THE SECRET TO RECEIVING NEW THINGS IN LIFE.
…A continuous growth, a steady growth is a demand of life. Life itself demands that from us and if we respond accordingly, if we give the supply of growth, self-improvement, self-education, into our lives, life will favor us. We will smile through life. Life becomes easy for people who respond to the demands of life. But for those who neglect the demands of life, they live in perpetual pain and regret.
Those who refuse to grow, those who only finish school and call it quits live with regret throughout life. While those who continuously get themselves a supply of growth, smile through life.
“School education isn’t the end to your education. Living up to your true potential can only come by continuing to self-educate yourself for as long as you exist.” ― Edmond Mbiaka
Ladies and gentlemen, let us hear this demand of life and adhere to it. It would do us good.
5. LIFE DEMANDS DEATH
To live is to die. To die is to live. To avoid death, is to avoid living. Life demands that we embrace some forms of death. This could be a very dicey and difficult demand for most people to understand talk less to embrace. But if you are determined to live life to the full, if you are determined to conquer in life, if you are determined to win in life, if you are determined to soar in life then you must not shy away from this particular demand. Life demands death.
Life demands death to self. Those who love their lives too much eventually lose it. While those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for others gain it. Selfishness is one of the most destructive forces in man and that is why life demands for its death. The more you die to self on a daily basis, the more you enjoy life. The more you care for others, while denying yourself, the more pleasure life supplies you. Life demands death. Life demands death to ego – A state when we only think and care about ourselves. Life rather demands that we live to care for others instead of living to care for self.
It is only when we are ready to give up on some things in our lives that we can receive new things. Until we are ready to let go of some things, bigger things don’t come to us. At times, we need to let our choices die, for us to get a better direction in life. Life itself is an illustration of this lesson. A woman risks her life to give birth to her child, hence the child most of the time will outlive her. She goes on and dies, while the child she has given life to, lives on after her.
“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.” ― Mitch Albom.
Until a seed falls to the ground and dies, it does not become a tree that later yields much fruit and a multitude of seeds. We must embrace the thought of death in order for us to have greater lives.
Jesus was a great example of this when He gave His life for humanity. In the place of one life, today we have billions of people calling themselves Christ followers, Christians. Each time we choose to step down for others, that is a form of death to self. Each time we prefer others above ourselves, that is a form of death. Each time we allow our interests to take a back seat in favor of others, that is a form of death that life demands for. It is a form of death that eventually will yield an abundance of life. Life demands death.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points;
- Why life demands risk
- An important trait successful people share
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja