Pursue your passion right where you are

Excerpt from the farewell speech of Catriona Gray when she turnover the Ms. Universe Crown to Ms. South Africa.

We often limit ourselves to the path we’ve taken a long time ago, those moments when we have to decide for something which can sustain us for the long term. So we decided to pursue what is practical.

As we grow up, we lost that sense of wonder and excitement on pursuing what we love to do. We pursue what they say are practical ventures and that which gives us a sense of stability. But I hope we will never forget that life is a journey and that nobody is too old to learn and that nobody is too old to try to pursue what one once loved to do.

Most of the things we love to do are often buried in our hearts as the demands of life call us to do what is urgent at the moment. Fear also has a way of crippling us from doing and pursuing things and that’s where we need to hold on to faith and keep believing. While we think where we are may hinder us from pursuing what we love to do, we can however view it differently. We can accept the path we take at the moment and do our best in it and at the same time try to incorporate what you once love to pursue in your daily lives.

I get to realize that not all of life’s passions has to be pursued through formal education. Some of those are already part of us and we just have to use it and share it to nurture it and to continually improve in it. Maybe the careers we have had been gained through formal education because it was necessary to go through it. But beyond our careers we have different passions in life and we need not let go of our careers to pursue our passions. Sometimes we just evolved taking the lessons we learn in our journey. The two can go together just as some people have pursued their careers as their passion.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

-Oscar Wilde

What I want to convey is that we don’t need to wish we were someone else or that we are somewhere else. We just have to be who we are and be present where we are and do things with our hearts and minds. Also, I believe that we don’t need things to be perfect to get started. We just have to put our heart in what we do.

More of life is about the journey because we face life on a day to day basis and not embrace everything in one moment. And our life counts not with one milestone but who we have become in the process of pursuing what we love to do and how much God taught us in our journey.

And it is my hope that you get to see God’s guiding hand in your journey and you get to appreciate His presence even when circumstances are tough, fully convinced that He is sovereign and is in control. Our lives here are temporary and everything else is passing and we need to make the most out of it just as Christ came to serve and not to be served. And we can serve in so many ways with who we are right where we are. Our teacher once said that “Success is when the Lord will say at the end of our lives ‘Well done good and faithful servant’”.

 

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My Life, Your Life, His Purpose

I consider myself as a a wonderer and a wanderer. My thoughts wander and wonder a lot and I love to write random things which inspire and encourage me in so many ways. I believe that we do not need to wait things to happen before we can appreciate our journey. Sometimes it is the journey itself that makes this life worth living if we set our minds on the things above.

I may be a wanderer and a wonderer but I am always at home with His word which gives meaning to our lives and gives us the courage to move forward with His purpose. Words are life and since we reap what we sow, I want to sow good seeds in our hearts and minds so that good thoughts can be planted and nurtured and bear good fruits.

Just like the rain pours and allows the plants to grow and bear fruit so is His word, it will accomplish his purpose. There is power in His word. In the beginning was the word. And the word was with God and the word is God. Words give life when used wisely to accomplish His purpose.

I hope that as we anchor on His word, we get to go through life with a sense of purpose and fulfillment because while everything else pass away the word of the Lord stands firm forever.

Overcome evil with good

Every day is different. Every day can be a joy or a challenge. And every day, we store moments in our hearts. Choose what to store and store the good as you pursue what is right and what gives you peace.

Imagine this box as the repository of your memories. What would you choose to store?

Sometimes, it is easier to remember the misdeeds over the good deeds. As Warren Buffet once said, “You build your reputation for a lifetime but it takes only a second to ruin it.” This is because human as we are, we remember more of what went wrong over the things that went right. This is one reason why we need to train our heart and mind to see the good and store the good because remembering the bad takes no effort at all.

I am not saying that we forego doing what is right when we choose to forgive others. You forgive others because you deserve peace in your heart and peace is also about pursuig what is right. A clear conscience is still the best pillow at night. And a clear conscience is not only doing what is right alone but trusting the Lord that as you pursue what is right in His sight, you trust His guiding hand that when things doesn’t happen your way the way you plan it, He is still in control.

I believe God doesnt want us to bear the burden of taking revenge because as He said “It is mine to avenge.” Sometimes the best revenge is to focus on your life and live it well with peace and purpose.

Peace is also about courage, the courage to pursue what is right and the courage to let go of some things not worth fighting for. Life only gives us limited time, energy and resources and we need the wisdom to know what to pursue and which to let go.And in all these, we should not be overcome by a revengeful heart but rather a heart that focuses on doing what is right the right way and pursuing peace in our dealings.

When we are overwhelmed by emotions, our hearts can betray us. And so it is important to have an accountable friend whom you can talk with and who have the courage to rebuke you as necessary when you get lost in your emotions. Someone who will remind you to overcome evil with good and who will encourag you to surrender your heart to the Lord so he can refine it and mold it for His purpose.

When you learn to overcome evil with good, you try to store the good, to deal things not with a revengeful heart but a heart which pursues peace. And peace can come in so many forms. And the more you pursue what is right, store the good and pursue peace by overcoming evil with good, the more you get to live your life with peace and purpose.❤

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