I'm going to be honest with you, my life isn't going the way I envisioned it. But whose life ever goes as planned right? We all have boxes we set to tick as we go along life, Undergraduate✓, Postgraduate✓, NYSC✓, Job✓, Marriage✓, Kids✓, Retirement✓.
But what happens when you're stuck at a particular stage and it just feels like there's no progress, I mean for me, life was going as planned, I was done with university at a really good age and I finished my youth service last year October and so I thought the smooth sailing would continue. But it's been 7 months and I've still not landed my dream job. I did an internship with an NGO for three months, which was great but now I'm back where I started and it feels like when will I get a job that I know I'll someday complain about? Aren't humans funny? We disturb God's ears with pleas of a request, then we get it and we disturb him with constant complaints. Just makes me appreciate God more, that He loves me so much to deal with my short comings.
Anyways today was one of those morning where I woke up blue, feeling like "looky there, another Monday and you don't have work to go to". I was lying in my bed about to throw myself a pity party and invite depression, anxiety and comparison to the party but it's really amazing how God doesn't give up on us just yet. Somehow I got the idea to start singing worship songs to get the mood started and have my devotions. So there I am singing the songs that come to mind and then I decided to get up and read my devotional. I use two; Our Daily Bread and Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. ODB talked about getting godly counsel, I was like ok good and moved on to LOL and that's where I got my logos from. I decided to share because maybe someone needs it like I did.
"When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, thought that was shorter. For God said, "if they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt" Exodus 13:17
No matter how carefully you plan your progress in any area of your life, you will have setbacks. That's part of the journey. Successful people are able to press through difficulty and delay and get right back on track without wasting time, feeling bad about themselves, or losing momentum.
Having a bad day doesn't mean you have to have a bad life. Don't be like the Israelites in today's scripture who wanted to return to Egypt everytime they had a bad day while travelling toward the Promised Land. You are being freed from the bondage of egypt and heading toward the Promised Land, where God's purposes and promises will become realities in your life, but you will have days in the desert. When that happens, don't be too hard on yourself.
Be nurturing and supportive of yourself, as you would of anyone else you love. Remind yourself that ten steps forward and one step backward still gets you where you're going (ding! ding! ding! voila I got my logos). Celebrate your successes, even small ones, and it will help you press pass your setbacks.
Consider writing down your victories as you have them. Keep a journal of your journey and record your little successes and include the lessons you're learning along the way and the good experiences you're having. When you have a discouraging day or one when you feel you've done everything wrong, read your journal. You may be amazed at how far you've come!"
Isn't it awesome how God talks to us through different ways. My day went to a hundred real quick by the time I was done reading my devotional. I mean off the top of my head, if I'm noting down my successes, I've done really well in life. I have two good degrees from good universities, i have 3 diploma certificates in Fashion Journalism, Lifestyle Journalism and Project Management. I can speak French, I took one of the hard level diploma exams and I was the second highest, the first was an Ivorian lady, who speaks french already and she was only higher than me with 1.5%, if that's not something to celebrate, I don't know what else is. Above all, I have God and I have His word with His promises to take care of me and His amazing plan to prosper me and give me a future and a hope. Plus, I also know that God honours His word above His name so as long as I rest assured on those promises, I know they will come to pass. I feel so liberated and I'm definitely going to get me a progress journal and record my progress in every area of my life.
This was a lengthy write up and probably an even lengthier read for someone but I really felt compelled to share and I hope someone gets liberated through these words. Have a beautiful day.
(Ps: If you have any recommendations or advice/tips on how to deal with setbacks, I'd love to hear from you xxx)