Have you ever bought a product? Let’s say an electronic from a store? What does it come with? Aren’t the most basic things are usually the power cord, the warranty card and the user manual. After buying the electronic what do you do first? Operate it or read the manual?
Any electronic is a set of functional parts among which are the major and the minor components. Once faulty, there are some components that are reparable while others render the electronic useless.
I have had many friends tell me, ‘Siloma, I am still working on myself. There are things am trying to change in my life.’ They will keep saying this over and over again for months. Years will pass and they will make the same resolutions all over again, stop drinking, stop being lazy, wake up early, get a purpose in life etc.
I was a victim of ‘working on myself’. I thought that through my own power I can make myself whole again. I can decide to wake up early and create a balance in my life by looking at ‘successful’ people’s lives or acquiring motivational content. I failed miserably. This is because I was trying to live like the person I looked upto. I so much wanted to echo their lives and do the things they say makes them successful. I wanted to mirror their lives using my own willpower with the falacy that you can do anything with your own strength so long as you believe it. You have everything it takes to be what you want to be – this is a pure lie.
I always talk of this God shaped hole in a human heart that no worldly component can fill. New age religion emphasizes on belief in self, belief in your mind that you become your own God. The shift has focused from He who is to you who strives. The definition of success and wealth has shifted from peace and life-long joy to money and worldly trends. I scrutinized most people who I knew they were successful because they believed in themselves and realized that they were faulty in a way or another. Their success was not all round, they were successful in let’s say material wealth but failures in characters.
So then, when the product you just bought fails, does it repair itself? Do you read the manual before trying to repair it? You are the product and there are many components in you that work together to sustain your life. The manual is your Bible, the power cord is your life and the manufacturer is God. Why struggle to repair yourself while the manufacturer is always waiting? He signed you a free warranty card when He gave His only son to die for you. Do you even read the manual before repairing yourself? What will you be repairing in the first place?
Yes I said it, you can never work on yourself because you did not make yourself. Read the manual to understand the components in you and always plead to the manufacturer, your warranty came with a price.
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