Many times, I have reached a point in life when all odds failed, felt heartbroken and maddened when a plan I mapped out didn’t work out.
I’ve flunked examinations that made me feel like a failure. I’ve knocked-out in getting an irksome project done that came out as a disaster, given up in some areas of life too, but all these endless list of disappointments and failed vision came to an end when I found my Motivator.
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One of my experiences on failure happened some years ago. While I was still in the university; my first year in school was challenging as I was still adjusting to the school system.
I put all efforts to studying and researching in my leisure times.
It came to the time we had to sit for the semester examinations, I was feeling all confident, because I knew how prepared I was.
I wrote all examinations successfully and eagerly waited for the results…a few weeks later, I was informed the result has been released; with all excitement I went to the notice board to check mine.
On getting there I searched for my mat. Number; I was pleased with what I saw and recorded my grade on a paper but when it got to a department course I had a sudden change of mood.
News flash! I saw an ‘F’; what! How come, I said to myself, I even had to slap myself to see if I was dreaming, my friends who went along with me were shocked cos they know I can’t have that type of result, I told one of my lecturer’s he almost took it to another level of requesting that my script should be remarked, but I was so weak to fight for that…my happiness came crashing down… I felt like a big failure, considering what I have heard: that people who have carry over’s where dullards and unserious students.
…this experience made me weak for weeks, I lost interest in everything, disappointed at myself, I almost entered depression all my God-wired ability to think/reason through disappointments and chaos, didn’t prepare me for this.
I didn’t even tell my parents, I just told my sister and a few of my friends, and they encouraged me to move on and put all effort next time.
Fortunately, while I was having the mind-set of repeating a course, having to answer questions like ‘what happened? Why are you repeating this Course? And all that…my course adviser called me and told me the course has been scrapped out of the curriculum, so automatically the course doesn’t exist anymore.
I was excited and gained back my confidence… I moved on.
PS: later I realized, I didn’t have what keeps me going, hence the feeling of insecurities and low self-esteem.
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It’s no news, life is full of ups and downs. We’ve all had those times (days, weeks, months and years) when life just doesn’t seem to be going our way!
But I want to share with you today. WHAT KEEPS ME GOING
A lot of people, when asked what keeps them going; have that particular thing/someone that keeps them going.
If I had been asked years before now, what keeps me going? I would have been musing for an answer. But today, I can stand and point out what/who keeps me going.
Prior to other things that keeps me going is God.
I would have said: grace, hope, life etc. But today I have come to understand that God is the one that keeps me going and in Him, I find all other things I need to keep me going.(such as faith, hope, purpose, prayers etc.)
God created me, and he knows everything about me, when I get stuck at a point in life; only Him can pull me out of that mess and set my feet on the right track again.
When I go through the deep, He confidently tells me I will go with you. God’s strength is enough to keep me going.
Are you going through a hard situation today?
Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.
In God’s words are promises I hold on to like: Jeremiah 29:11 says; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”
I don’t put my trust in man not even myself because, the words of men may not be able to lift me up when I fall, my strength may fail me, but God will never fail; he will always be there anytime I call on him.
When you know what keeps you going; no matter the obstacles and challenges lives throws at you. You will not give in to those hardships and disappointments of life.
Job never saw why he suffered, but literally, he saw God, he had God and that was enough to keep him going.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”.
Friends, I am telling you today, you ought to have God in your life and know God for yourself if you haven’t.
He alone is the main factor that keeps me going.
Moral lesson: Struggles in life are inevitable, but destruction is optional.
Only in God will you find Solid and everlasting drive to keep you going in life.
Only dependence in God can make you overcome the storms of life.