elcome to 2017. I am glad you made it here. Not many were so lucky. Here you are; a brand new year, a brand new day, a brand new opportunity. You are in 2017 to achieve greatness. Don't waste any more time; it is time to hit the ground running. God has given you another opportunity to live life, a second chance to correct your wrong and make the best of the opportunities that come your way. Don't be afraid to take that jump this year. What you are looking for is at the other side of fear. "There is nothing impossible to him who believes."
A man had one very beautiful daughter. When the daughter was ready for marriage, the father sent news around town that all the eligible young men should come to compete in a test which would determine who was fit to marry his daughter. On that day, all was set, all the able-bodied young men came out. Some came with paper and pen and others with cutlasses and swords.
The rich man took them to his swimming pool and addressed the men: "Any of you who can swim from one end of this swimming pool to the other would marry my daughter. In addition, I'll give him a good sum of money, a car and a house so they can start life well. I shall be waiting to meet my son-in-law at the other end. Good luck!" As the young men, all very excited at the prospect of winning, started taking off their shirts, a helicopter came over the pool and dropped alligators and crocodiles into the pool. Immediately, all the men turned back and started wearing their shirts again. Disappointed, some of them said, ''That's crazy, let's see who would marry that girl, no one will''. All of a sudden, they heard a splash in the pool. Everybody watched in amazement as one gentleman waddled across, expertly avoiding the alligators and crocodiles.
Finally, he made it to the other side. The rich man could not believe it. He asked the young man to name anything he wanted but the man was still panting uncontrollably. Finally, he got back to his senses and made a request saying, ''Show me the person who pushed me into the pool?" Listen friends: You don't know what you are capable of doing until you are PUSHED!!!
Those seeking to push you into the jaws of alligators and crocodiles may have helped you to reach your promised land. Sometimes, it takes going through the bad moments to bring out the best in us. Trials are raw materials for Triumphant Testimonies... The push might take different dimensions: some people needed to be sacked before realizing their potentials and reaching their goals in life. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them. Sometimes obstacles are put in our way to see if what we want is really worth fighting for. If you want a better tomorrow, you must push harder than you did yesterday. You have not come into 2017 to be a mediocre. If you must get the 'diamond' then be ready for the pressure. The pain and disappointment is temporal but quitting as a result of this will deprive you of the glory that lies ahead. This year, let go of everything you didn't do right, the negative things people have said and focus on who you are becoming. Make that thing happen and shock everyone. Doors are opening for you already; there is no reason to turn back. You can and you will. And at the end of the year you will say to yourself, "Yes! I Did!
I pray you will get a divinely inspired push in your life. It's not over until you win... Keep on and never give up on yourself and no matter what happens to you, never give up on God.
Gbenga Owotoki is the founder and Presiding Coordinator Hephzibah Network International Ministries; a Ministry committed to stirring up the 'sleeping giant' in people for end-time exploits. A US trained Business and Change Management Strategist. He is widely known as the 'Change Driver' for his simple but yet unique ways through which he initiates changes that are rejuvenating lives and organizations and helping to restore hope in individuals who had completely given up. A widely travelled international conference speaker and Convener of the annual Giant Conference and Life Summit that have been a blessing to many.