To break record and make history in your generation, you must have the staying power to persevere until you succeed. You must see failure and disappointment as an opportunity to try again with a renew vigor. The hurdles of life surrounding you notwithstanding, determination has the potential to bring your goal to reality, it is the driving force for an impactful living. Ruth determination had brought her goal and dream to reality, Naomis people became her people. That is the power of determination; determination will enabled you recreate your family history, it will create a new record of success for you. The questions now are; how determined are you? In which direction are you channeling your determination? What do you determine to be and who do you determine to become? Naomis goal was very symbolic, she said;
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried:
She was courting covenant with God through this statement, she was saying, I will not die uncelebrated, because in Isreal, they have special tomb for their ancestors, where Abraham and Sarah were buried, that was where Isaac and Rebecca were also buried, that was where Jacob buried Leah,
And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah” Gen.49:29-31
So, what Ruth was saying is that, I am becoming a great person that will be buried with the Israelites ancestors. What is your utmost desire? What are you out to become in God and for God in your generation?
Determination will prosper the plans of God for your life. The Lord planned it for the Israelites to make it to the promised land but personally, they are not determined to make it to the land, that was why they were counting the blessing of staying in Egypt while they were on their way to the promised land;
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Ex 16:3
This is the reason why they never made it to the peak of their destiny; no one dwelling on the past can experience true greatness. Our pasts determine today and what we are doing today is shaping our tomorrow. So, if you are dwelling on your past, you are systematically dragging your tomorrow to your yesterday. And invariably, your yesterday experience will repeat itself in your tomorrow. Dwelling on the past will put your life on a reverse gear, so break free from the thought of yesterday.
Living a determined life will birth some great things in the life of a man which I refered to as the exploits of determination. I will attempt to discuss some of them with you as from next edition.
to be continued in the next edition.
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(THIS MESSAGE IS CULLED OUT FROM OLAWALE OJEWUMIS BOOK TITLED THE POWER OF DETERMINATION )
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