I am sure this article will provoke deep reflections in some of my readers as I share my opinion on the “Work of God.” What is the Work of God? So many Christians think that the Work of God is the voluntary responsibilities one takes in a church. Permit me to show you that the Work of God is more than that.
The Work of God is anything you do to improve the lives of those made in the image of God i.e. fellow human beings. It is not limited to the service you render in a church. Remember that you cannot see God, but you can see human beings made in His image. You cannot be active in your church but not active in society or at least your neighborhood. [Yes, I agree that the church is a part of society, but your talents, ideas, and efforts are needed more in the larger society.]
The Work of God is what a driver does when he drives his/her passengers carefully without recklessly cutting their destines short in an accident. It is what an evaluation professional does when s/he helps to evaluate the impact of an intervention on the lives of the beneficiaries made in the image of God. It is the work of God that a teacher does by teaching pupils diligently thereby helping them shape their future. It is what a nurse does when s/he cares for sick patients till they recover their fitness. It the work of God that a pilot does when s/he takes a plane carrying human beings made in the image of God and grants them safe landing. It is the work of God when a banker helps his/her clients to make profitable investments to avoid poverty. These are examples of what it means to Work for God.
To make your life count, you must see your work/job as the Work of God. Render your services with godliness and sincerity of heart, and God in heaven will be smiling because you are doing His Work.
Taiwo Adesoba. Tennessee, USA
A major cause of setback for many people is procrastination. This means putting off what you should do right now till later time or postponing a task until a “more convenient” time. It is important to realize that there is no “convenient time” for an urgent and important task than now. Moreover, most of the activities we procrastinate are those that can be completed in a time shorter, very much shorter than estimated in our minds. What drives me crazy about procrastination is the emotional troubles and guilt that come with it. I have categorized the causes of procrastination into two:
- Over-confidence: This means you believe that oh this is a small task and I can accomplish it within a few minutes when I am ready or when I feel like. This attitude suggests that we underrate the task and do not give consideration to the potential intricacies inherent in the task. I have done this several times, only to find out that there is more to this “little” task than I thought.
- Diffidence: We sometimes realize that a task is beyond our capacity, then we put it off. This is a major cause of failure in any respect. If you found out that the task is too big or hard for you to handle, the proper thing is to be tenacious and not to relax until it is solved, since the problem will persist if left unresolved.
Procrastination panics its victim into a hasty delivery of task which results in poor quality of work. Tasks completed in a hurry are usually not our best. As you may have experienced, the first draft of a piece of writing, for example, is not usually excellent. When you look at the piece a second time, you are likely to identify areas that you should have used a better expression, or typos that need to be corrected, or even general weakness in the composition.
How do I manage this situation?
It makes a lot of economic and moral sense not to rest until an urgent and important task is completed. If you are confident that a task is an easy one, then do it quickly, and thereafter you can relax, or conversely, quickly seek assistance from anyone who can support you to get it done, and you are then free to play.
Finally, remember that most tasks can be completed in a much shorter time than you estimated. You can overcome procrastination!
Passion without capacity results in frustration.
While it is important to be passionate about a particular cause or about creating change in a sector of your community, acquiring knowledge of that subject matter and the intellectual capacity to deal with the issue is equally important, if not more important than passion.
Many young people have passion about very important issues but they are not willing to go through the training process. That is why they may look promising at the start but in the process of implementing those ideas, they are fatigued because of lack of capacity.
When I realized my passion for public health and international development, it dawned on me that I needed more knowledge in order to achieve my desired success. I started seeking the right opportunities. I abandoned many things to seek appropriate knowledge and skill. Participation in monitoring and evaluation conferences and workshops, and even further academic studies were some of my options.
Once you identify what you are passionate about, what you need next is a hunger for knowledge of that subject matter. You can get this through further academic studies, mentoring, volunteering, etc. Passion combined with capacity makes you an authority in your field.
I recently discovered that my desktop stopped notifying me about new incoming emails from my Gmail account and was disturbed because the notification really improves my personal efficiency. I searched online on how to fix it but many of the suggestions I found online were not helpful such as downloading an unnecessary extension.
Finally, I was found out that the problem was because I did not sign into my Windows’ account center. This is how to fix it:
- Look at the bottom of the right-hand side of your computer.
- click on that little box with a sharp edge facing down (Window’s action centre)
- Sign into your Microsoft account
I hope this helps.
Sometimes, you see someone from afar and you can see they are doing well, getting some recognitions and making impact; then you assume, this guy’s situation is better than mine. Or this guy seems to have lesser challenges. You may even become jealous, and you may be soliloquizing, “who did I offed?” Little did you know that the challenges of life do not care who you are, where you are or how good your intentions are. Everyone, including those you admire has one or more challenges to overcome on a daily basis. It could range from anything to anything. There is no beginning or ending to the diversity of life’s challenges. Even plants are not exempted from struggling with the soil before becoming big trees. Please who did they offend? That’s just what it is.
You need to realize that one of the things that keep people going is their motivation to overcome their challenges; this could also mean their motivation for doing what they do. When your motivation is weaker than your challenges, you may be stranded. Have you ever wondered why almost all organizations have preference for potential employees who are self-motivated? They know that challenges abound everywhere; their own organizational ecosystem, not exempted.
The crux of the matter is this, you must overcome to become! Those challenges are meant to be overcome. If you don’t stop them, they can stop you. So, you have to be smart. Your victory is very much linked to your motivation gauge. With God, ALL things are possible.
Now, do all to stand firm, be strong, be bold, and be HIGHLY motivated.
Everything’s gonna be okay!!!
To be a man of conviction is to be a man of your own beliefs. This applies to men and women alike. It means you know what you are doing and why you are doing it, even when others do not see a sense in it. It also means you are ready to walk alone when you are deserted by others who do not believe in your dreams.
Men of conviction sometimes suffer “shame” and “neglect” particularly when their opinions and convictions are unpopular, but they are also usually rewarded greatly with success and good reputation, because they remain undeterred.
The world will always test your resolve! And that is why many people give in to all sorts of things and become irrelevant because they are moving with the crowd.
Men of conviction are leaders and starters. Their somewhat unpopular convictions sharpens their creativity. They see what other do not see. Anyway, they care less what others see or say.
To become a man of conviction is not difficult. Identify your identity and move on with it. That’s all!
Johnson City, TN, USA
When the challenges of life come, what do you do? How do you manage them? No matter where you are, who you are and what you have, challenges will always come! Sad, but true. A Nigerian musician Chief Ebenezer Obey said in one of his songs, no matter how sunny or bright the day may be, there will be some dark patches in the sky. It is true!
The truth is this, there is a direct relationship between challenges and self-motivation. The bigger the former, the bigger the latter should be.
Self-motivation is a life-changing factor that makes people wonder how you keep going, against all odds. It is the factor that draws helpers to you when they see how willing and single-minded you are to succeed. It is the factor that makes your enemies to get scared of you, and wonder what spirit moves you. It is a factor that makes God love you because self-motivation is linked to faith and when you have faith, you please God.
Let me add that, it hastens emotional healing which transforms to improvement in physical wellbeing.
The possessor of self-motivation thinks faster out of the box to solve their personal challenges. So, if you think you have challenges, it’s okay; but you have a responsibility to solve it. The world cares less about how big your challenges are, they only want to see results! Sorry, if this sounds too harsh. It is a bitter truth.
Please note that self-motivation is no magic! It is acquired, nurtured and integrated into one’s existence. It is an indispensable tool that helps you deal with life’s hard times.
Self-motivation does not necessarily stop you from crying when you are heart-broken; remember, you have emotions too. It helps you to promptly wipe your tears and PRESS on! When some people tell you where they used to be, and where they are now, you wonder how they overcame some seemingly impossible challenges. This is why carriers of self-motivation cannot always explain their success process as much as the success stories. They can tell you where they left and where they are but some aspects of their stories are just amazing and miraculous.
When self-motivated persons are shaken by challenges, they tell you boldly “No Shaking”, and you know what, they mean it! They have string faith!!!
I encourage you to be self-motivated. Let motivation come from within you. Be strong! And you know what? Everything will be alright. Don’t ask me how. Just believe!
Johnson City, TN USA.