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Dealing with Uncertainty

DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY​

It is a new month, the second one of the year. Time seems to be really flying. I want to be positive this month and face it with courage. Now, the future is one of the biggest complex mysteries of life. If you are approaching or are in your mid-30s or older, chances are, you are not anywhere near where you wanted to be ten years ago. You could be better off or deterred a long time into something completely different.

Anyway, I would not be extremely sure I am just 20 something and for me, life is yet to begin. The dreams and goals I had ten years ago for myself are no longer true or relevant, as I have had to make a lot of adjustments to suit new realities. When I look back 10 years ago, I was in upper primary school and nothing made me happier than the thought that I would one day be a forensic psychologist; just the name itself made my heart beat a little bit faster. It sounded grand just like myself. I would have never known that I would have ventured into communication and journalism, which I love so much by the way.

Just as most of us when in high school, seem to have, our entire future planned out ahead of us. Done with university at 23, engaged at 25, married at 27, and the first baby at 28. At least most people had it planned out like this but you soon realize that you are 29 and single. However, life happens.

There was a period in the last few years I thought I had stagnated in life. I was still stuck in that misplaced youthful zeal, that I would never grow old. However, here I am on the verge of almost graduating university and this is making me realize that I am growing older, that lifestyle diseases may catch up with me, that maybe I need to start working out, that life is catching up with me.

It is all about growth, but that is physical growth. There is mental and spiritual growth. People never deliberately mature up. Tough choices in life make people grow up. The loss of a loved one, lack of employment, losing your job, marital issues among many others. Moreover, reality is a wild ogre. Sometimes he claws you from your fantasies leaving you battered.

We all do not know where we will be in ten years from now. Could be better off or worse off. However, as a Christian a verse that resonates deeply is Romans 8:28: “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose(NIV). The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans, which many consider the richest theological treatise in Scripture.

 

He begins chapter 8 by discussing the differences between living by the Spirit and living by the flesh. He points out that living by the Spirit makes us sons and daughters of God. The promise of Romans 8:28 that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good.

 

 

First, He works for “the good of those who love Him.” If you love God, you can trust that He is working for your good. He loves you back, and when we love people, we seek for their welfare. Second, He works for “those who are called according to His purpose.” God has called us for a purpose. In fact, the wording of this verse suggests that these two qualifiers, loving God and experiencing His call are actually one. Those who love God are called to His purpose and vice versa

Today I continue to see God working things together for my good. I am studying something I enjoy and love but I am more grateful to be able to use my education to serve Him and talk about His goodness. In the next few years, I might be able to venture into forensic psychology. All good things in God’s timing.

 

Today, take a moment and thank God, that He is working all things together for your good, even in circumstances, where you cannot yet see the result.

 

Have a reflective day, won’t you?

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Highlighting the persecutions that early christians went through during the colonial period, the film (Rakeli) seeks to encourage and reach out to non christians using stories of real people who were affected by the events and activities of the MAU MAU –   a colonoal rebellion movement. Click the button to watch the intro.

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Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, was GNPI’s first Project Nomad team. It was started in the year 1996 by Oneal Tankersley, a former missionary in Eldoret, Rift valley. The main purpose of the project Nomad was to create videos addressing a wide range of culturally relevant topics with the Gospel message.

In this region, inter-community conflicts and wars abound but with the help of the GNPI Solar Kit, the team started showing films and producing videos that focused on Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace.

As a result, inter-community conflicts have drastically decreased, and these communities meet together in newly planted churches to solve their problems amicably with love.

The program sustains grassroots media production teams who are trained by GNPI to make effective Christian Videos in their country for their people. The goal is to continue producing Culturally relevant and effective Christian videos to our local people in their own languages.

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How can we demonstrate by words and acts that people can trust them as well as have faith and confidence in the intentions and actions of others? Watch this episode on trustworthiness targeted at answering these questions.

The Youth Series is an attempt to present basic Christian principles of life to teens and young adults in a way that would get and hold their attention. It is arranged around the five things Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12, that he should focus on setting an example to the believers.

The whole series is envisioned to be around 50 episodes with an average length of 4 minutes. So far, we have shot a total of 14 episodes. Watch them on our YouTube channel at GNPI AFRICA MEDIA.

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