Isn’t it interesting how we often upgrade our mobile devices, apps, software, etc., but fail to do the same for our lives? We like our gadgets new, slicker, faster, lighter and even more intelligent than the previous version, but what can we say about the current version of ourselves?
The reality is that many of us pay far less attention to our lives and sadly invest less than we do with our gadgets. I believe there are a few reasons for this. Firstly, it may be because we don’t receive update alerts or reminders, as we do on our smartphones. This is arguable though, because if we became more self aware, we would notice the alerts daily.
Secondly, unlike an app upgrade that simply requires a few taps or swipes, when it comes to other aspects of our lives, a tad more investment is required – a price many of us would shirk from paying.
Notwithstanding, every single one of us has the capability to live perpetually upgraded and successful lives. This ability lies buried within us. Pretty much the same way most new devices or computers come preloaded with an operating system, we also come with the human equivalent; our operating system is the Spirit of the living God, residing on the inside of us. He equips us to do what we are called to do, including developing resilience for the journey ahead.
To get clarity of your capabilities, it is worth consulting your operating system manual, ie. the Bible. This will give you an understanding of your Manufacturer (God) and see what support is available on His ‘support’ pages (the pages of the Bible).
How To Upgrade Your Life
Using the analogy of a computer, below are some typical problems that users (you and I) face, along with biblically based support/responses from your Manufacturer (God), based on the help pages on His user manual (the Bible):
Your Problem: ‘My system is running slow’ (procrastinating, feeling weary, overwhelmed).
His Solution: If your machine is running slow, drop it off at our 24-hour care centre and we will boost its performance. Alternatively, you can connect with us remotely, but you will need to grant us access to your core (heart), so that we can root out the problem. Using our 24-hour chat facility, you can tell us the symptoms and upload all your worries. You can be assured of complete peace of mind throughout the whole process. (Manual reference: Isaiah 26:3, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27, 1 Peter 5:7.)
Your Problem: ‘I think my system has been hacked or invaded by a virus’ (I am facing attacks/opposition/adversity/suffering).
His Solution: Your system was designed to resist every form of attack, and was tested rigorously before release and ‘go live’. To date, there are no known threats or attacks that can penetrate your inbuilt firewall (divine protection) to compromise your system or its performance. Moreover, each day you connect with the ‘SCloud’ (commonly known as the Holy Spirit), we fortify your system and stand on guard – protecting your system. And, even if there were the possibility of attacks, you need do nothing. If they come close to your firewall, they self-destruct! (Manual reference: Psalm 68:19, Isaiah 54:17, 2 Chronicles 20.)
Your Problem: ‘I cannot find my make and model info’ (I have lost my identity, lost track of my worth, I have no sense of direction).
His Solution: You are our masterpiece! Designed by hand and wonderfully fashioned. There is none other like you, nor would there ever be. You have been set apart from all other models – the Manufacturer’s very own premium/VIP range. (Manual reference: Genesis 1:26, Psalm 138:8, Psalm 139:14, 1 Peter 2:9.)
Your Problem: ‘My system is outdated/needs an upgrade’ (feeling ineffective, out of touch, left behind, powerless and empty).
His Solution: We offer free lifetime upgrades and check-ups. It is all free of charge and part of the service – our lifetime commitment to you. Keep an eye on your inbuilt core performance indicator, though. It will tell you when you need to check in. Important Manufacturer Warning: Never override the warning signs. This will cause long-term issues that may take a lifetime to resolve, and can cause serious damage to your core or your ability to connect to the SCloud. (Manual reference: Zechariah 4:6-7, Matthew 11:28–30, John 4:1–26.)
Your Problem: ‘My software is missing’ (I feel incapable, not sure I have what it takes).
His Solution: You have a lifetime, all-inclusive service with us. Simply identify what you need, and download it from the Manufacturer’s cloud. (Manual reference: Philippians 4:13 and 19.)
Your Problem: System failure/crash (feel stuck after a difficult time, lost sense of purpose/vision).
His Solution: In the rare event that your system crashes and seems to die on you, just say the special code ‘L.I.V.E.’ into the external microphone, and it should power up in less than ten seconds. (Manual reference: Ezekiel 37 and Psalm 118:17.)
So now the ball is in your court. You have the user manual along with the help/support pages at your disposal. Father (the Manufacturer) built into you a ‘core’ (heart), which can communicate with Him 24/7 via the Holy Spirit (SCloud).
All you really need to do is click through or swipe the pages of your user manual, accept the updates readily available, and discover the new, slicker, faster, lighter and even more intelligent version of you. If you need help, use your core to tap into the Cloud up above. Unlike other platforms, there are no downtimes, and Someone is always there to respond to your problem.
Written by Grace Gladys Famoriyo (Author and Speaker). Adapted from the book, Bounce Back! How To Survive, Thrive and Maximise Challenging Life Experiences by Grace Gladys Famoriyo. Other titles include: Quit Hiding, Start Living!; Healing A Discouraged Heart; and Overcoming Emotional Baggage. www.gladysf.com