The Editor’s Letter – August
“Your expectation of your future will shape your attitude in the present.”
Expectation is a word that bridges the gap between the past, present and future. August can often feel like a limbo month. It’s a time of enjoyment and recuperation, but also looking ahead to September, it’s a time to prepare for the final quarter of the year. The phrase above came to mind and gave me a bit of an insight into the relevance of the word and there are four keys I wanted to share in regards to it.
God’s expectation of us
There are times in my faith journey when I’ve questioned and wrestled with God’s view and expectation of me. Growing up in a Christian home, I always heard phrases like “God is love” and “God loves you”. Seeing challenges in my own life and in the world around me, I began to question whether it was even necessary to be concerned about what God thought and if it would be better to just get on with life on my own.
For so long, I was tired of seeing Christianity being portrayed in an inaccessible way, and God as an arbitrary headmaster waiting to judge us every time we made a mistake or neglected Him. As a team, through MAGNIFY, we aim to give our friends and other women, the chance to explore for themselves the possibility that there could be a loving God who knows and loves us individually and cares about the desires and intricate details of our lives.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the LORD, to give you a future and a hope.”
As I’m growing in my relationship with God, I’m learning to trust that He’s sovereign and that He sees the bigger picture. Having that perspective really helps me to navigate life, for I know He wants the best for me.
“She who dares wins” – Our expectation of ourselves
For me, the past 6 years has been about taking and making opportunities and truly believing I’m 90% of the way there by just trying and pursuing things. By this age, we understand that we may not succeed at things the first time and in an age where we’re preoccupied with instant success this reality can often cause us to feel disheartened.
Having an attitude that we feel we can accomplish and achieve things will spur us on in the midst of any challenges. As a team with MAGNIFY, we’ve seen some of what we’ve been hard at work on, take a long time to materialise, but we’ve always had the mindset that there’s a need for what we do and it will come to fruition, regardless of delays. Having this resolve, and surrounding ourselves with those who encourage us, has been so key to staying committed and hopeful on a day-to-day basis.
Having expectations isn’t just in relation to goals within our professional lives, but within friendships and relationships as well. I know personally when I’ve not been clear about what I expect, desire or deserve, in the present, I’ve settled for anything. In hindsight, I see that having a stronger conviction would have saved some time and troubles, but I’m grateful for what I learned through those situations.
Our expectation of the world around us
Some of the people I admire the most are those who are committed to making a difference and positive impact in the spheres they operate. Whether in their communities, industries or bringing change and solution to the issues that face humanity at a local and global level – I’m challenged by the lives they lead.
One of the greatest joys we have in life is to use our gifts, talents and time to make the world a better place. That’s often a cliché, but I think we’ve all been put on this earth for a purpose that is bigger than just making ourselves happy – we’ve all been created in a unique way and with all the problems we see in the world, I think having a perspective that we can do something would really make a difference.
Our words shape our attitude
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
One thing I have difficulty with (most of us ladies do!) is keeping my mouth quiet and not unpacking, over-analysing and over-talking everything. I’ve seen through the Bible that our words are powerful and shape our future because they shape our attitudes, which can determine a lot.
My encouragement to us all is to have firm convictions, anchored by positive expectations of what we desire and deserve, and let that impact our feelings and actions, starting from today.
With love as always,
Ruth Yimika Awogbade xx