Thinking like a Child

African Happy little boy holding soccer ball

Children are very fascinating, especially the ones that grow-up in a loving environment.

Impossibility seems like nothing to them and they express such boldness in relating with people. Every child has a right to be loved and be themselves. I believe kids should enjoy the joy of childhood.

Sometime ago, a friend visited with his family on a short holiday. He has two lovely children and the older was about 4 years old. During their stay in Enugu, they visited the shopping mall. When they came back, the younger son J-boy who is about 2 or 3, came in with a football in hand. The story behind the ball is quite interesting.

When they entered the mall, the young boy noticed balls on display. In excitement, he grabbed one and ran down the aisle straight towards the checkout point (obviously) with no money, and undoubtedly without any worries on how to pay for it. The fact that he headed to the checkout point shows that somewhere in his mind, he knew the ball had to be paid for but the fact he had no money did not deter him at all.

Why? His father was with him.

Child-like Faith

J-boy got the ball he desired with no money in his pocket, even though his father may not have planned for it. Little wonder why Jesus said we need to become little children if we will enter the kingdom of God.

We had a good laugh over the incident but thinking about it afterwards, I wondered at myself. In walking with my Father God, sometimes I hesitate in doing what I am convinced He told me to do, typically if there is no cash at hand. Talk less of going for something that I like or actually need.

So I asked myself, does my friend love his son more than my Father God loves me? Of course, without thinking I emphatically answered NO! I know the scriptures.

[tweetthis]My Father God Loves Me and I know it![/tweetthis]

But in my actions sometimes, I realize that the answer my heart subconsciously echoes may just be YES; and that is a Problem.

So I have decided on a new ambition. I want to think more and more like a child in my relationship with my Father God each day. That’s what Jesus says we should do and I think it is the pathway to increasingly enjoying a dynamic relationship with God and living a fulfilling life.

Do you wish for the same?

 

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Answers to deep life Issues: “Na Who I go Ask?”

Have you heard this pidgin phrase “If you ask me, na who I go ask”?

It was used as the hook of a hit song by Nigerian songstress Omawunmi.

Omawunmi's hit song VideoIt’s a rhetorical question people colloquially use to communicate the complexity of a question they are asked.

When life throws curved balls at us, it leaves deep-seated complex questions in our hearts that typically shapes our actions and attitudes. It may be the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, or a tragic event.

These things trigger question within that (justifiably) need answers.

Only that sometimes, the answers we get from other people further complicate the question.

Or we tend to draw our conclusion from common sense assumptions-which often times, does lead us further away from the truth.

But more often, we sweep them under the carpet, and hope they never resurface –even though they always do.

So how do I deal with these questions? You may ask.

Many years ago I would have responded by saying “na who I go ask?” But after 13 years of walking with Jesus I can confidently say that Jesus, the living Word of God has all the answers.

Although I may never always have pre-formatted ready-made answers to swipe out on the spot, I have learnt that the scripture encodes the answers to every question that can ever arise in our heart no matter how complex it may seem.

And that, it often isn’t a ‘one verse fits all answer’ even for two people in the same circumstance at the same time.

However to decode the answer to your particular question, you need TRUST.

Trust that God cares for you. Trust to lay down the questions before God and expectantly search the scriptures for the answers. Finally, trust to accept His answer or reply (rather than an explanation) -even if it does not make sense to you at that point.

One undeniable truth remains: God’s depth of understanding is unsearchable, but you can trust that He loves you greatly.

Get all the support and encouragement from loved ones around you right now, but remember that ultimately, the wisest counsels should point you back to Jesus Christ.

Don’t let experiences define your life. Trust God to define your life accurately with His Word. He sure understands that situation better than you understand your name.

Never forget that His plans for you are good, no matter what has happened.

[tweetthis remove_url=”true” remove_hidden_urls=”true”]Don’t let experiences define your life. Trust God’s who understands that situation better than you understand your name.[/tweetthis]

How to handle Trials and Difficult Times

Are you passing through a challenging situation right now?

Trials are only meant to last for a little while.

The First Truth you need to know and accept as your mindset is that every problem you face in life, whether it is your fault or not, carries the resources you need to make advancements in life.

Culled from this episode of BotROCK

Re-Focus. This Verse will Change your Thinking.

The only constant thing in life is Change.

The things you see today can become obsolete in just a few months or years, so it’s senseless to make decisions based on the physical senses.

One key characteristic of walking with God is Longevity.

And according to the Scriptures, your life and accomplishments can take on the enduring attributes of the Word of God.

Living out His Plan

Quit Worry Live Life

Last week someone asked me a very interesting question.

He was wondering why Jesus “refused” the sons of Zebedee thrones on His left and right when they asked, since He had previously told them “ask and it shall be given”. Now we know that those thrones had already been reserved for certain people (Please don’t ask me who). But this got me thinking…

Is it possible that we can ask God for things, He has already allocated to someone else?

That thought spiraled upwards into thinking on the goodness of God. God knows what’s best for every single one of us. He has pre-planned and is choreographing our lives into what He has prepared for us.

Our Role is simply to trust that His plans for us are good and not evil to bring us to an expected end, then obey the instructions He gives us.

That excites me.

This means that I don’t have to strategize and figure out how my life will be.

My energy should be channeled to simply obeying God’s leading through the scriptures and in my heart. Phew! That’s a relief. I guess that’s why Peter said that we should cast all our cares on God because He cares for you.

You don’t have to burden yourself with strategizing on how your life will turnout.

The best you can come up with is your own perception of a good life, which most likely was shaped by what you saw in some else’s life.

On the other hand, if you give up your own agenda and seek God’s agenda for your life –then follow it, you will end up with a life that will satisfy you completely at every level of your growth and development.

[tweetthis remove_url=”true”]You don’t have to burden yourself with strategizing on how your life will turnout. Trust God’s beautiful plans for you.[/tweetthis]

“What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.” Romans 4:3-5 (Message Translation)


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