June reminder#1

We are 8 days into June, half way the year already!!! I am amazed at all the things I have accomplished but most especially the ones yet to be accomplished. I feel like the year is playing the “catch me if you can” game.

I love new beginnings and I am definitely excited about June because it is another opportunity to see the goodness of God and still achieve every goal that seems far fetched even when you are a Messi of sorts.

Over the past 5 months, I have heard good news from my friends about what is happening in their lives . Some are getting married, others are having babies or have had babies, slots for job promotions, new job status, business start ups, taking on new personal development goals , travel goals………….list is endless.

I am genuinely happy and excited when i get a phone call or message with such news.However, when your stuff is seemingly not working out , you fail to be happy for others. You just can`t see past your pain and failure. I have been there and i know that feeling TOO WELL.

Don`t allow your  raging storm to cloud your shine. Purpose to be genuinely happy for others and know that the sun will shine on you just like it shone on your friends. You might just be the sun in the lives of others even when your storm is raging.

Let your June be about you and other people. Smile through that storm and know it is for a season. Be genuinely happy for other people even when your all is breaking loose.

Revelations 12;11“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.”

I am encouraged when i hear what is happening in other people`s lives.

Be encouraged for He is the same God. Don`t give up, keep achieving every set goal and enjoy life while at it. 

Desire to hear other people`s testimonies , there is underlying encouragement and rejuvenation.

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What is your handicap?

 Stock Photo - Disability medical message background. Fotosearch - Search Stock Images, Poster Photographs, Pictures, and Clip Art PhotosSome weeks ago I was alighting off a coaster when i noticed a blind man trying to find his way out but he was hitting the wrong door. I helped him to the right door and right outside, his son was waiting on him so they could walk home together.

I had seen this blind man several times as we walked to get taxis to work and his daughter or son held his arm always. His blindness didn’t seem to affect them and him much. Life was “normal.”

Every time I have seen people with disabilities, immediately I take pity on them and my heart runs out to them.

 Myles Monroe in his book, Understanding your potential reveals that, your body doesn’t limit your potential.

We all have handicaps; some are physical ,mental and others emotional……..

Nick Vujicic is a man born without limbs and that has not limited his ability nor potential.

“ Nick writes with two toes on his left foot and a special grip that slid onto his big toe. He knows how to use a computer and can type up to 45 words per minute using the “heel and toe” method. He has also learned to throw tennis balls, play drum pedals, get a glass of water, comb his hair, brush his teeth, answer the phone and shave, in addition to participating in golf, swimming, and even sky-diving.”

In 2005, Phiona Mutesi was a nine-year-old living in the Katwe slum and her father had died of Aids when she was three and her mother cared for Phiona and her three siblings by selling maize.

The family could not afford to send her to school, so she could not read or write and every day was a battle.

One day she approached a Christian charity in Kampala called the Sports Outreach Ministry. Phiona did not care about sport, she was more interested in getting some free porridge it was distributing.

At the mission, she discovered chess – a game that has no word in her native language.(http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-25731008)

Phiona`s handicaps were physical,her environment dictated what she ought to be however, she never allowed her handicaps to limit her potentials.

 What is your handicap?what is disabling you? Whatever your perceived handicap, you must never allow your true potential to become a victim of the limitations of your physical body or environment.
Reach beyond grasp.your body is not your full potential.

Look out for the movie Queen of Katwe based on Phiona`s story and also a book by Tim Crothers on Amazon titled -The Queen of Katwe: A story of Life,chess,and one Extraordinary Girl`s Dream of Becoming a Grand master.

Of potential & the challenge zone

“Don’t allow the things within you to die with you because you did not challenge them.” Myles Monroe

I met up with one of my friends -Berna last Friday and as we talked and shared on a number of things; she highlighted the fact that there is need to desire personal growth. She has been able to challenge herself to help set up accounting systems at her workplace .

So she doesn’t understand why people don’t desire to exploit their potential with all the information we have access too.

Each individual has potential and a uniqueness about them that the world NEEDS. It is important to find it and utilize it.

I personally love to learn new things because if God allows me to think it, then I can do it. However, I have to challenge myself to grow.

Sometime last year, a friend asked me to share on blessings in our Youth service. I almost said NO!!.however , I decided to challenge myself to action. I had never shared on the topic and my knowledge on it was wanting. But i decided to go into the word of God to study as i prepared for the appointed day of sharing.

Challenging yourself simply means putting a demand on yourself ,testing your ability.

Truth be told, many of us don’t want the pain ,hard work and sacrifice that comes with being in the challenge zone.For growth to be evident,you need to put a demand on yourself because growth will not come by thinking on it.put your thoughts to action.Don’t wait to be challenged,start challenging yourself on a daily basis.

Stop making excuses for yourself; I can’t access the information, I don’t have money to start up that business,no time, their too many people doing what i want to do,no jobs in Uganda…..

When you enter into the challenge zone, you must rise to the challenge,defy all excuses and obstacles so you emerge victorious. You set the pace for your life each day and your potential is maximized according to the demand you put on it.

There is nothing named I CAN’T. Challenge yourself enough to test every ounce of ability in you.Put a demand on your potential.

 

His Assessment-My belief

 

The bible is full of what God has ordained us to be as we live here on earth. However, life can knock you down -off your feet and all you want is to stay down because a situation dictates it.

I have endured hard knocks that not even Muhammad Ali`s strategy could keep me till the end of the game. I have known pain so deep all I could do was mutter Abba father under my breathe. Pain caused by envy since your classmates seem to be up the ladder and your constantly playing catch up, your life has no meaning -“seemingly.’’You seem to be facing hardships at every level of your life and you hate yourself all the more.

God reminds me that I am His own, created for His good purpose  endowed with potential; potential embedded so deep, that it will take drawing out to reveal it.

I am much more than I expect from myself.

God has created you and me to dominate and not be dominated; Let us walk in  our authority. Dominion is ours.

God believes we can do it then we definitely have the capability .Stop feeling inadequate , worthless and out of time. Remember you are working on the timing of God, understand His season for your life.

I choose to align myself to His assessment and believe it day and night.

His assessment is ,you are courageous, you have the fruit of the spirit-joy, peace, love, kindness; you are favored, your potential is limitless, you are a winner and a victor.

Stop believing what others have said about you simply because you failed that history or math paper, you are better than that. Don`t let your past about you cloud your future.

Stop believing what people say about you and know God`s assessment about you and go on and BELIEVE it.

Make plans:set goals

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We can`t go through life without planning.

The discipline starts from home when we plan for meals,compiling a to do list for the day , as one goes shopping in the market, etc

God expects us  to plan out our visions and how to achieve them in order to actually achieve them.

If you must go somewhere, you should have a plan and clarity of vision is a great way to start .

Plans according to Myles Monroe are, documented imaginations. If you can document an imagination, you`ve developed a plan for action.”

You will agree with me that life gets busy and deadlines set in that  we lose site of our plans which accelerates into forgetfulness and  loss of enthusiasm. It is important to keep site of the goals and plans made.

If you must, keep them as your painting by your bedside.Chart them out  so they are the first and last thing you see when you get up.

Besides making plans and setting goals, your plans must be reviewed on a daily basis to allow your imagination run wild and make achieving of the dream a reality.

Let your plans consume you ……..

If you don`t set goals , there will be no real progress. You will end up disoriented, disillusioned, misguided and frustrated .


Allow your mind to run wild as you become the Leonardo da Vinci of your future; carving out a smile at each milestone by growing the discipline of making plans and setting goals.

Uncap

Coca cola has a very interesting tagline,“open a coke, open happiness.” In other words,unless you uncap a coke bottle, you cannot enjoy its contents nor experience happiness…hehehe

Uncap is defined as removing a limit or restriction.…Therefore remove whatever lids and restrictions you have put on your potential so you share happiness with the world.

There things that clog our wells stalling the God ordained order; our well springs and fountains are disrupted forcing us to lose the excellence we ought to exude. Well clogs could include peer pressure, sex and drug addictions, low self esteem, negative self talk, poor parenting , among others.

These clogs cap our limitless potential and they put a seal where there ought to be no seal.

God in His wisdom , as an omnipotent father has given us a part of Him and desires we function with no caps on. So how dare we allow our wells of potential to be clogged, under utilized???

We must not put a ceiling where its an open roof. Allow room for growth, creativity and expansion. Unclog every well and dig deep to generate the best and be the best.

In order to  to get the cream, we need to unclog our wells through choosing to remain attached to the source-God. In John 14:26“ But the helper the holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things..” NKJV

Allow the holy spirit to dig out your potential, work with Him because He alone is your guaranteed Helper.


``Remember what you see is merely a shadow of your potential.” Myles Monroe

Trash to treasure

Life is a hustle and bustle and it is easy to forget what beautiful looks like.We merely look but don`t see,everything seems to be running across as if in a fanfare or is it us doing the running?

There is beauty is all things in the midst of  life`s circus.In order to create beauty out of ashes, a bird out of wood, dress out of nothing,then we must intentionally stop, see and create.

We all have creative genes by virtue of the God who created us. He made us in HIS OWN IMAGE. The image which is comprised of creativity and innovation.We are mineral mines with potential to display all minerals that you can think of or imagine.

In my senior two, i had a plain black vest and a number of colored buttons thus qualifying as a collector of things. I keep broken earrings, chains, tattered clothes with a vision of re-creating. Back to my story, I decided to attach my colored buttons to my plain black vest and i loved it even more though not more than my friends . They wondered and asked where i bought the vest from and on telling them i re-created  it ,they had the “shut up and get out of here ” look.

Creativity will be birthed from us when we stop and challenge ourselves to create and re-create. We cannot say we have no resources; resources are at our disposal all year round. How come people are recycling plastics and making valuable material out of them? Look at the artists who use bottles in their art and we pay lump-sums of money for their creativity.

Look around and you will see value in those tyres, broken cups, maize combs, broken jewellery, tattered clothes…..see value in trash.

Give your mind time to think and create because the longer you keep at the creativity game, the more your mind goes wild and bursts with ideas.

You need to intentionally stop, see and create. 

What are you creating?