one or the disregard for one?
Whether we like it or not, we are all fighting battles. We might look okay on the outside, but we all got something bothering us. It might be ghosts from the past haunting, family problems, unemployment, sickness, jilted lover, a problematic boss, bad business among others.
It costs nothing to be kind, even when the other party clearly does not look like they deserve it. You have no idea what battles they are fighting. Be the cause of their smile or sobriety or simply the reason they keep pushing.
Be found faithful
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”Colossians 3:23
What motivates you to get up in the morning to go do what you do, be it work, school or house chores? Is it purely for the money that you go to work everyday without fail? I bet it’s more gratifying to have a higher ‘calling’ as to why you do what you do. Work is a gift from God. At the end of the day, we will answer to Him, so let us work as though we are working for Him. The environment or the pay may not be as conducive as you would have wished for it to be. But at the moment, praise Him in that hallway before a door is opened. And that at the end of it all, may you be found faithful, that you were a faithful steward.
Saving is important
‘A tenth of what you earn is yours to keep.’ I don’t remember who said those words, but there is sense in them. Cultivating the discipline of saving is important, it is hard but worth the pain. You might not necessarily save up for the rainy days but also for that project, investment…
Don’t give up on yourself
Simply put. Each of us has their own race to run. Some are faster than the others. The fact that your finish line seems further out of sight than the rest, it doesn’t mean you won’t get there. You will get there; at your own pace. So, soldier on; but rest when you must, then keep going.
Give thanks at all times
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”Psalms 118:1
God is good, all the time. Just as in the good harvest, in the storms, in the drought, in the floods, His eyes and ears are not shut. There is power in thanksgiving. Even when the prevailing circumstances prove otherwise, give thanks. There is a calm that comes when you sincerely give thanks in a storm. It comes with peace and reassurance that you are not alone, and that better days are coming.
This is an interesting point in this journey of life. Finding myself in situations I have never thought of myself in. I appreciate that it is all part of growth. Somebody else is here, at this point of their journey. So, until the bus moves to the next, let’s praise!