Hello Beautiful and a warm welcome to my new readers. As you may know, my motto for 2018 is “BE INTENTIONAL!” Today we are going to be talking on something about this.
I have never been one with many friends. Pretty much one with lots of acquaintances. My friends were mainly my sisters and those I grew up with and went to school with. As we all moved up and forward, even though we (except my sisters) are hardly in touch, I still call them friends. Fast forward to when I became dependably independent, I unconsciously set rules for myself on who I would say, “that’s my friend” and “I know that person.“
Over the years I’ve seen the effect friends have on each other and while some are very great, a higher percentage are not so great. I’ve been blessed to have older and younger friends, hence building a community of beautiful people around me. For those who are my friends, many of them had to make the first move. I am not one to usually make the first move (still learning to) as those I have made have either turned out sour or great. I’m sure we’ve heard the phrase – “Show me your friend and I would tell you who you are.” As much as it may sound as a cliché, it’s so very true. I would say, “show me the community you belong to and I will see you for what the community stands for.”
Queen Esther, when she was to take an action towards saving her people, it was recorded in Esther 4:15-16 (ERV);
“Then Esther sent this answer to Mordecai: “Mordecai, go and get all the Jews in Susa together, and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days and nights. I and my women servants will fast too. After we fast, I will go to the king. I know it is against the law to go to the king if he didn’t call me, but I will do it anyway. If I die, I die.”
“…I and my Women Servants…” That was the community she had. A community who was ready to fast and pray with her. A community who knew the risk she was taking but didn’t discourage her. A community that believed in her leadership. Uncle Mordecai despite older than her obeyed because age is but a number – Verse 17 of same chapter,
“So Mordecai went away and did everything Esther told him to do.”
- What community do you have or belong to?
- What community do you intend to build or join?
- Is it the same one from 2017 which didn’t make you any better?
- Is it that same one you want to maintain and stick to the status quo?
- Are you afraid to come out so you don’t end up alone or hated?
Well, let me tell you this, there are so many communities of beautiful people around you, you cannot see them because you have not stepped out.
Like Esther, belong to a community of people:
- Who seeks God first.
- Whose mission is to make you better than you joined them.
- Who encourages and pushes you to do the right even if it’s risky and would cost you something.
- Whose leadership, Heaven can attest to it.
- Who makes you a force to reckon with and an agent of change not of discord.
- Who tells you the truth about a matter from a place of utmost love.
- And the list goes on.
Make 2018 your year where you are intentional about everything. Behind everything we do as humans, an intent can be traced, when we trace yours, let us be lead to the beautiful Life.
Until you read from me again. Remain in God’s Love and stay beautiful!
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