Wednesday, 22 April 2015

No Pressure



 PRESSURE:
//Pres.sure [presh-er]//
-Noun

To force (someone) toward a particular end; influence.
The state of being pressed or compressed.
Harrassment; oppression.

Lets admit it. There’s SO MUCH pressure around us these days. From social media to friends, family, work and even ourselves. Yes! We contribute tremendously to the pressure that we face on a daily basis. Our self-talk can either be our blessing or our curse. All of a sudden “likes” and “retweets” and “followers” somehow matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s a cold world for all of us. You get bashed for sleeping around, and you get bashed for being a virgin. You are pressured by Instagram/BellaNaija to get engaged when you don’t know the issues the admired couples deal with. You are pressured to get to the top of your career ladder so fast that you want to speed your process illegally. You are pressured to join FitFam, but you don’t want to be skinny. You are skinny and everyone asks if you even eat, or how you will carry a baby.

Why has our appreciation for physical and material things spiked in relevance? We all know the pressures we face everyday. We know those thoughts that keep us up at night. We begin to compromise our beliefs, values and standards to portray the appearance of the “cool kids”. No longer are cutting corners, or changing figures an issue for us. After all we have to use what we have to get what we want. We stray from who we fundamentally are into a realm of assumed multiple personalities. We get to a point where we don’t recognize where we are, or how we even got there. We compare seasons. The grass begins to look greener on the side of that unbeliever that has had multiple abortions, club-hops on the weekends, curses and has no regard for God. Then we on the other side of the grass, who do daily devotions, attend every church service and strive to stay on the straight & narrow are experiencing life in slow motion. We have mastered the art of masking our pain publicly, but are mentally screwed up. There’s no help for us because we believe nobody will understand what frustrates us the most. We are done waiting for God’s time (if He is even there). Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. We have these thought patterns and conversations with ourselves in and out of time.

Something I’ve come to realize is that God never rushes greatness. There is a process to the harvest that God has for us. It is then up to us to wait for its manifestation and its timing. The things that God has for us who wait on Him cannot be fathomed. He knows our pressure firsthand, and so in compensation, He delivers GREATLY. Don’t compare seasons. Rest in yours. You’ll find that all along He knew what He was doing, and He hadn’t abandoned you. If you plant maize and you plant yam, both harvests will come, but the harvest time will not be the same. The quality of the harvest will be determined by the timing. There is a battle for your life, and you don’t have the luxury of letting the devil win. You can’t afford it. So actively control your self-talk. Replace the words and the voice of negativity with that of positivity. Don’t approach your life casually or nonchalantly.

Affirmations are important. What you tell yourself is what you will believe. What you believe will shape your thoughts. You thoughts will shape your actions. Multiple times a day tell yourself repeatedly:

I AM WORTHY.
I REST IN GOD’S PERFECT TIMING.
I AM CONTENT.
I AM WHO GOD WANTS ME TO BE.
I AM BEAUTIFUL.
I AM POWERFUL.
I AM WISE.
I AM SECURE.
I AM CONFIDENT.
I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH.
I AM IMPORTANT.
I AM NECESSARY.
I AM LOVED.
I AM WORTHY!
I AM WORTHY!!
I AM WORTHY!!!

The next time someone comes at you talking sideways, look over at him or her with a smile and reply: #NoPressure 

I love you and I mean well.
Favor O.

xx

1 comment :

  1. "Don’t compare seasons. Rest in yours"
    Spot on Sis. My pastor said earlier this year that he doesn't do 'word of the years' because people will experience different seasons in different years. For some, 2015 will be a year of harvest and for others a year of tough sowing. While someone is experience their breakthrough, it might be time for my breaking. I cannot compare my night to someone's morning! I am with you Sis. Team #NoPressure

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