Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reflections | New York

The year 2014 turned out very different then I expected. I found out that I was going back to school. Specifically… Bible school. I was like “really God?” Going back to school was the last thing on my mind. I didn’t like the idea. I had already finished school and “more school” was not exactly going to help me accomplish my next steps. But I guess God had something else in mind. So that’s what I did. I went to Bible school all year. Thank God I was able to finish.

Going down that lane was very hard for me. The whole time I was questioning my purpose there. Almost up to the very end, I was very restless. I kept asking God, “Why am I here?” Eventually, I started to see the light. I really believe that God was trying to show me, in a new way, that a lot of my future is determined by my thought-life. 

I had a lot of emotional struggles last year (and I’m still a work in progress). Because of various things that I’ve been going through, I’ve been questioning my value and my purpose. Having negative thinking continuously in our minds only leads us to the valley of depression. Let’s just say that at one point, I was almost there. Being in that place, cripples us from effectively helping others. Our personal lives say a lot about us. Our personal lives are where our standards are determined. And it all starts with taking control of our thought-life.

How do I know this? Well in Proverbs 23:7 it says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” To determine whether our thinking is right or not, we need to make sure that our thoughts line up with the Word of God. As one of my professors phrased it, the Bible is the “Gold Standard” of correct thinking. And Scripture confirms it. In Romans 12:2, it says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  

A former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, put it this way, “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character.”

 When we do speak, we should only speak with what aligns with scripture. Hey, I’m preaching to myself here too. In 1 Peter 4:11 it says, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”

The next time I feel like I’m not worth it, I need to remember what Jesus says about me. It says in Luke 12:7, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Whenever I feel insignificant and lose sight of my purpose, I should always remember what it says in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

The same goes to you… yes you. Take control of your thought-life and believe what He says about you. You are worth it. You have a purpose. And… you can do it.