How did we get to November so quickly? Not that I am complaining, it is just that, time is flying. It was July just the other day.
November has a way of making you feel like:-
a) Christmas is around the corner \o/
b) The year is ending SOON
N.B there is a difference between a and b 🙂
Christmas is around the corner
‘What is the plan?’ is the question of the month. Food, Fun and Family tend to be the theme of the season. It’s interesting how back in the day the focus was more on Christ. All the children in the estate would go around singing Christmas songs. O Holy Night 🙂 There was always a play about Jesus in the manger ,yes, some were rather cheesy, all in all, you left there with Jesus on your mind. Even the cartoons revolved around the birth of Christ. Now, let’s just say Christmas is more commercial.
The year is ending SOON
Printers are starting to make calenders and diaries for the new year. Soon resolutions will be the talk of town. It is easy to set new goals without re-evaluating your progress on the already existing goals. There are goals that we set according to the patterns of this world then punish ourselves when we do not achieve them.
It is a case of Chronos versus Kairos. There is an ideal standard that the world has silently set. These set of standards differ in communities. A few years ago in the rural setting it was early marriage. I remember when I was getting married the question used to be ‘why are you getting married so young.’ The society has set an ideal age for people to get married and if you defy the norm, well, there is a problem. Other examples of goals guided by norms are, ‘I need to have done my masters by the time I am 25 years old.’ ‘I need to be married by the time I am 35 years old.’ ‘I need to have children by 37.’ The list is endless….the world has a pattern for everything.
The main illusion that makes one not move from Chronos to Kairos is that God will stifle them. However, it boils down to what they really believe about God. Do they believe that God wants the best for them or that He this being that only wants to stifle them?
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.any times it is possible to have desires that you don’t think God thinks are important.
So …..what is the yard stick anyway? What are you measuring your success by? Adhering to the patterns of this world can be detrimental as it robs us of the opportunity of living in the fullness of purpose. The patterns of the world prescribe a way for us to do things as if the world knows the purpose that we were created for; the path that was designated for you as an individual.
As this year draws to a close, my main concern is whether I have remained in His will. His will is paramount. There are many sacrificial things that I could have done, but they are irrelevant if I have not walked in obedience. Thankfully, it is not to late to re-align fully to His plan.
My resolution is to be where He needs me to be.
Obedience is truly better than sacrifice.