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The misconception among most people is that success is attained due to the absence of adversity. In reality, successful people attain success because of the way they react to the adversities they encounter. Instead of allowing adversity to BREAK them they use it to motivate them to BREAK records.  

The time has come for you to stop settling down for mediocrity and to strive for excellence. Like stars in the sky, we were born to shine and it is time to fulfil our purpose in life, spread our wings and FLY!   

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ISBN:   978-1-921919-41-1
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 124
Genre: Non Fiction

Cover: Clive Dalkins

Author: Solwazi Khumalo
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: 2013
Language: English

Author Profile

 

During office hours, I work as a mechanical engineer in South Africa for an air-conditioning company, designing air conditioners for shopping malls, banks and hospitals. During my free time I love playing the saxophone because it takes my breath away, literally. I also eat a lot of rice. This is not because I am addicted to the taste of this edible seed, but because I’m not good at cooking anything else.

I usually spend my Christmas vacations working as a snowboard instructor at a ski resort in Wisconsin USA. I am currently single, but when I am feeling lonely, I usually talk to my imaginary girlfriend. Hopefully, by the time this book gets published, I will have a girlfriend that actually does exist.

I wrote this book while my parents were in the process of getting a divorce. This book kept me motivated even while my whole life seemed to be falling apart and my prayer is that this book will be as much of a blessing to the reader as it was for its author.

Objective: To motivate the reader to strive to reach greater heights in their spiritual and corporal ladders and not merely settle down for mediocrity.

 

INTRODUCTION

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”

By Mary Stevenson

 

 

When our characters are in the process of being refined in the fire through the challenges of this world, it seems as though the God who promised never to leave nor forsake us has deserted and forsook us. During the darkest moments of our lives, that is when the light of God’s love shines brightest in our lives. After the sun has set and the sky is darkened the sun becomes invisible to us, but because we don’t see the sun does not mean it is not there.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 

 

We live in a world where honesty and faithfulness are rare commodities. We live in a world where friendships are based on convenience rather than on love. In a world that is overpopulated with broken hearts and flooded with tears of sorrow, we have a God who will be with us no matter the circumstance. We have no reason to be afraid nor discouraged because the Lord our God is with us every step of the way.

 

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” Romans 5:3-4 

 

Our characters are the only things that we will be able to take with us to heaven. Trials and tribulations mould our character. Failures give us an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and make us realize our dependence on God.

 

“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” Zec 13:9 

 

When gold is extracted from the ground as a raw material it is ugly and unattractive. The refining process is therefore an essential process to remove all impurities and bring out the beauty hidden deep within. In the same way God allows us to go through challenges in order to purify our characters and make us more and more like Him.

 

We worship a God so powerful that He only had to speak for this world to come into existence. The challenges He allows us to experience are designed to build our characters for success. God has promised to be with us every step of the way and we therefore have no excuse for not achieving ultimate spiritual and intellectual success because with Him on our side the impossible becomes possible because man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. 

 CHAPTER 1

Don’t Be Afraid Of the Gifts God Gives

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.Genesis 37:3 

Jacobs’s second wife, Rachael, could not bear children and therefore asked Jacob to sleep with Bilhah, her maid. Bilhah bore a son called Dan. Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son called Naphtali. Leah’s maid, Zilpah, bore Jacob a son called Gad and later bore him a second son called Asher. Leah, Jacob’s first wife, bore Jacob a fifth son called Issachar. Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son called Zebulun. God remembered Rachael and opened her womb and she bore a son called Joseph.

 

Joseph was the youngest son in his family and was the father’s favorite child. When he began to have dreams that revealed his future as governor over the land of Egypt, his older brothers hated him with greater intensity and they wanted to kill him to prevent those dreams from being fulfilled. Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Midianites for twenty pieces of silver and they took Joseph to Egypt. The Lord made all that Joseph did to prosper in his hand and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, made Joseph overseer in his house over all he had.  

Potiphar’s wife asked Joseph to sleep with her and Joseph refused several times. When Joseph left his garment while running away from her, she told Potiphar that Joseph tried to rape her. Joseph was thereafter thrown into prison. While he was in prison, the keeper of the prison made Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. 

After two years Pharaoh had a dream and Joseph was the only one that could interpret that dream through the power of God. The king admired Joseph’s wisdom and made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. 

No man can close doors that God has opened. His brothers sold him to the Midianites in an attempt to stop him from being their king but their attempts were a blessing in disguise because in so doing they brought him into Egypt where he came into contact with Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.  

When things seem to be out of control, Jesus is still in control. The lesson we learn from the life of Joseph is that we should trust in God and remain faithful to Him even though we are treated unjustly.    

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope” Romans 5:3, 4   

Sometimes God’s gifts are not wrapped in extravagant wrapping papers where the blessing can be recognised immediately, like in the birth of a new born baby or a job promotion. Sometimes God’s gifts are wrapped in ugly brown wrapping paper in the form of a divorce, the death of a loved one, failure in school, a car accident or even getting fired from work.  

We should therefore not be afraid of the gifts God gives. Don’t let the wrapping paper discourage you because it is what is on the inside that counts. 

A young man by the name of Ngoma came from a little Zimbabwean village called Emhlabeni in Tsholotsho. Due to a very poor crop season he was forced to go to Johannesburg and work at one of their gold mines. He promised his mother that he would send money every month for her to buy food and other basic necessities. After a bear hug and a river of tears they said their goodbyes and his mother watched him grow smaller and smaller as he walked further and further away from her until he disappeared into the horizon.

Ngoma travelled by train and as soon as he arrived in Johannesburg he began working long hard hours as a miner digging for gold underground. He sent postal orders to his mother in Zimbabwe but surprisingly his mother kept on asking for more and more money. So he began sending more and more money until he decided to ask for a leave from work so he could go home and find out what was going on.  

When he got home he found that his mother had lost a lot of weight due to starvation. He then asked her what happened to all the money that he had been sending. She replied by saying, “I didn’t get any money from you. All I got were these pieces of paper.”  

The surprising fact was that those pieces of paper happened to be the postal orders. The mother did not recognize the money because it was packaged in a way she did not expect.   

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged the way we expected them to be packaged?

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