“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They refused to be discouraged by their defeats.” ~ B. C. Forbes.
I relate this quote to the Bible Study I just had usually hosted by KKrew on Tuesdays. Our speaker was a very beautiful lady pastoress, Angie Murenge. She started with the story of Abraham Lincoln who failed numerous times before becoming the president of the United States.
A common list of the failures of Abraham Lincoln (along with a few successes) is:
- 1831 – Lost his job
- 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
- 1833 – Failed in business
- 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
- 1835 – Sweetheart died
- 1836 – Had nervous breakdown
- 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
- 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
- 1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
- 1848 – Lost re-nomination
- 1849 – Rejected for land officer position
- 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
- 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
- 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
- 1860 – Elected President (success)
She then talked of how Thomas Edison failed 1,093 times before successfully creating a light bulb.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
Angie noted that she was a mentor, and not just a mere one but one who mentors leaders. She said that she has failed too in her life, starting businesses that bear no fruit but that doesn’t keep her from trying again and again. She talked of how her husband left her and how she has struggled in life. With all the struggle she managed to make it in life having a six figure salary, driving a 307 and bearing huge titles like the, ‘National Sales and Marketing Manager.’
It was the year 2006 that she got the calling that she should quit her job and delve into ministry. Like Jonah she was refusing the call. She narrates of how she got angry and arrogant because she had just made it. She says of how she was telling God that He owed her because she had been through a lot and was not ready for that. She obeyed the call and had to leave the job and the expensive lifestyle so that she can do what God had predestined for her. She starting boarding a matatu having driven herself for 12yrs. So where is she today?
She starts by saying that fear is the only thing that makes us not identify our game changer. She said that the only person that you can compete with in life is YOU. She added that success without failure is not legit. She quotes Hebrews 10:16 that says;
And 2nd Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
She tells us that once we grow old we will come to understand that people’s opinion doesn’t matter and to be a game changer we have to let go of our past and understand that we are a new creature. She talks of people and pride as the things that we have to let go to be game changers. She also talks of forgiveness in which she says the Bible does not say that we should honor our parents only if they were good to us. She says that the Bible does not give conditions in which to do good.
She quotes John 14:16-20
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
She explains this by saying that the spirit of all truth dwells in us. She says that Jesus says the world knows not the holy spirit neither has it accepted the holy spirit but we do. She emphasizes that prayer changes things and every situation we encounter is in the Bible. Even Hosea married a prostitute for a reason. She adds that our situation is not permanent. If we want our game to change then we will have to master our game.
She also talks of how the world have put money as a prime factor in life. She disagrees with this by saying that money is not holy and history has proven that money acquired illegally cannot pass another generation. She jumps to the story of Gideon in which she narrates that he was to defeat the Medianites but he feared them. She expounds on this by saying that what we fear most may be our purpose. She also talks of Nehemiah who repented for the sins of his forefathers and tells us to pray that God cuts bad and evil lineage that maybe linked to us.
She returns to her story where she outlines the benefits of obedience. She says that after 4 months of boarding a matatu, someone bought her a car and this year, the Lord has been faithful she drives a BMW X5. She reinforces her point by quoting from Isaiah 1:19 in which she tells us to learn to obey in the small that the Lord has given unto us.
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
She then says that we should not forget the Lord after we eat the good things of the land.
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig,and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
She talked of how strategic God is having created everything to plan before creating man. She said if God created man on the first day, then Adam would float. The creation would be disorganized. She said that we cannot go to a strategic God without a strategic mind. She also said that the art of changing the game is writing the vision and people need to see the God in you and the gift of God is without repentance.
She finally summarized with the parable of the talent where God gave different people different talents. He gave one 5 the other 2 and the other 1. She emphasized that we cannot all be equal as we have different gifts. She explained this by saying even if the one who was given two talents multiplied his talent he could not have reached the one who was given 5.
I learnt a lot. I learned that I cannot compete with anyone and that I should not feel low whenever I feel that other persons do extraordinarily better than me in the same field. Most of all I learnt that I should be a game changer. You are invited to Kkrew Bible Study every Tuesday at Nairobi Cinema as from 5.30pm.