Just recently, I happened to attend a church service and I must admit that it was one of the best I ever attended. From Praise and Worship to opening prayer to entertainment from all church spheres (by spheres here I mean Men’s Fellowship, Women Ministries, the Youth and not forgetting the Sunday School) to the Sermon, I must say all just brought about a breath of life and more so the breath of heaven upon the congregation.
Let me dive straight into the gist of that day i.e. the sermon. The preacher took to the dais and the word of the day came from the book of John 11. I know when anyone mentions John 11, the first verse that rings into our minds is verse 35!! But today, the preacher focused on verses 8-9 and also verse 11. Here, the greatest lesson that was passed across was that our calendar is in God’s hands (v9) and that the raising of Lazarus from the dead was meant to tell the world that everything is in God’s hands too.
To lay emphasis on this passage, the preacher reminded us that NOTHING IS PERMANENT IN THIS WORLD, EVEN OUR TROUBLES. She proposed that one way of dealing with the stresses we encounter was doing something we have never done before e.g. going to a private hotel or to a mall you have always wanted to as this will serve to divert you away from deep thoughts which usually worsens the situation. In my case, when I’m stressed, I usually eat something I have never eaten before hehehe! Or more still in the same breath, I take my precious time to cook a meal I have always longed for and by the time I’m done the stress is gone!!!
Remember STRESSED written backwards is DESSERTS. What do I mean? I mean when you are STRESSED you should try DESSERTS.
As she came to a close, she gave us a summarized alphabetical meaning of life as below:
ABC: Avoid Bad Company (As it is often said, bad company ruins good morals. Need I say more?).
DEF: Don’t Entertain Fools (this one here is self explanatory).
GHI: Go for High Ideas (You cannot achieve big if you go for small things).
JKLM: Just Keep Legit and Modest friend ( have a company of friends who will not backstab you..those are REAL).
NOP: Never Overlook the Poor and the suffering/ or best still Never Overlook other People.
QRS: Quit Reacting to Silly texts or news (this is so much applicable to the present day and era of technology and social media. Need I say more?).
TUV: Tune Urself for Victory (here, entrust everything to the Lord and surely victory will be yours!).
W: When you lose at life, don’t lose the lesson learned. (heed the lessons of failure).
X: eXcellence in all your efforts (if you strive for excellence in everything you do, success will follow you running with pants down)
Y: You, yes you! You are unique, nothing can ever take your place.
Z: Zoom ahead of life (as you focus ahead, remember that God is our tour guide).
Just as you learned A for Apple and B for Boy back in kindergarten should you make it a point to remember the A to Z of life. Wasn’t it a sermon worth attending?
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