In my line of work as a motivational speaker, I have received many mails. Mails that describe in disturbing details, the utter mess the lives of many a young people have become. Many times, those people’s life became so messed up that they lose hope in themselves, in the future that they were once enthusiastic about. Not only have they lost hope in themselves, everyone else have lost hope in them and given them considerable distance, making life itself unbearably hard.
Today, I want to reach out to that young person engulfed in one addiction or the other. I want to reach out to that young person that is no longer sure if he still has hope in himself or his future. Maybe your family has disowned you; maybe they have washed their hands off you. Maybe they have even said that you shouldn’t come visiting. It may not matter now if the bad choices you made have landed you in prison. Your life can get better if you’d get up again, turn to God and try again. Yes, you may not believe in yourself, but there is a God who believes in you. Life may be tough and you may be in a dark tunnel at the moment but it is always darkest before dawn. You may ask how I got to know, but I know it because I was once a dropout, but today things are different. I have my fair share of mistakes too, but today, God has changed my story and I have no doubt that he can change yours too.
Maybe you know Sir Kunle Soriyan., maybe you don’t, but let me tell you something about him. I don’t think your case may ever be as bad as his. As a young man, his bad choices had taken him further than he wanted to go. A little bit of drugs, just to feel cool and mingle better and before he could say jack, he was a full blooded drug addict, a deadly cult boy, a scoundrel, thief and a man people prayed for his death so they can rest. It got so bad he got expelled from university and eventually he met Christ, surrendered and today, that gentleman is a multimillionaire, businessman and pastor- He had simply turned to God and God made the difference.
It is not late to start again. You may have failed, but you are not a failure. They may have said all kind of things; what they said may even be the truth, but there is yet hope. It doesn’t matter what they said, what matters is that it is not over yet. What matters is there is still life and where there is a will, there is always a way. It doesn’t matter how messed-up you may look right now, others have come from worse circumstances and excelled.
So stand up again bearing in mind that it is not over yet. They may still be laughing and jeering at you, but it won’t hurt anymore. You are not giving them that satisfaction-not anymore. So get up and try again, refuse to stay down. Launch out again, put the shame and errors behind you and remember always, always and always, it is not over till you win.
Ifeanyi J. Igbokwe is a peak performance expert, motivational speaker, consultant and an action coach with special interest with personal and corporate growth and effectiveness.