Written by: Edet Crownofglory Patience
There is this mango tree in my compound, it blossomed for many years without bringing forth fruits. We were so fed up with it that on different occasions, we hewn off it branches.
When the mango tree was eventually fruitful, we were surprised because we least expected it. We had given up on the mango tree. We thought no good thing could proceed out of its Nazareth, except for being a shade for us but God wasn’t through with it.
When you invest in yourself, people might term you to be fruitless or call you names like “time waster, failure e.t.c”, you don’t need to feel inferior or bad about it. All you have to do is to be sure of the investment and give deaf ears to what people say. Once your investment is guaranteed, then, your future is guaranteed.
Like the mango tree, your fruitfulness will leave people agape. With your success, people will begin to preach about your success without you telling them anything.
During the production, some fruits fell off when they couldn’t withstand the wind.
Dear, this life is indeed a journey that we all embarked on. It is now left for you either be a strong or be a weak pilgrim.
Not all that started the race will have the strength to accomplish the race. Some pilgrims would be distracted by the winds of life, ranging from difficulties, challenges, poverty and what have you? Which will eventually be too much for them to bear till they bail out of the journey.
Some of the fruits that fell off the mango tree did so not because they were not good from the onset but they could no longer bear the wind. This is to tell you that some pilgrims were never set for the race but only joined the race because they saw that their friends were on the same journey, hence, they decided to copy their friends.
Unfortunately for them, they didn’t have the strength to continue. While on the other hand, some other pilgrims couldn’t stand the test of time. Hence, they were blew off by the wind of challenges.
Therefore, never base your achievements on the ladder of what your friend has achieved. You have your life to face while they have theirs’ to face. Don’t copy others, please.
Be your original self and you wouldn’t be much affected by the winds of life because your focus won’t be tampered with.
I used the word much because, definitely there’ll be winds of life but you can only have victory if you gladly live above these winds; which are challenges.
Honestly, the wind will blow but if you’re an original product and a carbon copy of God, then, He will surely grant you the grace to make it to the end, like the ripe mangoes we enjoy.
NB: Ecclesiastes 9:11 (KJV) “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”
Meditate on this; Commit your ways into God’s hands and He will give you the best in life.
Remember, You Are Not An Accident! You Were Included In God’s Plan. He Loves You.
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