I found an ant on my bed trying to find its way home. So I put the ant on my palm and began watching what actions the ant would take.
The ant, being aware of the fact that something or in this case, someone had moved it to a different location, was still focused on its primary objective; which was finding its way home!
So the ant began to climb to the top of my palm, trying to find a way out. But whenever it gets closer to the top of my palm, I would add my second palm to double the height thereby frustrating that little ant.
But this ant still kept on climbing, still pushing forward, still fighting no matter how many times I increased the distance by adding another palm, It just wouldn’t give up its quest of getting home. I guess its desire to get home was far stronger than the challenges it faced to get there.
This taught me a very beautiful lesson; it thought me about the power of Focus. In life, we all have a destination, a dream, a purpose or something we need and desire to accomplish. I don’t think I’ve ever come across someone without a goal, be it academic, finances, health, family, social, religious, political or environmental. Even the desire to just do nothing or sleep all day is an actual goal.
From my little experience doing life, I have come to understand that there is no goal that’s worthwhile without facing oppositions or challenges. A minister once said “if you have a dream, life would often test it in order to check its authenticity”.
Moses had a goal to lead the Israelites to the promise land, but guess what, he had a pharaoh to defeat, a red sea to cross and even Israelites to ‘baby sit’
Joseph had a dream of being a great leader someday. But before that could happen, there were his envious brothers, Potiphar’s lustful wife and a whole prison term to go through.
David was anointed to be Israel’s next king but guess what; He had a lion, a bear, a Goliath and even a King Saul to overcome before getting to the promised destination.
So whatever the dream you are chasing may be, or the ones you have buried within you, I want you to know that they are very valid.
You may be going through various obstacles to your vision but as long as the Sun Rises and sets every day, there is hope. The challenges are not meant to consume you, but actually to construct you into the person God had designed you to be.
The bible says:
“…For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”- Ephesians 2:10
That vision or dream buried in your heart came from God himself and He knows why He gave you that dream and sent you at this very time and moment in history. But you have to trust His plans for you and believe in your own spirit.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”- Jeremiah 29:11
I didn’t make those words up; God Himself spoke those very words to His children. His words are eternal, Spirit and Life, so it covers every generation, ethnicity, race and tongue.
Never give up!
Even that ant understood that giving up on a mission wasn’t an option. As long as it was alive, it kept going until it reached its destination
Guess what happened afterwards, when I realized how persistent and committed that ant was towards its mission, I gave up frustrating it and actually helped it find its way back to where it came from.
When life sees that you are unyielding, it actually turns and helps you reach your destination.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
Now, it’s time to go out there, and show the world what you have inside. It’s time to activate and manifest your greatness. You can do it!
We wish you an awesome start to the week.