Yesterday morning, my mind was seemingly saturated by all the stuff we had been discussing in the office concerning all issues in our system deployment project.
I told myself, “I have to refresh before going to the office.” And I asked, “How?”
I could not go jogging. I could not grab my guitar and sing. Then I was led to take the Book and read a part of a page.
But I was perturbed when I read the story of Noah and His Sons (Genesis 9:18-28).
What disturbed my mind was when Noah cursed his youngest son Ham.
Why would Noah curse his son?
I was confused.
So I had to re-read it. Good for me, the passage is just brief –
The sons of Noah, who went out of the boat were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These three sons of Noah were the ancestors of all the people on earth.
Noah, who was a farmer, was the first man to plant a vineyard. After he drank some of the wine, he became drunk, took off his clothes, and lay naked in his tent. When Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked, he went out and told his two brothers.
Then Shem and Japheth took a robe and held it behind them on their shoulders. They walked backward into the tent and covered their father, keeping their faces turned away so as not to see him naked.
When Noah sobered up and learned what his youngest son had done to him, he said,
“A curse on Canaan!
He will be a slave to his brothers.
Give praise to the Lord, the God of Shem!
Canaan will be the slave of Shem.
May God cause Japheth to increase!
May his descendants live with the people of Shem!
Canaan will be the slave of Japheth”
After the flood, Noah lived 350 years and died at the age of 950.
Of course, the whole story does not end here. And I’m not to tell its theological interpretation.
But here’s my analogy of the story –
Action made the difference.
Ham, the one who first saw it, did not take action. Instead, he went out and told his brothers.
At the end of the story, Noah blessed Shem and Japheth who took action, but cursed Ham who saw and did not take action.
Yes, words are powerful but words are not enough.
They should be complemented by action.
Written goals should be implemented.
Thought dreams should be executed.
We put our thoughts into words and into action.
It does not end in words.
It ends in action.
It’s that simple but it’s not that easy. It’s difficult, indeed.
What’s makes it difficult? Let me share two reasons –
One: thinking small.
There is this huge beast in our mind that keeps on saying, “You cannot do it. You are just a tiny, little kid.”
Shake it off!
Be reminded that you are what you think you are. You are what you think of yourself.
Can you do yourself a favour please?
Think big and believe in yourself, your abilities, your talents, your gifts.
You have a gigantic potential.
Two: waiting for the right time.
There will never be a perfect time to execute your plans. You just have to start.
You won’t climb up the summit if you want to see the entire mountain before start taking steps. You just have to start moving your foot, then another foot.
I’m not talking about impulsive execution. There will be some waiting time – learning time – preparation time.
But you don’t need to learn everything. You just need to learn enough to start.
This morning, I just reread Chapter 1 of Bo Sanchez’s My Conspiracy Theory and one of the things I got from it is this –
He wasn’t a great speaker when he started preaching at the age 13.
But look at him now. He preaches to thousands of live audience every Sunday, broadcasted globally live via the internet. And I won’t need to mention all other speaking engagements he has locally and internationally.
He had some addictions when he started serving but he served anyway. As he shares, God continues to heal him to this day.
Now, he is free from these addictions that used to bind him in chains. He now conquered territories!
Would you want to conquer your territories, too?
Start it with the right thoughts then put them to words.
Words are powerful but words are not enough.
This completes the process.
Yes, there are roadblocks but you can topple them.
Start your conquest by conquering yourself.
Finally, prepare your gear, set your foot, and start climbing those mountains!
Now, what is it that you’ve been dreaming of? Go ahead. Take the first step!
Live your life, Young Mind!
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