Happy September guys! So much has happened in the past eight months. Through it all, one thing I can boldly say is that God is faithful. He has kept us and He continues to do so. I pray that we all experience God’s guidance, goodness, love and mercy in a new way this month. May it be our best month yet! Amen?
August went by really quickly for me. I learnt a number of lessons while it lasted though. Check out some of them below.
Grudges are good-for-nothing
One of my friends once accused me of holding grudges. At the time my reply was that I couldn’t help the fact that I have a good memory. *yimu* During the month of August, God kept reminding me of His unwavering love, how it stays steadfast even when I purposefully turn from Him. Each time I felt wronged, He brought incidents to mind of times that I’ve offended people and they were still gracious to me, even before I apologised. So in August, God taught me to love people through the pain. I learnt and I’m continuing to learn how to love, how not to keep a record of wrongs. I’m now putting my “good memory” to better use.
Always count the cost
Always. Before you start anything, know why you are doing it and what it will cost you. Ask yourself what you are prepared to endure to achieve your goal. If what you are prepared to pay does not meet the cost, just let it go. No corner cutting. Because when the challenges come (as they always do), if you skipped this step, it will be easy for you to give up. When this happens people often feel cheated and the tendency is to blame everything but one’s failure to plan, for the way things turned out. But when we plan ahead, we get an idea of what difficulties we are likely to face. So when we encounter hurdles, we’ll be ready for them and we’ll be more likely to keep going. This was a big lesson for me in August.
Sleep is a luxury
I’m one of those people who can sleep for days! Literally. I would excel as a professional sleeper.
In fact, I think sleep is my love language. In August I put in effort to do what needed to be done and to limit excuses. In doing this I realised that there is just no time for the type of sleep that my dreams are made of. (Yes, you know it’s real when you dream about sleeping). There is so much that needs to be done. When I look at what God expects from me and the number of hours in a day, I understand that sleep is not just a treat, it’s a luxury.
Silence is golden
Once upon a time I thought silence was a treat I could only indulge in when I was with friends who understand my silence. Each time I was with an acquaintance or someone I had just met, I felt that there had to be a steady flow of conversation going on. *smh* I have learnt that it is okay to be silent, even in unfamiliar company. I am learning that silence does not mean being snobbish, cold or unfriendly. It is possible to engage someone and put them at ease, even with lapses in conversation. And so I’m becoming increasingly comfortable with pauses in conversation, even with people I do not know well.
Those are some of the lessons I learnt in August. So, over to you. What’s your take on my August lessons? What lessons did you learn in August? What hopes do you have for September? I want to know. 🙂