October 3, 2021 by Kgalalelo
October is my birth month. I will be a year older on Friday the 8th and I thank the Lord for being with me all these years in all experiences of life, good and challenging alike. The good unquestionably outweighs the bad. Every experience has contributed to my growth in tears sometimes and in laughter.
God is good and His goodness is evident in my life ever since the day I was born. I may not remember my childhood that much, but I have survived the normal challenges of adolescence, young adulthood and I can still see the hand of God in my adulthood. Things were not always easy growing up, I had the normal family challenges, from not having all the things that I needed and wanted and navigating through school brings all sorts of pressures and impoliteness sometimes from other learners. I bet that is everyone’s story in one way or another.
God continues to be good to me, He never changes, and the Bible says that even when we are unfaithful, He is faithful always (2 Timothy 2:13). How many times have we been disloyal to God and even to others, not keeping our promises and disappointing our fellow sojourners? It happens all the time and sometimes we do it unknowingly or unintentionally, however, we live others bruised. We are all on earth temporarily because our ultimate home is heaven, where God is.
There is a hymn that says ‘what a friend we have in Jesus’. He is a constant friend, walking with us through the journey of our lives. We may not see or feel Him, but He is there all the time awaiting us to call on Him and ask for help.
I had a conversation with my elder brother this morning and we were discussing how young people sometimes get disillusioned when things don’t go their way and they want to quit and we both agreed that giving up should never be an option. We have nieces and younger cousins, so we know and listen when they talk.
If you are in your twenties and in college, still single and non-attached and you are going through a tough time, there’s no need to feel depressed and quit your studies because of a lack of funds. This is not the time to think about going back home because things won’t get better for you there. You have your whole life ahead of you.
These temporary challenges are preparing you for the future; if you go back home and do nothing then you will have nothing because your parents will not always be there for you nor will they be able to give you everything you want. You still have a chance to do something with your life and your struggle will be a testimony for others who will also need inspiration someday. You, therefore, minimise your chances to be great and be a pillar of strength for someone who is still in high school currently.
Challenges never end, they continue for as long as we live, they are just in different degrees and stages of life. You are going to experience challenges in your thirties and forties and so on. Those with children worry about their kids, those married care about marital challenges and yet still, there are those who are sick and can’t take care of themselves or caring for their ailing parents, it’s all the same. There is always something going on in people’s lives, but you don’t see people quitting. If you have a child and you are struggling, you can’t wish that child away unfortunately, you find means to provide for the child and keep the ship floating.
You need to ask yourself whether you will give up everytime things don’t work out in your life. If you quit then it is up to you because you are not doing it to anyone but to yourself, you are not spiting your parents or siblings, only you will suffer in future. Everyone has been given life to live it to the full. Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” We all descended to earth with a plain canvass and need to paint our lives whichever way we want to. Life is a gift and Jesus is on our side. He says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”.
I got born again at the age of nineteen inside the university’s library. I had been studying at that time when a fellow student named Potso approached me. We were in political science class together which was my second major. He sat opposite me and began to tell me about Jesus Christ and how I needed to get born-again. He was literally whispering for fear of making noise in the library and I listened intently and in a few minutes time I gave my life to Jesus.
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.' (John 3:1-8).
I didn’t understand what that meant at that time and because Potso was keeping me away from studying, he led me to salvation by asking me to repeat the sinner’s prayer after him and I became a born-again Christian there and then. That experience was significant in my life because years later when I was twenty-six years old trying to find myself, my journey led me to a charismatic church. Towards the end of the service, the pastor invited everyone who wanted to receive Jesus as personal Lord and saviour to the altar to receive him publicly and I went. It was then that I understood what Potso had accomplished in me. Even though we went separate ways after graduation, I still would like to thank him for introducing me to Jesus.
You might not understand what it means to be born-again and give your life to Jesus as a teenager or young adult, but it has rewards and when you look back as an adult, you will see how the hand of God has protected you, had mercy on you and was gracious to you. I’m not saying if you are not born-again in your youth God is not with you, what I’m referring to is a personal relationship with the Lord. I believe that your family is praying for you every single day but having that fellowship with the Lord when you are young, grounds you and you know that you can always pray and speak to the Lord about your challenges.
You need not wallow in self-pity when things are going wrong nor try to drink your problems away, but you have a faithful friend in Jesus. When you invite Him into your life, the voice of God will remind you of what you need to know. Jesus says in John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”
God will make a way for you where there seem to be no way (Isaiah 43:16), just don’t give up. He says in Isaiah 43:1-2,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze”.
Even if you have never prayed in your life. You can simply say “God please help me through everything that is going on in my life” and say, “thank you God for resolving this matter and giving me a breakthrough because you are a faithful God” and see how God turn things around for you for the better.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour say this prayer out loud:
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God
I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the dead
I repent from my sins and ask for your forgiveness
Come into my heart, I make you my personal Lord and Saviour
I receive salvation and eternal life
In Jesus’ name. Amen
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”.
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