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Disclaimer : This is sequel to the previous article (Chilled but useless). We advise you read it before this for better understanding.
This is the other side of the coin from the same scenario in ‘Chilled but useless’. However, it is from another perspective; it’s a piece birthed after looking through a superior lenses . One event, different views and numerous lessons.
Even though the water was frozen, that didn’t take away the hydrating potency in the water. It may look useless at the particular point but in the real sense, it is still precious and valuable only if exposed to the right environment(exposed to warn atmosphere or dropped in a bowl of water at room temperature or above) …
The real God’s investment in it would find expression, it just a question of time.
If our mindset is the direct reflection of the quality of our environment, then a right environmental condition is the antidote to wrong mindset. It’s that simple!
This is the truth : GOD DID NOT CREATE ANYTHING WITHOUT A SPECIFIC PURPOSE (every man is created to solve a specific problem even if the man looks like a problem going somewhere to happen). Just like the frozen water, ‘useless’ will turn ‘useful’ if exposed to the right environmental condition and given some time. The right environmental condition will eventually make a global asset out of a community liability in no time.Trust me, it will.
According to recent study, people living in particular ghetto were relocated to one of the most opulent suburb on an island with same mind(set)…. The flush environs turned ghetto in just few decades. The result confirms this fact: the most important factor in any environment is the quality of people living in the environment. If we hang around great minds, the greatness in us will find expression effortlessly.
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I strongly believe that anyone that crosses our path as we journey through life either has something to teach us or learn from us. In most cases, both teaching and learning happen simultaneously . It’s called INFLUENCE.
You are not an ordinary person;You are a change agent (only if you think otherwise) . If you are in Christ , then you have been influenced by the chief influencer himself (Holy Spirit). Everyone has something to offer, so, you can’t afford to be passive and leave folks with wrong mindset the same way you meet them. No, WE CAN NOT . I have noticed that most minds are wrongly set because the change agents around ignore or avoid(judge) them instead of impacting them. Light doesn’t avoid darkness – -it invades it. The whole world crave our manifestation like desert long for dews. We are the environment they need;the atmosphere they have been waiting for(even unconsciously)!
We are the salt and light of this world (not the church), this shows that our real audience do have different mindset from us….their mind are wrongly set, especially on issues concerning our core values . Jesus also instructed us not be passive. Light and salt are environments on their own (so are we) .
Virtues don’t thrive in darkness only vices do. As long as the light remains passive, darkness reigns . The strongest whirlwind can’t drive out darkness,… Only light can. So flip on the switch and illuminate your environment!
Once upon a time, a ‘useless’ uneducated, timid fishermen whose mind was wrongly set turned a global public speaker and world renowned preacher who held thousands of people spellbound in less than 3 year of exposure to the right environment called JESUS.Peter did the impossible and became god ‘overnight’. People had to confirm that he had been with Jesus. Same geographical location different environment.
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Way back in 1876, a 28 years old red-haired and blue-eyed beautiful lady left her comfort zone(Scotland) for Southern Nigeria just to be the right environment needed to defrost the frozen and demonic mindset of people which encouraged genocide in the name of tradition. Mary Mitchell Slessor and her team infiltrated the culture and liquefied the wrong mindsets of the whole Efik community by the power of God’s love. She endured the rainforest, the wild animals, the language barrier and the terrible malaria which finally took her life (13 Jan 1915).Mary and other unsung heroes chose to be the right environment, they embraced Africa even in her frozen(useless ) state. They laboured tirelessly because they were compelled by the love of the Father and humanity .I can’t imagine what Africa will look like now without the sacrifice of some selfless missionaries few centuries ago.
To be honest, we are all products of influences, we are bags of impacts by thousands of others. People had sacrificed at different phases of our lives and in different areas, that is the reason some of us feel we are better than others. The bottom line is – no one is “self made”, no, not one! People who use this term are almost certainly trying to perpetuate some sort of self aggrandizing myth that nurture their fragile ego and helps them masquerade as heroic white Knights. Mr Self-made, there is only one God you are not him!
As a teenager within the four walls of University of Benin. I was a certified nuisance. Even though I just got saved,I was nothing but a saved dweeb who lacked every sense of direction in life. My mind was wrongly set(if set at all).I seemed useless even to myself.
However, some people loved God enough to show me God’s love. They defrosted the mental ice with their warmth and love. They choose to become the right environment and passionately exposed me to themselves.
Trust me, if I dare write out their names,you will get bored because this piece will be endless. Men who prayed and fasted for me day and night, people who fed me with God’s Word, folks who gave me books and exposed me to responsibilities just to see me grow. I was mentored and coached for free(I still enjoy some of their mentorship even as you read this). God kind of love is a huge sacrifice and it’s transformational.
God will never forget your labour of love even when people do. He will surely reward you richly for the investment.
God has called us into the ministry of reconciliation, we are equipped to equip others, we are blessed so we can be a blessing to our circle of influence.
Here is the balance : I strongly advise you don’t let emotions cloud your judgement, don’t get married or have a huge business deal with those with frozen mindset. However, you are to love them enough and help them grow in that particular area of life.
I won’t know if this makes sense to you if you don’t hit the comment section below. Don’t forget to touch a life today by sharing this with your friends.
Your Ranting friend,