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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