Michael Jackson, the late king of pop, once sang a song called "Man in the Mirror". The chorus of the song just hit me this morning. I found myself humming to the lyrics: I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways, and no message could have been any clearer, if you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
Amazing that a song that was written in the 80s is still very relevant to our lives. And if we are honest with ourselves, we know that we have areas that we need to make a change on, but somehow we have all settled for less. Dr Chris Hill put it so clearly, "You know you need it but you've learned to live without it". That floored me.
And yesterday while reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I came across this part of the book that I wanted to share with you today. It will move you. Read below:
“But that is not how life teaches you, and I would say that life is the best teacher of all. Most of the time, life does not talk to you. It just sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying, “Wake up. There’s something I want you to learn.”
“What is this man talking about?” I asked myself silently. “Life pushing me around was life talking to me?” Now I knew I had to quit my job. I was talking to someone who needed to be locked up.
“If you learn life’s lessons, you will do well. If not, life will just continue to push you around. Peopled do two things. Some just let life push them around. Others get angry and push back. But they push back against their boss, or their job, or their husband or wife. They do not know it’s life that’s pushing. I had no idea what he was talking about.
“Life pushes all of us around. Some give up. Others fight. A few learn the lesson and move on. They welcome life pushing them around. To these few people, it means they need and want to learn something. They learn and move on. Most quit, and a few like you fight.”
Rich dad stood and shut the creaky old wooden window that need repair. “If you learn this lesson, you will grow into a wise, wealthy and happy young man. If you don’t, you will spend your life blaming a job, low pay or your boss for your problems. You’ll live life hoping for that big break that will solve all your money problems.”
Rich dad looked over at me to see if I was still listening. His eyes met mine. We stared at each other, streams of communication going between us through our eyes. Finally, I pulled away once I had absorbed his last message.
I knew he was right. I was blaming him, and I did ask to learn. I was fighting.
Rich dad continued, “Or if you’re the kind of person who has no guts, you just give up every time life pushes you. If you’re that kind of person, you’ll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for some event that never happens. Then you die a boring old man. You’ll have lots of friends who really like you because you were such a nice hardworking guy. You spent a life playing it safe, doing the right things. But the truth is, you let life push you into submission. Deep down you were terrified of taking risks. You really wanted to win, but the fear of losing was greater than the excitement of winning. Deep inside, you and only you will know you didn’t go for it. You chose to play it safe.”
Excerpt from Rich Dad, Poor Dad by by Robert Kiyosaki.
Did that shake you? Did that get you angry at the fact that you have settled for less in your life? Hello, we serve a BIG God! And NO we are not making it up. He is that BIG. Ask Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah, etc. If you still don't believe me, go read the Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will be ashamed of your life, when you read what Jesus did. And to think He said we will do what He did, just bothers me.
Look, It's nice to admire what other people have done, but what have you done with your life, your dreams, your call? Father God said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My Grace is sufficient for you...". You are covered. The O'Jays said it best, "You won't fail". And because you are guaranteed help, what are you waiting for, what's holding you back? How can you lose with God on your side?
The question is, are you going to be a dry boat Christian or are you going to be a water wet walker? Are you going to let life push you are you going to make a change.?
Blessings and favour to you.