Sunday, 25 October 2015

#misfit



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It was one of those days in September (2015). I had this outfit on to class. I sure did feel good and confident in it :) .
I'm getting to class and couple of my group mate are amazed! (that expression between shock and cool). Yeah!

I've never really dressed in that kind of style before.😃....
As I walked down the street,I actually did think about people been surprised at my outfit for the day. But then,I thought,this may not be my conventional style but someone will see me and get very comfortable been his/herself. Why?- someone else can resonate with their style.That alone gave me some more confidence with every step I took.

Every other person is classy and elegant but you are bohemian 
Every other person is corporate but you are casual
Everyone seems to have it all figured out but you are lost.
Everyone seems to be short but you are tall
Everyone seems to be doing life big but you can't still place what God would have you do
Everyone this,everyone that, but you? NADA!(a Nigerian slang meaning nothing!)
Everyone is into slow songs but you are into rap
maybe you've had a past that  keeps hunting you
Everyone seem to #fit but you are a #misfit!
Yeah,you heard that right- a misfit.

Many think they don't fit in because they have a style different from the norm. The society, family,friends or even the church(I didn't say the Bible but church!) has painted the picture of who an 'IDEAL PERSON' should be. Well,maybe that ideal person really does exist but the only ideal you is you been you! You know what I mean? 

Talking about church;some think they don't fit in because church is for the holy and righteous;classy and elegant,good and perfect. Lol. So its one of two things;either they go to Church and don't feel it because they don't seem to fit in or they don't bother going because they think its not for their kind of person.The best way to be the best you is to be real to yourself and GOD! 

You think because of your style, God is not for you. The truth is God wants you to be yourself with him. He wants to show his glory through your kind of person. I need you to pause for a while and allow this sink.
Do you really think God would make you and then not be able to work with you? Think about it. Yes, there may be things that needs to be straightened out in you but it takes you  to allow God into your space for those things to really be straightened out.

You don't have to fit into what society says. You just have to fit into God's mould. God is only ready to work with you through your personality. He doesn't work from the outside in but the inside out.He framed  you after all.Be true to yourself and allow his love bring out the gold in you and remove the ashes.

God doesn't work on a cover up. God works on real people. He knew what he was doing when he gave you your kind of personality. Let God define you not society. Let your living not be to fit in to what may be conventional. Let the work of your maker in you be your reason for living. So you may be the liberation some other people need. Only God can really help and make you find your FIT in His earth.
You can only be all God has called you to be if you live from His view of you. 
Let God fix you and fit you!
Look you have been called out to stand out. So let it be! You really give the world a little more beauty with your difference. 
YOU WILL BE EVERYONE ELSE BUT YOU IF YOU LET EVERYONE ELSE BUT YOUR MAKER DEFINE YOU! So that you stand out for others to gaze upon God's glory through you.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

#DIY


I'm so excited to share this with you. Today I did something different(13/10/15). I decided to go public with my faith. Sounds weird right?
 Not something someone may just decide to do-going out public! 
Actually this project was laid in my heart exactly one month less four days ago
 but for one reason or the other I could not get the message printed out. 


I remember my father making this statement while I  was way younger-’ 
Christianity is an individualistic race.’
Never really did make much sense to me until I thought for a moment,
what happens if I don’t have anyone to monitor my growth? 
What happens if I am not accountable to anyone?
 Would I still do what my heavenly Father requires of me?


Sometimes,we could get so carried away with knowing about
 something that we don’t apply what we know(generally). 
When it comes to our christian faith,we’ve got to be careful enough -to DO! - not just -KNOW!-
And then as a youth,I know this is one thing so many never want to do :). Yeah! I know! So many things running through our mind like-what will my friends say? or cool people don't do that;or stuff like that. You know what? If its a love walk you have with God,you're sure going to do it FOR HIM! 
Or maybe nah! ForYou. Check this out:

Roman 12:14- So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.(NIV)

Can you see what I am seeing here? Not my dad,not my mum,not my Pastor,not my friend,but  I! I will be the one to give the account. This account will be of myself. Meaning there are so many things I can do to make Jesus famous if I just give myself to it.


Ecc.12:13-14- ‘13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is:
 fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 
14 For God will bring every act to judgment, 
everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.’(NASB)

Its what we do that matters to God. What we do with the things he has said to or given to us.
I believe that more than ever before,God wants us to share his love with others. He wants us to go radically outward and make people know they are loved. Everyone wants to know they are accepted irrespective of their past, present, weaknesses, failures or inadequacies. That's the message of God's love, yeah! :) ...for God so loved the world... you remember that line yeah? :)


So I decided to share this just to challenge you to #DIY- DoItYourself.
Maybe I should say -to encourage you- in-case you are already!
You will be amazed at the ideas you will have if you give it a thought.Trust me! 
So much of joy sharing this with people on the street and having people also interested in joining me... :)
So yeah,lets do this for the records! 

But in-case you as a person have not been able to get a hold on God's love for you, I just want you to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God is the only one who knew and accepted you right from your conception. If you'll give it enough thought and allow Him have His way, He'll give you a deeper touch and understanding of who He is.


Thanks Mayor for allowing me post this picture! #unashamed!




















Sasha and her friends were so excited! :)












#Grow for yourself
#TeamUnashamed
#TeamJesus
#LivingRadicallyOutward!
#iTESTIFY

Monday, 12 October 2015

GRACE!!!

We need GRACE. 
Everyone needs GRACE. 
GRACE sees beyond who you are at any point in time
GRACE shines light in your path
GRACE gives you a bigger picture of who you are
GRACE forgives
GRACE gives compassion 
GRACE accepts you just as you are
GRACE puts a smile on your FACE 
GRACE gives you a strength for your RACE
GRACE is a fuel to MOVE
GRACE presents as gentle as a DOVE
GRACE gives you a reason to STAND
Even when things are HARD
GRACE BELIEVES
GRACE RELIEVES
GRACE DOES!
LOVE DOES!


I dear you to forgive that person who hurt you
I dear you to say a nice word to someone
I dear you to put a smile on someone’s face
I dear you to give GRACE.



I know the giver of GRACE
I know the source of GRACE
Its Jesus!! 
You got him? Make him famous!
You've not got him? Just ask him to come into your heart baby!
He' been waiting for you!


Jn.12:47-And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.(KJV)
 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Treasure You Do Not See

Ever been to a restaurant that's entirely new? 
Well, with a familiar person, you would not feel embarrassed to be “local”~you know what I mean?

I met a friend yesterday evening who offered to take me out :). 
We went to this restaurant called ‘Da vinchi’ somewhere in the center of my city (Lviv,Ukraine). 
 
 Can you see that light brown 'stick-like' things hanging on that plate?
 It was a biscuit stick but neither myself or my friend knew it was. My friend actually took it out of her plate and placed it on a piece of tissue on the table.
I got curious at some point and tried breaking it. I just tried ooo ...hahaha!! Low and behold it was a biscuit rolled into stick. YEAH...you can guess what came next....we laughed like we were the only ones in the restaurant. 
That was how i got this topic for this piece...The treasure you do not see...#discovering the biscuit.
I believe there are so many treasures around us that we do not take note of or do not see. 
Talking about PEOPLE!
God has placed so much treasure in people. Every one has got something on the inside. You have something beautiful on the inside.

People might have made you feel unimportant or irrelevant, but hey, that's the same way my friend and I did to that biscuit. You had to see how my friend gave so much attention to that biscuit when she started eating it. She liked it so much...you don't want to know!
 So,(you want to see the smile on my face right now just for you) take this, you are important. I would say:
1) Take time out, exclude the distractions ,take a brake from those who don't think you are good enough, or who you think they think you are not good enough(sometimes, its not people thinking things, we are the ones you know?), a break from everything that has drained you. Spend some good time with yourself. Begin to list out the beautiful  [positive things about yourself. Spend gOOOOOOOOOOd time with yourself and you'll realize how much of treasure you carry on the inside. You know nothing changed the biscuits' consistency or substance or content.
So, nothing can make you less important.
2) Don't forget the 'God factor'. He gives you a clearer and beautiful picture of all the treasures you've got on the inside.
 

There's so much of treasure in you. :)

.... David in the Bible, even his dad thought he was shit! But you know the end of the story...
:)