“I’m not finished yet!”
This ought to be our bold affirmation when we find that situations have worked ‘against us’ or ‘haven’t happened in our favour’…
“I’m. Not. Finished. Yet!”
So the other day my pastor called me over randomly and asked how I was doing, and by my facial expressions and body language you could tell I wasn’t ‘me’.
So I explained that I was feeling a little under the weather etc, a little tired etc, and somewhere in that conversation, we got to a point where, as pastors do, he began encouraging me.
Here’s a bit of the dialogue;
“When things don’t go as planned, don’t beat yourself up.”
How many of us need that reminder today?
How many of us sit and think over and over again about what went wrong, and dwell in the regret of not doing things differently?
Instead of reflecting on what has transpired and figuring out ways to move forward, we sit moping around with an attitude of ‘if only’.
We sit down in the dumps with a downhearted and let-down spirit, and rather than channel the thoughts we have regarding all the things we didn’t do, into constructive criticism for ourselves, we simply use all those faults and mistakes that we’ve acknowledged, to knock ourselves further and further into the ground.
We don’t realise it, but the only thing we’re doing at this point is paralysing and distracting ourselves from making our next move!
The bible says this;
“Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.”
Another translation reads;
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Now understand this, not only does this verse refer to our physical health, but it is speaking to the health of all the different aspects of our lives too!
Our finances, our relationships, our careers, our education – whatever it is that didn’t go according to your plan that is causing you to think negatively – please look at this scripture and understand that your positivity, your joy and your confidence in the strength you have in the Lord, is what can revive and turn that situation around!
Your attitude has the potential to bring L I F E back into something that you deemed as being ‘all over’.
So anyway, this chat with pastor continues; he goes on to say,
“In fact, we have to be very careful that we don’t fall into a habit/cycle of self-pity; feeling sorry for ourselves.”
And at this point, in my head I’m like ‘Yooooo pastor, I’m not actually going through anything sour right now, like I’m good!’ (Thank You Jesus), but at the same time I reflected back to my attitude and reaction to certain circumstances I had experienced in the past, and in that moment I decided never to do the whole self-pity schpiel again!
Why are you feeling sorry for yourself?
No, please, tell me why?!
We do it to make ourselves feel better about it all.
We figure that when we really really channel and fully assume that role of ‘the victim’, that it will allow us to feel better about the fact that the misfortune has had its way.
Do you know what, in some cases, maybe you actually were a ‘victim’, and maybe you actually did suffer from an extremely traumatising experience – I’m not taking that away from you, or daring to undermine your emotions.
I don’t think anyone has a right to say you’re ‘assuming a role’, because, in the technicalities of the situation, you were the ‘victim’ – by definition, you were the individual who was harmed by the other party, and made to feel helpless and passive – be it an actual person or an issue.
But that’s just technically speaking yeah, so let’s get to scripturally speaking…
Yes, you faced misfortune or ill-treatment, however no, ‘victim’ is not your name! Because the word of God says,
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
You – are more than a Conqueror!
Yep, I personally think Conqueror suits you better.
Another translation reads,
“No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!”
You – have C O M P L E T E victory! Because Christ loves you, is for you, and will ALWAYS be for you! (Please read Romans 8:31-39).
Therefore I plead with you to stop the self-pity, stop thinking ‘why me?’, stop asking what you did, or who you offended for such a bad thing to happen to you, and understand that what has happened to you has not been designed to break you!
It’s simply part of your story, to make the victory sweeter and to bring greater glory and honour and exaltation to the name of God.
So then pastor left me with this, and that’s why it’s the title of this post, he said,
“You see when things happen to us in life, you have to tell that thing,
‘Oh no, I’m not finished yet!‘
Whatever has confronted me and tried to bring me down has not seen the last of me.
I will rise above it and conquer it!” ~ Pastor Stephen Akinmosa.
I’m demanding that you snatch these words as your own and apply it when you need it!
Tell those nasty situations that yes, they tried hard, but they didn’t succeed!
Laugh in the face of that circumstance, flick your hair (if you have any) and with an ample amount of sass, tell it that “I [insert name here], am Not. Finished. Yet!”
Mate, I’m just getting started!
P.s. Yep, this is definitely a PFP 🙂