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So this morning –

Again, after having the same old difficulty of waking up, I pondered on the events of the day past. My thoughts took me to a place achievement, as if I had actually achieved something worthwhile with my day. And yes, indeed I had.

This all culminated from a simple thought, I had to be better today than I was yesterday. This had put me in a space that allowed me to be spontaneous, more care-free but more importantly, a space that forced me to think differently (Now hear me, I am not saying I’ve found the secret to life).

Romans 12 :2 – speaks of renewing your mind, and transforming the way you think. What it means is do not copy the behaviours and customs of this world, this is only possible when the holy spirit re-educates and redirects our thinking. (derived from the NLT study bible – scripture commentary)

Wow – this is great news; however, even for the mature Christian who has seen God move in their lives for years and years, we do sometimes feel a sense of abandonment. Like, every day is a struggle. His voice is nowhere to be heard.

I can encourage you by saying this; in order for real growth to happen in your life, to achieve all you want to with your life, we need to dig deeper. The deeper the root of a tree goes, the bigger it becomes, and the stronger it gets! Let’s get out of this maze we’re stuck in by breaking the mould of our thought.

DO things differently – take a different route to work, wake up 30 minutes earlier, and take a jog in the middle of the night? See what changes you experience in your life by changing the way you do life!

  • Take a read – Romans 12:2 even if you aren’t religious, take a read, digest it. See what happens in your head when you do. God may just be trying to change your thought and get you out of this maze!
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So like me, you woke up feeling deflated. like your life isn’t going anywhere…and it’s going there slowly.
The strive to wake up and leave the nest is an unending battle. As i struggle to make my way to the place i go to earn my wage; i see that this not where my destiny is.

But then i realize that we are where we are for a reason, a purpose.
As unreal or medoicre as it may seem, we all have a part to play in this world. some small, some have big roles.But what’s important is that we realize that role and see it through.

God is not fair, but he is righteous, so all the comfort we need is in the reassurance that he has put us here to achieve something bigger than ourselves. Something worth living for, even dying for.

So today, as you wake, and read this post. Remember this, you may not be where you want to be,but you are not where you used to be!
Lets strive to be better than we were yesterday, this will require us to put our best foot forward everyday and start acquiring healthy habits…Because healthy things GROW!

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So just to shed some light as to who I am…what I do…

I was born into a Christian home, my old man was a preacher, his name was Wiseman…. the irony I know… the wise preacher.
My “oledi” (old lady meaning my mother) is a teacher and I have a massive family of brothers and sisters from both sides of the family –

Now we all know how complicated black families can be, so anyway, from the moment I attended my first Sunday school class my dad the preacher man had it in his mind that I would follow in his footsteps – countless times being asked to stand up and teach the rest of the gang how to say the lord’s prayer, or to teach memory verses.. all at an age far less than 10years old. This made me awfully uncomfortable at church sometimes, as I never quite felt like I fit in… yeah – I WAS different, and different wasn’t what this church was looking for.

I GOT A TASTE OF MY DAD’S LIFE WHEN I WAS 11, this man had it in his mind that I, an 11 year old boy should lead s kind day school!!!! WOW, you can imagine the shock and horror in my face, me…11… to lead a group of kids far old than me in Sunday school? Let me enlighten you as to why I was so not up for it –

1. I grew up in natal, and now we are in vanderbijlpark, in the deep south of Johannesburg where the only language they would prefer to speak was sesotho!
2. I was 11 for heaven’s sake! There were kids way older than me who could’ve taken the mantle
3. I have to say this… when you attend church every single Sunday, every single conference, revival, prayer meetings, WMS, retreats, camps, self-denial outreaches, as a kid of 4 years till 11years old. I REALLY FELT LIKE THIS WAS RELIGION OVERKILL!

SO I had my reasons why I REALLY didn’t want to take on this role, but I did.. I wasn’t going to dishonor my dad, and besides, the calling of God was on my life… wasn’t it? I could’nt understand why my dad insisted I lead this group of passionate playground troublemakers when I myself was the most unfitting person he could’ve chosen… MY TENURE DID NOT LAST LONG, I ensured I got out of it. But not before learning some lessons I appreciate today.

‘The life of David’
See David was no more than a young boy when God called him….
He had potential, lots of it. But potential alone wasn’t enough. He had to be tested before he would face Goliath one day!

●  He was Raw
When God chose David to be the king of Israel, he dis so when he (david) was still a boy, he hadn’t won any battles, he had no army, he was not famous. But he was chosen – ” one of Jesse’s sons, from bethlehem, talented harp playef, he is a brave warrior, a man of war, has good judgement a d the lord is with him ” – 1Sam16:18
He was picked on potential, but inevitably trained to rule. SEE IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR TALENT, GOD CHOOSES RAW PEOPLE AND REFINES THEM

● The testing
He (David) was out in the field watching over sheep and goats, he killed a lion that was to devour one of his father’s livestock… this was the first test, God wanted to see if he can defend a nation against Goliath.. He passed, handsomely.

● He was given time
See raw potential needs time to mature, for growth, if we look at all the great leaders in the bible, all of them were processed, challenged, tested…REFINED TILL THEY WERE READY

DAVID’ time to rule only came a while after he had defeated Goliath, when he was in the wilderness running for his life as Saul wanted to kill him (the same king he had served to defeat the philistine). Moral of the story – God promotes…not man! At the time of his choosing.

-Take home message –

Now I likened my “raw talent” to that of David, why did I do that?
Well, it’s to show you that despite the fact that I can’t play a harp, I had my own talent, I had things I was good at. Ultimately  those weren’t the criteria that was chosen when I was made Sunday school superintendent at 11 year’s of age. It was God calling me, letting me know that he had greater things destined for my life, all I had to do was to stay planted, sink my feet in deep. And headstrong.

The challenges come, the tests are inevitable, but if we seek God in all we do – He will make a way for us..
now shortly after this tale, I MYSELF WAS IN THE WILDERNESS, HAVING LOST SIGHT OF GOD, I BECAME THE PRODIGALSON – AND GOD WANTED TO GIVE ME A WONDERFUL TESTIMONY OF HIS GOODNESS!

We are chosen based on our potential, doesn’t mean you currently are,  but like silver has to be refined, so you too shall be refined to make a difference in this world lead! GOD WANTS TO USE YOU

-aprodigalsjouney

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humble beginnings

Posted: May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

humble beginnings

Born a gentile, on a countryside farmhouse…we were exiled from our home in the middle of the night – our lives in danger. By the grace of God.. We found a new home…

This was the beginning of the journey…aprodigalsjouney