Dif­fer­ences

Sunday Observer - - YOUTH SECTION - With Mukelo Tembe

What you build around your­self to keep your­self from get­ting hurt can be the very thing that will in­car­cer­ate you. Let's not be so ‘spir­i­tual’ for­get­ting what is be­hind us and reach­ing for what is be­fore us that we end up not be­ing present in the mo­ment

God doesn’t look over our dif­fer­ences. He cre­ated our dif­fer­ences. You’ve just got to love how God made you. Start speak­ing life to your body. Stop speak­ing against your body. God al­ways takes you bet­ter, not back­wards. Don’t kill your fu­ture be­cause of your past. God’s got bet­ter for you. Bet­ter is a process that you have to pre­pare for. God pre­pares the place be­fore He pre­pares the per­son. God is pre­par­ing you for some­thing that is al­ready ready. The rea­son you don’t make church a pri­or­ity is be­cause you don’t have sight of the place where God is tak­ing you. You can hear the word and not profit from it by not be­liev­ing the word. God’s word is His seed. The seed is po­tent, but your faith is the egg. Your faith has to come down to mix with the word. God cares about faith more than He cares about right­eous­ness. If you don’t have faith, you don’t have profit. Fear hear­ing good Word that you don’t put into ac­tion. You are held ac­count­able for what you hear. God holds you ac­count­able for what you are ex­posed to but don’t grow from. One of the things that God hates is that which is not prof­itable.

I count not my­self to have ap­pre­hended. In other words, I'm not quite where I need to be and I'm com­fort­able with ac­knowl­edg­ing that, firstly; you can­not con­trol life (so we need to be able to adapt when changes come our way.) Se­condly; we put too much en­ergy into con­trol­ling our im­age be­cause we are afraid of what peo­ple might be think­ing about us.

Thirdly; we are too afraid to show that we can be vul­ner­a­ble and we some­times fear or re­tal­i­ate against peo­ple for no rea­son. We are too busy try­ing to pro­tect our­selves from cer­tain peo­ple who re­ally don't even mat­ter. I don't have it all to­gether, but can you love me any­way?

Be­ware of let­ting your­self be­come numb be­cause of all you have been through in life. You can be numb to the pain and hurt, but you also be­come numb to joy and good times and the ex­cite­ment life has to of­fer to the point where ev­ery day looks the same. It's like you're the walk­ing dead, numb to time. You're j ust go­ing through the mo­tions and you might even for­get what day it is.

Hurt

What you build around your­self to keep your­self from get­ting hurt can be the very thing that will in­car­cer­ate you.

Let's not be so ‘spir­i­tual’ con­cern­ing for­get­ting what is be­hind us and reach­ing for what is be­fore us that we end up not be­ing present in the mo­ment. We can have faith that yes­ter­day is dealt with and praise God for to­mor­row, but what about the RIGHT NOW part of time? Can you deal with the fact that you have to count your­self as one who has yet to ap­pre­hend what you are go­ing af­ter? There is a sense of vul­ner­a­bil­ity about not hav­ing ‘made it’ yet those peo­ple are un­com­fort­able with. Peo­ple don't like things that are not fin­ished.

Have you sold your be­liefs as re­al­i­ties? Have you some­how con­vinced your­self that your ‘truth’ is the only truth and ev­ery­one else just does not get it?

If you have con­vinced your­self that you are right and ev­ery­one else is wrong, you'll miss the op­por­tu­nity to learn the les­sons that life came to teach you, be­cause when life called the roll for school you were not present. You were ei­ther in yes­ter­day or grop­ing af­ter to­mor­row and you were not present.

When we can't be vul­ner­a­ble, we can't grow. If you believe you are right and ev­ery­one else is wrong, you'll miss out on be­ing present for the les­sons life came to teach you.

In re­la­tion­ships, we can be so hard on peo­ple at times while we are in the ‘in-be­tween’ part of our life pro­cesses...

"You're im­per­fect so I'll deny you my love, time, and at­ten­tion un­til you are like me." Are you re­ally as great as you por­tray your­self to be?

It's eas­ier to reach for the ‘sweet by and by’ and ‘some­day’ than to deal with the naked re­al­ity that ‘I count not my­self to have ap­pre­hended.’

It takes courage to be vul­ner­a­ble. Some­times I'm Su­per­man, but I've got kryp­tonite too. Noth­ing in your past is af­fect­ing your des­tiny. So it's ok to for­get those things that are be­hind you. And it's ok to be reach­ing to­wards your goals and dreams for to­mor­row, but in the mean­time, have the courage to say, ‘I count not my­self to have ap­pre­hended.’

Your fierce need to pro­tect your­self from the ug­li­ness of what could go wrong is keep­ing you from see­ing the beauty of what is go­ing right.

Je­sus was head­ing to­ward Jairus' house to heal his daugh­ter, but a woman with an is­sue of blood crawled on the ground, touched the hem of His gar­ment, and re­ceived her heal­ing. She re­ceived what she needed in the ‘here and now’ while Je­sus was press­ing for­ward, reach­ing for Jairus' house.

I count not my­self to have ap­pre­hended, so I’m gonna scratch crawl if I have to in or­der to get what I need. You might have it all to­gether but I don't.

Don't be so busy sav­ing your­self for ‘some­day’ that you miss TO­DAY. ‘TO­DAY is the day the Lord has made.’ Re­joice and be glad in it! This is the day the Lord wants to deal with your is­sue

We've got to stop be­ing fake. We've been fak­ing such that we can't tell what's real when it's right in front of us.

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