Good evening everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday. Let me apologise for my lack of presence today! I woke at 6:30 this morning, got ready and went to Church as I have to be in Church at 8am to serve for the two services! Second service ended at about 2:15, after which I had some meetings and went for another ministry meeting. I think I left that at about half3, to see someone I’ve been working with for about a month! Another Princess of Zion who is facing so many troubles at the moment, I was with her for over two hours praying for her, counselling her and coming up with a plan of action! What it boiled down to was, staying true to her vision, writing it down and chasing after it.
Do you recall me telling you that when God speaks to me, He sends a particular word and speaks it into my life over and over again?
You will recall that four days ago, I wrote about discovering your gift, your vision and making sure you achieve it. Please read it here if you haven’t already done so- https://princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/what-is-my-gift-the-conflict-between-personal-and-corporate-vision/
Today, in both Services, that was what the sermon was about! Pastor interviewed three incredibly young people. A 21 year old girl who is an established author with a publisher (she wrote “The Spider King’s Daughter”), a 24 year old Black-British man who sits in parliament, created the elevation network and a 37 year old mother of three who recently masterminded a board game- Medal Haul. The sermon was about vision, a lot of which I had already covered in that post. But it just reinforced the message, when I went for the second ministry meeting, it was about vision. The young lady I had to counsel, I had to speak to her about vision.
God is talking to me but He’s also talking to you. Some of you already know what the vision is but haven’t been able to step up, some of you have a prominent gift but haven’t been using it, others don’t know what their gift is. What group do you belong to? Whichever it is, God wants you to Pursue Him, discover your purpose, maximise your vision and impact lives! So, I will briefly share the seven steps you need to take and pray this blesses you and acts as an incentive for you to get the ball rolling.
1- Discover your talent and gift. What exactly is your divine endowment? What do you always want to fix? What do you see and literally want to get involved in solving? Ask yourself these questions and take a leap of faith! God does not promote giftedness but faithfulness! Having the gift is not enough but harnessing it and using it is key! Whatever God has given you to do, be faithful in it.
2- Diligence! You can not go far without diligence! Ask anyone, the creator of KFC faced 1009 rejections before he got his big break! Many have great ideas but they lack diligence! Be diligent also in prayer and in the study of the word. It took Chibundu Onuzo three and a half years to publish her book which by the way can be read in a day. Abigail, creator of “Medal Haul” took 18 months to make it.
“Genius is 1% inspiration but 99% inspiration”. In other words, be ready to do the work.
3- Failure stops a lot of people! Forget the fear of failure and go ahead and do it! Besides, what we perceive as failure really isn’t. You’ve only “found 1000 ways that wouldn’t work”. What we term as success and failure are incidentally both training. Everything works together for your good. Be courageous; there is nothing to fear!
4- Kill the monster of procrastination. Don’t put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
5- Surround yourself with people who encourage you! Be very intentional about the people around you. Jesus had the 18, the 12, the 3 and the 1-John! You need people wiser than you to look up to and to mentor you. People on your level, those who share similar passions, so you encourage one another; “iron sharpeneth iron”. Lastly, you also need people you can teach. The more you sow into someone’s life, the more you reap.
6- Believe in yourself. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. You can not go further than you think. Have faith in yourself!
7- The aim should be to glorify God. When it is about fame or money, it most likely can’t work! Never put what you’re doing outside God, let Him be with you every step of the way, don’t isolate yourself from Him. Only the counsel of God will stand. Listen to what God tells you! Many may discourage you but follow His voice. Keep your relationship with God; He will give you the grace to continue.
May God give each and everyone the grace to pursue Him, discover our gifts, realise our vision and achieve them! AMEN! God bless you all. I pray you will all be empowered to go out there and use your gifts! Some of you are future nobel prize winners, gospel singers, engineers, aircraft designers, Fashion designers, Pastors, grammy winners and so on. Like Joseph “the dreamer”, don’t let the dream die!