The Dream

We are people of dreams, we grow up wanting to becoming heroes. Someone that society can look up to. We would like to champion the cause of the poor the homeless and the disenfranchised. Your family might have made a covenant; you would be the great hero they had hoped to become. A dream they have been long waiting to see fulfilled; they have lived the disappointment and now all eyes are placed on you. You were their hopes and dreams but alas their hopes have all but faded away.

Gods’ word said, without a vision the people perish. Prov.29: 18. What is vision you? Visions are dreams locked up inside our hearts waiting to be released. (This is my personal interpretation base on my opinion.)  While it is important to dream, be careful to follow those dreams if they are going to lead us to a path of success. Dreams are important driving force that propels us to the next level of life experiences.

I must admit that in our quest for fulfillment, we are faced with many frustrating moment. With the hope for self-fulfillment, self-awareness and self-gratification, we have lost what it means to be a hero and a leader. We have sold morality for economic privileges. We have given up the dreams of what was once important to us. What once grab our attention, the things for which our heart and soul craved. We progress through time and have now come of age to see our dreams come to pass: We have lost our dignity as producers in the work force and have succumbed to the stresses of eroded humanity and have lost our ideals to immoral, illegal, unethical or irresponsible actions. Every day we hear about it, someone is reaping from the seeds they have sown. They are unwilling to be identified because now their harvest has blossomed while they are refusing to reap their crop of indignity!

In this world, we live, we are progressing in technology but we are taking a backward turn in morality and spirituality. Our young people have become fathers and mothers but could only be qualify as children themselves. They are not equipped with the tools, the moral fiber and daring courage to stand up to society and give direction to the ones they help to bring into this world. Frustration has cause them not to want to dream. The result is a life of crime, hopelessness and now we are a decadence society. If we fail to dream, we are not fulfilling our God given responsibility, we are not living the life of success that God has ordained for humanity.

I once heard someone make this remark, “I have been down so many times, I don’t even think of getting up.” What are we living for, what are our hopes and aspiration? We cannot allow the pressures of society to guide us through a life of hopelessness. Let us turn our situation around by giving God first place in our lives; only then we can find the hope to dream again. People of the twenty first century, let us take up the torch of responsibility and run with dignity against the race of injustice, inequality and misfortune! God has given us a life filled with hopes and dreams. We must reach out and take hold of the promises He has left us. Those promises will lead us to live fulfilled lives with His blessings ever abounding in our path. Live the dream, you can make it to the next level in this life!

Courage, the strength of character

These are solemn moments the time when we need to lock arms in unity, stand strong and unite for a common cause. This is not the time to sit and fold our arms and grieve over our situation, status or difficulties in life. This is the time to stand tall and strong. People are depending on us to take up the mantle and run with the torch so that we can finish the race. We must be tough to survive in this generation. The test is on; will we stand up to the challenges of the moment?

We are a proud people, a nation of worriers, men and women of valor. This is what God calls us. What do you call yourself? He knows us; when he assigns us, He knew what we were capable of; He called us “Mighty men of valor.”

Amongst us there are people of courage who do not mind standing up for what they believe. People who are determine to do the right thing in the face of difficulty. It does not matter how insignificant you might seem to others it only takes one to chase a thousand. I often think of Gideon he was the least amongst his brethren and of his clan. His family would not be considered as being very important in Israel but when God approached him, He called him “a mighty man of valor.” It does not matter what is your status in life or where you come from or what you have done or where you have been, you are important to God and he has given you a title. Man/woman of valor!

God is looking for people of valor. He wants to enlist you in the army and in the arms of his love. Just like Gideon you might be hiding in low self-esteem but God is looking for you and is saying to you come out; it is time to march. Stand up and be counted, be willing to lay down your life for the cause.

You might be looking at the situation and asking; is it really me? Yes, it is you; If not you, then who? Men and women must be willing to rise and answer the call.

In tough times, sometime we must separate ourselves from the crowd just like Gideon had to separate the crowd. God sometimes strip us so we can focus on the assignment to which He calls us. When you are being stripped, it seems as if your world is falling apart but God does the pruning before the growing. He sometime puts you in the furnace so you can be cured. Therefore, we learn to cope with difficulties without compromise.

Think of the road ahead, it might not be paved with gold but you can make a stepping stone out of what seems to be a setback. Take courage, it will help to strengthen your character. The strength of a man/woman is in his compromise. Strength is always proven by resistance! When there is no force there is nothing to resist. However, when pressure comes a decision will always have to be made. A man’s inner strength determines his ability to withstand temptations, persecutions, seductions lies and other pressures that work to enervate his manhood.

Jesus demonstrates the perfect traits of manhood. He laid down his life. He accepts responsibility for the action of the whole world. He taught men; only by losing one’s life can it be gained. It is time to get up and stand tall in the midst of low morals, lies and deception. Take courage in difficult situation!

Walking in the Shadows

A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross sections of a shadow are a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light. The sun causes many objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the lengths of shadows change. (Wiki)

Walking in the shadow means that you become an opaque object of the one who is in front of you. This is fruit for thought but it is a fact that we don’t like to be shadowed by anyone. Everyone likes to be their own person; no one likes to walk in the shadows of another. To walk in the shadow of someone is to be in subjection to them. You are never in the light therefore you are feeling subdued. Subjection can cause negative and impulsive reaction which would lead to contradictions. When walking in someone’s shadows it can create questions of self-worth; feeling of low self-esteem or lost identity. However if you know your purpose in life, it can be an honor to walk in the shadow of the one you look up to; it can be your training ground for success!

Shadows are not invisible; even when it is caused by blockage of light from the sun, its presence is very-much noticeable. In human terms we don’t like to be held back; we view second place as being a lesser than or some sort of handicap to our achievements in life. However walking in the shadows is a sign of upward mobility. It could be a place of mentoring needed to take you to your next level of your journey through life. You might consider this thought and wondering how this could be. I will explain! Just think of it this way; everyone cannot be first but that does not mean you are less important. The body consists of many members but all have a different role to play. If the head with its entire ingenious make up decide to take a break then the body is shut down. However if the foot or the mouth decide to take a break as much as the head is in control the function would be limited. Such is being in the shadows. Every part is important and is a support for the others success!

I am not sure if we are prepared for a life in the shadows. The reason is, it seem that everyone is racing along to be number one; when this goal is not met, we all feel like failures. Society has thought us wrong and left us with a feeling of guilt because of under achievements. Could it be that you were born to be a source of strength to your leader? Just think of it this way, success does not come without help from someone! Some of us are late bloomers; we would not have made it too early in the spotlight therefore we had to stay hidden from the light until that moment of maturity. We might not have been in the light but we were developed to withstand the heat!

A shadow is a place of comfort. You aren’t overwhelmed with responsibility; you have the easy task of helping those in the light. You can walk along beside the light without being exposed. You are a helper therefore you are a part of the success that comes to the light. When you dwell in the shadows you are at a place of rest. Direct responsibility does not rest solely on you. However you have the job of bearing the load of the light when it shines through.

Someone in the shadows might be just or even more qualify than the one in the light but it is wise to be subjected to the one in the light. It is our responsibility to learn while in the shadows.

David as we know him was living in the shadows for many years but he did not complain and asks why I am here in this place. He was content where he was. It was his place of learning. In the midst of the shadows he learned to fight and he learned to play the harp. The time came when he was exposed to the light; he was prepared; he help a nation conquered a giant and a king find comfort in the midst of disturbances. For him it became a time for reflection and refreshing. He rested in the fact and comfort that the time in the shadows was well spent moments of preparation. Great people have to sometimes walk in the shadows before their light shines forth.

As I reflect on this thought I see walking in the shadows as a place of higher calling. There is no need to hate but a need for celebration. Think of it as a promotion to something bigger than yourself and be prepared to hold the reign of your calling and promotion. When David was drawn out of the shadows and placed into the light, life for him took on a whole new meaning. He had to run and hide for years because his haters did not want him around. However he was thoroughly prepared in the shadows for what would happen when he was placed into the light. He stepped into the light but he remained subjected to the light! Being out from under the shadow does not mean you lose all respect for the light; it is a place of higher calling, a place for new challenges a place for success.

You have been trained while walking in the shadows; your path have been made clear and I am sure you have become aware of the many pitfalls along the way as you observed. Now it is time for you to take up the mantle of change just like Elisha and lead the way.