Posted by News Express | 14 June 2016 | 2,420 times
Dear readers, can God ever use your sentiment for his own glory? What about the negative sentiments, can they ever become an instrument in the hands of the almighty God? Can your weaknesses ever be useful to God almighty? Well the story of Moses answers these questions in the affirmative. If we could be humble enough to submit our passions, sentiments and even weaknesses to God almighty, he would successfully convert them to something positive, that would eventually glorify him.
When it comes to change however, feelings like frustrations, anger, and irritations, can easily be converted by each person to become a powerful force of change. Basically, history tells us that the people who end up changing their world are those who had at one time or the other, felt a great irritation about whatever was going on in their community at that particular time.
Have you ever heard of the name Mary Slessor? Mary Slessor was a Scottish lady who despite lived in another part of the world was not indifferent to what was going in Africa. This simple lady from a poor slum in Dundee Scotland, left her native land just to stop the killings of twins.
It would have been so easy for her to have said, I don’t care for Africa, I would just survive here after allshe was from the slum herself. Even though Mary was never married, yet she could feel the frustration of a mother whose child is been killed just because he was born a twin.
She moved to the Calabar region of Nigeria at the age of 28, converting her frustration into compassion. She lived in the same conditions as Africans, among the Efik people of Nigeria.
Mary Slessor sacrificed her personal comfort, she gave up on the dream of ever getting married. But in exchange for that she saved millions of twins. Have you ever seen twins from Africa before? That might be thanks to the efforts of Mary Slessor. Before her it was the norm not to allow the two of them to survive, one always had to die.
Many people lived in the days of Mary Slessor, many more probably heard about the human sacrifice in Africa, yet only this poor Scottish lady converted her anger into constructive energy. Thanks to her, today mothers can see their twin children grow up. It could be said that she brought civilization to that part of Africa through her sacrificial service to humanity.
For her efforts, she was known as the White Queen of Okoyong towards the end of her life. She died in Calabar in the year 1915, with no biological family or children, but she became the mother of a whole nation. That is what happens when we convert insults into constructive actions.
Dear readers, I would like to challenge you to look around your society, nation and country. Is there anything that is irritating you? That might just be the very thing you are supposed to confront. Have you noticed anything that frustrates you? Maybe God wants you to address it. What angers you in your community? That anger might be the subtle voice of God bringing your attention to the burden of his heart. If you would respond to the leading of God, you could end up becoming a Moses in your class, a Moses in your generation, a Moses to your sphere of influence, a Moses in your promised land, and a Moses for millions of people worldwide
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” — Haile Selassie
Martin Luther, the German reformer, sensed a great deal of frustration towards the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He was definitely not the only one who was frustrated by those practices in his days. But while others whined and complained about their frustrations, Martin Luther decided to take the bull by the horns.
He built a system by which he was going to set humanity free from the deception of religion. Today, as a result of the life and ministry of Martin Luther, almost a Billion people worldwide regard themselves as Protestants. A whole denomination was named after him. Lutheranism today constitutes over 80 million adherents.
This is what happens when we decide to do something with our frustrations. Those people who only complain, have nothing to show for it today, but those who act on their frustrations become Fathers of nations.
Are you insulted and irritated by the political situations in your country? God might be telling you to address them. Becoming a politician might not be the only way to address a political situation, it might be enough for you just to set up a mechanism of removing those things that irritate you from the government. At times you simply need to speak out about what you see. At other times you might need to set up a structure or a system to address the issue. The bottom line is that you must turn your frustration into something constructive.
Too many people simply vent their emotions about the things that are wrong in their society. They whine, curse and complain, yet do nothing constructive to fix the situation. The point I am making in this article is that your frustrations are not by accident. They are permitted to swell up in you so that they could be used to better the lives of the people around you and the society in general.
•Sunday Adelaja is a Nigerian born leader, Transformation Strategist, Pastor and innovator who lives in Kieve Ukraine. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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