We are half way through the year. Wow, it seems like it’s been a ‘long-short’ time.
At the beginning of the year, I thought 2014 would go a certain direction. Man, I had PLANS! It turned out that God had plans too 😉 and His are the ones that prevailed. Truly a man plans in his heart BUT it is the Lord who determines their steps (Proverbs 16:9). God’s course was not the one that seemed easiest but in retrospect i’m glad that I stuck it out. I’m wiser than I was 6 months ago, this next half i’ll be spending less time fighting God. I mean, there is no use fighting a losing a battle :).
I had a a conversation with a friend couple of days ago about a great idea that God had placed in their hearts, but they were a bit intimidated and did not know where to start. As we spoke, it hit me that it is very possible to remain awe-struck by the gems that God places in our hearts and forget to act on them. Sometimes when we try to act, our minds make excuses about why we can’t quite begin immediately.
Proverbs 26:13 NIV
A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
The excuses are sometimes very funny, I mean what would a lion be doing on Kenyatta avenue? I must add, there are stories of wild animals walking on main roads a few years back but let us work with the ideal situation that wild animals live in parks.
Uncharted waters are usually the hardest to venture in to. However, we need to be courageous.
1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV (emphasis mine)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be [wo]men of courage; be strong.
What does it mean to be a man or woman of courage the rest of this year?? What are the steps of faith that you need to take? Sometimes all you need to do is TRY, you never know, the outcome may just surprise you.
Last week I was challenged, I attended a funeral for a little angel in our midst, one whose time on earth was a lot shorter than we’d all have desired. My take out was that time is NOT on our side (well, at least on this side of eternity). Each new day is a gift. Our days are numbered and nobody knows when they will be called back by the Lord and time is not a guarantee. So, really, we are living on borrowed time and at the end of the day we will have to give an account.
2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
May your checkpoint reflection at the end of the first leg of 2014 help you in the second leg. Before we know it, December will be here and it will be time to look back at the year that was.
May you walk in courage and take the steps of faith that you need to this second half.
My prayer for you is that your latter will be greater than your past. May you let your light Shine that all may see and give glory to your father in heaven. (Matt 5:16)