This one thing I ask of you Kevin, “Be driven by purpose, don’t be derailed by distractions.” Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
“Man know thyself,” is the greatest injunction ever given. When a man knows himself, he knows the God towards whom his aspirations have always ascended. Knowledge of self is the lifting power. So whatever dreams you have accept them, in God’s own perfect plan He will open the doors for you. Don’t worry about how it will happen, rather focus on knowing yourself and what you want.
The balance of life is in running your race and running your pace. Being content with what you have while still reaching out for your desires. Don’t shove away the right desires, it will make your heart sick; but when a desire comes, embrace it, it is a tree of life. Pursue those desires not as a lazy man, who always ends up with nothing, but as a diligent man who works hard to accomplish them- and feels sweet in his soul. This is the secret to enjoying life- achieving your dreams.
Many people claimed to be waiting on the lord and did nothing in my lifetime; unfortunately they are still waiting- yet have nothing. Even as you wait on the Lord, always remember that you have a role to play. Preparations of the heart belong to man, God gives the answer. Plant the seed and God grows the tree; commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. “Nothing works unless you work”-Maya Angelou. I can’t belabor this any more- waiting on the Lord involves work.
life was never meant to be measured in years, unfortunately it took me a while to learn this. So listen well Kevin, “The time of your life” should be the best time you are yet to know- you’ll always have more opportunities, experience, resources, maturity and greater judgement. Always look forward to getting better; the older you get, the better you’ll become. At the age of 85, you’ll do the work of 10 men aged 30. Trust me, I live it.
In the journey of life, loss will be inevitable. Don’t let losses pass by unanalysed. Loss is a sign that a “thief” broke in- loss of peace, patience, courage..take time to know how the “thief” broke in and fix it. When adversity comes, take it in good stride. Opposition, tension, discomfort and pain when viewed in the right perspective, will have the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. Nurture the talents.
When it comes to sin, I have come to a simple conclusion: Don’t use your Eye-sight- judging people and things based on what you see or have seen before in your life; use your Mind-sight- see things as they could be, the good. Thought of sin will ally you with sin and will render you self-accusing and an accuser of others. However the belief that there is no sin, that the sins of people are only mistakes of an unripe and ignorant race, destroys the accusing spirit within us, so that we see ourselves and others in a nobler light- thus bringing a condition of peace and harmony.
I cannot finish writing this letter without advising you on money and it’s relation to fear- for I have seen many fall behind on their dreams and desires because of fear. If you observe the winds of economy, you will not sow and if you regard the clouds you will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good. You are greater than money; do not be afraid of poverty. Do not pinch down your money spending- in the nature of things, it is for you to command and it to obey.
The world is your stage and God your audience. As long as the audience is pleased, you could care less about what the stage thinks. Be all you can be Kevin- Live your life and refuse to die all the way through it.
The Future Kevin.