One by One

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My mum used to sing the song:

One step at a time

Only one step at a time

That is the way the Lord would lead you

One step at a time

Take that one step carefully

Walk that one step Prayerfully

That is that way to victory

One step at a time

The words of this song has not ministered to me more than at this time of my life.

As I seek God to make me relevant in this generation and to posterity, to make lasting impact in the life of tons of people, I am constantly reminded that lasting influence is not solely characterized by large scale ministry.

I have, in the past, prayed, fasted and cried for a launching forth into God’s will for my life. And whenever I do that, I am usually dissatisfied at God’s “slow” or “non” response because I have prayed from the lens that affords me a view of ministry as being valid if and only if it’s nomenclated, involves many people and publicly spectacular.

Time and again, the dealing of God in my life nudges me back to the catchword of the song:

One step at a time.

God will start with a few. Most times, one, and see what you will do with that opportunity. That one little fifth grade girl that needed help with “multiplying and dividing fractions.” That one almost broken-up family that smites your heart any time you see them – the one you felt the burden to intercede for. That one group in your church that needs to be revived unto optimal functioning. That set-mate at school or colleague at work that needs your help to shape up his or her life – maybe with a weekly Bible study or by praying together.

You can be that friend and listening ear your neighbor needs. You can be that model your little cousins seek. You can be that intercessor… You can be that “Barnabas” in the life of “Paul.”

“Ministry consciousness” in the mundane details of life is a hallmark of readiness and excellence in “Public Ministry,” if it comes. Every one step – of action or inaction – is a seed for the quality of your “ministry.” If you are faithful with one, he will make it two, then a hundred, then ten thousand or more.

But it will always be about that one heart at a time.

Do not clamor for “ministry,” while neglecting “ministering.”

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.”

Friends, just be God’s hands and feet, where you are.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Happiness (snippets)

Today, I share a line that is similar to the crux of my new book, Donut.

We all have a longing in life. We all wake up to a new day, wishing that yesterday was better than the terrible day it was. Maybe a colleague got on your nerves, your child threw a tantrum on the store, you heard that you would need to resit that exam, or your parent or loved one took ill or died.

Even pleasant experiences of yesterday fuels something in us in the New day- a resolve to go through the day again, perhaps, a hope that it will be good or better this time. So we peel the covers to face the sunrise rather than end it all in the basement.

Sadly, we face the day to chase education, reputation, career, health, salary, business, wealth and all sorts of other things- hoping that they will fill our heart with something significant. More frequently, we hit roadblocks, frustration and disappointment, even at our peak.

People chase a lot of things, but what they truly want and need is happiness. There is only little a higher figure on pay stub or a fatter bill folder can achieve. It, at best, gives a transient feeling that ends when there is a greater expenditure.

Happiness is found in fitting a square peg in a square hole.

Happiness is found in seeking the purpose for which we are created.

Happiness is what drives a wealthy American businessman when he goes on a short summer mission trip to Seirra Leone, returns to the USA, but feels his heart still beating for the poverty stricken, epidemic plagued people of the African country. He is no longer the same until he frequently finds his way back to Africa. He found happiness in putting smiles on the face of the Orphans and less privileged.

Happiness is implicated when a man leaves his lucrative carrer for a creative career which pays less, but puts more meaning in people’s lives.

Happiness is when a boy or girl finds Christ and stick to him through her youthful years, living the adventure only a heir can enjoy.

We all could use happiness. We all must find it. Or else…

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Happiness is found in finding GOD and His purpose for our lives, and pursuing its fulfillment with a fervour that can only come from a heart consumed by love.

“Matthew 6:33”

Are you truly happy?

Cheers,
Toluwanimi

P.S. Can you share with me what changes you made in your life in the past that has shown you what happiness truly is?