It’s Empty!

I went to bed really late last night. I was watching Netflix and I completely lost track of time. I finally managed to drag myself from the couch and go to bed after 3 am and I was sure I would wake up grumpy due to lack of sleep.  Surprisingly though, I find myself in a chipper mood today, and I thank God for it. Wednesday is my favorite day of the week and I would hate to be grumpy on a Wednesday.

I remembered to watch the new video by Kris “Mimina”. It’s a pretty awesome track and the video is amazing. I totally love the intro part, really funny and the “Mimina/ Mimi na” word play is pure genius. After watching that video, I was redirected to the video for “Zongelela” by S.O.C another masterpiece. I realize I’ve fallen behind on following up with the Kenya music scene, partly because I’m super busy and partly because Kenyan music is not so readily available in my immediate surroundings. Now my love for Kenyan music has been rekindled and I’m taking it upon myself to get caught up on all I’ve missed this past couple of years. This is going to be a nice weekend project after I finish my mid-terms week.

Today, I’m writing to share the progress I’ve made since my post on pebbles. In the last few weeks I have been working on scaling the mountains of my personal life pebble by pebble. I promised to let you know the progress I make through my journey. I’ll also try to share my failures, although “sharing my failures” is another mountain of my life that I need to tackle. For now, let’s just do the progress part.

One of the areas in my personal life that needs to be addressed is the area of discipline. I tend to procrastinate a lot in my life especially when there’s no one really following up with me. My Inbox at the office is almost always full because I tend to do just the bare minimum. I am proud to report, however, that these last three weeks, I have kept my inbox empty every day. It’s Empty!

 

I know this is a small victory. I can’t say that “now I have completely mastered the art of discipline.” In fact, I have still been procrastinating on a lot of my school work and other stuff in my life. However, I learnt that it is important to recognize the small victories and appreciate them. It gives me that extra nudge I need to work for one more small victory, and then another and so on until the whole mountain is conquered.

Matthew 17:20 says “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” I wonder if He meant that the mountain will move “immediately”. I’m just speculating here but I don’t see a specification of the speed at which the mountain will move. Let’s think about this a bit; this was not the first time that Matthew recorded Jesus speaking about a mustard seed. Matthew 13:31-32Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jesus used a mustard seed in both of these scenarios. In chapter 13, He talks about the mustard seed being planted and growing; a process that takes time. I submit to you that in chapter 17 when He talks about the mountain being moved, it also is a process that takes time. Pebble by pebble.

I’ll be honest, when I started writing this post, I did not see it going this way (I’d only thought up to the empty inbox). But I thank God for confirming through His word and letting me know that I truly am making progress. Amazing how God speaks to us even through ourselves.

Despite what mountains you’re facing today, don’t be quick to dismiss your small victory. Recognize it, appreciate it and watch it grow into the great victory you are working towards. Thanks again for keeping up with me and reading my blog. I hope I am making at least a mustard seed size impact in your life. Please share and have an awesome week!

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