Take a Moment to Stop and Smell the Roses

It’s grad season once again! Congratulations to the class of 2018, we did it!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I wrote about a time where grad season was a bit painful for me because I always wondered when my time will come (you can read about it here).

I always pictured what it’d be like when I’m graduating. I thought about my outfit, I thought of my playlist and my pictures and most of all my family coming to celebrate with me. I thought that I’d be the most excited graduate on the planet. Well, here I am currently counting down to a few days before my convocation ceremony and guess what, I’m not as excited as I thought I’d be! Can you believe it, the one thing I had been praying for for the longest time is finally coming to pass and I’m sitting around sulking and worrying about all the other things that aren’t going according to ‘my plan’!

That’s so like us!!

But isn’t that just like us? We pray and cry out to God about something but when He does it we take it for granted. We don’t take a moment to appreciate and celebrate that testimony because we’re busy looking and waiting for the next thing to happen. We fail to enjoy that testimony because we’re already waiting on the next season.

Listen, this life is meant to be lived. If we are busy waiting for the next best thing or the next big moment of our life before we can be happy then are we really living? It’s important to be present in every season that you’re in, enjoy it and make the best of it. Remember the time that you were praying for the things that you have now.

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He said it was good!

In Genesis, God created the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. I’ve heard the story of creation countless times but had never seen it from the perspective I’m about to share now. Isn’t it amazing that everyday after God had created something He said that it was good? When He spoke light into existence, He saw that it was good, when he created the earth and skies He saw that it was good. When He created day and night, the seas and dry land, the animals and every single thing He saw that it was good. God called everything good even when the work of His creation was incomplete.

He didn’t wait until He finished creating before He said that it was good. He knew that it was good regardless. He didn’t stop creating on the first day because He saw that it was good, He went on with creation but He was still excited about what He had created so far.

Why are you waiting for everything to be perfect before you can celebrate and be content with where you are? Being content doesn’t mean being complacent. By all means keep working towards your goals/dreams/purpose but don’t despise where you currently are. Learn to celebrate every season of your life even when you’re not where you want to be yet.

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Be grateful for your portion and content in your current season.

I was on a gratefulness challenge last month because, well, a good friend called me out and told me how I’ve become so pessimistic and how I’m constantly complaining about one thing or the other in every conversation. It stung! But it was true and I decided to do something about it, hence the gratefulness challenge. It was supposed to last for 21 days but I lost count and I, unfortunately, fell back into complaining again. Of course I was called out again, by a different friend this time (SIDE NOTE: get you friends who’ll straight up call you out on your mess!). I didn’t end up doing another gratefulness challenge but I’m now more conscious of myself. I’m very intentional about being grateful, I literally have to give myself pep talks to remind myself of how blessed I am.

I’ll give you a fair warning though: the moment you decide that you’re going to make a conscious effort not to complain or grumble about any and everything is the moment that all possible things that would cause you to complain and be ungrateful would go wrong! I urge you to keep on keeping on but also extend yourself some grace.

So, in the spirit of gratefulness, here’s a testimony & a grad photo of me!

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I would like to take a moment to publicly testify of God’s goodness and faithfulness in my life. Thank you Lord for this degree, I am so grateful to see your promises come to pass and I’m looking forward to the manifestation of all your promises in my life.  

Always remember that He who began a good work in you will surely bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Whatever you’re waiting for will come, but for now take a moment to stop and smell the roses.

I honor you.

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