It’s the last session of the Lessons from a Big Baby series. I have enjoyed revisiting these lessons, reminding myself of things long forgotten. Sharing them has also opened my eyes to the beauty in ‘sharing’; that the lessons we learn in life are never just for ourselves alone, but for ‘us all’, as we sharpen each other to bring out the best in ourselves and make the world around us a much better place to live in
If you’ve learnt something new, or have been reminded of something you once knew, please feel free to leave a comment about your favourite lesson in the series. I look forward to reading from you.
On to today’s lessons . . .
Lesson 28: Patience means awaiting God’s time without doubting God’s love – Our Daily Bread
Are you waiting on the Lord? Do you trust Him to come through? Never forget this: God’s love is ultimate, it never fails. Its full expression is seen in the Cross and no other sacrifice can suffice. As you wait, focus on the magnitude of His love that first saved you; it’ll put every other thing in perspective.
Lesson 27: Sometimes best friends gradually become strangers especially when issues are unresolved. It’s a shame, but that’s life.
So many times we are caught in a web of discord in our relationships and our fear of muddying the waters paralyse us and we never get to address the issues that plague our hearts. It’s only a matter of time before our relationships begin to crack at the edges and we lose everything time, love and pain have built. If we truly value our relationships, we would do all to work it out. This was a sad lesson for me, but I’ve learned to brave it up and work things out every time.
Lesson 26: The man who does not recognise and acknowledge the depravity of his own soul is sure to be covered in shame when the light of truth shines on him.
We look around pointing fingers at those who have fallen. We lift our noses at them and consider ourselves incapable of committing the crimes they have. We exalt our strengths over the weaknesses of others and look down on those who struggle. Yet we are like them but only undiscovered, we think we are better, but we really are not. We are all lost if Grace had not found us. We are all sinners if Grace had not saved us. So with grace, we recognise that we are nothing if Grace had not picked us up and made something good out of us.
Lesson 29: Until further notice, celebrate everything! – Nana Baah Akuffo
The day I wrote this lesson, I got a call from a brother of mine and he ended our conversation with that statement. This was something he always said, but that day, it meant a lot to me. I think it’s a great lesson, teaching us to see the good all around us and celebrate. I think it’s funny that he says ‘until further notice’, especially because I know that there would be no further notices. So we are left with the instruction to ‘celebrate everything’. It’s a good motto to live by.
Lesson 30: The wise are patient; they will be honoured if they ignore insults. Prov.19:11
The last lesson I shared was this verse of scripture which was apt at that time. I had waited a while to share the lesson and many wondered if I had run out of ‘smart ideas’. God has a timeline for our lives, but if we are pressured into desperately making a move because of what the world thinks, we certainly would be led astray. Some might insult you saying you’re too slow, others might disregard you, but if you know you’re on the right track, never make a detour to please anyone. Stay in your lane and finish the task. You’ll be rewarded for your patience.
It’s been a fun ride. I hope you found a pearl for your treasure box today.