Day 18: A Test of Time #28DayChallenge

I sometimes wonder what determines whether a decision is the right one or not. I suppose it depends on the prism through which you are peering at that decision. Victory or defeat, success or failure – these things have the ability to change shape when viewed through the lens of time. What looks like a smart move today may turn out to be a foolish decision in ten years. What looks like a false move today may end up being the perfect step for the moment. Hindsight is 20/20.

Not that we can blame or credit anyone for unforeseen circumstances that define their lives. Time can make a fool of anyone. That is why the famous Bible writer says “all is vanity”. That saying refers to the ungraspable nature of our lives, just like smoke. It is not for lack of effort that many are unsuccessful. The unpredictable turn of events that come with time may vilify or commend our choices to future generations. And posterity will view us through lens that are yet to be made.

For me, this line of thinking has two implications. The first is that we must all learn to live in the moment. I do not mean live for today, I mean live today. We all should live for purposes that are greater than ourselves, and if possible contribute to the advancement of humanity in whatever possible. But as we do so, we must not become too absorbed in what lies ahead to the point of forgetting what is right before us. The reward of living is in the moment. Nothing else is guaranteed.

The second implication is that we should seek God’s guidance in all we do. Our knowledge is limited, confined to the limits of historical and current information accessible to us. The future is unknown and unpredictable. And what is unknown cannot be leveraged in decision-making. Only time will reveal whether a bet paid off, or if the timing of an idea was right. But those who follow the wisdom of God in ordering their lives will find that their lives reflect the best possible outcomes under any given circumstances.

Closing thoughts: give your best in all you do. We do not know what part of our lives will be amplified, or what parts will be condensed. Neither do we know what will succeed or what will fail. What matters is that we give our best at whatever we do, not complaining, grumbling, or murmuring. As the Bible says: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Eccl. 9:10). Thanks for coming by today. See you in the next blog post!

Day 17: Following God into the Future #28DayChallenge

The future: that imaginary place where all our problems are solved and our dreams are fulfilled. The younger we are, the more excited we are about the future. It holds so much promise and possibility that we can barely wait to get there. We make plans and write lists and take steps to get to the future we imagine. And as the future unravels, beginning with the next moment after our dreams and plans, it brings questions, choices, and uncertainties – things we did not plan for or expect. None of us knows what lies ahead of us.

Yet the Almighty God knows what is in our future. He knows all the possibilities that lie ahead of us and the outcomes that correspond to every set of choices or decisions we make. He sees the myriad of possible outcomes for every phase of our lives, including those outcomes we could never imagine or would rather not imagine. With that infinite wisdom, He asks us to follow and obey Him. God clearly indicates in the Bible that he wants to lead us (Psa. 32:8). He wants to achieve the best outcome possible with our lives but we will have to trust and follow Him.

Following God into the future means entrusting our plans to God (Prov. 3:5-6) and depending on Him for guidance. It means committing every thought, plan, or course of action to God in prayer, and being willing to change if we perceive that God wants us to do something differently. Following God calls for faith and humility. We have to be convinced God has a plan for our lives and that our efforts are not enough to live a life of purpose. He alone can guide us to live our best lives here on earth.

Approaching life with this mentality, however, can be challenging. It does not shield us from trials, difficulties, or pain. In fact, following God is often marked with difficult emotional experiences such as fear, anger, sadness, frustration, or anxiety. Many who followed God have experienced rejection, persecution, and loneliness. Some had the option to avoid some of these experiences by taking alternative routes or going their own way. Others had no choice and would have had similar experiences had they gone their own way.

However, the beauty of following God is that He walks with us through those experiences. He transforms our minds using His Word and teaches us how to remain joyful amid sorrow, peaceful during a storm, and loving even when subjected to hatred or wicked treatment. Another benefit of following God is that we avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary battles that could drain us of energy as we run to fulfill our purpose. Most importantly, we live to fulfill the design of God for our lives when we choose to follow God.

The future is always bright and beautiful, no matter what phase of life you are in. Of course, it is never lacking in challenges. This is why God wants you to be deliberate in walking with Him, so that He can lead you to lead an eternally impactful life that maximizes your potentials and fulfills His purpose for your life. My prayer is that you will choose to follow Him every day. Amen.

Of Memory and Music, Love and Expectation

Hello there! It’s been a few days since I posted here; busy with work and writing too. It usually takes a lot of hard work to put up something I find worthy of reading or which captivates my own attention. And I have a few pieces of poetry I have been working on – I pray they turn out well so I can put them up.

In the meantime, I wrote two short pieces today, two seven-liners that evolved almost out of nowhere, but which captured some deep thoughts in my heart. I hope you can relate with them one way or another.

So this is the first piece, which is woven around memory and sounds:

Memories swathed in unfading music,

Each memory unique with its own song

Line every path wherever I may turn

As I journey through the maze of history.

The future awaits with own set of tunes

Amazing sounds; I hear them in visions

It is time for us go over to the other side.

The second piece speaks plainly on love and where we expect to find it (not what it is, which is another matter). Here goes:

 

We found love in unlikely places

In food courts and game centres

In the smiling eyes of cute babies

And helping hands of kind strangers

Maybe we were, indeed entirely wrong

To have sought love only in certain places

For love has always been wherever we went

 

I hope you enjoy them or find them stimulating and/or tasteful, the same way good food stimulates the mouth to salivate. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Kindly use the comment box below. Do not forget to like and share. Thanks for stopping by!

O. J. Taiwo