It’s Truthful Tuesday!
We are going to face the often bitter truths which we conveniently overlook, ignore or reject. We are going to face them because we need to grow and though it may sound clichéd, the truth actually does set one free.
So, in this piece, I will be talking about possible reasons some believers don’t excel, especially when compared to the unbelievers. By believers I am talking about people of faith, I’m talking about those who faithfully serve God as their Creator.
Most times we see those who we many times term ‘unbelievers’ doing so well and we wonder why our God is slow. We wonder why our prayers are yet to be attended to, and we wonder why it feels like we are wasting our time sticking with Him. Some of us have thought about leaving Him as though we are doing Him a favour, some have stopped worshipping because somewhere, somehow, they think God has low self-esteem and our praises assure Him of how great He is.
If the last two sentences define you, wake up! God, by Himself, tells us how great He is. He lets us know there is none other like Him.
But I digress.
I will be sharing 6 practical reasons why some honestly good believers don’t excel. Why it is looking as if we are fools, when following the Good Book’s definition, we are not the fools. Let me say this; in summary, the reason is that many minds are not ready for the greatness they seek, simple.
Let me explain with these points.
Disbelief of self-ability.
I can feel the cringe some of you might have felt when you read that I want you to believe in yourself. You might have confused belief in self-ability with pride. They are two different things; one is reasonable and an appreciation of God’s work in your creation, while the other is a delusional, destructive view of oneself. I say delusional because when all is said and done, we are dust, so pride is delusional. Belief in self-ability, on the other hand, possessing a healthy dose of self-confidence, is necessary for any worthwhile achievement. If God has said you will ride on the high place of the earth, don’t you think He must have put something within you which will enable you to climb that high? Do you think He’d just make the promise without giving you the needed tool?
Now let’s face it, we live in a dysfunctional world and the families are not exempted, so our minds are not at their full capacity to understand how wonderful we were created. We have to water, fertilize and groom that seed within us until it becomes the tree with which we will climb high. If you don’t feel capable of greatness when compared with others, go to trainings, practice more, pursue excellence, and keep working until you believe the truth of how much greatness God has put in you. Don’t just sit and look down on yourself, doing that is the same as looking down on God which takes us to the next point.
Disbelief of God’s ability.
Many of us are the unbelievers we accuse others of being. We pray to God and ask Him for His blessing, claim His promises and then we go back and indirectly call Him a liar. We don’t believe He’d do what we are asking for, we don’t believe He’d do what He has told us He would do, and a part of us don’t believe He even can. You wonder how I know this? Well, it is by the displayed actions.
Action truly does speak louder than words.
You can’t say you would ride on the high places of the earth and make actions of crawling on the ground. You should be climbing! So you obviously don’t believe in God’s word and you also don’t believe in yourself as we talked about in the first point.
Your actions will always follow your beliefs.
You can’t say you have faith that you will be great and yet your actions show nothing of the expected greatness. You have to act accordingly, you are the one who should be riding high, act it! Divinity won’t do for you what humanity can, should and will. Divinity can push you, but you the human have to climb! It is like the couple trying to have children, the first thing the specialist would ask is if they are having regular sex. It would look so stupid and maybe a little annoying if the couple says no or they say they only have sex once in a while.
Do you believe you can get straight As? Then study as hard as a straight-As student would study.
Do you believe your Startup will thrive? Work as the owner of a thriving Startup would.
Do you believe? Prove it.
Absence of positivity.
So, let’s assume that you believe in your ability and you believe in God’s ability, but at the slightest fall from your climb, you begin to wonder whether you heard God correctly when He told you that you would ride high, or you begin to wonder if you read the promises in the Bible right.
You see how fast someone is climbing and you are convinced that only explanation is that the village people poured okra on your own path so you will keep slipping. Or you are convinced that God has not forgiven you for some wrong you did even though you have asked for forgiveness, you see Him as one vindictive being paying you back for stepping on his toes. God is not petty and so He doesn’t act petty.
To win the battle against the darkness, you need to focus on the light. When we are asked to count our blessings, it doesn’t mean that there are no bad happenings, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray for better days, no, it means you should focus on what goes right and be grateful.
The thing about the mind is that what you feed it with, what you constantly put before is what it attracts. So if you only focus on the wrong things happening around you, you get more negativity, also if you consciously, deliberately focus on your blessings, no matter how little you think they are, you attract more of them. Gratitude is an art, practice it deliberately until you become a professional.
The concluding part with the remaining three points will be shared next week.