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107-Year-Old Massacre Survivor Unveils Secret Weapon

In a world where holding onto unforgiveness and bitterness comes easily, 107-year-old Viola Fletcher, a survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre reminds us, through her vibrant energy, that forgiveness sets the soul free.

107-Year-Old- Viola Fletcher is an American Centenarian who is also one of the three living survivors of the Tulsa Massacre which took place in Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S, in 1921. Mother Fletcher was only 7 years old at the time of the massacre.

The Tulsa Massacre, also known as the Tulsa riot, is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. Attackers burned and destroyed what was one of the wealthiest black communities in the U.S.

According to the National Endowment for Humanity, “Tulsans tried to forget what happened, but it’s much harder for the residents of Greenwood. For Black people, Greenwood is a reminder of the need to stay vigilant”

Mother Fletcher had a candid conversation with our President Rosa Whitaker on the same during an interview at Dominion Television in Ghana.

Dominion Television congratulates Mother Fletcher on being one of the 3 living survivors of the Tulsa massacre who received a shared $1 million from a New York non-profit organization ‘Business for Good’ through its Co-Founder, Ed Mitzen.

Finding Completeness in the Absence of Children | Nosisa’s Story

“Women can be complete without children” – Nosisa Doe

Women deserve to be recognized for their significant contributions to society, great victories, and unrivaled bravery. Despite gender disparities in many fields, women continue to flourish and succeed. As a result, women must be encouraged, motivated, and inspired to keep fighting, rather than being ostracized due to a lack of biological children.

Nosisa is an example of a woman blessed with a child at God’s own time, and an excellent role model for aspiring mothers because she kept loyal to her faith and never gave up on God despite her prolonged waiting period. She believed that God’s timing was always optimal, and therefore, she let go and let God.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects 6 to 12 percent of women of reproductive age worldwide. According to research, successful therapy resulting in pregnancy is more likely to occur in the first three to four months of treatment. Several women have shared their tales of childbirth after being diagnosed with the condition, making each birth and conception story a unique one.

Nosisa’s was one very unique story; a tale that every aspiring mother battling with PCOS needs to read. Nosisa, a Zimbabwean, migrated to Ghana at the age of thirty-one after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome in her twenties and been informed by three different doctors in three different countries that she would be unable to bear children. She also recounted her difficult time growing up as she never felt good enough. This phase further intensified her feelings, prompting her to doubt her husband’s affirmation of her occasionally.

Before moving to Ghana, Nosisa had a dream where she saw children in a white car; children who belonged to her. However, it remained a dream. She sobbed and questioned God several times following the dream, asking why she could not have children like Hannah in the Bible. Nosisa recalls being stigmatized on several occasions, by various society members asking “Why don’t you try In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)”, or “has your husband explored other options?.”

Such remarks only intensified Nosisa’s displeasure, making her question whether she did something wrong. She felt incomplete. However, this did not shake her faith in God. She grew more vocal with God, citing Isaiah 1:18:

“Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Even though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow, and even if they are red as crimson, they will be as wool” – Isaiah 1:18

These words consoled Nosisa during her difficult moments and kept her faith alive. She recognized that no matter what she thought she had done wrong, God was willing to forgive her. As a result, she made positive declarations throughout those trying moments which edified her spiritually and affirmed Christ’s love for her, childless or not.

Aside from consoling herself, she also took the initiative to advise young women in similar situations not to blame themselves for their inability to bear children, teaching them that women can be whole without children and that God does all things perfectly at His own time.

“Have faith and surround yourself with people who proclaim life rather than death,” she would encourage other women.

Her family played a major role in helping her grow past her pain and demonstrated that “family is everything” by being there for her during her most trying period.

“My husband, mother, and mother-in-law were all very supportive. I recall a time when my mother-in-law kept me away from those who made it seem like my husband made a mistake by marrying me” she says.

Nosisa finally gave birth to her first child, a girl, in 2014 at the age of 34, and her second child, a boy, two years later at the age of 36, which she believes was God’s plan. This testimony reaffirmed her faith in God’s will for man, which she described as “perfect” and “perfectly timed.” Interestingly, the children Nosisa gave birth to looked exactly like the children she had seen in her dreams right before moving to Ghana.

Do not tell people how deep the valley they are in is. Tell them how beautiful it is to be on the tallest mountain.” Nosisa Doe

Nosisa’s words set out to encourage aspiring mothers and women battling with PCOS, that there is hope especially when faith is anchored on God.

Are you a young woman who is battling with or has battled with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? What is your story? Let us know in the comment section.

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS CELEBRATING 45 YEARS IN MINISTRY, AND 65TH BIRTHDAY HONORING THE VISIONARY, CELEBRATING THE VISION

Dominion Television wishes to thank all those from around the world who joined us in paying tribute to our Founder, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams on the occasion of his anniversary marking 45 years in ministry and his 65th birthday. From remote villages and State Houses across Africa, expressions of appreciation for the Archbishop poured in. We were truly blessed by the presence and tributes from global ministers and marketplace leaders during the 14-15th May 2022 program themed “Celebrating the Visionary-Honoring the Vision.” 

Central to the celebration was recognition of the Archbishop’s pioneering contributions as the Father of the Charismatic Movement in Ghana and other African countries. From Ghana to global reach, his ministry and prayer summits have impacted and transformed countless lives to the glory of God.  

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams is the spiritual Father and coach to many leaders including Heads of State and many public servants; he has authored more than 30 books. Affectionately known as “Papa” and “the Apostle of Strategic Prayer,” the Archbishop’s footprints reverberate. His philanthropy includes scholarships, water, shelter for vulnerable people, and rehabilitation support for those suffering from addictions. His Compassion in Action non-profit organization supports orphans and widows; providing spiritual and physical nourishment for them. 

This milestone moment for Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams was celebrated in three historic events: a black-tie tribute dinner; a Sunday Founder’s Day service at Action Chapel International in Ghana; and a ‘Highest Praise’ concert thanking God for His many blessings. The Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams started ministry 45 years ago on college campuses in Ghana and used this occasion to officially launch his new ministry movement – Next-Gen – “Back to the Campuses” – a youth leadership development initiative that is being established on college campuses and secondary schools across Ghana with a primary focus on ministry, the market place, and public service.  

“It is within our power, reach, and responsibility to impact this generation – birthing, equipping, and discipling a new community of Christ-like leaders of tomorrow possessing both the spirit of God and academic excellence. This is indeed among the greatest contributions we can make to our country and humanity for legacy and posterity” opined Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams to his birthday and anniversary guests. 

“45 years ago, God planted a deep desire in my heart to respond to the urgent cries, calls, and needs of Ghana’s youth. My spirit ached for this community as revelations unfolded about their suffering and significance in God’s plans and purposes for our country. I responded with a resounding “Amen” and my ministry was born on the campuses of Ghana’s colleges and universities.” – N. Duncan-Williams.

Several dignitaries were present at the various events including His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Her Excellency the Vice President of Liberia, Jewell Howard-Taylor, and a VIP Delegation representing former President John Mahama, who was out of the country. Members of the Ambassadorial Corps were also in attendance with High Commissioners and Ambassadors representing Columbia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel, the USA, South Africa; Kenya, Nigeria, and Suriname. 

The Archbishop also received deeply moving tributes from ministry leaders such as Bishop TD Jakes, Apostle Chuck Pierce; Joshua Selman Nimmak, Bishop Noel Jones; Bishop Adam McNatt, and Action Chapel International’s own College of Bishops. Especially moving was the oral history and tribute from Apostle Daniel Kwame Saforo; the 97-year-old last living founder of the Pentecostal Movement in Ghana. The concert hosts MOG and Akesse Brempong were exceptional as were the dinner MCs Michelle Attoh and Nathaniel Attoh.

The Archbishop remains one of Ghana’s most iconic figures who continues to transform communities within his country of birth and beyond. We thank God for his life and continued strength and success.

107 YEAR-OLD MOTHER VIOLA FLETCHER VISITS GHANA TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES

Some memories are held dearly. Some memories, when perceived are nothing but nightmares we hope to expunge from the eyes of our mind. To most in Ghana, the Tulsa race massacre is neither an episode heard of or seen but to Mother Viola Fletcher, a vile occurrence.

Memories that may never be forgotten oftentimes can be faded by beautiful ones and after 100 years, the shores of Ghana will gift her sweet and unforgettable memories.

It is the dream of every African American to one day visit the motherland and Mother Viola Fletcher and her brother, Hugh Van Ellis (Uncle Redd) who survived the destruction of Greenwood District are no exceptions.

Between 13th and 21st, August 2021, Mother Viola and Uncle Redd will have a lifelong dream fulfilled when Ghana welcomes them with open arms. This trip is sponsored by ‘Our Black Truth’, The African Communications Agency, Africa Legacy Fund and United Airlines.

Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd will arrive in Ghana on 14th August 2021 and will be officially welcomed by the Ghana officials of the Diaspora African Forum (DAF).

Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd will tour the City of Cape Coast, exploring the castles and dungeons where slaves were kept during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Cape Coast is known for its role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, being the largest slave-trading site in West Africa at the time. It will surely be an emotional experience where they will feel ‘in touch with their roots and history when they stand in the ‘Door of No Return’

As part of their tour in Ghana, Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd will fly to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana where they will meet the Asantehene, King of the Ashanti people in the Manhyia Palace. The Ashanti empire was known for its military prowess, wealth and natural resources; most notably, gold and cocoa. The Ashanti kingdom holds a place in history as a sub-Saharan African kingdom that was able to defeat the British in some wars. The kingdom has been studied extensively by a lot of Western historians and anthropologists due to its sophisticated political structure and vibrant culture. Being a symbol of the strength and independence of the African, Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd will be able to connect once again with a thriving African community like Greenwood District in Tulsa was.

According to H.E. Ambassador Erieka Bennett, Head of Mission at the Diaspora Africa Forum, Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd will place wreaths on the grave of Dr W. E. B Dubois and place names of their ancestors on the Sankofa Wall which is a memorial established in Ghana by the Diaspora Africa Forum. Mother Viola Fletcher and Uncle Redd will also be receiving gifts from a host of other African nations who is looking forward to their arrival.

Most prevailing is the narrative that Dr Kwame Nkrumah is arguably the most influential political leader Africa has produced hence, a tour to Ghana would be incomplete without visiting the Kwame Nkrumah memorial. The memorial houses the body of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. Being the spot where Dr Nkrumah declared the Independence of Ghana, the mausoleum epitomizes liberation, independence and redemption.

In addition, they will be welcomed at the Jubilee House by President Nana Akuffo-Addo and his vice Dr Bawumia. Mother Fletcher’s dream to fellowship at an African Church will be fulfilled when she worships at Action Chapel International; Prayer Cathedral. We at Dominion Television hope her journey to Ghana will be a fulfilling one and create memories of joy and happiness. Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd’s visit to Ghana will be covered exclusively by Dominion Television, Channel 352 on DStv and 168 on GoTv Ghana.

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC

I haven’t met a person with an aversion to music. The right combination of instruments, voices and lyrics birth a masterpiece that lingers in our minds for hours and days. It is comparable to food; the right recipe produces remarkable taste. What’s worth noting, however, is that the quality of food isn’t solely dependent on its taste but its effect on health. I opine that good food should have good taste and have positive effects on our health. The same reasoning applies to music; true musical satisfaction can only be the effect of a great sound and a message healthy enough for our minds.

Humans like to define and categorize things to ease the complexities of selection. The music industry is one of the victims of the said categorization. The industry denotes its categorization by the word ‘genre.’ Usually, the definitive feature of a genre is its sound and instrumentation, and R&B, Hip-hop, soul, and rock are a few examples. Gospel or Christian music is one of the few if not the only genre defined by its message. The problem this creates for Christians is that it splits the industry into two: gospel and secular. This phenomenon is only problematic because of the tendency for Christians to limit Christian music not just by its message but by its sound too. The apparent segregation of gospel and secular music results in the Christian community associating a particular sound with gospel music, thus neglecting all other music without this sound even when the messages are Christian.

For the sake of clarity, when I refer to Christian music in subsequent paragraphs, I’m not limiting it to music that is sung in church by a choir. I am also not referring to Christian music as music with Christian references and words like ‘Hallelujah, Amen, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Savior, etc. Christian music is music whose message conforms to Christian values, message, and direction. The lack of Christian references isn’t what makes a song secular. Secular music draws you further away from Christian virtues with its message. Songs that promote misogyny, racism, violence, indiscriminate sex, lust are not healthy for consumption.

WHAT CAN WE LISTEN TO

Phi 4:8 KJV

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

As said earlier, music affects the mind. Songs can influence your thoughts and change your perspective on life. Therefore we need to be our own judges of what we can listen to. We shouldn’t categorize songs as gospel just because it is sung in church nor should we write off a song we heard on the street as secular just because the lyrics did not mention God or Jesus.

Our decision on what we can and should listen to must stem from what the word of God says. From what we see in Philippians 4:8, we must endeavor to listen to music that will influence us to think about things that are lovely, pure, virtuous, and of good report. It is safe to listen to music that will influence our thinking in such a manner. Any form of music that does not induce positive thoughts and actions should not be entertained.

THE INFLUENCE

There’s a reason why adverts, rallies, political campaigns, funerals and other programs employ music is to set the mood. Music has the power to make you act in accordance to whatever mood or message the song is propagating. The more you listen to negativity, the more you allow yourself to be engulfed in a negative atmosphere. Listening to music that supports sex, drugs, violence and other vices would in time slave you into practicing the same. Ensure that you listen to positive music, to maintain a positive mentality and the energy necessary for your spiritual well-being to go about your day. Wondering where you can have access to such quality music? Right here on Dominion Tv.

 

Author

Kobina Oduro Korankye

 

 

 

UNSUNG HEROES OF OUR TIME

A father is to be considered the source of one’s life. It takes a man and a woman to produce an offspring therefore it is imperative that we do not overlook the importance of either sex in a conversation that dishes out accolades. So father’s day approaches and it is time for our fathers to receive the adoration and honour they deserve. Let’s take a look at the important roles our fathers play in our lives.

DISCIPLINARIANS

Hebrews 12:7: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”

We are quickly censured by our loving fathers whenever we commit actions that are considered immoral or against accepted norms and standards of our faith. Fathers train us to become respectable persons of the society. They are usually our first encounter with virtues like justice, discipline and temperance. Just like God disciplines us from time to time when our deeds and misdeeds are aberrations to His perfect standards, fathers train us in the way we should go so that we would not depart from it.

BIGGEST FANS

Proverbs 23:24: “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

A godly father is normally the biggest fan of his children. It is a normal practice in many societies that the children bear the surname of their father. The fact that we bear the names of our fathers make them naturally inclined to rooting for us in the arena of life. Fathers rejoice when their sons and daughters grow up to achieve and become great people in the future. This is because the greatness of a child is the reflection of the effort and training a father had to put in to make her the best s/he is.

THEY NURTURE AND PROTECT

Deuteronomy 1:31: “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

Our fathers are our protectors. They guide us through the hard times of life. It is through our fathers that a lot of us build character and resilience to face the storms of life. Fathers provide security to their families. Security doesn’t just refer to physical strength and the raw aggression we like to associate with men but security can be spiritual, monetary and even in education. Fathers provide spiritual security and guidance through prayers and instructing us in the ways of God. They give us monetary security when they pay our fees and provide our needs.

20th June 2021 is father’s day and we ought to honour our fathers. The blessings our fathers speak on us are extremely important for the progress of our lives. God promises that we will have long life when we shall prosper when we heed to the advice of our fathers and honour them. How are you going to honour your father on Father’s day? Leave your answers in the comments.

THE GREATEST LESSON LEARNT FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS.

A creator knows best what his creation is suited for; what can corrupt it and what can propel it to the fulfillment of its full potential. What can be said of an inventor is not just one who brings forth something into existence, but one who made an object with the intent of the object working perfectly in accordance with the motive for which he created it. The inventor does not just invent, he gives the object an objective. Therefore, the inventor ought to be sought in the pursuit of the purpose for which his invention was made. Speaking of inventors, it is made clear in John 1:3 that the word made all things and without him(the word) nothing was made. It follows that, for everything that was made, its divine purpose cannot be found outside the boundaries of the word and God’s will. So as part of His creation, it is necessary that man subdues all his desires to seek God, His word and His kingdom, if he is to be a success. It is worthy at this point to note that, after reading about the life and ministry of the Archbishop; Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the greatest lesson I took home was that, all our efforts to attaining success would be futile if the Lord is not sought first. It is a reflection of the passage in Matthew 6:25-34 with emphasis on the 33rd verse which suggests that seeking first the righteousness of God and His kingdom is a sufficient condition for attaining wealth, health, happiness and every other thing that is a need.

THE GREATEST LESSON LEARNT FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS.

THIS LESSON STEMS FROM FACT

This lesson stems from the fact that, though the Archbishop had a desire to climb the rungs of the ladder of greatness, he was never successful until he had an encounter with God on the bed of affliction. No matter how hard he tried, no matter how hard he worked, no matter how clever his schemes were, everything he tried to build was tumbled down by a gentle push by the finger of God. Decades on, he has one of the biggest ministries in Africa and the world at large due to his loyalty to God and His kingdom. Submission to God’s will is all that we need to fulfill our divine mandate and have true happiness in our endeavors. In some detail, I will show that his failures and successes led to my conclusion on this lesson.

Though he did live with a single mother and it was quite evident that this resulted in his deficiency in financial resources, it was never a hinderance to his work ethic but a fuel to ignite an attitude of resilience in the Archbishop during his youth. Resilience however, was never enough as he was forced to relinquish a short lived stint juggling a newspaper sales job with wooden food carriage truck-pushing due to circumstances beyond his control. It was God’s plan that until He got his attention, his(Archbishop’s) will and determination to succeed would come to nought.

I would have to mention that, the major influence on my lesson was young  Nicholas’ visit to a fetish priest who asserted that the only one who could help him was the almighty God. This in my opinion was unusual and it raises the question of why someone who belongs to the forces of destruction would give advice that brings glory to Jehovah. Such an occurance is a clear indication of the fact that without God, it is impossible to find your purpose in life. If we shall be willing to throw our hands up and surrender all our efforts to God and believe  in the finished work of Christ, we have taken the first step to discovering our purpose and faith in any other god would be detrimental to our progress. To come to God, one must know that He is, and that He is a rewarder of they that diligently seek Him.

The ministry of the Archbishop has grown from glory to glory mainly because he has set His sight on the living God and is persuaded that He is the foundation of everything. In the midst of storms, trials and betrayal by men, the ministry stands firm because the focus has never been on the success defined by humans but that which is defined by God. True success is defined by God and if only we would humble ourselves and seek him first, we shall find fulfillment in our purpose in life. Ideally, the inventor is the most knowledgeable about the purpose of his invention.

A WORLD WITHOUT MOTHERS.

Environmentalists usually say that ‘when the last tree dies, the last human also dies’. The veracity of this statement is unquestionable because humans are dependent on plants for a whole lot. Think about it; our food, medicine, furniture, and stationery are produced from plants. We even engage in gaseous exchange with plants when they release oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis. Humans would barely exist without plants and that’s why we say that humans would cease to exist without them. Have you ever considered what the world would be like if the last mother ceased to exist?

Have you ever considered what the world would be like if the last mother ceased to exist?

THE SENSES OF MOTHERHOOD

Before I continue with this blog, I’d like to clarify I would be considering motherhood in two senses. The first sense is what I would call biological motherhood and the other sense would be referred to as normative motherhood. A biological mother would refer to anyone that is a mother by childbirth. Any woman who has given birth to a child still in existence qualifies to be designated by the term ‘mother’ in a biological sense. By normative motherhood, I’m referring to the features that characterize anyone we can call a good mother. What is a mother supposed to look like? How does a mother treat the children around her whether she’s biologically related to them or not? Ideally, motherhood is not about being biologically related to those you take care of but about being a guide, a nurturer, a protector, a motivator, etc. Women do not have to be biologically capable of childbirth to be great mothers because true motherhood isn’t a biological feature. So back to our question, what would the world be without our nurturing, kind and motivating mothers.

  1. A WORLD OF EMOTIONAL TROUBLE

Scientists have emphasized how important it is for children to have their mothers emotionally and physically available to them in their first three years at least. Nania (2017) posits that a lot of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) didn’t have the presence of their mothers to help them with stress regulation. A lot of the psychological issues children face are a result of their mothers not being available to them. It is a fact that psychologically healthy children usually had their mothers providing them with the needed emotional and mental cushion. A world without caring mothers would be a world full of emotionally troubled individuals. Thank God that our societies are full of mothers who have provided and continue to provide the needed mental, emotional and physical support to their offspring.

  • A WORLD OF INDISCIPLINE

Have you ever been grounded or had your toys and video games confiscated because you did something wrong? Mothers are disciplinarians and their contributions have been immense in our journey to being responsible and godly individuals. Imagine that we didn’t have such training at the beginning of our lives. Most of us would’ve been liabilities to society if we did not have our mothers strictly enforcing their principles of morality in our lives. Mothers are extremely important because they are usually the ones who introduce us to society’s accepted norms, values, and moral standards.

  • A WORLD WITHOUT COMPASSION AND SELFLESSNESS

Mothers are just instinctively compassionate and selfless. Any woman who carried a child in her womb for nine months carried out a selfless act. Allowing another human being to reside in your body for nine months reveals a mother’s willingness to be in uncomfortable situations to help others flourish. Some mothers take leaves and quit their jobs to give their children the needed time and attention. Mothers can put their entire lives on hold just so we can be great men and women in the future.

LET’S CELEBRATE MOTHERS.

Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise and call her blessed;

 her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31:28 shows us that the virtuous woman deserves to receive praise from her husband and children. The fact that the Proverbs 31 woman has her children praising her implies that she was a great mother to them. From the scripture, we can see that her husband also praised her, this shows that she was a great wife as well. As mothers’ day fast approaches, we need to understand that our mothers deserve to be celebrated. They have been a blessing to us and they need to be blessed and celebrated not just on mothers’ day but every day. 

Reference

Nania R (2017, May 19) WTOP news. Why prioritizing motherhood in the first three years is critical.

CHALLENGES BUILD CHARACTER.

When Things Get Hard- It Is A Sign

Things do not always go smoothly. Sometimes life doesn’t go as we want it to. The unplanned and unexpected happen sometimes and we tend to lose hope, joy, and focus but that shouldn’t be the case. Quitting should not be an option when you are working on a short-term, long-term product, or a dream.

This blog post will talk about staying on track regardless of the challenges that come your way.

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand (NLT).

Starting a project can be extremely difficult and discouraging especially when you’re beginning from scratch. Beginning your journey in anything in itself is a challenge so you need to understand that things will get hard. Liken it to a building. Architects will tell you that the most important part of any building is the foundation and you need time and attention to construct a strong foundation.

The higher a building is meant to be, the deeper you need to dig when constructing its foundation. The way up is down therefore when starting anything, you need to get deeper into it before your fruits can be harvested. As you have begun your business, school project, diet, etc. always remember that it will be difficult before it becomes easy.

The fact that it is difficult at the start should let you know that it will always get easier.

CHALLENGES BUILD CHARACTER.

Let Your Light Shine Before Men

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Light’s most distinct characteristic is the fact that it overcomes darkness. When Jesus asked us to let our light shine before men, He meant that we must eliminate or overshadow all dark places. Light is what gives people vision. Without light, it would be difficult for us to make out objects. Light’s importance to the world cannot be overemphasized. As the scripture reveals, the purpose of letting our light shine before men is so that they will glorify our Father. Letting our light shine isn’t for us to show off. It is not for us to take the glory. How can we let our light shine?

Love Is the Brightest Light

John 13:35 KJV by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.

The sign of being Jesus’ disciple is the love you show towards people. The fact that God is love should be evidence that love is the greatest thing you can give someone. We are required to love others regardless of their faults and what they have done against us. In a world full of hatred,  the love that we extend to people is what can cause a change.

Show Light By Excelling

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

In order to be a light of the world, you have to do whatever task you find as though you’re doing it for God. No matter who employed you, no matter who pays you, do it as though you’re doing it for God. When you are conscious of the fact that you’re working for the King of Kings, you are very likely to apply diligence to all your efforts. Diligence is eventually going to birth excellence and through excellence, your light will shine.

Show Light by Forgiving

Forgiveness is extremely important in our relationship with our fellow humans. No two humans are the same. Sometimes our different backgrounds and characteristics can cause us to step on the toes of one another. Our likelihood to offend and be offended necessitates the practice of forgiveness. Jesus Christ was forgiveness personified. The world would’ve had fewer wars and battles between nations if forgiveness was a habit.

Show Light by Giving.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

God expects us to give cheerfully not only to the church but to those in need. You never know how far your generosity might go in saving someone. Being generous is one way we can touch lives and become lights in this world.

Letting your light shine isn’t an option. It is your responsibility as a Christian. What is the purpose of a lamp with dim light?

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