Determination Has Its Rewards

by Pastor Vincent Imwensi

Recently, newspaper headlines were hit with the shocking story of how the popular rapper, Fifty Cents (or Curtis Jackson) lost over 50 pounds (23 kg) to play the part of an American football player who has been diagnosed with cancer in upcoming film titled Things Fall Apart.

He lost the weight by going on a liquid diet and spending three hours a day on the treadmill for nine weeks.

Reactions were and views on this extraordinary feat were diverse across different groups of people.

There were those who saw it as a great achievement and were inspired by it. But unfortunately, there were also those who could only read negative meaning into it accusing him of making a mockery of the disease (cancer) that had claimed the lives of many loved ones. And of course, there were many who didn’t know what to do with it and simply brushed it aside.

Just take a look at the picture. This result which was achieved on purpose is too great to be ignored and it carries a message which we shouldn’t miss.

Irrespective of what anyone might think about it, I personally think there is a great lesson that we ought to learn from it. And it is the fact that with determination, you can go far in life and achieve seemingly impossible results.

Determination is a product of your own decision and personal discipline which means it is something everyone has or can have. It is not sold in expensive super malls and so leaves no one with any valid grounds to complain that they are unable to afford it.

How often do people throw up their hands and give in to the tyranny of their limitations and negative circumstances concluding there is nothing they can do reverse them. But in most cases, all they really need is some good dose of personal determination to press on until the desired change is secured.

Of course, there are things or negative circumstances that go beyond the power of personal determination to change – I recognise that. But let’s not be too quick (as we are often tempted to do) to accept that dead-end verdict.

And where it really does go beyond the power of your own determination, the good news is, that situation can still be changed. All you need to do is turn it over to God because with Him all things are possible.

I am not talking of empty religiosity here (who needs that by the way?). I am talking about you having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It opens to you a world of possibilities. I can vouch for that because I have proven it again and again. He won’t disappoint you, I can assure you.

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In conclusion, I want you to realise that you can achieve great goals in your life and go beyond menacing limitations through the application of personal determination.

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