Greetings to you, my young friends!
We thank God for a new week; it is another opportunity to serve God as we serve humanity.
Last week, we started on the topic, “Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.” I shared one step to this- to discard all negative stereotypes, labels that others place on us and believe that we can be the best.
Now today, I want to conclude this conversation by sharing a few more steps to fulfilling purpose.
The second step in the journey of fulfilling purpose is preparation. Many of you probably saw the President and I receive our medalists and reward them for their exceptional performance at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Did these young people just wake up to this global fame and victory? No! They prepared intensely for the Olympics. They went through strict training, waking up very early for months, disciplined dietS and many other things they must have done privately.
The word of God teaches us in Genesis 8:22, that, “While
the earth remains, seedtime and harvest time shall not cease” Seedtime is the preparation season while the harvest time is the victory/ reward season.
I believe hard work, perseverance, pain and rejection preceded this victory. They refused to give up.
Joshua Cheptegei suffered a humiliating defeat during the 2017 World Cross Country Championships at Kololo Ceremonial grounds, the very place where he was honoured last week.
In his own words, he told us how he was mocked on social media after the defeat. On the other hand, Peruth Chemutai finished 7th at the Rio Olympics five years ago and 5th in the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Never fear failure my young friends, the only people who do not fail are those who do not try.
Therefore, find your own race and prepare and in due season you will reap. Scripture again teaches us that what a man sows, he reaps. What are you sowing?
In a nutshell, my friends, we each have a race marked out for us, but to win that race there are key steps we must take and these are ;
Discard negative labels and believe you can be the best
Prepare, prepare, prepare
Before you prepare, you must know your race.
The best way to know your race is to identify your gifts, talents, abilities and passion. God has endowed each one of us with these and they point us to purpose
Never give up. Usually your biggest trial becomes your triumph.
Finally, Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 “Do
you know that in a race all the runners run, but only
one receives the prize, so run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things…so I
do not run aimlessly; I discipline my body and keep it under control”
May you run to win!
God bless you, I will talk to you next week.
Janet K. Museveni
First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports