Do not worry

WORRY NOT

A beautiful sight

It was a pleasant sight. My gaze was fixed, unfaltering as I watched them. Legs crossed and seated on the bed, looking through the window at the little birds playing in the light showers that came after the heavy rain earlier. The excited chirps filled the chilly air with lightness as they jumped into water puddles, ruffled their feathers and flew away. It was a good distraction for me. God’s small creation always amazes me in big ways.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This passage resounded in that moment. When you’ve had a busy week but feel like you got nothing done and dreams that brought joy are a pain when you have been chasing them for so long without fulfillment…sigh. Anyway, that was the moment I was in and when I was reminded of this verse I could not come to terms with it. Maybe I have been staring at my problems for too long instead of focusing on Christ. I pray that God will make this word solid in my daily life.

depression

 

Let go of worry

George Burns, American actor and humourist said, “If you ask, ‘What is the most important key to longevity?’ I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” Burns, who lived to be 100, enjoyed making people laugh and apparently followed his own advice.

Many a times we are consumed with the worry of when will I buy this or that,  school completion, work and we drive ourselves crazy with nonconstructive thoughts. Worry does not add anything to us, as a matter of fact it takes away our confidence. In the passage above Christ is calling us to a place of surrendering our anxiety and worry and taking on His peace. A place of trusting Him as the shepherd and provider of our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NIV) Instead of being consumed by anxiety and worry, we are set free to enjoy God’s love for us and express it to each other.

“God is my father, I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?” – Oswald Chambers

We are called to LIVE! There is so much more to life than achieving milestones that the world declares to be important. A change of perspective is necessary in living a faith filled life. Rejoice in the little things. Engage in activities that make you happy. Start off the week by placing your trust in Christ and throw out the shreds of worry that threaten you daily.

 

Video of the week

Enjoy the video below. Have a blessed week.

🎵 So long bye bye. Goodbye to my pain and my sorrow! 🎵

DARK CROSSROADS

Today I have dreamt dreams
Of colorful orange skies and shiny cars
My hopes are lifted even if it’s only for a moment
Yes the dream is there but its execution buffles me
I know I have to wake up because making the dream a reality is not part of the dream

Strength and weakness my two opposites seem to be going at each other with each passing day
Some days I feel like King Arthur with his legendary sword slaying all day long with extraordinary ease but other days am just superman ripped of strength and drowning in a pool of crystal green kryptonite
I am numb with pain
No relief comes my way
I laugh in the crowds but cry in my closet

Just a normal day or is it?
When you face the dark demons that haunted you yesterday all over again
And your strength fades away with each passing encounter
The blur of life causing me to question my worth when after all the wear and tear no fruits are reaped

Standing at the crossroad, I stare ahead as the names of each path seem to magically appear then disappear
Debating whether to go ‘right’ or follow the enticing path
Knowing full well the enticing path leads to an aftermath of guilt and regret
Fear grips my soul
Every second filled with worry that my mistake will break Savior’s your heart
When John 6:35 seems impossible – that the thirst of worldly things can be quenched
Powerless to the addictions weaned into full growth
When will I stare into the eyes ablaze with love?
When will my light grow to shine and cut through the darkness?
Faith is all I have, its my only shield, I gotta hold onto it

The corner of my eye catches a glare afar off
Hope is always here even when I chose to ignore
Peace floods my heart
The path to destiny is fully illuminated
Yes LIFE is calling
With a voice so sweet it makes my ears tingle
The crossroad puzzle has been made void
And the darkness overcome by light

THE SIMPLE THINGS – PART TWO

When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it!

We tend to neglect the simple things thinking that they are insignificant. This is far from the truth as the simple things build up to become quite complex problems or on the other hand they might just be what builds us up. A person who runs away from a problem that they are meant to handle at a particular time will encounter the same problem on a larger scale haunting them in a later stage in life. Your capability in handling the little problems will determine whether you can manage larger problems.

Simple acts of kindness have become rare in the current society. As Christians we should ever strive to be the people who stand out or we might lose the essence of our calling. When others are hating, be the one to show love. When others are cursing, stand up and bless. I once gave a polo shirt to a guy that had admired a similar one that I possess. He was really surprised and told me that nobody had extended such a gesture. Most of the people that he has encountered here in Kenya were just after money from him because he is a white man. Well, as you may well know, there is a misconception that every ‘mzungu’ must be a rich man…haha. So you never know, your small gesture of kindness might go a long way. It might actually be the only kindness that somebody receives in this crazy world.

Our relationship with God is also made up of the little things done everyday. When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it! When He asks you to perform a simple task, don’t complicate it and don’t twist His words. God always starts with little tasks and can never push you to a point where you cannot handle the task, so just trust Him. Your relationship with Him grows dependent on how well you can perform simple things. For example; if He asks you to pray for 10 minutes at a particular hour, you will be surprised at the rate of growth you will experience in your prayer life by just being faithful.

God works through principles. Case in point: Hearing the voice of God. One person might go forty days and nights to hear the voice of God while another might just put in practise a simple principle of what they need to do and how they should live and hear Him in just days. Your ability to discover and implement these Heavenly principles will tell how much you prosper and how accurate your representation of your father in Heaven is.

The Holy Spirit is here on earth to be our helper as we go about our lives. When we do not accept His heed by rejecting His voice, we tend get into trouble that He is trying to avert us from encountering. I am learning more and more to listen to the Holy Spirit, to recognize when He speaks. His voice is quite unique as it goes straight into my heart. I don’t like disobeying Him and whenever I do it causes me grief. The book of Ephesians:4.30 says: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
I believe what one feels after such a disobedience is just the Holy Spirit showing you how much you have hurt Him. On the other hand, obedience has become thrilling. This is because with every small act of obedience, there is growth. What He asks of you becomes more ‘impossible’ in your eyes and it take faith to move that step, and when you do….well…the joy is unexplainable and my heart comes close to bursting.

Last week Tuesday I got to attend the KKrew Bible Study after such a long while. Dj Moz reminded us of the importance of the simple acts that make up who we are on the topic: ‘This is us’. What quality would people ascribe to you. Character is build by the simple actions. If you want to be a certain kind of person, start putting into action the small things. Start by saying hello to somebody, start by showing love to your neighbour before going to show love to the world. Give them your time and hear out their story, they might encourage you or vise versa. Have you ever been around somebody who just exudes love, not just pretense but genuine love? A person who naturally makes you feel appreciated? I treasure such people for indeed few exist. Being part of the body of Christ calls us to be like Christ. Those around us should feel the kind of love that Christ gives. You have to understand that He not only has love but that He Himself is love and that’s who He has called us to be.

Acts:19.13-16 “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. [One day] the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

The seven sons of Sceva were people who did not understand the principle of starting with the simple things. You cannot cast out demons without knowing the Word of God. They did not know that you cannnot use the name of Jesus if:
1. You do not know the person
2. You do not have the authority
They tried casting out a demon and it turned on them, beat them up and shamed them just because they had not yet grasped the simple principles needed for the name to work for you.

My advise: Start with the simple things in order to achieve greater things that Jesus tells us in John 14:12 that we can do. Pastor James put it so clearly: “Many young people are trying to overtake their fathers yet they have not yet grasped how to do what their fathers are able to do.” You have to start with what is made available to you before going after what is beyond your grasp. Start by perfecting the simple things before trying to perfect the intertwined frameworks of a large operation. Start by laying a good foundation in order to build a grand pyramid. Have a blessed Easter Holiday!

 

You can view the first part of this blog here: THE SIMPLE THINGS – PART ONE