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JUST KEEP AT IT!

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One of my favourite quotes I had read as a young student was, “What I do today is important as I am exchanging a day of my life for it!” However, sometimes as we go about our daily lives we tend to question our routine and mundane living. It seems like there is nothing meaningful or significant that we are doing or contributing to. But, friends this is what is essential, “Just keep at it!”

Here are 3 helpful pointers that can encourage us to live a victorious and fruitful life on a daily basis, which are keys for a bright future too.

1) BE DILIGENT IN THE MUNDANE, EVERY DAY THINGS

Be faithful and diligent at what you are doing every day. While we are at it in the process, remember God is watching and preparing us for the other seasons of our lives. Along the way, you will learn and pick up your skills that will come handy for the big days in the future. David used a sling to kill Goliath, how was he so adept at it? Where do you think he practised and used it? Obviously, as a shepherd looking after the sheep in the fields. What is your forte, ability or talent? Put it to use it faithfully and sincerely in your daily chores or tasks assigned.

1 Samuel 17:34-35 (NKJV)

” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”

In the obscurity of being a shepherd, while his brothers were in seemingly more “happening” jobs God was preparing David to be a shepherd over His people, as the King over Israel. He was training David to be brave, by fighting the lions and bears as well as having a caring heart while protecting the sheep under his care. Ultimately, David became a warrior, protecting his kingdom and conquering many territories in the numerous battles he fought as a King.

God trains us where we are, and in what we are doing and then brings it to public use for an even greater victory.

2) KEEP A CHECK/SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS PERIODICALLY

If your axe gets blunt, sharpen it or if your sling is worn out then replace it. What this really tells us is that while going along doing the routine jobs if you need to take a break, review things and the way you are doing it, do a refresher course or learn a new technique, then go ahead and do it. Surely, David kept changing his sling when it was worn out and would have maintained the shepherd’s rod to see it was sharp enough to ward off  and fight the wild animals in order protect the sheep. Sometimes, we tend to burn out or get regimented and close- minded in the way we do things, when there could be a better way of doing it. Even plain fatigue that sets in can make us lose the swiftness and sharpness in our skill. Our productivity and motivation may be affected. We need to review all this periodically so we can be effective in what we are doing, even if it is ministry for instance or the way we are conducting our business or going about our job in the office. This holds true even for women as homemakers, they too deserve a break regularly and need to slow down and have personal time for themselves too.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 Living Bible (TLB)

” A dull axe requires great strength; be wise and sharpen the blade.”

3) WAIT FOR YOUR TIME

When it is time for you to be used in public and shine before all, God will do it no matter what. People will have to wait for you and make room for you.  Even if you are doing something that may be insignificant in the worlds eyes, and no matter how obscure your job or profile is, keep at it faithfully and diligently. This holds true even for homemakers who by the way do a 24 by 7 job, which can go so unnoticed. When it was time for David to be anointed the King, everyone waited for him to come from the obscure fields far away where he was tending the sheep. Before him all his “high position and influential” brothers were paraded and rejected. The prophet, the people, his father Jesse and the brothers had to wait until David arrived from the fields and he was chosen publicly by God to be the King over the people of Israel.

1 Samuel 16:11-12 (NKJV)

“11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

Remember precious people this is the absolute truth and is backed by scripture in Proverbs 12:24a (NKJV), “The hand of the diligent will rule”. So, just keep at it diligently and be victorious and blessed!

Victorious in Christ,

Salma Bernard

 

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