Post Mortem

Your Time starts NOW!

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/31/2020 8:59:47 AM IST

 Bil Keane, an American cartoonist well-known for his comic strip ‘The Family Circus’, said: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it, the present.” 

Millions of people across the world are often regretful over an imperfect past. The past might make you ‘Tense’ but the future can be made ‘Perfect’! So, stop repeating history. Stop regretting the past and look towards the future with faith. 

Mother Teresa was right when she said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today to do what we have to. Let us begin!” No doubt we can neither re-live the past nor undo the things done but we can all begin afresh and have a great finish! 

Carl Bard, an American inspirational writer, once said, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” There are however a few things to keep in mind before we begin. We must remember that: 

THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN’T CONTROL: We cannot control everything and we cannot change everything, but there are a few things in our lives that lie in our hands and can be changed. Martin Luther, once said: “You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair.” In order to prevent a bird from nesting on our heads, we must be vigilant, proactive and determined. This attitude of not entertaining mistakes in life can prevent them from recurring in the future. 

As a result, we can learn from our past failures and celebrate our little victories in the present and future. There’s no point in crying over things and situations we have no control over. Allow God to work in such situations and wait for the results. 

EXCUSES CAN STEAL OUR LIFE : All that was viewed as a reason yesterday is looked upon as an excuse today. Excuses can get uncontrollable and reach a stage where no one cares about the excuses used anymore. There was a time when at school you could get away with an excuse like, your dog chewed up your homework! But these excuses don’t go very far. 

Nicholas James Vujicic (or just ‘Nick’) is an excellent example of a ‘no excuse man.’ ‘Nick’ was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of four limbs, but overcame his disability to become Australia’s most popular Christian evangelist and motivational speaker. 

As a child Nick recalls how he struggled mentally, emotionally and physically in the process of coming to terms with his disability till the age of seventeen when he was finally able to start his own non-profit organization called, ‘Life without Limbs’. In the course of finding hope and meaning in life, he came to believe that God was big enough to overcome any disability and could use any heart willing to do his work. 

The Bible is full of people who gave God excuses - from Adam and Eve, who gave the first excuses, to Jonah. We can name many more such characters in the Bible, but God in His own sovereign way dealt with each of them and used them. If all you can do is crawl, then quit the excuses, start crawling and move on! 

DO WHAT YOU CAN: Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States, once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Achievement is not important; attempting is. 

Despite being undereducated, underfunded and under-estimated, English Baptist Missionary William Carey, who is called the “Father of Modern Missions,” had everything going against him. His wife Dorothy suffered from a mental illness in the early stages of their ministry in India, but he still went a step further and said, “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.” 

Carey attempted his mission work against all odds and his ministry literally transformed India. You may not become world famous or spectacular like William Carey, but that shouldn’t hinder you from doing what you can. Leave it to God to see and reward. 

BE PATIENT: You may not belong to the ‘rush-rush, achieve-now’ crowd; you may be a late bloomer, but that’s alright with God. Many great leaders have lost precious years in prison in the prime of their youth when they could have done so much. 

Black Civil Rights leader, Nelson Mandela spent twenty seven grueling years in the notorious Robben Island penitentiary before he was elected president. 

According to his autobiography, published in 1974, before Harland Sanders became the world-famous Colonel, he was a sixth-grade dropout, a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, a railroad worker, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, a ferryboat entrepreneur, a tyre salesman, an amateur obstetrician, an (unsuccessful) political candidate, a gas station operator, a motel operator and finally, a restaurateur before he became famous for his secret recipe for fried chicken at the age of 65. Not bad for a man who started from scratch at an age when most people retire. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has 24,000 locations globally in 136 countries as of December 2018 and generates 26.2 billion dollars! 

The Bible too contains examples of late bloomers, like Caleb, who wanted to climb a mountain at the age of 85! Don’t give up because of your age, stage or your past failures. If you could not make it last year, you still have time to make another attempt this year. Let’s make a new beginning. You can make it with God’s help, for with God everything is possible. 

Dr. Jose T Nithi, Managing Editor of Christian magazine Forerunner.

(This is an excerpt from His book, Kaleidoscope, an inspirational, motivational, Christian self-help book)

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