Hello people, this month’s second post is from a friend of mine, Bernard John Terna, do read, enjoy and we hope to hear from you as you drop your views in the comment section.
In life, the greatest tragedy is not death. It is living without well defined priorities, it is worse than death. In fact, it is more tragic to be alive and have a misplaced priority than to be dead.
Truth is that you were not born JUST to make a living; you were born for far more than that – you were sent to live out an assignment on this planet. You were born to make a difference in this world.
Its sad that many people die without manifesting the seed of greatness in them simply because their priorities were misplaced. Thousands today live a life of regret, sorrow and pains just because they placed their priorities on the wrong things of life – the accumulation of wealth and self- centeredness.
I recall my dad telling me about a man in my neighborhood who became popular and rich for engaging in money rituals just to buy the 80s edition of the Honda prelude, you wouldn’t buy that car for 50, 000 naira today. You’ve probably heard of the guy who declared drinks for the boys because he just launched the Nokia Communicator for over a 100, 000 naira in 2002, today that phone would embarrass the owner and it can’t even be compared with the low cost and everyday phone of today. What about the MTN sim card that many people went extra miles for before they bought it for over 40, 000 naira, today you will not buy it at 200 naira. Yet, some people then made those items priorities and went beyond sane boundaries to acquire them.
People are still making amazing sacrifices over the VAINEST of things, making enemies over worthless material things, just because their priorities are misplaced. What more can I say? Look back at that one thing you want to kill and die for today and see what becomes of it tomorrow. Slow down with the sense of attachment and blind pursuit of things, for today’s GOLD is sometimes tomorrow copper. Settle down for something precious whose value will transcend time and ages.
It time for you to settle this issue -what are you going to live for? Will you shrink back and live a comfortable self-centered life? Will you live for your own goals, comfort and pleasure or will you live the rest of your life for God’s glory? Living the rest of your life for the glory of God will require a change in your priorities, your schedules, your relationship and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one. You may hesitate, wondering whether you will have the strength to live for God. Don’t worry, God will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for him. Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purpose he made you for. It is really the only way to live.
I know that as you are reading this piece lots of thoughts , ideas, flashes of the past and even those of the future about your priorities might be running through your mind, and you might have been asking yourself lots of different questions about what or where your priorities in life should be placed. It truly calls for careful thought.
I don’t want you to get me wrong about these priorities, as a person, I also want the best out of life, I love to drive the best cars, live in a comfortable apartment, have a loving and doting family, I even plan to travel around the world before I eventually die, but at what cost do I want all these things? Am I ready to go throat-cutting just to enjoy these pleasures?
My dear reader, Slow down, relax, look at what price you’re ready to pay for the things you desire, it will help you know if your priorities are misplaced. I pray that you live a life of purpose and fulfillment.
The writer is @benjoster on twitter.