EFFORT & ENJOYMENT


One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

The over-grown hedges at my back garden was getting out of shape. I had to arrange for the services of a gardener to cut and trim out the hedges before they got too difficult for me to manage. Although I have a reasonably small sized garden, I had not paid attention to it recently. I had not even opened my back door in months and by leaving plants and the hedges unattended, they were all beginning to grow out of shape. It was in late autumn and being conscious of the weather as well as the months forging fast ahead, I thought it would be nice to give some much needed attention to my partly forgotten garden. I was glad to have trimmed some of the hedges, raked away the falling leaves and taken away the climbing vines from my walls; clearing them away allowed more light and air to come into my home. However, I didn’t stop there. I noticed that the garden looked stark and in need of more colour, which never fails to cheer me up. So I transplanted some of the flower stems to my front garden into carefully prepared, enriched soil and what a good decision that turned out to be!

The time and the effort it took to trim and plant in my garden didn’t yield any immediate results except looking neater. But then time went by and the seasons changed and I can fully experience the gratifying outcome of my labour of love. Now that it is summer, when I draw open my curtains in the morning and look out of the window instead of drabs weeds, I see lovely, bright, coloured roses blooming and it brightens my whole day. Recently, while chatting with my next door neighbour, he mentioned how my roses are beginning to grow beautifully and how nice the garden looks and that brought me even more pleasure. I was able to get personal satisfaction from a simple thing like a garden full of blooming flowers and was able to share that joy with others too.

Sometimes we lift our head up from our busy schedules to look around us and our lives seem devoid of colour, and it can be a bit disheartening. It can add something intangible but sweet to our lives and little actions we take to improve our lives can go a long way to bring lasting satisfaction. Just put in some effort today and with time, the difference will become clear. Before long, others will begin to notice and take enjoyment from the beauty you’ve created.

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This really spoke to me Pastor. Sometimes when you are busy and feeling overwhelmed with life and you think that there is no colour, it can appear like a tremendous task to make changes. Especially because at that point there are MANY things that you want to change and of course we want to see he changes NOW. What this article has reminded me is this: - Do something no matter how small. One small change is better than nothing - Be patient and wait to see the result. Not everything happens in an instant - While you are waiting, do the needful. I can imagine that if you didn't tend to the flowers you transplanted, they would not be bringing you so much pleasure now. We should do what we are expected to do while waiting. - Be grateful for each little change no matter how small. - Enjoy life! Do something today to make you happy. Thanks so much Pastor. I love you always xx
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angela
Really refreshing message. I totally agree: I took 3 weeks away from work recently to enjoy the simple but refreshing things in life and now feel like a completely new woman. It's amazing what difference slowing down and appreciating nature can really do. Let's enjoy the present as we rise up to higher dimenions. Thank you pastor.
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Chizy
Your simplicity amazes me. I love the write up. God bless you everyday.
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Claire
Lovely! Rather than complain about colour lacking in our lives, we must take definite steps to add colour, effect the changes
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Stanley
Very refreshing thank you Pastor :)
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Stanley
"You are beautiful. You are smart. You are funny. You are kind. You are unique. You are worthy of love and affection. You are never too much and you are always enough. You are precious. You are a diamond, a rose, a pearl, the most stunning of all God’s creation.You are worth more than you could ever imagine. Worth more than the numbers on the scale, or the hair product that you use, or the shoes you wear. More than how many girls wish they were you, or how many guys wish they had you, more than the price tags on your clothes, or the percentage on the top of your math test, or even the numbers of followers you have on Twitter.Your worth surpasses all earthly things because in the eyes of the Lord God you are loved and you are worth dying for. Regardless of whom you think you are. Whether you are a model in a magazine, or you are a model party with a grandma, whether you are on the hot list or not listed, whether you are head cheer leader, or a high school dropout. Whether you are a miss popular or you never had anyone you could call a friend. Whether you love yourself or love your life, or you can’t stand to look in the mirror and you feel as if everything in your life is falling apart. Whether you are such a winner or you feel like the world’s biggest failure. Regardless of whom you think you are, and the reality is that you deserve someone who will give up their life for you. Because of you are powerful, and strong, and capable.Read about the women in the Bible: Esther, Ruth, Martha, Mary. These women changed the world forever. And inside of you, each and every one of you is a woman with that same power; and that same strength; and that same world changing capability. And your responsibility is to find that woman and to set that woman free. This is who you are!And any voices in your mind that try to tell you differently are from the enemy and the next time you hear it, this is what you say: “naah, not me Satan. I am a daughter of the living God: cherished, loved and adored above all things by the creator of all things, for the glory of Him who is greater than all things. I am awesome! And please, don’t you forget it!"
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Christian
Sharon, I'm a brother! Yes, we all do have and I have been enjoying the efforts I put and am still putting in my family to have the kind of wonderful family that I desired. My marriage is will be six years on 5th of December this year. My first four years were were not really what I expected in marriage. I was seeing faults in everything my wife does, thus my relationship with her wasn't just the way I wanted it to be and her in returns did not respect me the way she should; she did not come to church with me willingly except on our children's dedications. I was thinking if we continue like that, we will not be able to continue the journey as the tension was getting higher. I decided not to tell anyone what we were going through and sought the face of God. God told me that I have to be the one to make my family what I want it to be - That I should love my wife irrespective of what I think about her (for instance, if she refuses to cook; that I should happily go into the kitchen and prepare something for us to eat) and that I should not for any reason deny her of what is due for her as my wife. This was difficult for me then, but I relied on the Holy Spirit to help me and I started practicing real love. When I started, my wife saw that I have changed and will say sometimes that I only wanted to make her appear as the bad one; and I will just assure her that I'm just practicing my Christianity and that I want to be the one to hold our family strong. Like play, my character changed even in my office people just love me and most of them what to know me more because of the I things. The testimony is that my wife has changed for the better and we know that we are getting better by the day and we are experiencing more success by the day. We now know how to handle issues in love. If not for those efforts....
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Joyful
Thank you for the wonderful posts PA. I will cherish each day and put effort no matter how small. The results of my efforts will eventually show. God bless you Pastor.
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sharon
Can we hear from our brothers also?? I am sure we all have " forgotten gardens" somewhere, that needs a bit of a touch-up! Be it family?, Prayer lives?, Relationships?, Upside-down hair styles?
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sharon
Hallelujah!! Pastor this message quickly made me run to your e-book ( 100 Ways to Cherish Yourself and Get you back on Your Feet), and look for those little things i highlighted for myself when i downloaded and read the book. I managed to do SOME of those things, in order to add color and uplift my life, but did not get back to it ever since. Even though its winter for some of us, its a good reminder to still find those things we can do to just brighten up our days, and make some effort to get back to our " forgotten gardens". Life is a gift, a precious gift from above and i think its important to appreciate and live life to the fullest everyday. I love how Joyce Meyer puts it " ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE" Thank you for such a refreshing message, love you!!
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senanu
God bless you
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Star
@Bornfornow wow, so touching, we need more men like that in our generation. Men who are able to lead by example. May God richly bless you and your marriage. That, what you did is the spirit of a true leader in the Home. Continue to love your spouse like christ loved The church and continue serving each other. Thanks for sharing @Pastor_Anita beautiful article woman of God, More Grace to u!!!!
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Jennifer
This is very, very, very refreshing and true. Everyone needs this. Thank you Pst. Anita. And thank u too Stanley; beautiful piece you wrote there.
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Deji
Born for now, that was a beautiful testimony. Sometimes what we need for change is within us. We go looking for change many times from everywhere , and sometimes even the church, however change always start from you. I have always known that the best way to love is to show love. That is what God did you us in that he loved us first even while we were yet sinners. God bless you and may your marriage continue to blossom and always ensure you make the word the centre of your home, then no matter the storms, it will stand.
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sharon
Bornfornow,,Thank you for sharing that powerful testimony,,Hallelujah!!,,WOW!! Praise God,,may your marriage continue to grow from strength to strength, and from Glory to Glory!!!
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Geraldine
Thank you Pastor Anita for sharing! It is indeed our own responsibility to make ourselves happy nobody owes us that responsibility except ourselves and as we trust the leading of the Holy Spirit to make those subtle changes / adjustments in our gardens (lives) we shall indeed begin to experience the beautiful fruits that spring firth as a result of those actions we take. Meanwhile Bornfornow that was a beautiful testimony you shared may the good Lord to bless your marriage. Shalom.
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lulama
Thank you Pastor I just love read in your blog. You have this special anointing of breaking down the nuts and bolts of life into these spoon full portions. God bless you.
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Sis. Mimi
Yes it's so important to make an effort, so change can come. Even when we are so busy with life, certain areas of our lives can be neglected, and undervalued. As we set our minds to make improvements in these forgotten or forsaken areas, a tremendous sence of fulfillment and pleasure comes to our hearts, as we see beauty emerage from what was once derelict. Thank you for sharing Pastor Anita...