Hi folks! I’ll be starting a series of articles on The Little Things in Life from today. This should run for some days. These ‘little’ things we often take for granted are truly the GREAT things we need, to have a fulfilled life. So here they are:
- Be a Good Ambassador. Hey! I’m sure you’re thinking this doesn’t concern you as you aren’t an envoy. You probably know zilch about diplomacy and politics. Truth is you’re God’s representative here on earth. The onus is on you to represent Him well. There are ways you can go about it. I pretty much sum it up with these three bullet points:
One of the ways you can represent God well here on earth is through the stewardship of your time. It is what we all have in equal quantity and as such, is easy to waste. Procrastination, giving of excuses and slothfulness should never be entertained by anyone who desires to fulfil God’s purpose for their life.
It is imperative that we give attention to spiritual development. We need to invest our time wisely by determining our priorities and planning each day. In this New Year, I suggest you allocate time to God, visit/friends, fellowship, study, work/business, family, sleep/recreation, travels, etc.
Give your best to make your marital relationship succeed. Invest quality time in your children. For them, love is spelt T.I.M.E. Their upbringing is a mutual responsibility— the responsibility of both parents. No matter how busy or demanding your job or business may be, find time to be in your children’s company regularly. Be their mentor. It will pay off eventually as they grow up to be the people you’ve always desired them to be.
Also get committed to your job—if you are an employee—or your business. A sage once commented that “insanity is doing the same thing, the same way and expecting a different result”. If for any reason you’ve not been promoted on your job or your business is not growing as it should, then it is a wise thing to become committed to it.
Another way you can be a good ambassador is through your possession. In God’s Kingdom, nothing truly belongs to us. Dido’s 2003 hit single, Life for Rent, aptly corroborates this: “…if my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy/Well I deserve nothing more than I get/’cause nothing I have is truly mine.” Truth is we are on earth on a leased period of time, and when the lease ends, we will return to the soil where we came from. We are God’s stewards (1Peter 4:10). We owe all we have to His grace and His blessings over our work. We prove our love for Him by giving.
When it comes to giving (either to God or His creatures), some people find it difficult to obey God’s instruction. They often come up with different excuses to justify their actions of not giving as they should. They fail to realize that it is not how expensive a gift is that matters but the thoughtfulness of the giver. And as H. Norman Wright thoughtfully said, “The gifts that are often appreciated the most are not the most expensive ones, but the ones that reflect the investment of the giver in considering the desires and wants of the other person.”
Give your tithe, which is one-tenth of your increase. Give worthy offerings. Give to the poor. Give to God’s creatures. When you do these from a sincere heart, it will amaze you how fulfilled you will be. If you faithfully observe to do the aforesaid things, you’ll be laying up for yourself, treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:20,21) Hear the words of Randy Alcorn: “If your treasures are on earth, each day you are moving away from them. If your treasures are in Heaven, each day you are moving toward them. He who spends his life moving away from his treasures has reason to despair. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice.” Ponder on this.
Lastly, you represent God well by using your talent to glorify Him. There is no creature of God that is without one striking natural ability or the other. The skill may be musical, artistic, linguistic, etc. Our talents are God inspired and we shall give account of our stewardship. If we don’t use our talents profitably, it will never develop and we may forfeit our stewardship.
If you really want to succeed fast in life, give whatsoever you are doing your best shot. Hear the words of Mary Kay Ash, U.S. entrepreneur and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, “Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.” When you are absolutely committed to a cause, success becomes inevitable. And as Robin Sieger, British business executive, observed, “When enthusiasm and commitment take root within a project, that project comes to life.” I absolutely agree.
In conclusion, do remember that God gave His time, treasure, and talents to us. We ought to represent Him well here on earth.