I played rugby during my high school years though not so many people believe it when I tell them this. I used to be a second center and I believed I was one of the best players there were. Every time I tell my girlfriend this story, wife to be, she laughs and goes like. ‘I also used to be the tallest girl in high school’. If you see me you will definitely understand what she means. She is slightly shorter than me and I hardly see Pasi Gibo’s shirt from where I sit during the service.
Back to rugby or let’s think of any activity in general. Have you ever looked at another person doing something and you wish you were the one doing it as you fell that you will definitely do it so much better than them even though you are not trained in that field?
When you look at other people doing something it looks so simple and easy up until when you decide to do it yourself. What we fail to remember is that those people doing this usually put in a lot of effort and time into these fields. They train, practice, appoint coaches, pay for training grounds, etc. you get it.
To be a professional in any field you have to sacrifice a lot and most of all endure tremendous amounts of painful moments as you learn. Most of us are last minute persons who just look at the project at the last moment and hope that it will work out.
Discipline is something that most athletes have learnt to posses. They have to discipline their thoughts, their diets, and their bodies just to mention but a few. And another thing that they have to accept in their lives is a person or a group of people who will be honest and straight with them. People who will be telling them how they are performing without biasness. People who will be straight and open with them.
1st Corinthians 9:24-27(KJV)
|1co 9:24||Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.|
|1co 9:25||And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.|
|1co 9:26||I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:|
|1co 9:27||But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.|
This form of discipline in a Christian context will be instilled in us through/ by other believers. But in the case of you and me in Frontrunners our pals and members of a care group will be an advantage. They will tell you how to handle some issues as they are going through the same situations in their lives. You will not have to make some of the mistakes that they have made as they will inform you on how to handle some of these issues.
This was illustrated by Omosh and Kevo in the service.
These two individuals are going / have gone through a number of issues that is representative of all of us.
Omosh had a rough past before he decided to come to church. He was struggling with some sexual issues and mainly Marijuana. When he was introduced to the sound team he made a transformation as he got into friendship with members of the team and as the team meet after the service to pray he was prayed for. This did not just happen once but more often. He grew in knowledge and confidence. He has gone for Masters Commission and numerous other missions. Every time he stands up there to MC you can definitely see the joy in his life. It is the people he is around that have shaped him up to this point. People in his CG, Sound Team, Masters Commission and others.
Kevo is another case. How many of us have girlfriends/ dates? All those who have can definitely admit that keeping thy hands to thy self is a hard task that borders torture. We all want to hold each other, talk sweet nothings , kiss here and there. How many have the guts to stop before you start the flame? Where is this point of no return? Kevo has a chick and there are many temptations that they have gone through but there is a group by the name, REGs (Relationship Enrichment Groups). This is where couples talk of their issues and try sort and help each other giving each other remedies to the ‘hard’ staff of relationships as they become friends.
A small group is an essential part of one’s growing as a person in the society or as an individual. You will get a lot from a group of friends than from a movie named ‘how to say I love you’.
Join a small group or form one.
God bless you.