LeadingScripture: “However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them”. (John 6:37 NLT)
Years ago, someone I knew suddenly stopped coming to church for a long time. I eventually met up with him to find out how he was doing and to see if everything was all right. He was very honest with me and told me that he was going through a lot of problems in his marriage, and that he was now addicted to alcohol. Then, he said this: “Let me get my life right, then I will come back to church.”
I smiled and asked him, “Do you clean yourself before you take a bath?” I could tell from his expression that he was taken aback by my question, so I told him, “Come as you are to the Lord. He is the bath. He will cleanse you. He will get your life in order for you, and He will cause every addiction to lose its hold on you. You don’t have to use your own efforts to clean yourself before you take a bath!”
I am glad to share that this precious brother soon returned to church and Jesus turned his life around. Today, he is happily married, blessed with a beautiful family and is one of my trusted, key leaders.
Beloved, that is what the Lord does when you come to Him just as you are, and allow Him to love you into wholeness. So don’t wait for things to be “perfect” in your life first. Just come to Him today. Let Him make all things beautiful in your life!
Jesus Christ is our Anchor. He is not a religious ruler but a live giver.
Do you need to be clean before you have a bath? Do you need to eat to full, to be hungry? So, why do you think you need to get your life straight first before coming to Him.
Sometimes we feel His light: the light of His Word would expose our dark parts to the world, our weaknesses but that’s not the case. Instead it would change our hearts and transform our weaknesses, He would even use those supposed ‘weaknesses’ for good.
Come as you are and allow Him transform your life and make it beautiful! (John 6:37)
Come as you are to Him, but don’t leave the way you came! Regardless of what people say or what they do.
How do you feel when you hear the Word if God? Afraid or Guilty? Sometimes I get caught up and feel guilty, but I’m reminded of my salvation in Christ, receive Mercy and assurance. God’s Word isn’t to make one feel ashamed but to correct us as a loving Father. Feel free to share your thoughts.
June 7, 2017 | Awards. Speeches. Success… and Life.
Ok, I’m sure by now we know what transpired weeks back at Harvard (my dream Uni 😁). It was their 366th Commencement Day held in tercentenary theatre on the 25th of May, amidst the rain and gloomy weather which had notable dignitaries in attendance amongst which were; Joe Biden, former US vice president; who spoke at the Class Day (this is a less formal prelude to commencement exercises),Sally Yates, former US acting Attorney General; who spoke at the Harvard Law School’s Class Dayand a host of honorees. Students were rewarded, parents were definitely proud and alumni bonded again.
The facebook founder and CEO, philanthropist and co-founder; Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI); Mark Zuckerberg, (who received a honorary award) was the principal speaker for the day and his speech has been all over the internet with applauds and definitely, critical reviews.
“It’s not enough to have purpose, create a sense of purpose for others” – Mark Zuckerberg
I went online to watch how it went down, and I must say impressive! I had goosebumps watching every detail, It was indeed a memorable one with great speeches; or so I thought, until I went down to the comments sections. Damn! It was super discouraging. Here I was feeling all fueled up by Mark’s speech and someone; people didn’t seem to wear my shoes on this one. Shades were thrown at like one of those GOT war seasons, lol. (P. S. You need to see the trailer of GOT Season 7 🙌😎). Different reasons emerged: from him lacking in the knowledge of economics, to him being sarcastic; oh well how much do we know from here.
Well, no matter how good you are, or what good you’re trying to portray, there would always be someone who doesn’t agree with you for that! Finally, just learn to deal with it, but hey, establish a ground where your good is far greater than your not-so-good. On the other hand, conservative criticism is healthy, especially who its coming from and what it’s addressed to.
Nevertheless, here are some quotes and great nuggets for success that went down in history at Harvard:
Rev. Walton “We need you to use your moral imaginations to draft cultural alternatives so that we can have a brighter future for those who come behind us”.
He said this calling on them to imagine a world free of hate and hunger, prejudice and despair, inequality and inaction.
“Over the course of your life and your career, you too will face weighty decisions where the law and conscience intertwine, and while it may not play out in such a public way, the conflict that you’ll feel will be no less real, and the consequences of your decision also significant.”
“You have to decide what you believe is worth fighting for.”
“We are all better than our worst moments but sometimes we’re not quite as good as we think we are, either. As bright, talented, and driven as all of you are right now, you need to give yourself the space to develop into great lawyers.”
“The safest course is not always the best course.”
“Being bold, taking a risk and owning it, isn’t easy to do, and the instinct for self-preservation may continually draw you to the safe, risk-free course, but I urge you to resist that instinct. Not only is a life of hedging your bets unsatisfying, but it means you’re unlikely to make much of a difference.”
“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that disengaging from the system that you think is broken will hold you harmless from the system’s failures.”
“In fulfilling potential and destiny, it’s absolutely essential for you to engage in the world around you, engage just like you did in campus.”
“You must maintain that determination and commitment to making things better.”
“Do not succumb to pressures that value ‘the social trappings of success rather than really making a difference’, but choose what’s best and most important to you rather than craving to other people’s perceptions.”
Mark Zuckerberg “It’s not enough to have purpose, create a sense of purpose for others”.
“Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them”.
“We often don’t do the bug things because we’re so afraid of making mistakes”.
“Create achievements that gives everyone in our society a role”.
“We need to have a sense if purpose and stability in our own lives before we can open up and start caring for everyone”.
Outside Zuckerberg, these are the distinguished individuals Harvard honored with awards.
A professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Chancellor and former president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Michael Rabin, Doctor of Science. He is the Thomas J. Watson Sr. research professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, helping to shape the field of theoretical computer science and actively contributes to major problems of encryption, privacy and internet security.
So what really went down in Harvard? Success stories, achievements, glory, merriment, a huge relief 😂 etcetera etcetera…. In all, as I look at the honorees and graduants, all I can see is the sweetness of success and reward for diligence, despite the demanding and sacrificial process. I’m sure if we ask these individuals, one by one, how they were able to come to this point, we hear the different situations and circumstances they each had to face, challenges defeated and determined spirits to succeed.
I’ve realized the importance of goal setting, it helps one stay focused. Accomplishments won’t come in a flash! They happen when we work towards our goals, no matter how little. I believe that consistent diligent little steps will definitely turn into big results.