Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

What maketh a man

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As a man thinks in his heart so is he….

Life is too tough, I don't think I will amount to anything, I don't have what it takes, I am a loser, I have bad luck, things don't work when it is my turn etc. These are some of the confessions that are rife in the world today, confessions that readily come out of the mouth of those who it appears do not know the power of the tongue and those who it seems do not understand what such confessions reveals about the state of their mind.

Sometimes we see someone fall flat on their face and we easily come to the conclusion that it was the opposition which confronted them that did the damage; we need to understand that not every defeat comes as a result of the power of the opposition or the challenge being insurmountable. If we look carefully, the root of the defeat can be traced to the condition of the heart of the victims.

Where do these confessions come from, what informs these confessions? What informs the opinions or beliefs that a man have of himself and the events around him? The answer to this can be traced to the state of their heart. When I say heart here , I am not implying the biological heart here, rather I mean the very core of a man existence, if I may use the phrase or term 'The Headquarters of his very existence'. The core from where everything about his life flows, and around which his very existence revolves.

These confessions are coming from opinions, convictions and beliefs which the confessors have formed over time of themselves and the circumstances that confronts them. Although there could be a number of factors responsible for this, some minds may have become damaged as a result of being exposed to series of abuses and torment all through their lives.

It is easy for someone who have suffered from abuses all through their lives to have such a low esteem about themselves and as a result find it hard to have any positive outlook towards life. Someone who has had to battle with disappointment all through their life could begin to see him or her as a candidate for disappointment and as a result find it hard to exercise hope in anything, such a person would struggle to see why anyone should exercise such futility.

I used to have a boss back when I was professional footballer, who never wasted any time in letting people realise that things always go bad whenever it was his turn to manage things. Once things start going wrong his confession would be ‘I am not surprised, things always go wrong when it is my turn’. While I do not know his background or what life might have thrown at him while growing up, one thing I can say for sure is that he did not arrive at this position overnight. The journey to that position of conviction took many years and a number of events that aided his convictions.