MAKING THE MOST OF THE MOMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES YOU GET


By: Abigayle Mutua –

Ephesians  5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Can someone redeem time? Redeem time Here means: “MAKE THE MOST OF THE MOMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES YOU GET.” because the devil knows his time is short and he is on a rampage to kill your joy, Steal your time and destroy your soul.

Stop procrastinating with your life and with your time.  Satan is making the most of the small time he has left.  Why would you play around with your time and yet you are A MORTAL MAN.  You won’t live forever , why not live today as if it’s your last day.

I am not afraid of aging.  Because as I age so do I increase my achievements and increase in wisdom and understanding.

I am not afraid of dying. What am afraid of is dying with all my potential.  Am afraid of going to the grave with any book that I would have written  and never did. Dying with the businesses that I would have started but never did. Dying with that sermon I would have preached but never did.

That relationship I would have saved, but I never did. Nothing is as terrible as going back to your maker and telling Him that that gift/talent He gave you, you just buried it in the ground your entire life on earth.  If you are born to do something,  do it now.  Don’t push it to tomorrow or next year.

If you’re in a position to help or influence a thing, influence now. Don’t let your time to be wasted and later regrets in sorrow…everything that you were to be but never was.

“Go back to your maker completely empty.”


 

The Making Of A Servant Of God – Bishop William B. Caractor

Published by: Izobofolo’s Blog

Dear beloved!

Today, I am posting a writing that will be unpopular to some, shameful to others and disregarded by those who has no interest. I begin with a statement to my over all family. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. If you believe in God, you must first believe that He is God and a rewarder of those who diligently search for him.

The title of this writing is, “The Making of This Servant of God”. Being brought forth from an unwanted pregnancy where attempts had been made to abort me. I was given away at the age of three weeks old. Although I was given to my grandmother, it was not my grandmother’s responsibility to rear me. Being reared in a remote community in the state of South Carolina, Edgefield County which is known as one of the racist county on the face of the earth.

I was hidden for many years from family members, I never knew who my father was and to this day I am in question as to who he is. Raised in poverty, beaten beyond recognition and raped as a young child by a family member. These things I never understood, but my feet carried me ever forward on the path that God had placed me on.

Going to segregated schools which was alienated from regents courses and being told that we would never amount to anything as a colored people. Ironically, the school that I attended was named Edgefield County Colored School which later became known as W.E. Parker High School.

As we all know, Satan knows who you are and where you are before you do. I was forced out of my grandmother’s home by two unruly and ungodly uncles and forced to live with my aunt who was an educator. To have a cousin say, “this is my mother, go home to your own mother” only to find out, that she was not my aunt’s daughter, but the daughter of my aunt’s brother, one of the unruly and ungodly ones (stumbling block number one).

I was given the nickname “Skippy”. I asked my grandmother why was I given that name? She said because I reminded her of this dog that went from house to house seeking something to eat. Believe me my sisters and brothers, that became a true part of my childhood.

After finishing High School, I received a letter that stated “Greetings, report to your local induction center, which at the time was Whitehall Street and later I was sent to Fort Hamilton for induction into the United States Army where I served in Vietnam as a Combat Infantryman. Having the MOS of 11B10-1P-1R (Airborne Ranger).

I was involved in one of the bloodiest battles to occur in South Vietnam. I remember crying to God and stating, “I am only 19 years old and I don’t want to die here” and hearing a voice saying, “You are not going to die here. I sent you here to fight a physical war and return to home to fight my spiritual war.” Believe sisters and brothers, I have been engaged in a spiritual war.

I suffered from what they called, Battle Fatigue which is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. No help was given to me through the Veterans Administration. I thought that I was normal and married one of my classmates from South Carolina and through my ailments and rejection I parted from my family and was divorced. I wandered for a while. My feet ever moving forward where God was taking me. I lost the respect of the community where I lived, the love of my children and resentment entered into their lives by word of mouth from their mother. Yet, I pressed ever forward.

I entered into a university unknowingly to my family, in which they tried to deny. Records cannot be refuted. I did my undergraduate and graduate at this university. I later attended a mortuary college where I received and Associate Degree in Mortuary Science and passed the national board which allowed me to practice the art of Embalming in all states (48 at that time).

I began to led to a church organization known as the African Methodist Episcopal Church where I held the position of Itinerate Elder. Many years later, God began to tug on my heart and said, you must leave this order. After many battles and misunderstandings with God I was finally kicked out of that order by God. I lived at the parsonage and was given two weeks to get out and I became homeless. When I had come to the end of what little money I had, God told me meet me at the park where you usually come to pray.

My wife and I went there hungry and broke. There were two men dress in executive suits carrying two Styrofoam containers with food in them. I heard God tell them, two give that food to us. They in turn looked at us, and set the containers in the trash can. I hurriedly went over to the trash can and lifted these containers up to God and thanked him for my daily bread.

When I took my first bite of food, I heard God say, “Because you humbled yourself before me, I will speak to you every day of your life and not one word, that you speak shall fall to the ground.” Well here comes my carnal mind. “Yes Lord, but where am I going to say tonight?” Along comes a woman who looked like a bag woman, and I said unto her “you look so tired, can I take you anywhere?” She said, “You are the preacher and I came to help you.”

The woman was a millionaire and was the owner of three luxurious apartment complexes. She told me to put her things in the trunk of my car and off we went to one of the apartments. She said, “God told me, to give this apartment to you, free of charge for two years as you establish the ministry that you have named on a small piece of paper in your wallet.”

I fell to my knees and thanked God. I started this ministry with five members. I now preside over Discovered Being Ministry, Incorporated, a not-for-profit incorporation having 28 churches under its umbrella. 9 Bishops and numbering 58,261 congregates.

This ministry now is known all over the world. I did not know that I had been given the five fold ministry within myself. But Satan did and he tried to destroy me from the beginning.

To all those that think ministries just pop up, you are sadly mistaken.

The making of an Elijah of God is not meat and drink, but through thorough physical, emotional, psychological, educational and spiritual scrutiny, although it is not limited to this, but it is from the foundation God begin to make His Elijah’s.

WHAT MOTIVATES US AT WORK? MORE THAN MONEY

 By: Jessica Gross

May 21, 2015

“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely (TED Talk: What makes us feel good about our work?) “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.”

Instead, when you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you find out there’s a lot more at play — and at stake — than money. Ariely provides evidence that we are also driven by the meaningfulness of our work, by others’ acknowledgement — and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are.

“When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.,” Ariely says.

Below, take a look at some of Ariely’s other studies, as well as a few from other researchers, with interesting implications for what makes us feel good about our work.

  1. Seeing the fruits of our labor may make us more productive

    The Study: In Man’s search for meaning: The case of Legos, Ariely asked participants to build characters from Lego’s Bionicles series. In both conditions, participants were paid decreasing amounts for each subsequent Bionicle: $3 for the first one, $2.70 for the next one, and so on. But while one group’s creations were stored under the table, to be disassembled at the end of the experiment, the other group’s Bionicles were disassembled as soon as they’d been built. “This was an endless cycle of them building and we destroying in front of their eyes,” Ariely says.

    The Results: The first group made 11 Bionicles, on average, while the second group made only seven before they quit.

    The Upshot: Even though there wasn’t huge meaning at stake, and even though the first group knew their work would be destroyed at the end of the experiment, seeing the results of their labor for even a short time was enough to dramatically improve performance.

  2. The less appreciated we feel our work is, the more money we want to do it

    The Study: Ariely gave study participants — students at MIT — a piece of paper filled with random letters, and asked them to find pairs of identical letters. Each round, they were offered less money than the previous round. People in the first group wrote their names on their sheets and handed them to the experimenter, who looked it over and said “Uh huh” before putting it in a pile. People in the second group didn’t write down their names, and the experimenter put their sheets in a pile without looking at them. People in the third group had their work shredded immediately upon completion.

    The Results: People whose work was shredded needed twice as much money as those whose work was acknowledged in order to keep doing the task. People in the second group, whose work was saved but ignored, needed almost as much money as those whose work was shredded.

    The Upshot: “Ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their effort before their eyes,” Ariely says. “The good news is that adding motivation doesn’t seem to be so difficult. The bad news is that eliminating motivation seems to be incredibly easy, and if we don’t think about it carefully, we might overdo it.”

  3. The harder a project is, the prouder we feel of it

    The Study: In another study, Ariely gave origami novices paper and instructions to build a (pretty ugly) form. Those who did the origami project, as well as bystanders, were asked at the end how much they’d pay for the product. In a second trial, Ariely hid the instructions from some participants, resulting in a harder process — and an uglier product.

    The Results: In the first experiment, the builders paid five times as much as those who just evaluated the product. In the second experiment, the lack of instructions exaggerated this difference: builders valued the ugly-but-difficult products even more highly than the easier, prettier ones, while observers valued them even less.

    The Upshot: Our valuation of our own work is directly tied to the effort we’ve expended. (Plus, we erroneously think that other people will ascribe the same value to our own work as we do.)

  4. Knowing that our work helps others may increase our unconscious motivation

    The Study: As described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile, psychologist Adam Grant led a study at a University of Michigan fundraising call center in which students who had benefited from the center’s scholarship fundraising efforts spoke to the callers for 10 minutes.

    The Results: A month later, the callers were spending 142 percent more time on the phone than before, and revenues had increased by 171 percent, according to the Times. But the callers denied the scholarship students’ visit had impacted them.

    The Upshot: “It was almost as if the good feelings had bypassed the callers’ conscious cognitive processes and gone straight to a more subconscious source of motivation,” the Times reports. “They were more driven to succeed, even if they could not pinpoint the trigger for that drive.”
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  5. The promise of helping others makes us more likely to follow rules

    The Study: Grant ran another study (also described in the Times profile) in which he put up signs at a hospital’s hand-washing stations, reading either “Hand hygiene prevents you from catching diseases” or “Hand hygiene prevents patients from catching diseases.”

    The Results: Doctors and nurses used 45 percent more soap or hand sanitizer in the stations with signs that mentioned patients.

    The Upshot: Helping others through what’s called “prosocial behavior” motivates us.

  6. Positive reinforcement about our abilities may increase performance

    The Study: Undergraduates at Harvard University gave speeches and did mock interviews with experimenters who were either nodding and smiling or shaking their heads, furrowing their eyebrows, and crossing their arms.

    The Results: The participants in the first group later answered a series of numerical questions more accurately than those in the second group.

    The Upshot: Stressful situations can be manageable — it all depends on how we feel. We find ourselves in a “challenge state” when we think we can handle the task (as the first group did); when we’re in a “threat state,” on the other hand, the difficulty of the task is overwhelming, and we become discouraged. We’re more motivated and perform better in a challenge state, when we have confidence in our abilities.

  7. Images that trigger positive emotions may actually help us focus

    The Study: Researchers at Hiroshima University had university students perform a dexterity task before and after looking at pictures of either baby or adult animals.

    The Results: Performance improved in both cases, but more so (10 percent improvement!) when participants looked at cute pictures of puppies and kittens.
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    The Upshot: The researchers suggest that the “cuteness-triggered positive emotion” helps us narrow our focus, upping our performance on a task that requires close attention. Yes, this study may just validate your baby panda obsession.

This post was originally published on the TED Blog in April 2013.

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