“I woke up in the morning sweating profusely. I staggered as I found my way to around the familiar room set up. Scared and confused I drew open the curtains to real the bright sunshine beaming on my little backyard. Phew! It was only just a dream, I thought to myself.”
The scenario above depicts a snippet from one of the high school compositions I used to write. Being a child, that feeling denoted one of those situations that had become familiar in our everyday conduct. We did not usually know how the situations came to be or how we overcame them, we had the unseen gift of the ability to say ‘phew’. Growing into adulthood, without questioning, without a second thought, saying ‘phew’ became a habit that stuck; we don’t even know why we say it anymore.  As the clock hit 12 midnight and a second later it was the year 2017, I also sighed, “Phew, I made it through 2016.’ Often we do not rewind to the specifics on how we got through a particular year, we do not even remember how we got through January or even a particular day. All we have is a brand new day, a brand new opportunity to navigate around the familiar darkness.

One thing that we should never fail to acknowledge is that our journeys are different, if I am not in prison I was never meant to be there though I might have done a thing or two that might have probably landed me there. At the end of the day it is about more than just our choices, it’s about something called grace, something that enables us to walk into our destined destinations regardless of the choices we make. Borrowing from stories of great leaders of this world; one survived a hunger strike because their point had to be heard through disobedience; others survived blazing rifles because they were supposed to lead the liberation of most; one lived in plague contaminated environments because they were supposed to lay the foundation of a profession that is helping many today. Not all of them were Christian, but because God had plans for humanity something called grace walked with them.he scenario above depicts a snippet from one of the high school compositions I used to write. Being a child, that feeling denoted one of those situations that had become familiar in our everyday conduct. We did not usually know how the situations came to be or how we overcame them, we had the unseen gift of the ability to say ‘phew’. Growing into adulthood, without questioning, without a second thought, saying ‘phew’ became a habit that stuck; we don’t even know why we say it anymore.  As the clock hit 12 midnight and a second later it was the year 2017, I also sighed, “Phew, I made it through 2016.’ Often we do not rewind to the specifics on how we got through a particular year, we do not even remember how we got through January or even a particular day. All we have is a brand new day, a brand new opportunity to navigate around the familiar darkness.

Every single day we as humans are faced with challenges that we often conquer without putting our mind to it because of something called grace. We drive daily when most perish in accidents, our luxuries are others’ necessities, and we are able to soldier through the toughest challenges. We are able to renew our thoughts, to reason, and to maneuver in love and humility. However, we are not well conversant with the greatness that something called grace can unearth in our lives. We need to pay attention to it, to acknowledge its presence and be grateful for the dawn of opportunities of a fresh new start before us.

Here are a few inspired and simple tips on how to live successfully within the realms of grace:
Stand out in your chosen purpose in life!

Gen 6:8- But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Be careful of your ways!

Gal 5:4 – Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Override obstacles and be resilient!

Rom 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Know your strength and claim your power!

2 Cor 12: 9- My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Be grateful and give thanks!

1 Cor 1:4 – I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

Embrace the blessings bestowed in the form of grace!

2 Cor 1:12 – For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Love!

Eph 6:24 – Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Finding our purpose in life is not an easy task and this makes living a purposeful life even more difficult. However within the spaces that we are in and the situations that we are facing we are privileged with a peace of mind that comes along with acknowledging something called grace. Rom16:24 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

By Thando Gwinji

 

 

 


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