Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2 KJV)
You were built to succeed!
When God took time out of his schedule to hand craft you into the beautiful princess or handsome prince that you are now, he added a special touch of SUCCESS to the 'clay-mix.' He knew that your hair would be brown or black or blond. He knew that you would always have a great smile. He knew that your humble personality would take you places. He knew it.
You were never RUSHED OFF during the making process. God took his time with you. I like how the Psalmist puts it in Psalm 139:14, I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
What does that verse mean? Each of us was uniquely created - Full Stop.
Don't let anyone speak down to you or tell you otherwise. When they do, simply smile and remark - "I'm God's Gem - He Took His Time on Me!"
Many of the children and youth to whom I minister always tease me and try to touch the little patch in the middle of my head that would probably soon go bald. They laugh and say - Brother Khrystus, you need BOSLEY. I would respond in return with a smile and say - It's one thing I know for sure though, is that I'm fearfully and wonderfully made.
I always try to show them by example that no matter what anyone says about them, they should still remain confident and aim for SUCCESS.
I believe that John, in writing in 3 John 1: 2, wanted to convey two messages to those around.
1. They should aim to PROSPER in both their SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL LIFE
2. They should aim to always keep their SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL LIFE HEALTHY.
You see, John knew for sure that God has implanted in each one of us, unique talents and gifts for us to use and succeed in life. Some of us use them and gradually climb the ladder to success, while others sit on them and remain in one spot all their life!
God wants the best for you. He wants you to succeed. He actually gave you the tools to do just that? Are they packed up on the shelf or are you using them.
We all may not travel far and wide to attend university. We certainly aren't all inventors and business owners. Everyone won't be a doctor or lawyer. Everyone won't sing in the choir. We all can't bake nice bread like my mother (smile). We all aren't salespersons. But. . . each of us is uniquely gifted with a talent that can help us SUCCEED.
May we together remain HOPEFUL that one day soon - we'll bask in the sunset of success and praise God for guiding us there!
HOPE IS AHEAD!