Five Titles by Jesse Jackson Mirega; E-Books Now Available Considering the proximity of some who would love to have copies of the above books but are not within or near Nairobi/ Kenya, they are now…
The story and the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is not only one of the greatest events in human history but also one of the benchmarks of Christianity and the relation be…
WHO RUNS MY LIFE?
Have you ever taken time to focus on your life and asked yourself this question? Well, there are a number of variables that would contribute to the answer of this question. It all boils down to one fact of whether you are in total control of your life; your actions, behaviors, opinions and decisions or whether someone else is. To be able to answer this question, we need to make one thing clear. Who are you, or what makes you the person you are?
Every single person has a sense of self, of who they are and what makes them different from other people. As human beings develop, every individual becomes more aware of self and what uniquely differentiates him from another person. Self-understanding is usually a mental construction that is influenced by the socio-cultural context of an individual’s immediate environment. A person’s self-understanding would therefore be based on past and present experiences and interactions with his environment. At given times, this may also include future expectations of events.
Many times people will always fail to take off in their careers or destinies due to the crisis in the mind concerning who they really are. We may take it for granted but Identity crisis is a serious performance killer for anyone who is ever thinking of being successful in his quests. Unless you put your inner faculties in order, whatever anyone does to assist you will be efforts in futility.
Now, what triggers Identity confusion? This can be put in three phrases or questions.
How do I see myself?
How do others see me?
How would I like people to see me?
These three questions always determine how one behaves and which direction he will take in the process of pursuing success in his career. They are the main things that will determine where someone’s esteem and self-worth is placed at. In the long run they influence one’s performance in a great way either consciously or unconsciously.
An individual will always seek to find his or her place in the society by getting involved in activities that he/she believes will direct him/her towards the fulfillment of his/her dreams, goals and destiny. But in the process you come to realize that the opinion and judgments of others heavily affect their beliefs and values in the quest of becoming what they ought to be. Social influence therefore plays a significant role in diverting ones attention from his personal beliefs or what he ought to be and directs him to what others feel or expect him to be within the society.
As time passes by people always find themselves in a dilemma of trying to pursue what they believe defines them without losing the approval and acceptance of others. As a person’s social identity changes from one thing to another, role confusion also develops and eventually an individual would slowly move away from his actual or real personality which is formed by his innate abilities and acquired behavioral characteristics to that which is dictated by the community thereby losing his true identity.
The danger of this is that in the long run he will compromise on his values and principles and even give up on his own beliefs and goals to adopt those which are approved of by friends and peers. The question at this point would be this; how much are you willing to give up in order to win the approval of your peers, friends or the society? Will it make you a better you or will it turn you into one of them, or probably a carbon copy of what they present?
Well, this is what you need to focus on always while in doubt. What is your worth; to your friends, peers, the society? See if you are indispensable in their sight before allowing them to influence your opinions, character or behavior. However, you can exhibit and have positive influence on those around you by your character, beliefs and personality. Only then can one be contented with what he has become, what he has achieved and what he has accomplished. This is what gives one a sense of inner worth knowing that you’ve made positive contributions to the lives of others and in the process bettered your own.
Inner contentment is always driven by desire. There are two kinds of desire; positive & negative/unreasonable desires. The difference between positive & negative desire is not whether it gives you an immediate feeling of satisfaction but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences.
On the flip side, as long as you mirror your life with those of others as a standard gauge, you will always feel that you are falling short. The reason for this is that in your quest to achieve similar goals, your experiences can never be the same however much you try to synchronize your lives to each other. This is what makes human beings unique; our experiences are always original and uniquely ours.
A Better Trustee
Many times in the process of seeking to meet our goals and trying to achieve what we ought to achieve in life, we get into tough situations which leave us in doubt at times and friends or family can’t be of much help. It is in such moments that one needs a confidant whom one is sure of to help him get through the tough situations or moments. Such people may come in terms of close mentors, best friends, prayer partners or even close family members. But still, in order for you to trust them to take you through such times; they must have proven over the years to be completely reliable in such situations.
All in all, one thing remains constant. Regardless of who comes into your life you should always ask yourself this question; Who is at the driver’s seat of my life? You have everything it takes to get yourself where you want to be. Better still, get a trust worthy co-driver. Mine is Christ. Because of His free will, God never gets on the driver’s seat of our lives and turn us into robots who would just follow unquestioningly. However, He can offer to be a co-driver who guides us along the way as we drive the course of our lives.
To forgive or not to forgive “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”(Matthew 18: 21). This question posed to Jesus by…
Source: FORGIVEN!!;- by Jesse J. Mirega
The Story of Christmas
Christmas celebration is an old tradition that is inspired by the Biblical story of the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ by Mary who was espoused to Joseph, both from the tribe of Judah in a tiny village in Bethlehem. The celebrations and festivities over the years developed and were inspired then shaped by various stories surrounding a certain historical Christian figure known as St. Nicholas in some places and Father Christmas in others who gave gifts to children with notably good behavior during Christmas. Thus, the story and festivities surrounding Christmas developed.
So over the centuries, Christmas was never Christmas without a visit from the age-old Santa who came with gifts from the North Pole on Christmas Eve and entered people’s houses through the chimney to stuff his gifts into the stockings by the fire place. It’s also not Christmas without the Christmas tree and all other decorations that accompany it. Then again, Christmas would not be Christmas without get together parties that would bring families and friends together and would involve lots of food and drink. So Christmas gained popularity and became a worldwide festival that was and is celebrated by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists alike. It became a festival for all.
The Meaning of Christmas
But Why Christmas? What does it Mean?
Over 2000 years ago a man and his pregnant fiancee went for census in their hometown Bethlehem. His wife was heavily pregnant and all the inns and lodges were full. They were full of fatigue and apprehension in their hearts. Fatigue because of the long journey on a donkey ride. Apprehension because of the mysterious miraculous baby that the angels of God had just informed them about some months earlier. The birth of Jesus Christ was about to change the world which God loved so much but was corrupted by sin, greed and selfishness.
Christmas for the Family
This is what Christmas should mean for families. A savior is born. One who would mend the broken hearts, restore families, bring back sanctity to marriages, reunite sons to their fathers, daughters to their mothers and heal the whole family. Christmas is a time to reflect on the goodness of the Lord. And His perfect gift that would heal the broken world and bring the whole family together and restore broken relationships. It is a time of thanksgiving and give gifts of Love, Joy, Happiness and Laughter. But above all, for the family to come together as one, and be what God intended it to be.
Christmas is therefore a thanksgiving, for God’s perfect Gift; to bring healing and restoration to the family. For He is our father in heaven and showed us a perfect example of giving, by letting His only Begotten son to be born among us, so as to restore the world. Emmanuel Emmanuel!! Share the Christmas Spirit.
Poem by Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch;
Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin,
but held it up with a smile; “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then two!” “Only
two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three
dollars twice; going for three..”
But no, from the room, far back, a
gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust
from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody
pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low,
said; “What am I bid for the old violin?” And he held it up with the bow.
A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make
it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and
gone,” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not
quite understand what changed its worth.” Swift came the reply: “The touch
of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A
“mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; a game – and he travels on. “He is
going” once, and “going twice, He’s going and almost gone.” But the Master
comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul
and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.