LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: THE BAD MONTH BUG!
Most people seem to be having a pretty awful month this April and the general morale is low, very low-based on feedback from social media.
Yesterday, my church hit a milestone. A church which ordinarily could take up a crowd of nearly 5000 had now expanded and could take on nearly double of that. As a result, a very formidable worship minister was invited and the entire service was dedicated to worship and praise. As icky as I was feeling-let’s call it a bad case of waking up on the wrong side of the bed. I couldn’t help but join in on the excitement.
During the service, the praise minister mentioned how he had once been at a similar service where this woman praised like she had no trouble only to find out that she was in her 50s and had never been married; not by her own volition either. She was incredibly lonely and just couldn’t seem to get into any relationship that stuck. A week after, she would find her heartthrob and get married nearly a year after.
I’m not saying be thankful or praise or smile because of what you could gain from it. ‘Oh maybe if I praise God enough, he’ll bless me’. That is the wrong way to look at it. Praise, Rejoice for Praise’s sake-if not for anything but for the fact that you’ll feel better afterwards. A bonus would be the blessings that come down as a result.
I left the service feeling really lifted as though I had already received a miracle. But, do you know that’s exactly how life works? When you start to align with the blessing your heart so longs for, somehow you begin to attract it and it begins to manifest in your life. Ever notice how people who have a made a habit of sulking and complaining about every thing seem to always have something to complain about. They never seem content or happy with anything and it almost comes across like life is truly dishing them really bad meals.
Let’s be careful not to carry the gloominess into our thinking and our words. This month, our founder, Mrs Folorunso Alakija deemed it, the month of confession. She highlighted that we need to learn to confess positive things only! Watch the 1- minute clip here.
No matter how bad you’re feeling, how crappy a start to the year you’re experiencing, by all means DO NOT let it filter into your actions or how you start to view yourself. If you find yourself condemning your actions and seeming yourself a failure, I’d like to remind you that you are speaking for the devil because God’s opinion of you is never that! His plans for you are always for good and not of evil to give you an expected end.
You may have no control of the events that take place in your life but you do have control over how you receive them.
How are you choosing to receive them the rest of this week?