Counting for Something Larger...


By the river Piedra I sat down and wept.

Though I have never read this book by Paulo Coelho, nor will I claim right now to know what it entails, the title caught my eye and made my imagination wider. The title of the book kind of aligns exactly with my thoughts for the day, that our lives have to count for something more than what meets the eyes. I imagine a person sitting down beside a river and weeping for his life, a life that had so many high expectations but with none accomplished. A wasted and desolate life, filled with seeds sown on infertile ground. No, our lives are way more than we think. Each of us has a seed planted inside us by God, waiting to germinate at the set time. Don't ever think for one second that your life amounts to nothing, because it does not.

But what exactly does your life count for? Being alive is not the same thing as the essence of vitality. Vitality is having the "power" to live. I imagine that vitality is more than just waking up in the morning and letting the day happen. Instead, it is the power to have a determination to align one's life in a positive energetic direction, which to me can also be described as being led by the powerful hand of the Master Potter...God. Vitality is not just the power to live, but the power to live well. My life, your life, our lives have to be lived well. Our lives must count for something more.

So what does your life count for? The number of clothes you purchase or the number of jobs you get in a lifetime? The number of plaques of your achievements or the fantastic path of your footsteps climbing up the corporate ladder? What does your life count for? The number of friends you can command or the admirable stares you can gather up your sleeves? What does your life count for? The number of vacations you can take around the world, or the number of promos for first-class tickets you can get your fingers on? No, your life is not just a myopic representation of these great things, although they are very fanciful in definition. As honorable as they seem, your life must count for something greater than these. The only way to understand this enigma is to...
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Commit your way to God, trust in Him, and He will bring "it" to pass...(Psalm 37:5)
To me, the "it" in this statement represents what my life will count for at the end of the day. To achieve "it," you cannot do it on your own, you need God. He was the one who delicately placed "it" on the inside of you, even before you were formed as a foetus in your mother's womb. He called you by your true name and you answered the call, even before the foundations of the world. He is also the one who will bring "it" to pass at the appointed time.
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But if you don't know Him, how will you understand? If you don't know Him, how will He bring it to pass? If you don't know Him, how would you understand that your life counts for something more? But, yes...your life counts for something larger than you can see...something bigger than your imagination. Forget the empty routines of your days and find your "it." Find out what that major thing is that God is ready to bring to pass in your life. I believe that it has already been written about you in the volume of God's book (Psalm 40:7).

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PS: Forgive my previous inconsistent blogging. I, myself am in the works for something bigger than my imagination. I am planning to have more regular updates soon. May God's face continue to shine upon you as you read and learn more about Him...:)

43 comments:

Shubby Doo said...

not one of his best...all promise and then...

i'll let you read it but i will say it does make one pause for thought...in that way alone...it is a success for me

p.s
i am so 1st...going to finish reading your post

Shubby Doo said...

'To achieve "it," you cannot do it on your own, you need God. He was the one who delicately placed "it" on the inside of you, even before you were formed as a foetus in your mother's womb. He called you by your true name and you answered the call, even before the foundations of the world. He is also the one who will bring "it" to pass at the appointed time.'

WOW

Jaycee, i forbid you to disappear...ok i know i can't but know that you are missed!!!

Kafo said...

nonsense
and here i thought i was going to be first

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
i'm not happy
but yeah i think i finished reading it before Shubby Doo so that should count for something
right???

you hit the nail on the head i'm preparing a sermon and this how we measure ourselves keeps on popping into my mind

Jaycee said...

Shubby...so you've read it? I read the Alchemist and I enjoyed it. I would say though that we shd be careful of some of His concepts about WHO God is. He is a phenomenal writer, He makes you think...and many of the things He writes about are things we should imbibe in daily living. Did you read the Alchemist? Wow!

ps: Lol...how are u doing sef? I need to do my blog rounds soon...lol (been quite a busy bee lately). Mwah :)

Kafo said...

no i started typing before shubby doo how did she get comment1 and 2
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Jaycee said...

Shubby...ahhhh, I am not even thinking of disappearing, seeing as writing/blogging is a passion *cough cough* Thank goodness you said that sef, so that I can boldly FORBID you to disappear too, just in case...he he...

Kafo...I don't think I'll ever get tired of saying that God is not a God of confusion. This season has got many people thinking along the same lines. Shey you've read about the sons of Isaachar in the bible, of how they could determine the times and the seasons? So us thinking kind of along the same lines is apparently not an error...lol. I pray that you will do more than just hitting the nail on the head during that sermon, that God will speak through you and touch every life that will listen, and that you will speak a Word in SEASON...in Jesus Name. Amen.

Jaycee said...

I just saw your 1.08 comment...MU HA HA.......I dunno know o...he he...

Kafo said...

one more thing
can i use the So what does your life count for? paragraph in my sermon

Jaycee said...

Hey shweets...of course na...

Danny Bagucci said...

Another great serving on the plate of thought Jaycee... Keep serving these stuff up.. Maybe they'll get some credit for finnally kicking us up the incline as we try to close out our black sheep issues..

The poets voice ~~~ said...

"If you don't know Him, how would you understand that your life counts for something more?" - well said Jaycee.Sometimes i just get bogged down in work and i'm so stressed and life just seems like a boring and empty routine but God has his ways of reminding me that life is bigger than what i think!

PS: i've missed ur posts, welcome back and don't even think of disappearing ooooo!!..lOL

Reverence said...

you know i was just thinking about this the other day.
i dont like phone tag o!
it feels like i dont even know whats going on with your life anymore :(

Favoured Girl said...

So true, so true! That "it" inside of us, that purpose, that vision, that destiny... we definitely cannot fulfil it outside of Him. Thanks for this Jaycee. Hope you are studying those JDTA notes like you promised! lol... lol...

Good Naija Girl said...

As usual, thank you, Jaycee. I'm always trying to do it on my own, deciding what is and isn't worth God's time instead of committing it all to Him and letting Him bring it to pass in His time.

Saved Girl said...

hi, i love your blog sweetie. i just started blogging 2 weeks ago to vent on a devastating time i'm going through right now and this posting truly encouraged me. thanks.

Olufunke said...

Thanks for this post!
thanks for the reminder......
- that the bible contains 'it' for my life
- that my life should count for something bigger than these 'fantastic' things I'm running after.


Just that sometimes.....our world has diluted our thinking so much,that one begins to agree that all these great acheivments are the things our lives should count for.
thank you!
More grace!

Beulah! said...

I am sooooooooo blessed by this. Your posts are so inspiring and uplifting

God bless you as ur touch lives for Christ through your posts.

darkelcee said...

And may His face continue to shine upon you a you write.

load of love

StandTall-The Activist said...

"the essence of vitality"... this is a very important part of our existence really. The power to live and live right.

Thanks for sharing. God bless you as you keep blessing us with God's words

Remi, United Kingdom said...

hey girl... another wonderful piece... we sure do think on the same wavelength sometimes :-)

Yup, true, we are all created for a purpose, a reason and for a season. Every single person, whether we know it or not, has something that God has deposited on the inside of them, to be used in our lifetime. We ALL have a purpose.. we are not just here... there is a reason and meaning for it all, which will be made known when we get close to our maker... God.
Have an awesome rest of the week... and keep writing :-)

aloted said...

was wondering where u were...

pls dont go far away...we need to be inspired

simeone said...
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simeone said...

here she comes again ..
"c o G " ;-)
i love ur point..and the way you hit it home..

doug said...

As always you inspire me. I never really know how to comment on your blogsposts.

Debbie said...

This made me think.
Really what does ones life count for? defintely not in the abundance of things, certificates, jobs, degrees etc. God in ones life makes it count.

I love the "IT" part. Yes, he put the desires and will bring it to pass.
Thank you so much for such always being an inspiratin.

Shubby Doo said...
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Shubby Doo said...

@jaycee - I have read the alchemist...easily his best for me...by a mile...beware of his book the witch of portobello wrt'out there' concepts!

p.s
deal...we both stay...for now at least ;-D

@kafo -LOL...'I am Naija drift'...i was just a little 2 fast & furious for u dearie!!!

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The Life of a Stranger called me said...

And it is well with my soul.

Yes my life must count for something. Every day of my life must mark a record in my book in heaven. What have I done today Life of a stranger?

Telekinesys said...

This just ministered to me.Been thinking along this lines too.Oyedepo says 'the defination of a millionaire is one who affects a million lives'. My day is complete when i remember that i went out of my way to help someone.

Thanks for sharing.

Jaycee said...

Danny Bagucci...only an honest man like yourself can boldly declare his black sheep issues. I really admire that, don't we all have some black sheep strains? That's where things like "Grace," "Mercy," "Forgiveness," and "Renewal" comes in...:)

The Poet's Voice...wow, you put it so well! The "empty" routines of life can get to us sometimes. We wake up in the morning and do the same ol' thing. May God breathe a refreshing wind in our direction so that we can see the BIGGER picture...(oh, so guess what? Writing is my passion so I'm here to stay o...)*smiles* May God reveal Himself more to you as you strive to see the bigger picture of this life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Reverence...I've called you like three times today...boo boo...I miss u, call me back naa!

Favored G...*running away to read some JDTA notes...scurries away before shame catches me...* muhaha...don't mind me o...I've not finished! He he...

GNG...your words just made me sigh just now...it's like you've already grasped the BIGGER PICTURE...I tap unto that understanding too. You understand the whole point!

Saved Girl...wow, u just started blogging? Yay, WELCOME!!!! I hope you like it. I'm glad this encouraged you like it did to me. Hoping to check u out soon...*wink*

Olufunke...I totally agree with the phrase, "the world has diluted our thinking," meaning that we should be thinking in a more "concentrated" level, such that our minds were created to comprehend! Lolll...that's another post in itself. Our thinking and imaginations have been so clouded, it's not even funny. Limitations! But I say yes to God enlarging our minds (territories)...wow!

Beulah...Amen o...even as your own mouth is blessing me, may God do even more to you in Jesus Name. :)

Darkelcee...Amin o! How bodi na? How's Lagos?

StandTall...I totally agree that it is an essential part of our lives. No wonder some people move about daily, but they are really not alive...they're dead inside.

Remi...I cannot even shout! Lol.

Aloted...I cannot even shout II! (lol).

Simeone...yayyyy...hey dear, how are u? Here "you" come again too o...*wink*

Doug...*Now, you've made me blank out.*

Debbie...He's the only one that can bring "IT" to pass, because He created "IT." How r u? *smiles*

Shubby Doo..DEAL!!! Yay!!! I'm not even gonna bother reading that Portobello book (esp after you've said I shd beware)...but yes, the Alchemist gave me this warm fuzzy feeling inside (*and the warm feeling is there again as I type...lol*)

Life...I love that question u just asked. Hmmm...deep!

Telekinesys...what you wrote just spoke MILLIONS to me...Lord!

Uzezi said...

i ve never read a bad or boring post here. and everytime i read, i get humbled again. different ways, as we are all different, we have been called to influence people into the Kingdom of God. and like Telekinesys said, it is awesome, knowing u have done a good deed for someone. and i pray always, use me Lord. and let the glory return to Him. i have discovered the blessings that follows obedience when God uses you, and you obey.

Afrobabe said...

As inspirational as ever...Everyday I find myself changing gradually...kind of scarey...cant seem to find pleasure in past activities...

adebanji said...

May God help this "IT" to be revealed to us ooh!

This is a very common verse but I like the way you have made me see IT from another angle!

simeone said...

jaycee..ijust saw the verse atthe end of the post...it's one thatdrives me crazy.....

Jaycee said...

Afrobabe...abeg tell me abourrit...I call it a "metamorphosis." What is happening to you is also happening to me too...

Adebanji...Amen.

Simeone...woah...my friend was the one who taught me that verse (maybe like two years ago)...(1)It sounds poetic; (2) Yeah, it has the potential to drive someone crazy...muhaha! I feel u...lol.

THE SECRET DIARY (TheSecretDiary) - THE SECRET DIARY said...

Fabulous post.


Here are two books you should read:

# At Your Command ~ Neville Goddard
# Secret of The Ages ~ Robert Collier

SimpleeMe said...

Thanks for the wake up call...May God not allow us to be caught up with all the vanity of this world and help us focus on the important things in lfe :).

Just came across your blog...Love it !!!!

mike said...

Vanity kills, very nice piece. keep the good work up.

rethots said...

Where have i been?

OluwaDee said...

I needed this.

Hope you are good.

Jaycee said...

Secret Diary...ahhhh, wow...thanks for adding to my book collection...I'll do some research on your recommendations...yay!

Simpleeme...I like that prayer o, and I say Amen to that. Yay, thanks for letting your steps cross with mine...:)

Mike...yes it does, and yes I will...:)

Rethots...where have you been, as in physically? Lol.

Oluwadee...ah, my newly wedded wife...sisi eko...I'm good o, I pray you are too. Hope you've been enjoying hubby. *wink*

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