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Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Lesson I Learnt from my Mother.

My mother was my first friend. Every good friend imparts valuable lessons to those who they befriend. Though our friendship was cut short because death came in between, I will ever value the lessons I learnt from my mother. One of the greatest lessons my first friend taught me, was to be courageous. 

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."  Joshua 1:9 King James Version (KJV) 

The opposite of courage is fear. Fear is crippling. I had a conversation with a friend and said something to the effect of, there are times we become so overwhelmed by the opportunities or liberty we have that we do nothing with these privileges. We sit on ideas not braving to rise to the challenge to make these thoughts reality.

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”
– Les Brown

The Bible teaches we will all have to give an account of our lives to God. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12 

It would be a crying shame if our life record is littered with phrases such as; missed opportunities, he/she did not attempt much as they were crippled by fear or ample opportunities were given but he/she took them to the grave.

Towards the latter part of her life, my mother made more of an effort to follow her dreams. We often would have discussions on how she wanted to do X,Y or Z and how she was going to do so “I will do it by the grace of God”. I recall seeing a particular ambition of hers begin to flourish and I was so elated for her! She had a vision and she executed it. Although, she did not live to see its completion she still made a start. We that are still alive are we making a start or just pondering? 

Too many of us are living dead.

My siblings and I coined up this phrase many moons ago, “living dead”. A state where you’re alive but not doing much with the gift of life. The state of living dead is almost always a result of being succumbed by fear.

Fear is often a consequence of doubt.

“I could but…”

"Have not I commanded thee? be not afraid” – God.

Fear robs our time. By spending time living in fear we not only offend God but rob the world of our talents. Ellen White regards time as a talent that should be treasured as it is a gift that can never be regained or exchanged.

“We are admonished to redeem the time. But time squandered can never be recovered. We cannot call back even one moment. The only way in which we can redeem our time is by making the most of that which remains” – EGW COL Pg. 343

Thus far it has been outlined what a lack of courage is. This is fear. Fear cripples us and robs us and our time. In closing, let us outline how best we can silence the fear and become more bold.

How can we be more courageous?

Pray for it!

Prayer: God help me to be bolder, give me godly boldness help me to understand that if I am succumbed by fear I potentially rob the world of my talents that could lead led them to you. You have said in Joshua 1:9 that I must be of a good courage, Lord help me to achieve this.

Take one day at a time. I will in this one day do my best” – Ellen White.  Start with focusing on one thing you have always wanted to do. For example, if you want to become a writer then set up a blog and start writing.

Go! Get up and go the world needs you. Stop waiting for the prefect moment.

If you have be encouraged by this post, please share it with someone.

Challenge: Do something you have never done before (something God would be proud of) it does not have to be grand start from where you are. Be of good courage.

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COL (Christ Objective Lessons) by Ellen White

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  1. 'Get up and go the world needs you. Stop waiting for the prefect moment.' Love it

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  3. Rae I loved reading this post. That quote by Les Brown struck me. Its true that a lot of us live in fear. I in particular used to live in fear of failure, and what ifs. But our God is faithful to the pulling down of strongholds, thank God that phase is behind me forever.
    Your post is a good reminder that I need to get off the couch and do something about a particular venture that's been stirring my spirit for a while.
    I pray your mama rests in the bosom of our saviour Jesus Christ.


    1. We really do! I love that quote it really makes you think! He is amen!!!! I am glad you were blessed. When I write these things it is not just for others but for me too. :D

    2. I know right? Blogging is a bit therapeutic, you're impacting others, and yourself almost simultaneously. One can always come back to a particular post and reminisce, or remember how far we've come.

    3. It is! So true!!! It is always so great to see how far one has come :D