Welcome to Day 5 of Lessons from a Big Baby. While looking through the compilation, I realised that there are only 30 lessons. It means we have 1 day left to go through the entire list. I already feel sad that this series is coming to an end, but I’m sure there are so many other lessons to learn in this community, and we will keep sharing them as they present themselves. So thank you for joining me on this walk down memory lane.
For those just joining us, we’ve had quite an enlightening time together, going through lessons I learned 9 years ago whilst treading an uncertain patch. These lessons have covered multiple areas of life and living, and others are rather random, but good lessons nonetheless. Here are links to previous lessons if you don’t mind catching up.
- Lessons from a Big Baby #1
- Lessons from a Big Baby #2
- Lessons from a Big Baby #3
- Lessons from a Big Baby #4
There are quite a number of randoms in today’s series, but one lesson stuck out for me, I’m sure you’ll know which one when you get to read it. So here we go!
Lesson 21: “All my enemies, die by fire!”, whilst living in sin? A luta continua, a vitória é incerta.
(When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. Prov.16:7)
A luta continua, a vitória é incerta: The struggle continues, victory is uncertain.
This is what I believe, that we might wish the worst for those we deem our enemies, but not much can be done when we ourselves are enemies of God. I also believe strongly in the words of Jesus commanding us to love our enemies and pray for those who hate us. Lastly, I believe that God is able to keep His promise, that if I live to please Him, I’ll be at peace . . . so, leave your haters alone, the only thing you owe them is love.
Lesson 22: GOD BLESS MY BEST FRIEND
I really don’t know how this ended up as a lesson, but I’ll help you understand what it means. The best friend in this lesson was the same person I had to walk away from in 2009; if you read series 1 you’ll understand. At this point, the relationship was done, but I was still hurting. To alleviate my pain, I prayed for him. If I couldn’t talk to him, I talked to God about him. Looking back, that little act helped me more than I can ever imagine, giving me God’s perspective and restoring peace to my heart. Now I’ll certainly recommend prayer to anyone who is heartbroken.
Lesson 23: Give the benefit of the doubt. One statement can always be interpreted in a million ways by a million different people, and even in a million ways by one person.
I know what it means to be misunderstood. I have said things and expected certain responses only to get the shocker of my life when the responses come. I have also been at the other end of the stick when I have misinterpreted words spoken or written to me. It’s hard to have an open mind in our listening when our emotions are all over the place, but if we know that we’re also capable of getting things wrong, we must then be kind enough to treat others with the same level of grace. I’m still a student of this lesson.
Lesson 24: Sheep are built in such a way that if they fall over on their side and then onto their back, it is very difficult for them to get up again. They flail their legs in the air, bleat, and cry. After a few hours on their backs, gas begins to collect in their stomachs, the stomach hardens, the air passage is cut off, and the sheep will eventually suffocate. This is referred to as a “cast down” position. When a shepherd restores a cast down sheep, he reassures it, massages its legs to restore circulation, gently turns the sheep over, lifts it up, and holds it so it can regain its equilibrium – Our Daily Bread, August 28, 2009.
Long lesson, huh? But reading it over and over just warms my heart. I see how many times I have been cast down and the hands of Jesus were there to lift me up in loving restoration. Do you feel cast down? Are you short of breath? The Good Shepherd is here to restore you.
Lesson 25: Children are a heritage!
Heritage /ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ/: (archaic) a special or individual possession; an allotted portion.
I didn’t have any children in 2009, heck, I wasn’t even close to getting married at that time, but lesson 25 had to have been inspired cos, I look at my two adorable blessings and now I understand what it means to have a heritage; thank God for archaic interpretations. I don’t know what else in my life I can call my allotted portion apart from my children . . . nothing compares. It’s a blessing I really cannot quantify. So I urge you to find someone you can pour your life into, someone you can nurture and care for and give of yourself to . . . they will become your heritage.
Hope you found some pearls for keeps today.
Have you ever suffered from a heartbreak? I’d love to know how you handled it. Be kind enough to share in the comment section below.
Are you cast down? Call on the Good Shepherd to lift you up. Just pray in your heart, and He’ll hear you.
Until next time, here’s Big Baby signing out.