There’s this popular adage in Igbo language that goes;
‘A man’s morning begins whenever he wakes up’
And that’s the way it is. A dream morning routine for me would be: Brush, Pray, Work-out, help everyone get ready for the day and then head to work. But sometimes I skip the workouts (oops!).
Now imagine if I woke up late, like say 7am and instead of rushing through all my routines and dashing out of the house, I start lamenting:
‘Oh! I just woke up late. Why did I wake up late?’
And then I pick up my phone, go through my chat list and I see different updates from different friends: example a friend might write;
‘Wow! Great morning, early start’
Then I start feeling bad and instead of getting ready for the day, I decide to visit my online fitness group page and read the various workout logs and I see different exercise logs from different people who woke up earlier and again I feel terrible and I continue my lamentation
‘What made me wake up late sef?’
And 30minutes later, I finally drag myself and start off. I get to work and attribute everything that goes wrong to waking up late. In summary; I get to have a bad day just because I woke up late!
Now, compare this to people who feel that they ‘started out late in life’ maybe you are one of them. You probably didn’t finish school early,
Or maybe you didn’t get a job when others did,
Or maybe you didn’t get married when you expected to
Or maybe you did get married but didn’t have kids on time
Or maybe you are yet to have kids.
The examples are endless…
Whatever your case is, one thing you must NOT do is to waste time comparing where you would have been if ‘it’ had happened earlier to where you are presently.
Instead, invest the time and energy is making the best of the moment and preparing for a greater future. Thank God for his blessings in your life, including the ones you cannot see with your physical eyes.
AND GUESS WHAT?
God is never late! (2Peter 3:8-9) It is human beings that are time bound, counting days and years and trying to ‘catch up’ but the bible says that God makes everything beautiful in HIS time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Does that mean that God is inconsiderate? Absolutely not!
Let’s take a look at Jesus; he didn’t begin his ministry until he was THIRTY! Like seriously? I mean in today’s world people expect you to have achieved so much at the age of thirty! But the truth is that Jesus took time to prepare for his ministry and when it was the right time for him to launch out, he did and in three and a half years, he made the kind of impact that is still being felt more than 2,000 years later.
Have you read the story of Mark Kay Ash? That would be in another article.
What does this tell you? What really counts is doing what God wants you to do, when He wants you to do it, where he wants you to be and how he wants it done.
So, quit comparing yourself with anyone. Rather seek God! What does God want you to do now?
A successful person is not just someone that has loads of money and fame. A successful person is someone who is doing what he was created to do, thereby making a success out of others around him.
The lives and destinies of men are intertwined with yours; you’ve got to fulfill your destiny, so that they can fulfill theirs. It doesn’t matter what obstacles that have come your way, greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
God says ‘I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
What are your expectations? What are your desires? What are you saying to yourself about your life? Or are you still wallowing in self-pity?
Just in case you are still feeling bad, then this bible verse is for you:
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28- Amplified Bible.
If you really believe that, you will never be discouraged or feel bad for one more second in your life. Rather, you will smile, think positive thoughts and find a way to encourage someone around you.
God bless you.
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