It’s been quite a busy season and I’m just getting the opportunity to conclude my article on the above title. Try and read part 1 if you haven’t, before reading this.
I have discovered that to move from setbacks to success, there are certain factors that must be taken into account. I found them in the book of Genesis and I will like to share them with you.
“Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”” Genesis 1:6 NKJV
The first factor is atmosphere. The separation of the waters by the creation of the firmament brought about atmosphere on the earth. Your atmosphere is an important factor to consider if you want to move from setback to success. This is because the quality of the atmosphere in which you function affects your performance and that of the people around you.
There is nobody who doesn’t carry an atmosphere and this atmosphere is created by our thoughts, attitudes and words. It is pertinent that you realize that negative atmospheres numb creativity and productivity. It is almost impossible to move forward in a negative atmosphere. That is why an atmosphere of love is crucial in every home because it ensures the development of healthy self-esteems, which boosts the confidence level of family members. This is also the case where there is an atmosphere of mutual respect, affirmation and teamwork in a working environment. Where peace is found, people tend to find inspiration and spiritual revelation.
I want you to do something; take a close look at the atmosphere around you. Ask your close friends and acquaintances how they feel when you enter the room. How do people feel when you enter your office, place of business or even your own home? The answer may surprise you. Think of your closest friends and family members and assess the impact their association and presence make on your feelings and on your performance.
If the production of plants and animals preceded the creation of the atmosphere, none of God’s living things would have survived on the earth. So consider the atmospheres that contributed to your setbacks and turn things around by changing the negative ones to positive ones.
“Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.” Genesis 1:9 NKJV
This is the second factor and again, it is an important one. Many setbacks are due to lack of proper organization of life, time, business and activities. Imagine if God had created the vegetation and animals before separating dry land from the water. There would have been chaos. Fishes wouldn’t have survived in the mud, the lions would not have hard ground on which to flourish, trees would have had no firm soil for the grip of their roots. Truth be told, nothing would have flourished. You must therefore take a close look at yourself and how much time you spend on each activity of your life.
We easily get caught up in the things we find pleasurable while we neglect the most important tasks that will lead us to success. At times, an improper delegation of tasks and lack of clear roles in a workplace can create confusion and slow down progress.
Lack of structure in allocation of resources often leads to mismanagement also. I remember how I got entangled with debts that were overwhelming for me as a young Pastor till I got good advice from an associate who led me down the path of planning expenditure. I paid off the debts in 3 months and began a culture of saving money for projects that has lasted 17 years today. Do you have budgets for your income and expenditure? When you organize your resources, you will enjoy fruitfulness.
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” Genesis 1:28 NKJV
It’s one thing to manufacture a car with a 4800cc engine capacity and another thing to realize the potentials of the car by energizing it with petrol. Man was made with capacity to function like God but he had to be blessed to function to his full potential.
In Christ, you are blessed (Galatians 3.13-14). You can also multiply that blessing by associating with those who are more blessed as Lot did with Abraham. Be conscious of the fact that you have the favour of God upon your life everywhere you go. Take advantage of it to command your open doors of opportunity. Don’t think that a setback is the end of the world; it is simply temporary.
Man was mandated to replenish a planet emptied as a fall out of satan’s rebellion. It was a bounce back plan to success by God whose planet earth had ‘become’ without form and void. Again, the project suffered a setback when Adam and Eve fell from the glory of God but Jesus the Redeemer is the Father’s perfect and last bounce back plan.
Shake yourself from every defeat, setback and disappointment. You need to move forward. Regardless of whether it is a spiritual, professional or social setback, you can always win again and the truth is, it is not over until you win!