Monday, October 29, 2007

The Purpose Driven Life........Week 3

So you all don’t want to fly your fellow citizens’ sense gathering, time consuming, sweat trickling, and handmade helicopter? Hear me ALL: THAT’S JUST NOT FAIR, okay? Be an encouraging citizen like me, who would fly from my room to the bathroom, at least that’s a start.
So how’ve we all been doing, and how was our weekend? Well, mine went well, can’t complain. So I couldn’t post up week 3 of the PDL (Purpose Driven Life) last week, so here is it. Hope you all learn something from it like I did, or rather ponder upon it.

Week three was all about “Being formed for Gods’ family”. The author talked about baptism, love, belonging, sharing, cultivating, restoring and lastly protecting. All sure does make sense to me, but I decided to share a few with us, since I believe this is what we deal with or have dealt with one time or the other in our lives.
Love: 1st Corinthians 13vs13 “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is LOVE.” Chapter 13 sums it up saying if we have EVERYTHING, do ALL THE GOOD deeds, pull enough effects, move the mightiest or might mountains but don’t have love, then we are NOTHING!. This chapter went on to explain what LOVE really is, you should also try reading 1st John 4vs 7-21.
I just had to read it all over again, as in RINSOLA are you sure the love you have takes no account whatsoever of any wrong doing or hurtful deeds? As in, do I have the love God wants me to have? (Sorry there were no conversations here with Dad, all I did was search myself thoroughly and after every verse I would ask myself questions. I sure would talk it out with God, and I pray He has answers for me).
Restoring Broken Fellowship: 2nd Corinthians 5 vs. 18 “But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation.” This from my understanding is being able to live in peace and make peace. What interested me in this chapter was the author noting that peacemaking is not avoiding conflict, peacemaking is not appeasement, not running away from a problem. He also went ahead to share the biblical steps in restoring fellowship, which included talking to God before talking to the person (which I’m guilty of sometimes), Always taking the initiative, Sympathize with their feelings, confess your part of the conflict, attack the problem, co-operate as much as possible and emphasize reconciliation not resolution. Restoring relationships could be tough, especially when the other party isn’t willing.
But fellow bloggers/readers: Quick question/discussion: Are we capable of genuine love? As in can we love genuinely without any BUT? And is love meant to be tested, as in when people say, love would stand the test of time. Finally what do you when you try restoring a broken friendship, knowing that you’re not at fault, but the other party is not even responding or picking your calls, and you’ve left uncountable messages?
Take care of yourselves and have a fun filled and fulfilled week ahead, and enjoy the last days of the month.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Would you fly?

Hellowwww everyone? how'r we alldoing and how did our weekend go? Would be back to let share with you my reading through the purpose driven life, but till then i read something fascinating this morning. Read this. "He hoped -- and still does hope -- that the Nigerian government and his wealthy compatriots would turn to him and stop placing orders with western manufacturers." Hmn...... I say way to go, Albert Eisten also started one day like this, isn't it? Take care and have a funfilled and fufilled week ahead.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Purpose Driven Life...... .Week 2

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? How was your weekend and howz your week coming? hope great?
Okay, so i'm still reading the purpose driven life, and i've been having some AHA moments. This past week started with 'Being planned for God's pleasure' Revelation 4 vs 11 "You created everything, and it if for your pleasure that they exist and were created" and ended with 'When God seems distant' Hebrews 13 vs 5 "For God has said, "I will never leave thee; nor forsake thee.' "
I was actually wondering what pleasure it was that God created us for, when i started this chapter, 'cos my thought of pleasure is known to be enjoying the good things of life and it's necessities. But again, i was reminded that God isn't wood, he has emotions and also feels things very deeply. Hebrews 4 vs 15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." The same way we derive pleasure from various things, is the same way God derives pleasure from us mainly worshiping Him, and the author went ahead to explain that ANYTHING we do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. To me that was an AHA moment, 'cos i always thought worship to be just praising and exalting God. (still shows i've got a whole lot to learn in this walk with Him).
Another important point that the author talked about was " More than anything, God wants a relationship with us", and he termed it the most astouding TRUTH in the universe. Trust Rinsola to always ask questions for clarification and a better understanding. Rinsola: Why is this relationship with us so important?
God: How did you feel when you started dating?
Rinsola: Must we go there and through that route?
God: No we dont have to, but i want you to understand something. So answer my question.
Rinsola: Okay i felt so good.
God: Is that all? C'mmon get serious?
Rinsola: Okay. I always wanted to share something with him, i always looked forward to our conversation, and i enjoyed telling him stuffs, i was never fake with him. I would tell him everything 'cos he cared and he was always there for me, and made me feel i could tell him anything at anytime. He didn't make me feel like i was bugging him.
God: Hmn......... the dilligence you give to man, you don't give to me, you know?
Rinsola: Me, or everyone on earth?
God: We're talking about you here.
Rinsola: ha!, is that true? But thats not fair, i thought you were just asking me a question? Are you judging me now?
God: That's the truth, but no i'm not judging you, well not yet, but i would someday. My point is do you think he feels great when you make him feel like you are all about him, and that he secures you?
Rinsola: Well, i think so. I know for a fact He always says thanks for talking to him, and he always wants to know w'sup with me.
God: So if he, who i created can say that and yearn for that attention and conversation with you, How much more ME!, who knows you have a whole lot more going on within you. When you get into relationships with that guy or girl, you centre your everything around him, you always think about him, you always think of what you can do to make him happy, you always want him to be the first to hear that good news you just recieved, you always want to do something out of the ordinary for him, you always want him to love you back just as you loved them, when someone or something hurts you, you want him to listen to you, to hold you and tell you everything would be alright, right? You never want him to leave you, right?
Rinsola: (Dumbfounded) and nodding my head.
God: Do you think they don't feel good that you attribute so much to them?
Rinsola: true
God: My dear thats what i yearn for with you. Is that asking for too much? Though i enjoy watching every detail of your life, but i yearn to be part of it also. I want to be part of your everything, i want you to call me your friend. You know i know everything, yet i derive pleasure in you wanting to eagerly share that great news with me, i want you to tell me how that boy makes you feel, i want you to express yourself to me, i want you to share your true feelings with me NO HOLDING BACK! i mean every single detail or thing. Even when you're upset with Me, i want you to tell Me, let Me know.
Rinsola: (murmuring), I know but, how about that aspect of me being upset with you, and all that every single details thing? Is it possible?
God: Rinsola, you seem to forget that I AM GOD! When you lost your job, tell me you weren't upset? when you cried that night you felt you lost the love of your life, do you think i didn't know you were upset with me? Imagine being upset with Me, saving you from more hurt and pain. But I didn't get mad at you for being upset with me, instead I felt your pain. Did you read that I didnt strike Jeremiah dead when he felt I tricked him? Did I slap David for claiming I forsook, or betrayed him? Did I shake my head at Job when he started to vent? When Jacob wrestled with me, did I push him away? I know exactly how you all feel, and i feel your pain also, but i want you to tell me just they way it is.
Rinsola: So are you saying even the nastiest of things that goes through my mind, even the thoughts of sex, since i'm not married yet?
God: Aderinsola? I am your creator, you can't hide even the darkest of secrets from me. I sure don't want you to dwell upon those thoughts, but i need you to tell me you need help with those thoughts. I am your ONLY strength, remember?
Rinsola: But Dad, someone once asked me how i am able to come to you even when i've messed up?
God: Remind them, the devil would constantly bring up your past and wrongs against you just to keep you away from me, and Never forget that your righteousness is as a filthy rag before me. So if you or anyone thinks righteousness is the key to my friendship NONE of you would be my friend.
Rinsola: Can i ask another question?
God: Smiles.......i've heard the question many times, but i'm all ears my dear.
Rinsola: smiling sheepishly........ So do you see people when they have sex?
God: I'm not blind my dear.
Rinsola: How about giving people their privacy?
God: Giving you your privacy, means taking my eyes off you, right?
Rinsola: Yeap
God: And do you know what it means when i take my eyes off you?
Rinsola: Yes i do.
God: good.

Truth is getting to the stage where i tell God everything was not attained in a day, week,month or a year. I'm still working on my relationship with God, as in, it's nowhere close to half of perfection and truth is, it's not easy but you all can get to that stage of closeness with Him. I feel special for many reasons, I'm not as obedient as Job, or as thankful as David, neither is my faith as Abrahams', but i'm so glad He stills looks at what i call my imperfection, and yet yearn to want a relationship with me.
Something Important that hit me in the book was also that:
"You will never grow a close relationship with God by just attending church once a week, or having a daily quiet time. Friendship with God is built by sharing ALL your life experiences with Him'............... Sure it is important to establish the habit of a daily devotional time with God, but he wants more than an appointment in your schedule. He want to be included in your every activity, every conversation, every problem, and even every thought."
Question to consider:
What can i do to remind myself to think about God and talk to Him more often throughout the day?
Take care everyone, and have a funfilled and fufilled week ahead.

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Purpose Driven Life.... week 1

Been a while since my last post, and a whole lotta stuffs have happened. First i really want to say a BIG THANK YOU to each and everyone of you that stopped by and dropped a message, or said a prayer, it sure went a long way, and my trip to Jersey was fun.
I picked up A purpose driven Life last week, and prayed as i started reading it last monday and just on the second page, i stopped to ask myself this question "Haven't you read this book before?" Answer is: I have read it before, but it seemed like i've never heard about it. I decided to go with it as a chapter per day and ruminate on the point to ponder and question to consider, and boy i was encouraged, as much as i wanted to go on to the next chapter so bad, i just had to be full with what i had that day.
The beginning of the week started with "It's not about me butressed with Colossians 1v16 "For by Him, ALL things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, ALL things were created through Him, and for Him". and the week ended with Romans 11 vs 36, making me understand that; It's all for Him "For of Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things, to whom be glory forever. Amen"
Day two redefined my every thought over again. I remember thinking back to the previous week and the happenings, and i was left with no choice than to Thank God over and over again. I was psyched up on why i HAVE to keep believing in God and that He's so much at work in my life. The quote for that day was a no joke to me, are you kidding? " GOD DOESNT PLAY DICE" as in, He's not looking at what probability it is when he rolls a dice as to how your future would/should be, or what chance it is if he throws a one or a two as to whom you'ld come to life through. (I'm thanking Him so much for Who He really is). The Bible says "You know me inside and out, You know every bone in my body; You know exactly how i was made, BIT by BIT, how i was SCULPTED from NOTHING into SOMETHING. You saw me before i was born and scheduled EACH DAY of my life before i began to breathe. Each day was recorded in your book!" Which to me also implies that EVERY millisecond/ minute/hour has been planned before those who would be born years to come would be born (Isn't He so amazing, yet incomprehensible? i bet thats part of what makes him God).
I started to ask myself that is that why the Bible requires that we give thanks to God at all times and in every situation? If yesterday didnt occur without it's happenings, i won't be in this situation where things are beginning to unravel in a unique dimension and at a crucial point, and i wouldn't have been divinely reassured last week (another days' testimony). I'm seeing this as a dominoes effect, but in the positive way. I've started to live and look at life diffrently again, EVERYTHING on earth happens 'cos God has written it to happen that way, NOTHING is by coincidence neither is anything an accident. (Ask for wisdom to really understand the whole concept).
I'm one person who does ask God a whole lotta questions, and even after reading day two i still asked Him questions.
Rinsola: So You said You had a reason why you made me come from this lineage? why i have this paticular feature? Why i'm here at this point of my life, right?
God: Yes, and what are you driving at?
Rinsola: I thought You said You know my every thought even before i speak, so why are you asking me what i'm driving at? You sure know that already.
God: You thought or you know that i know your every though?
Rinsola: Okay i know that you know, but why are you asking what point i'm driving at?
God: I know i won't be tired of telling you that I AM THE ALL KNOWING, yet i want to hear you speak. So whats your point woman?
Rinsola: You really make me laugh and wonder...
God: But thats basically my job and who I AM
Rinsola: point is i need to know the WHY's
God: Well, you'ld know the why's if you continue letting Me hold your hands and believe that I AM the Best to lead you through this journey.
Rinsola: Very well said, You won, always win, and always would. So here is my hand, but i prefer to be carried instead (winking).
God: Those times to be carried would come my dear, and I know how fast you'd run to Me to carry you. But the great thing is I am strong enough to carry you and everything that entails you.
Rinsola: Posy Posy Daddy
God: Thats my name.
At the end of the week, i concluded that "The world is all about Him, but He's all about us" Our every being is created by Him to bring glory to Him, and never forget that in every situation you may be in or are going through, no matter how small or how big, There's always a revelation in every situation.
I have so much to share with us from this book, but i encourage you to pick up a copy and study it through. But till then never forget that you're not by any chance a mistake and your life is sure no fluke of nature. You're such an important part of God's plan for planet earth and without you, the puzzle can't be completed. Have a great funfilled and fufilled week ahead everyone