I decided to spend my Christmas in Liverpool and also cross-over there.
I spent it with two very beautiful friends of mine and saw old faces as well. It was beyond words amazing not only because I was with friends, but also because of the retreat they were having in their church. They were amazing days in Godâs presence until we all said âHappy new yearâ.
I learnt so much about God and myself. I really couldnât have asked for a better way to enter 2015. Being joyful and filled in his presence for about 8 days and also been with friends I feel peace and joy being with.
There was a day we went shopping before going to church, we were really tired and I ended up dozing for a while in church, so did one of my friends. After the service, we were talking about something and the sleep thing came up. So I said to my friend, âBimbo, you canât even talk. You were sleeping tooâ and she said to me: âmust you do what I doâ and we laughed.
That statement reminded me of the day I was having a shower (I do a lot of reflection when I am having a bath) and I was thinking to myself, I donât do a lot of the things people in my generation do. So thatâs good and it was like I was giving myself a gold star by comparing myself with some people. I humbled myself when I remembered they are not the standard, God is. I am also not better than anyone; it is Grace that is working for me.
Why should I even be comparing myself like that when I am meant to be set apart and allow Him be seen in me? Why should I give myself a gold star when I am not even close to Godâs standard?
In James 1: 25, we are encouraged to be doers of the word as well as listeners. But to me, a reference was also madeÂ about God being the standardâ¦
âBut whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein..â (KJV).
God is the mirror, the perfect image and the image we should all try to be like. Actually, we already have his image because we are made in his image. So the goal is to live to be all that image represents and that automatically means the image becomes the standard.
There is also a need to respect small beginnings. Look at this passage when an Angel ministered to Zechariahâ¦ “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?â (Zechariah 4: 10).
Look at this one too: âAnd though you started with little, you will end with muchâ (Job 8:7).
What does that tell you about starting small? Most of us have the tendency of making the mistake of thinking our friends that are already âblowingâ up are the standard, even if we started before them.
Even if it seems like we put in more than them, but the truth is, you never really know a personâs story until they tell you. If you are about to give up or find other means of âblowing upâ outside Godâs will, please remember you have His words and principles and they should be your mirror.
One of the pastors that spoke at the retreat, Pastor Song said most things start from the bottom but some start from the top. A grave starts from the top and we all know it is dead people that go in there. So If you are more interested in starting from the top, you are onlyâ¦
Starting from the bottom matures you and it means if anything goes wrong, you can easily find your way because you went through a process.
Do not rush because you think everyone else is going fast. Do not do questionable things because everyone else, including the very good ones are doing it. They are not the standard.
My name is Mayowa Depo-Oyedokun. I am a student who enjoys writing and admiring the beauty of nature. Most days, I walk with the consciousness that I belong to the kingdom of God and God helps me walk with him though I fall off the wagon alot. I blog at MATEY SCOTT Blog You can follow me on twitter @mateyscott and you can like my page on facebook, Mateyscott blog.