I know this is probably a concept you are already walking by, at some point in your life or simply just familiar with but I still want to share even though it’s something I’ve heard a lot of times and seen on walls, in movies, as tattoos, I think it’s something that would bear much fruit in your life if you apply them. I have probably even said it in passing to someone or written it in one of the million journals and diaries I’ve had but it didn’t register with me till I asked God what do you want me to do next year and He said those three words … LIVE.LOVE. LAUGH
God says for 2017… LIVE!!! As much as I’m secretly praying it means I’d travel the world like Facebook says I would, with my hands up a convertible or throwing up the peace sign with one hand and a coconut in my other on a clean beach somewhere, finally tour all parts of the country or get that full body massage I’ve been wanting for months… I don’t think God was totally referring to that. He meant in 2017 chase after purpose. It’s only when you are, that you are truly alive or living. Chase after the reason God sent you here, why He sent His son to die so you can rebuild the relationship with Him and walk in His purpose for your existence. That should be your number one priority He said. Chase it like your life depended on it because it does and not just your life…the lives and destinies of many others are tied and dependent on you finally deciding to live; a life of purpose. We have been walking on paths we create for ourselves and trying to let the Lord Almighty tag along when we need to be tagging along with Him and His plans. It’s only in His plan and purpose that He promises provision (Matthew 6:33), that He promises you that everything; good, bad, ugly would work together for your good (Romans 8:28), it’s where He promises you peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).
When He said LIVE in 2017, He was saying, don’t sit head-low because of things that happened or didn’t happen for you in the past. Don’t put your life on halt because you made a mistake, don’t let fear hold you from taking a step forward but above all when He said Live, He was saying it’s time to rise up in who you are and find why you were here? Find out why the devil is fighting hard so you don’t pursue it… find out why you have the gifts you have and why God has kept you till now. Plus you were given a gift to be given to the world. You, withholding it from the world makes you a thief because it’s with you but not yours to keep! A life well lived is a life that fulfilled purpose!
In the words of the great philosopher; Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo or better known to the public as Dbanj … “Don’t get it twisted, love is a beautiful thing” hehe I’m so sorry but as I ended that, in my head I shouted “it’s don jazzy again!!!!” I can’t be the only one, I can’t (lol). Anyway, God said in 2017 I’ve called you to love and be open to receive love! Before you roll your eyes and start murmuring how love failed you in the years past, let me just let you know two things… numero uno: God is love and God never fails so if the love you experienced failed it wasn’t love. Numero dos (it doesn’t sound cool as the first) you CANNOT give love or receive the proper kind of love if you haven’t received Christ and haven’t experienced God. It is impossible!! It looks like it, smells like it, acts like it but I can guarantee you it’s not real and it would disappoint and fail. In 2017, God is saying He’s loved you before you were born, come let Him lavish you with His very being which is love. He’s saying after you are filled, drowned and drunk on His love… go out there to the world and give it. Give, give and give more love!
To the person that hurt you, love them harder, to those who love you, return their love! Look at Jesus! The same people He came to die for mocked Him, spat on Him, kicked Him, stabbed Him, whipped Him, nailed Him to a cross but He still chose to respond in love. You definitely haven’t experienced what He did, not even close! It’s why He says do it. He knows some people don’t seem to deserve it but you didn’t deserve His either but He still died for you. It seems like some people take your love for granted but you do same to Him, but He’s never stopped loving you. He knows you’ve been hurt, so has He beyond your imagination but He says LOVE HARDER! In 2017, don’t leave your friends and family guessing… Show and tell them! Show your enemies love too (Matthew 5:44) let’s get them confused, let’s get them shocked, let’s get them questioning what’s wrong or more of what’s right with you. Smile at a stranger, tell someone to have a nice day. Love God and love your neighbour (Mark 12:30-31).
I mean how can you not laugh!!! A day without laughter is really a day wasted. In 2017, laugh… laugh and laugh some more!!!! Learn to laugh at yourself! It takes the power away from insecure people who try to bring you down by laughing at you. Laugh at yourself when you mess up, life is way too serious on its own for you to be too serious about it as well. You are going to make more silly errors, don’t beat yourself up about it just dust yourself up and try again (ouuuu the song just hit your mind right… right?? Hehehe) but really laughing is the best medicine. Make sure you don’t go a day without laughter. God laughs!!! In case you didn’t know He does (Psalm 2:4). I think that is more than enough reason to laugh yourself. Do you know some of the best laughs come when you aren’t supposed to be laughing? Or maybe it’s just me.
Let me share something with you. The day I laughed the hardest which went on past an hour and I mean the hardest ever in my entire life where I couldn’t breathe, my tummy hurt and was in tears was in 2016. I’d have to check my memory jar for the exact date but it was one of the mornings I felt defeated, as usual I hadn’t slept because I was sick and I had a whole lot going on in my head. God said to me “how on earth do you believe in the words of some irrelevant minor character in your story over the author. The devil does not have the power to alter the beautiful ending of the story I wrote for you. Why do you allow him to deceive you like that? You know the best time to laugh is when the devil makes you think there is nothing to laugh about, that’s when you need to laugh the hardest Jewie.” From nowhere laughter just sprung out of my belly and I couldn’t stop!! Since that day, every time the devil tried to push me into that dark place, the laugh stirs up in me all over because really how hilarious is it that the devil is there thinking he’s in a comfortable lead but ‘onaaaapo’!! Loool sorry I just had to (hahahaha). I dare you in 2017 to laugh more, regardless of your situation, of your environment remember that God is still in control and laugh!
So there you go…LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH!!!!
LIVE a life of purpose, pursue it like your life depends on it because it does!!
LOVE God and your brethren, love will find its way to you and spring forth in all areas of your life because when you give and walk in love , it comes back to you pressed down, shaken together and running over!
LAUGH! Even when it seems gloomy. It doesn’t matter how loud, raging and scary the storm seems, you must not fear because the Lord of Hosts is right there in your boat with you!