THE THING CALLED FEAR

Happy 2nd half of 2017! (I know that’s not a thing but just felt appropriate lol). Somewhere last week on my way to work, I was reading a novel, Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie. (If you get your hands on it, please read because it’s amazing). I was sitting in a troski (commercial bus) by this elderly man. He looks at me whilst I’m reading and goes like “You know it’s not advisable to read in a commercial car, right?”

I ask him why and this is his answer. “When someone sees you reading in the open like that, they can easily put witchcraft to the book which transfers to you. So it will be better if you read in your private car”. Internally, this is my reaction,

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But I’m not in the mood to continue with the conversation, so I tell him “Thanks but Psalm 91” and bury my head back in my book. (Coincidentally, that was my quiet time scripture that morning). I honestly didn’t care if he understood my answer or not. I couldn’t even concentrate on my book anymore because I was legit in shock and surprise. Now these are the issues I will like to address concerning his comment.

A lot of us are living in fear especially Christians ironically, without even realizing. So I started wondering, according to his assertion, a witch will rather attack a person reading than someone staring into space in the commercial bus? Really? We tend to tie ourselves to certain beliefs out of fear. The Bible tells us He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4) but we just recite that without even believing it. We’ll rather coil in fear so we are not noticed to be attacked. But think about it, is that the life we are called to live?

It also brought my mind to why some of us are not progressing in life (sorry to be harsh). You see someone doing something different from the status quo and we don’t get it. If I was listening to music sitting by him, he definitely would not have commented. But the fact that I was reading a book which is not really a common occurrence in the bus he just had to comment. It made me realize that we keep on limiting ourselves for fear of what people will say. We have not been called to follow the crowd. Psalm 8:5 says he has made us a little lower than the angels, so I believe we are made to soar higher than we are made to believe. Following the crowd makes you settle for what you think is normal, hence no growth in our lives.

Please let’s remember to do the best we can to eliminate fear from our lives. It’s not easy especially when it has become a habit but it is possible because we’re victors in Christ Jesus and we have the Holy Spirit to help us.

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”  
― Albert Einstein

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THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT

I’m back again after my little hiatus. Don’t worry, this time I’ll stick here for a while so stop sulking…SMILE!

Okay so for about three days now, I’ve had a verse flashing in my mind. The first time I heard of this Bible verse was about 11 years ago (wooahhh! longer than I thought). It was one of those verses you had to memorize in Sunday School. But for some funny reason, after all those years the impact finally hit me three days ago. I was reading a book by Ebo Whyte called The Deal (yes, I’m giving credits here. Tell him I’m a fan please,if you know him personally) and the verse was quoted again. Today, I was listening to a podcast and bam! it was quoted as well. So here’s the verse,

philipiansThe podcast was emphasizing on the fact that we should make a conscious effort to think of what we’re thinking about. If we think about things which are true, noble, right, pure,lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy then we’ll spare ourselves all this unnecessary worry and stress. Yes, the economy is bad, you’re broke, work is difficult, school is crazy, you need a new laptop (that’s my situation lol), you are stressed, life is not easy, *confusion ay3 basaa* plus all the other daily anthems but then if worry could have solved these, trust me they would have been dealt with long ago. So why don’t we rather turn our worry list into our prayer list and put our thoughts on the things stated in the verse. Say a big no to negative vibes and embrace positivity. Probably, that will even lead to you developing a million dollar idea. It’s really not going to  easy looking at circumstances around us but hey discipline was never meant to be easy.

So today, if you realise your thoughts are heading towards worry, just quickly shake it off, say a small prayer to the Father and remember Philippians 4:18.

Have a lovely day!