Outstanding Performance!

                                                                                                    

John 3:27 “To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven” “

My baby brother’s favorite saying is “know your role”. It’s just a saying to him but it got me thinking. We all have different roles to play in this existence called life. Sometimes we love our roles, sometimes we dont! Therefore, instead of playing our role, we spend a majority of our lives trying to play or wish we had the role of another.

Finding contentment and happiness is a journey in life. This journey can be so beautiful and enjoyable if only we choose to have an outstanding performance in any role we find ourselves. The biggest mistake is trying to be someone else when God has made each of us a unique creature made out of His own image and likeness.

Now let me put in a disclaimer here, this is in no way meant to support mediocrity or laziness but encouragement that in any role you find yourself, you should always be the best there is at it. Now that’s what I understand to be purposeful living. With this mindset,  you will not spend your life looking for that ‘thing’  that will provide happiness for you. Happiness come from within.

John the Baptist came to make a path for our Savior. John was preaching the gospel, baptizing people and had so many followers that the people thought he was the Messiah. John knew his role, which was to prepare the way for Jesus. This did not stop him from doing what he was called to do with all his power and might. He did have people like we all do, that will try to discourage or bring us down about our choices and attitudes. As in John 3:26 “They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” It’s true what they say…misery does love company. However John’s attitude was evident in the reply he gave in verse 27  To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.”

He carried out the role of evangelist very well. He did not get upset or offended that when Christ came, his ‘thunder’ would die down. He was not jealous or envious that the people now gravitated towards Christ. But he was content in playing the role that he was called to play and he put on an outstanding performance. John the Baptist’s attitude about doing what he was sent to do as if his life depended on it is an attitude we can all emulate and is taught in Colossians 3:23…” And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

God made you as a unique individual. You have a special gift, which should be used to its full potential. Dont try to be the imitation of someone else or when you are an original YOU.

Everyone has a role they have to play at different seasons of their life. The key is to be the best there is with a good attitude so that when all is said and done you would be living a purposeful life and putting on an outstanding performance.

© 2012 by unoma nwankwor

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Strength In My Weakness..


girl-and-woman-praying-132 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me

As Christians we are called to be followers of Christ which means to walk in His ways.  His commands like, love your neighbor as yourself, if anyone slaps you turn the other cheek, forgive those who have offended you seventy times seven times and the list goes on and one are often a tall order with us Christians but hey who said the walk with Christ will be an easy one?

Being a lover of God; which I’m positive that anybody who calls themselves a Christian is.  I strive every day to live a life that He will be proud of and make me worthy of the name Christian. So in my continuous journey the study of the bible- which started off as a “duty” -became one of my nightly rituals (even if it is one chapter). In reading Genesis again with more intent this time, I began to see the story of creation in a different light, especially Eve’s role, then onto Sarah, Rebecca, Rachael, I became intrigued by these women and a host of other great ones in the bible that were blessed and highly favored by God Almighty.  These women had one thing in common; they loved the Lord but were in no way perfect. Just like me…living my imperfect life serving a perfect God.

One of definitions of the word ‘perfect’ in the dictionary is “conforming absolutely to the description of an ideal type”. I use perfect because it is an unspoken myth that because one goes to church on Sundays and bible study on Wednesday and one is a choir member or one of the ushers then you must be perfect and people hold you almost to a non-human standard. Christ didn’t lay down His life because we are without sin but because we are imperfect and His blood has promised us salvation.

Live each day committed to obeying His commands, answering to an audience of One (God). It will never be by your power or might so celebrate yourself for the small things. Strive to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.

Have a fabulous week ahead!!

Blessings

Unoma

Copyright 2012 by Unoma Nwankwor

Lifter of My Head..

 Good Saturday Morning Sisters..any big plans for the weekend.?? Today I woke up to being thankful.In this fast paced life, we take a lot for granted but its important to take a moment and pause. Selah! When we don’t think He is answering our prayers at the time we should, lets pause and think about what he has done in the past.

 

 

 

David says in Psalm 3:3-4 ” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord,and he answers me from his holy mountain.

 There is a song that says ” when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He has done for me…my very soul shout hallelujah, thank you Lord for blessing me.”

During the storm remember He is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Blessing

Unoma

 

You have the ball..

Have you ever wondered why it is that when things are going great, that’s when the devil rears his ugly head…and not in the form you will expect. I know its cliché to say that “God will never give you anything more than you can handle”…I get that but why is it that when it starts to rain, it pours and the more favored you are the heavier the rain is in your neck of the woods. It would sure be a good thing if when you are being tried that the trial s come one at a time, so you can deal with one the the other( sure would be nice wouldn’t it) . I have come to figure that with living it is a constant problem solving game. It just seems that with Christians the stakes in the game is higher. Show me a person who had no problem or care in the world and I will show you a corpse.

Take a look at the lives of the noble people in the bible that found favor with God, they always seemed to be in one situation or the other. Why is the devil always trying to attack people of God? Job, the faithful servant of God was just minding his business but not being satisfied Satan asked for permission to tempt him thinking that he would turn on God. He even had the nerve to tempt Christ? Just imagine the Christ!!  As faithful followers (not just church goers, there is a huge difference) we are bound to be tempted with things unimaginable that we begin to ask why? But then remember that Jesus instructed us to pick up our cross and follow him. Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” If our aim is to be lack luster Christians, with no real passion or desire to impact people with godly principles, then your sailing would be ‘eazy breezy’. However if in whatever you are doing, you do it as unto the Lord as in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. Get ready, you will be attacked.

I grew up with four brothers, so I know my sports very well. Ironically I am married to a man who doesn’t really care about it….lol. When I was single I thought ok since I can tolerate and actually follow sports, when I get married we won’t fight over the remote much. That’s life, but anyways I digress, where I was going to with this is that in ANY sport, the only person that is being tackled is the one with the BALL.  You see all the other players on the team just running, but the opposition is only after the player that has the ball, there are not the least bit interested in those that don’t.  When we are living in purpose making an impact on people, serving God in spirit and in truth that is exactly who we are: the player with the BALL.  Trails and temptations will come to us from every angle, sickness, job loss, foreclosure, extended family issues, marriage attacks the list goes on and on 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure.” Let’s dissect this, nothing absolutely nothing is happening or has happened to you that someone else isn’t going through, so when we cry why me? Just know that it’s not just you. But your God is faithful , so worthy of  our trust that He will not let us be tempted beyond our limits HOWEVER, when we are tempted( which we will be) He will always, always, always, provide a way for us to endure those temptations. Psalm 34:19 tells us that “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all”.

You are being attacked to distract you from your goal and why not? After all you have the BALL……

 

Be Blessed

 

Unoma

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