Be Anxious for Nothing

The truth is we all have fears.
Most often, we are consumed by our fears, and justly so sometimes..
Some of our fears are quite valid. A fear of the unknown; the mere fact that we cannot physically see beyond the immediate presence almost tears us apart.
How we wish we can see into the future… not just some mental pictures or dream or trance or looking forward with the ‘eye of faith’ seeing. But actually seeing the future as it really is. Like having your life presented to you as a recorded movie – you can see how far you’ve come, and despite all you’re going through presently, you see that the future is just beautiful and there’s no stopping you from getting there. How we wish…
So we fear!
But why fear? When has worry changed anything?
It is recorded in the bible that the phrase ‘fear not’ appears almost 365 times… That’s an approximate one for each day of the year…
So fear not… Be anxious for nothing… Your every worry has never and would never add a tittle to your height…

In the face of all your fears, be courageous enough to live… Face the fear…

Face the thing you fear and the death of that fear is certain…

In concluding, there would always be fears… New challenges would always bring new fears…

But do one thing only; do the thing you fear!!!!

This is a writing assignment put together in less than 10 minutes with minimal thoughts…
So lemme know what you think.
Thanks

WHAT WILL BE WILL BE…

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What will be will be…
(Rom 8: 28; Pro 20: 24; Pro 16: 4; Jer 29: 11; Phil 4: 4; II Cor 4: 16-17; Pro 3: 5,6)
At this present moment I find myself in a dilemma trying to comprehend what had happened. Okay! I know what happened, how, when and where but I just can’t understand “WHY?”
It was one of such unusual nights when I decide to take a bath before going to sleep. It was around 11:30pm, less than five hours to when I was supposed to wake up the next morning. I would normally have just gone to bed like that, but on this fateful night I decided to take a bath, and rather unnecessarily, I would like to say. Without further ado, I picked up my lamp and other stuffs and went to the bathroom. Somehow I saw a cockroach and without a second thought I decided to kill it. To cut a rather long story short, in the process of trying to kill the cockroach my hand hit the lamp from where it was placed, and down it went crashing into pieces. A sudden realization dawned on me and I began to wonder: why did I decide to have a bathe tonight? Why did I bring my lamp along? Why on earth did I not just leave the cockroach? Why? Why?? Why???
Ever found yourself in a similar situation where you did something you thought to be so insignificant or even unnecessary but which eventually turned out to be so consequential, either positive or otherwise? Or better still, have you ever woke up on a Sunday morning with such unusual urge to attend a particular church service, for instance, with really no special reason whatsoever; then you get to church and the message literally transformed your life? Then you understand why you had felt you just must be in church. If you’ve ever been in any of such unprecedented happenstances, then you just might appreciate why I was in such dilemma this fateful night.
As I sat down to muse over my predicament that night, something sounded in the inside of me: “boy! What will be will be”. Oh! How I hate that nursery school rhyme “Que sera sera, what will be will be, sera… blah! blah! blah!” You don’t blame me, would you? The fact is, just like you, I like to feel I’m in charge. That I run things around me or at least think I do. However, also like you I often happen to be victim of many a circumstances. Equally though, I won’t deny that I have had a fair share of the brighter side as well without my slightest contribution or even premonition. So even as much as I want to hate that nursery rhyme, its lyrics seem to pervade my everyday life – what will be will be!
As I sat there trying to understanding why I keep being haunted, so to say, by my much hated rhyme, there came a consolation in my mind: the thought that “all things work together for good to them that love God…” Oh! What glimmer of hope! However, I was yet to be satisfied. Still, a few more questions demand answers. Even the consoling thought made me wonder; do unpleasant and painful situations work for good? Confused. I don’t think I’m going nowhere until I get all these sorted out. There should be an explanation somehow and somewhere to these.
It’s two days later and I am yet to get my answer. In fact, I must admit I am beginning to forget about it and simply succumb to my much dreaded phrase – what will be will be. Somehow, I happen to be reading in class before this unusual lethargy came upon me. I had intended to read for at least four hours, but it’s just two hours since I arrived class and here I am thinking of leaving already. All the same, I packed my books and headed for hostel. On arriving, I jammed a senior friend who I had not seen for some months, right on the staircase, on his way out of school. Déjà vu! I thought; here we go again! How I would have missed out on his visit had I not obeyed my ‘lazy’ instinct to stop reading. Well, as I approached him, he exclaimed “how the steps of the righteous are ordered by God”, in expressing his pleasure to see me. Alas! That was the answer I had awaited for two days, coming right in the middle of another so called coincidence. Right there and then I clearly understood that indeed all things happen under God’s watch and that they ultimately work together for good.

Fate, you may say, or even nature or coincidence, but the truth is “The Lord works out everything for His own ends…”. And they all work together for good to us simply because we love Him and have put our trust in Him. Whether they be good or otherwise, we know He orders our steps towards the ultimate good that we might as yet not be aware of. Did the Bible not say that His thoughts towards us are thoughts of peace and to bring us to an expected end? So you wonder what to do at those times when things seem so bad to have any good in it? When there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, so to say? Simply rejoice! Again I say rejoice. For our present troubles can in no means compare with the glory that is reserved for us.

As I conclude, remember that what will be will indeed be, but that is because God wants it to be. So in all your ways acknowledge Him and do not lean on your own understanding.

KNOWLEDGE IS EVERYTHING

What you don’t know won’t kill you – what a lie! At this age and time, you will agree with me that we die daily more from things we are totally unaware of than from the many vices so to say that we can easily identify…. Talk of little foxes that spoil the vine eh?
The truth is each and every day, something we do not know ‘kills’ us in so many ways we do not know. The mistake often times is that we concentrate on and are more bothered by the losses we can perceive while we forget to pay attention to those ‘insensible’ losses… the potential gains we could have accrued if and only if we had known a little bit more, better. The price we pay to our ignorance every single day is practically inestimable, and like the age-long maxim, ‘if education is expensive, they say try ignorance’… good enough, or unfortunately so, you may say, a majority of us on a daily basis patronize ignorance on a large scale. Ask yourself a simple question; how much do I really know? Do I have an adequate and appropriate understanding of whatever it is I am engaged in? More often than not, the answer would be a NO! Except of course you are that recalcitrant, egotistic, ignorant peacock that would never agree he knows but nothing… Oops! Hope that doesn’t describe you tho!
There is this popular story of a guy that was contracted to help fix a faulty machine, so he billed his contractors $100 and they were very willing to pay. However, to their utmost surprise, all he did was hit the faulty machine with a swing of a hammer, and bingo, machine started working perfectly fine. As such, they had to ask him why he would bill such a ridiculous amount for a job as menial as the swing of a hammer. Good question you would say, and it got an interesting and quite inspiring response: ‘$99 for knowing what to do, and $1 for doing it’ he said. That is to say, $99 for knowing that all he had to do to get the machine working was to hit it with a hammer in the appropriate place, and $1 for swinging the hammer. I would say that was fair enough… talk about KNOWLEDGE! Of course, the owners of the faulty machine do know how to swing a hammer, but what they did not know is that all they had to do was to swing the hammer… and save a hundred dollars!!! So you see, what you don’t know is killing you day after day, whether you know it or not!
Reminds me of one of the many times I have had to pay my fair share for being so ignorant. So it happened that on this fateful day, or perhaps sometime during the week, my printer started acting up – as usual. Being very familiar with this particular brand and model of printer, I safely assumed I got it covered and know exactly what was wrong. Of course, the printer has three indicator lights and I perfectly understand the significance of each one when it blinks… or so I thought. So it happened that the middle indicator light came on, and that should suggest a problem with the ink… therefore, I refilled the black ink – since it appeared emptier and older than the colored ink cartridge. As this did not solve my problem, I decided to buy a new black cartridge altogether… But alas, the indictor wouldn’t stop blinking so I had to take it to a repairer who complicated everything by toiling something else inside the printer… I eventually had to travel across town to a more trusted repairer. At the end of the day, the problem with my printer was not a shortage of ink in my black cartridge as supposed, but rather a bad, though new and filled color cartridge… if only I had known! All I needed was another color cartridge that was sensitive – howbeit new or old, filled or empty. I need not remind you that all these came at its own cost – in cash! All I thought I knew about the printer was questioned and changed in all but one week. Little did I know that the only indication of an empty cartridge is a fading print, and not the indicator light as I supposed… well, that’s all history now as it’s been bliss working with the printer from that time onward…
Knowledge is power… right, but much more, knowledge brings bliss. In fact, knowledge is everything.
Consider the stock market for example, the credit crunch, bull market, bear market, et cetera… if only investors had known better…
In health care for instance it is common place to hear the popular mantra “prevention is better than cure”. However, it will shock you to discover how much is spent on curative and rehabilitative medicine every year, treating and managing diseases and conditions that could ordinarily be prevented by such simple measures as change of lifestyle, diet modifications, exercise and the likes… Oh! How much we pay for our ignorance!
As I draw the curtains, I charge you in the words of Steve Jobs, stay foolish and stay hungry for knowledge – make yourself a better person. What you do not know is actually killing you each and every day; your ignorance is costing you some dollars, take it or leave it. Be it in how to manage finances, personal hygiene, health, anything at all, never hesitate to ask if and when you need to. Never be too proud to ask; ask the necessary questions and get optimal results out of life.
Remember, wisdom is the principal thing… and in all thy gettings, get understanding. Go for knowledge today, for knowledge is indeed everything…