I spent ten days away in Nigeria, and gained incredible insight and clarity. In plain English…Life in Nigeria is hard!
How does one live without simple things like electricity? Can you imagine running your home and office on generator most of the time? To add to that, traffic is a nightmare and people spend upto eight hours a day in it. Can you imagine leaving home at 4.30am and getting back at 10.00pm yet you only work 8.00am to 5.00pm? Plain and simple…it is hard.
In ten days I came to understand a lot more about the common man and woman of Nigeria and create great parallels. They fight for everything they have and very often it is not much for the middle class and lower income families. This therefore gives them the fighter spirit they have and the seeming level of madness. It takes commitment, faith and determination just to survive. And they survive day after day, year after year, challenge after challenge. They seem indomitable and unstoppable.
I came to the awakening that I did not really understand what I am blessed with. I need to be grateful for what I have and realise that I can grow it and make more as long as I work in the area of my calling and gifting and I am walking in the ways of God. Funny how so often I have forgotten this and then have to come back here again and again.
A clear understanding of whose I am and what I have going for me serves as a great motivator regardless of the situation around me and the challenges I face everyday. This brought to mind Jer 29:11 = For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope. When I understand my calling on this earth and the correlation to the purposes of God for me then the rest of the things that happen are details. The driver becomes my faith and commitment to God and the purpose of my life.
- Why are you here?
- What were you design to do?
- What impact will you have on this earth?
We must learn to live for more than just our stomachs and our appetites.