Contentment is the ability to accept and embrace all seasons of life.
It is the ability to move beyond the dreams and face reality as it presents itself. It is the ability to accept expectations of others without embracing them as a yardstick of your position.
So when we are content, we look forward at the bigger picture while diligently working towards it and yet not allow lack of progress, discouragement, being misunderstood, being undermined and failure; to make you think less of yourself and even more so your God.
To be a peace with yourself and your God within and without.
In a world of instant gratification, self discipline has become the hardest.
This is because there is always an option of things to do (we are quite busy hey) and an easier (not necessarily better or right) way to do things. This is why we struggle with spiritual virtues such as patience, resilience and perseverance – we drop out of so many things that are meant to grow us.
If we could learn to master ourselves and commit to what we seek to become we would achieve so much. Yes, to dream is important, but much more is to do.
GET OUT – ACT – FOLLOW THROUGH
The technological evolution sometimes makes us forget the basic things that have sustained human existence and growth.
Back in the day, when robots were still a thought, honing a skill took strength and time requiring consistent application of knowledge. With the robotic evolution taking place, it seems, what would normally take days now takes minutes and as such this generation has become identical with impatience.
The truth that is hidden behind these is that, there is nothing instant, each action on a computer/robot, is a result of a series of prompts and executions that have been mastered to produce a certain result. In essence, what is done with seeming ease, is always because someone committed to mastering something.
So what ever you do, #ZIMISELE – the perfection of a simple action can yield exponential innovation
Indulgence is probably one of the most advocated for activities in our generation – whether through advertising (even Christmas is about indulging) or through the prominence placed on activities that encourage indulgence. It is so bad that even in churches we want to indulge on God’s miracles so much we forget to worship.
With everything so freely available effortlessly, self control has become a virtue of the few and less and less advocated for like purity. Perhaps it is its association with purity that has crippled it as chastity has become a joke even in the church. We allow anyone and everyone to influence what we do. We want to make everyone happy even at the expense of God. Somehow, we are worried more about what people think than we are of God.
May we be mindful that Christian virtues – including self-control – are not disciplines for God but for ourselves. The lack of self-control opens you up to exploitation, abuse and violation. So His advise is to centre us, shield us and bring us fully into the place of His will.
To be woke implies a state of being awake to what is happening around you to the extent that little takes you by surprise.
Spiritual alertness relates to an awareness that transcends the obvious and opens up what may not be seen with the naked eye. It means being conscious of what you do and what is done around you. It means being alert to the work of the enemy that may distract you or derail you. It means being alert to who you are and where you are going.
There are no coincides but opportunities to do or not to do. Be awake to what you are exposed to and consciously choose how it affects you and your influence.
#Phaphama -Be woke
One of the most foundational statements in the Bible is “God is Love”- it is foundational because it is the very reason for God’s redemption (John 3:16).
If God is love that means that love starts with Him and knowing Him leads to knowing love. So when He says we must love our neighbours as we love ourselves, He must know that when we love others sincerely we will come to ourselves.
Love God – Love others as yourself!
We all have been created by God – intricately and purposefully. We are His special creation – made in His image and likeness with delegated authority over all of the earth. This alone makes us royalty.
When we respect ourselves, it is not esteeming ourselves greater or better but it shows an appreciation of who we are in Christ. Our self-respect will not make us respect others less, because we understand that not respecting others will take away from us our own self-respect.
We respect ourselves by the choices we make, we respect ourselves by what we expose ourselves to, we respect ourselves by understanding that our every action can build or destroy. We respect ourselves when we choose to build – first ourselves and first others.