Inspire Flair| 22 April 2020 // At Toronto, ON

By Christine Graham, Author

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“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

There are three keys to a fulfilling life.

  1. Faith
  2. Perseverance
  3. Sustainability

FAITH

With believing comes faith, moving towards what you cannot see, but it is reachable.

Have you ever had a dream where you were sure the dream was real? It had all the elements to prove you were there and all that was happening was a fact. Although, you are still in a ‘dreamlike’ state. This has happened to me on many occasions. In effect, the dreams felt real. While I was in the dream, it was real to me, so real in fact that it was vivid. When I woke up, I was disappointed that it was only a dream.

Where am I going with this? While we are in the midst of the impossible, we need to keep believing that it is possible. When we are out of the improbable, we are no longer operating out of our belief and have lost faith. Even though I used the illustration of a dream, many dreams have become reality.

What are you believing for today? Are you believing for a good wife or husband? Are you believing for a career that you love? Believe and it will happen.

“If you have faith like the grain of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move.” Matthew 17:20

Do not doubt when you are believing for what may seem impossible. With doubt, comes loss and many have suffered for it. God will meet our needs when we have faith. We may stumble at times, but He will be there to help us never-the-less.

PERSEVERANCE

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” Job 13:15

We see here, although Job suffered much loss, he continued to trust God.

When we consider the life of Job, we think of a man that had everything and then lost it all and on top of that, he was also severely afflicted. In this, we see resilience and reminds me of what we are facing today in the wake of Covid19. Our medical workers continue to fight the invisible virus and unselfishly, they sacrifice their comfort for the lives of others. We can consider our individual lives, realign our thoughts and look for opportunities to overcome adversities. “Yet will I trust in him” stayed on my mind. It is a perfect display of surrendering one’s self to something greater.

I went for an interview after a series of short-term jobs and unemployment. The rain was pouring and I did not have an umbrella. The bus stop was far away from the company where I was headed. By the time I arrived, I was soaked from head to toe. I greeted the receptionist and she led me to a chair to sit down. I thought to myself, “What are the odds of me landing this job?” A young Asian man came out to greet me as he smiled. I mentioned to him that I forgot my umbrella but he did not seem to mind. The interview went well. I got the job on the very same day. I could have turned back and called off the interview, but something in me said to keep going. Despite the odds, I continued and it worked in my favour.

The rain will fall, sorrows will come but those who keep persevering through it all will prevail.

SUSTAINABILITY

“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

My Financial Advisor, who is also a friend, invited me to her home one day. I immediately noticed her plants and the sun shining through her window on them. They were beautiful. I sat down on her couch and pictured the plants next to the window in my home. On an occasion, I bought a plant, remembering how beautiful my friend’s plant was. The plant dried up after a few weeks of forgetting to water it. This was an awakening and an opportunity for growth.

Our setbacks and failures, in essence, are needed for growth. Once we experience growth, we can share what we learned with others. There are many other ways to sustain life other than maintaining plants. Whatever you invest your time, money, and energy into will flourish.

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold, not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good”. Ecclesiastes 11:6

Looking for the easy way out may not always be the best option in life. Committing to what will sustain life always wins. Have a heart ready to give will pan out for future generations to come.

Creative/Journals

“Nothing Can Dim the Light that Shines from Within” Maya Angelou

“Do nothing from selfish ambition” Philippians 2:3-4

Author –
Christine Graham

Christine is an inspirational published writer and spoken-word poet, supporting community events fostering social change. She performed at the YMCA, Black History Month, and Urban Arts Sound Off Open Mic, and is a member of the Scarborough Poetry Club and TWC (Toronto Writers Collective). Christine published poems: “You know me, Canada for All,” Canadian Stories Magazine, and contributed to anthologies. She is a writing coach and mentor, encouraging and developing the next generation.

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