Hey, this is not for Champs. It is for all those who are down and out, beaten, frustrated, fed-up, locked-up, fallen over and over and basically clinging to their last breath. You can swear, curse, cringe, and sulk all day. But hear this, “You can have a perfect comeback”!
From my experience, the most painful part of a misfortune is the inability to fully comprehend the event.
Somehow, you can’t just figure it out. It happened so fast that you could barely carry a bag. You barely survived.
Yes, the blame’s on you. All eyes on you, and guess what? You can’t find a shoulder to lean on.
You’ve realised you’re all alone and help is not forth-coming. More so, the jury that sat over your case gave no room for your defence.
You are clearly guilty as charged and you painfully look up with dismay at the chains that await you. Chains you never envisaged.
Chains of loneliness, back-biting, depression, hunger, frustration, slavery and the devil’s fangs of failure clinging on every thought. You’re gradually accepting you’re a failure as those thoughts take a natural form.
However, before you sink any deeper, look closely. Can you see me? I have been down the lane.
I have wept, and beaten myself over and over again and could only watch the days go by.
But the more I sunk, the more I saw.
I saw dead bodies along this sinking path. They were littered all over the place. Their faces had alot to say.
- They died frustrated.
- They died wishing for things they have lost.
- They died worried about what the world thought of them.
- They died waiting for a new yesterday, not knowing they’re gone forever.
- They died famished, refusing to feast today because they reminisced on yesterday’s meals.
- They died dreaming instead of envisioning.
- They died with tons of blames on everyone else except themselves.
- They died expecting help from their past not knowing that help comes from their future as they plough through today’s vineyards.
- They died waiting for a defence, not knowing that the best defence is in what they give back to their past from their future.
I could see these as I sunk.
But when I looked up, I saw differently. I saw men and women looking up to God.
- They were drawn away from their pain and sorrows and focused on God’s power and strength.
- They could see the light of God’s promises of a new day.
- They’d forgiving themselves and decided to try again.
- They were satisfied in trusting God with their stories, who only could give the best messages from their mess.
- Their eyes were shut from the world and its woes and clung to the Lord for fresh deliveries from His word.
- Suddenly, they could see things differently.
- They were renewed daily as they took one step at a time. Restoration was not too far away, as they could see beyond their pain.
- What lay ahead inspired them the more. Glory!
- They never knew they could become far better than they were before the fall.
- Suddenly, they realised, “the fall is just part of the plan” (Gen. 50:20). O! What joy they had to rise again, grow again, smile again and become far better than their past offered, simply because they tried again.
This is my story.
I saw these and could not stay behind.
LOOK AROUND YOU
I could tell you stories of great man and women who have practically gained from their pains.
Where do I begin; is it with the Abrahams, Jephthahs, Davids, Peters and Pauls of the Bible or The Abraham Lincolns, Thomas Edisons and Steve Jobs of our time?
Remember Steve Harvey?
The world stood still during the 2015 Miss World Pageant as Renowned Comedian and Host Steve made one of the biggest blunders on TV.
With a swift public apology, he corrected his mistake of announcing the wrong winner of the pageant.
His humble apology and courage to forge ahead by making mockery of his failure, has given him one of the biggest and fastest comebacks.
He is now more popular, confident and a huge source of inspiration for many people today.
Steve has this to say on his advert for T-mobile:
“I’m a comedian first. I’ve made a living off of poking funs at people and situations. I’ve learned if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you’re not living. T-Mobile was looking for a way to make a splash during the Super Bowl with a great commercial as well as something that could do well on social media. I was all game for poking some fun at myself. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.“
Who else could have served as an image for turning shame into fame if not Steve?
Shut out your past and look up to your future!
The storm took away my past, but my present makes mockery of my past, and Jesus has promised to do a new thing.
Whatever it is that brought you here, leave it behind and look up to the Rock of Ages. He cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7; Ps. 55:22).
- The Past is gone.
- Pick up your pieces.
- Look above you.
- Stay focused on your future.
- Never ever Give Up!
By Faith, give God a chance to heal you. Give Him a chance to recreate your story (Matt. 11:28) and give you the defence you never had.
Then, those who laughed at you, will come back, laughing with you.
For the glory of the later house shall be greater than the former (Hag. 2:9; Is. 43:18-19; Joel 2: 25).
Remember, the celebrities you see today, were yesterday’s failures.
A champion was first a champion in “#KnowingHowNotToDoIt”.
That’s what failure gives you – Knowledge.
Be inspired today and try again for “the fall is just part of the plan”.
What are you going to do next? Stay down or Step up?
I will be glad to hear from you. Leave me a comment and you’re always welcome to share and be sure I will help you turn your Pains into Gain.
I wish you a lovely day.