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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

CHARISMA WITHOUT CHARACTER IS A CATASTROPHY- ARE YOU PAST OR POST GROWING UP?

May 5, 2006

Reflections:

The problem of youth is that it is wasted on young people. (A parent)

It seems like I did all the growing while I was waiting to grow up or have I actually grown up?

Values are caught not taught

How sharper than a serpen'ts tooth is a thankless child (William Shakespeare).

Is generation gap a reality or a way of masking ignorance?

TEXT:

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. NIV

1 John 2:13 I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. . .

14 I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

Youth is the time that most major decisions in life are made. It is the time when people synchronise their philosophy of life that becomes their compass of life. Youth can be very elusive. We all have memories of dreams that we had of "when I grow up I will" . . . and then you realise that while you were waiting to grow you actually did most of the growing. That realisation can set in panic that leads to fear thus paralysing thinking abilities and in the mean time the aging process sets in rapidly. Frantic efforts to trace trails that others used, dislodging others in order to gain placement as national or church leaders, exaggerations and comparisons are signs of youth whose foundation is insecure and it leads to caricature of a people, not eagles who soar up.

In Africa a very major challenge that the Church has to address is having old minds inside young bodies. While we are hard-wired by genetics, our experiences, beliefs, values and attitudes make the bulk of who we are. It is possible to have a 20 year-old led by values very similar to the ones that were cherished by his great, great grandparents 200 years ago. Some old-time beliefs and values should be upheld but others need very careful scrutiny and examination against the word of God. Beliefs regarding who and what the value of man is, the difference and value between male and female, the meaning of life, the key factors that denote success, the destiny of those who die, etc. are core factors that cannot be taken for granted. An emotionally crippled youth, who has been denied and deprived of love and acceptance, may be eloquent and strong but lacks a moral base from which to draw strength. The shrivelled inner-person grows weary as the person keeps tapping strength and courage from what others feel, think and say about him or her. When the map of life that guides a person is placed externally, it can be shifted by strong winds and other external pressures. Youth is an asset when the key issues that act as compass of life are given careful attention and examined so that one is motivated by beliefs that are based on God's revealed truths, not unreliable sources.

Is the hope of Africa in her youth? Is the continuity of the Church of Jesus Christ in Africa assured if the present day youth take up their posts? Time and education do not change core beliefs. Charisma without character is a disaster. Godly character is what results when those who choose to be honest with themselves recognise their vulnerability and cry to God for help. Youth that is characterised by total dependence on God, reveals a trail of excellence despite environmental pollution.

Think of Joseph born in a chaotic family where there were two legal wives and two concubines. Partial love was the order of the family as Rachel was Jacob's preferred wife and Reuben the first-born was not known for high morals. Joseph was a victim of the family feuds and yet from his teenage he stands out as a person of excellence (Genesis 37, 38, 39) . In a sexually volatile and oppressive environment Joseph had this to say, Gen 39:9 How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?. Joseph's strength did not come from the warmth of a family or his working environment but from knowing God. The hope of Africa lies in those who know what it is to wait upon the Lord. Those who wait upon the Lord will get revelation of medical knowledge that is necessary and relevant, education systems that inspire and energise, political systems that create an environment for people to realise their potential, etc. It is those youth in whom the word of God dwells who are able to swim against the tide of ungodliness and evil that are needed in a world whose challenges continue to deprive human beings of their humanness.

What was it about Caleb and Joshua who as young people chose to have a different view from the majority? (Numbers 13:30; 14:6). Do you know the chorus?

Ten said no there are giants in the land, two said go, God will lead us by the hand,

Ten said no we are afraid as we can be, two said go, God will give us victory

What we need today are youth who know that it is not the voice of the majority or what we can see, but what God is saying that should determine our choices.

What made King Josiah at age 8/12 be so distinct in his choices? 2 Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother's name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

Who are youth? Anyone who has breath of life, is able to think and make choices. Youth is that period when one is able to select values to live by which should be earlier than 12 years. In a way youth ceases to be when people stop using their mind to seek the will of God and depend on others' will and guidance. A 90 years-old who is making decisions that impact other people and can select what to think and what to focus on is a youth with some experience. Youth is a state of mind. Youth is wasted when one goes through life believing that others are holding the key to his or her happiness. Others may be friends, employers, parents, government, Church, etc. and such an attitude makes one thankless and live a mediocre life.

How to maximise your youth

  1. Choose to remain young. Have continuous renewal of your mind by the word of God. Test and examine why you do what you do, why do you get upset, frustrated and feel incapacitated even though to an outsider you seem well able? Trace the origins of those emotions and if your belief system is not working for you, examine it. What does the word of God say about those issues? Youth is a state of mind. An 85 year old like Caleb whose mind is refreshed by truths from Scripture has greater strength than many teenagers who have no sense of direction. Greater territories are for those who have streams of living water flowing from their bellies because they have drunk the water Jesus Christ gives (John 4:14).
  2. Be open for learning. Youth that make a difference in the kingdom of God and in this life are those who want to know not just to have people think they know. Inculcate a spirit of inquiry. Ask questions. Character without content is like an empty well. The letter of John describes the youth as the strong, those in whom the word of God dwells and that is what makes them overcome the evil one. The moment you stop learning, you start aging irrespective of biological age.
  3. Select your diet with your destiny in mind. Proverbs 15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. Select that which energises and inspires.
  4. Know that the past is a bridge, not a barricade. Renewed youth is to let go of the past and embrace the future while allowing God to inspire new possibilities. You do not have to die where you were born, you do not have to be like your ancestors, your history does not have to imprison you, get your mind renewed with hope and move on. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. . . Join them.
  5. Love others genuinely. Your love for others is the proof that you are Jesus' disciple (John 13:35). It is as you love and serve others that you will discover the treasures that are hidden in God's people whom He has placed on earth. Let your philosophy include reaching out for others.

If you draw a small circle and shut me out, I will draw a bigger circle and close you in (Joel Osteen).

4 Comments:

Anonymous personal development said...

Your subconscious mind is a powerful force. It can be an un-defeatable ally or a dangerous foe! It is a powerful force of nature that can be harnessed and made to work for us or it can be a wild beast that runs riot with our lives.
How powerful is 'powerful'?

Take the first Atomic Bomb - it could lay waste to an entire city in seconds. Or the gravitational pull of the Sun which stops our tiny planet from hurtling into space. Imagine the power of a black hole - that region of spacetime from which nothing can escape not even light travelling at 186 thousand miles a second. The Universe is full of powerful forces. Yet, all these wondrous things pale into insignificance when compared to the power of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious part of your mind is that part which regulates your heartbeat, lungs, digestive system and everything else in your body. It directs the inner workings of your body and such things as (what biologists call) 'machines' - tiny living cells that are composed of motors, drive-shafts and propellers - seriously!!! There is mounting evidence that the cells in our bodies have memory and that our very DNA is coded with memories of our ancestors. As well as having full control of all these functions and more your subconscious also retains all the thoughts, experiences and emotions you have ever felt. It regulates the most complicated mechanism in the unknown Universe - your body - and it can calculate the trajectory of multiple moving objects while supplying you with the words necessary to debate an issue while controlling a complex task of activities such as driving a car!
These tasks alone show how powerful the subconscious mind is. But it is much more powerful than that!

The truth is: No-one knows the limits of the subconscious mind's power!

Tell yourself that you will wake up at 6 a.m. and chances are you will awake. Go to a crowed party and through a mass of voices you will hear someone at the other side of the room mention your name! Set a problem aside and miraculously, out of nowhere, the answer comes while you are involved in another task. It recreates situations in your life that correspond to your beliefs. Time and time again you find yourself in the same situations, with similar partners, in almost identical jobs. Like a wheel your subconscious mind creates situations that bring your life back to the same spot.
Likewise it can totally transform your life - even overnight! It can bring you new situations, life experiences, luxuries and even people.

However, it is like a na�ve child or a better analogy is that of a computer. It believes everything that you tell it. Your conscious mind is the gatekeeper. Anything you think with complete faith is immediately past to the subconscious mind - which it then takes as literal fact. There will be no arguments because it has no discriminating capabilities.
Although your subconscious mind is more powerful than you can possibly imagine it is a mere servant. It is at your disposal. YOU are in charge. It acts just like a computer and like every computer it needs software to run. So if you do not program it then someone else will! You are constantly being bombarded with software programs for the mind every minute of everyday. Buy this product and you will look slim, drive this car and you will seem sexy, drink this potion and you will feel more vibrant about life. You are told what to buy and when to buy it, when you are too young to do a thing and when you are too old. You are told what is possible and what is not. Snap out of it!
Take back your control over mind and body. You were born with the most powerful computer system known to man - a bio-computer that regulates a sophisticated, highly flexible, changeable, self repairing vehicle. You are amazing, a true miracle. If you bought a new top of the range diesel Mercedes would you let Joe or Sue down the road fill it up with petrol?
Begin to think for yourself. Who told you that you could not achieve your dreams? Do you believe it? Who told you that you were too fat, too skinny, too stupid, too smart, too young or too old?

Does it matter?

No! Because you are and always have been in total control. Change your thinking and you will change your subconscious beliefs. Change your subconscious beliefs and you will change your life. hypnosis

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