I once heard it being said that the way you describe yourself either makes you or breaks you. Do you describe and define yourself with humility or with pride? By pride I am not referring to boasting, but joy and a sense of worth. A sense of worth, especially when thinking about what and how you have worked hard to achieve what you have and who you currently are.
When thinking about self-description, one other thing comes to my mind.
Do we describe ourselves based on what we have or who we are?
We always have to remember that we are human beings, mortal creatures who came into this world with nothing and will certainly leave with nothing.
So what is our identity? Is it within our titles? Our education? Our family status? Our environment? Our character? Our personality? Or our interior wellbeing?
Yes, definitely they all play a part in defining us as individuals.
Therefore, how will you describe yourself? I often like describing myself by my passion and lifestyle. For instance, a lover of nature, an Emcee, a helping hand and most of all a lover of all. Now, it’s your turn to say something. Describe yourself briefly…
Let me tell you a short and sweet story today.
On a faithful day, as I was heading to a BBQ, I received a call to go pick up a friend. I agreed and headed to pick up my friend. And guess what? Since I was tired of driving, my friend agreed to take on the wheel until we reached the BBQ’s location. But something extraordinary happened on our way to the BBQ. I received a text message from the host to stop by the grocery store and get some extra drinks and water, to which I agreed hesitatingly.
But you know what? God had planned it otherwise, because our stop at the grocery store was very fruitful.
As we were about to pack the car we ran into an old acquaintance; whom we hadn’t seen in a while. We greeted each other and headed our way. Some seconds later, she comes running towards us again stating that she had locked her car keys in the car. All frustrated and sad about her action, I looked at her and immediately asked my friend to assist her (as I recalled that my friend had previously been in a similar situation and managed to unlock the car). That being said, all 3 of us headed to the grocery store to pick up the items and back to the car. After picking up the items, the car was successfully unlocked. As soon as the car door got unlocked, she stared amazed with a grateful and joyful heart. At that very instant, I exclaimed that our meeting was indeed divinely ordained. Upon hearing that declaration, she brightened up even further and gave us hugs upon hugs.
The encounter made us realize that noting happens in vein, but all things happen for a purpose and are ordained. We laughed about it and thanked the Lord for the divine encounter. Finally, we headed our separate ways and considered the day to be a fruitful one.
They say heals every wound;
They say mends every broken heart;
They say reveals true character(s);
They say tells you who your friends are;
They say makes you weep;
They say makes you happy!
With time you can move mountains;
With time you can get better;
With time you can love again;
With time you can be hopeful again;
With time you can change;
With time you can be wise!
How do you use your time?
How do you share your time?
How do you let others use your time?
How do you value your time?
How do you prioritize who you give your time to?
How do you ensure that your time is maximized to your advantage?
Time brings about change and change is the only constant we have. Therefore let’s go forth and be smart users of our time.
People often say that it’s tough to comfort a friend/ family in need. We can never fully feel their pain. It’s indeed what I experienced today. I didn’t know what to do, didn’t know what to say? Didn’t have the exact words. She was in pain. Her eyes were filled with tears. She almost cried.
This morning, immediately as I said good morning to a colleague, she began to tell me a story and poured out her heart about how she felt. One of her family members is in a critical health situation. I tried to question her, but uttering the words became difficult for her. The day didn’t go well. It wasn’t a great day for her. She is usually very jovial and outgoing, but today she spent it at her desk and in her ‘zone’.
I tried to comfort her, make her laugh but it still didn’t cut it. The sadness continued throughout the day.
As I observed her throughout the day, I began to realize that this life we have is very precious. Some people say that we always have a choice, but I will gladly refute that fact. For instance, she wanted to be joyful and smile but couldn’t because of the circumstance around her. She realized the importance of family. She realized the importance of proximity. She just wanted to cry and hug her family. She just wants things to be better. I told her to pray and be hopeful. When we are positive things happen.
As stated in Proverbs 18:21, Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and very often we get what we speak and pray for. I therefore urge you friends and family to always remain positive no matter the situation and always pray for change.
As I write this post, I am also praying for her uncle, who will definitely feel better and get restored.