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Rejection can be part of God’s plan for your life

Turn the gloom into glamour

Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”

Judges 11:2-6.

Jephthah’s story has two sides, the dark and the bright; man’s rejection and God’s acceptance.

Rejection is part of human experiences. Because society has set up standards, timelines and expectations of you. You’re going to be rejected for reasons beyond your control — if you fail to meet their requirements.

Jephthah was rejected for reasons he didn’t choose — being an illegitimate son. Yet, despite the disappointment, he didn’t choose bitterness, he chose something better for his life. He created a grand purpose for himself and others.

He turned a gloomy situation into a glamorous one and by God’s grace, he achieved a great feat. Those who had rejected him sought his help. 

Society defines value in different ways. By the measure of affluence — the material things one possesses, by the level of education, the position and authority one wields, by the number of people they are influencing… etc.

Beloved reader, do not be tempted to define your value based on the diverse societal definitions. I want you to know that your value isn’t measured and defined by society.

You’re valuable because you’re a child of God. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. The value Jesus has is the same value you have. The only difference with the value of the other person is in the manner in which we choose to do with the value we have.

Maybe you’ve been rejected because of your age. Maybe they’re saying you’re not educated. Perhaps they are saying you’re ugly. Maybe it’s because of your skin colour or your gender. Perhaps they’re saying you’re poor…etc.

I want to tell you that like Jephthah you can create a purpose out of rejection. God’s grace is sufficient for you to turn that rejection into great accomplishments. If God approves of you, nobody will invalidate you. Even those who despised and betrayed you will soon hear, see and seek the value in you!

Questions to consider

  1. Are you facing rejection from your family, friends, workmates etc?
  2. How are you responding to the rejection you’re going through?
  3. How can you apply God’s Word to cope with the rejection you’re facing?

Let’s declare Psalms 23:5 upon our lives together.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Faith

Why young people are losing a sense of usefulness

It is alarming how the young generation is committing suicide as opposed to the elderly. They are killing themselves (and their loved ones) in the name of frustration, disappointment and depression.

Yet the older people are still digging deeper for new opportunities. Why is it that our grandmothers and grandfathers still wish to live long? What is it that they still want to live for?

Purpose. An aspect which is scarce in a majority of young people these days. Without purpose they’re void of vision and hope, hence losing a sense of usefulness. Because they have nowhere to utilise their skills, gifts, knowledge and muscles. Lack of usefulness engenders suicidal thoughts.

Young person, create a purpose; commit to it, and set yourself flying. With a purpose, you won’t be overwhelmed by challenges.

Develop a sense of optimism, positivity and patience. One step at a time you’ll get there no matter how long it takes. But it won’t take forever.

Questions to consider: 

  1. Do you have an unquenchable yearning after a God-given purpose that matters too much to you that you have a compelling reason to accomplish no matter what? 
  2. What setbacks are holding you back from accomplishing what matters to you most?
  3. How can you overcome the challenges holding you back?
  4. Are you determined to plunge into action now?

First of all, however, entrust God to take care of your journey because a man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9). Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Spiritual growth

Now is the time to do what matters

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Luke 4:42–43.

I hope we can learn from Jesus who valued His purpose to the extent that he couldn’t waste an iota of valuable time with the crowd. He used His time wisely and responsibly since He was determined to fulfil His purpose no matter what.

My friends, it is up to us to make our purposes alive and fruitful in the present moment. Now is the moment to sow quality seeds in our lives and those of others before we want to enjoy the fruits and the shade.

Now is the time to give our best where we are planted. I hope you take today as the most significant gift and do the things that matter to you. God will take care of the process and the results. Amen.

Stay blessed!