Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The founder of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Senior Pastor Georges-William Ntemi on Sunday, added his voice to community leaders who have called on the youth and other members of their communities to be themselves and stop copying blindly and fruitlessly.
Delivering a homily of courage and fortitude titled “Success and Self-Esteem,” Senior Pastor Ntemi cautioned against wanting to become mega movie stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie because they exploited their own individual talents to be where they are today. Even, they have their own daily battles of discerning reality from make-belief or verisimilitude sometimes, so they have to be accompanied by psychiatrists and lawyers to help them distinguish truth from falsehood.
On Sunday, the preamble to his homily was taken from Matthew 19:19, “Honor thy father and thy mother and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself,” and Deuteronomy 31: 6. “Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for thy Lord, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee; nor forsake thee.”
Double Consciousness, which simply is looking at oneself through the eyes and revelation of others, is like a plague that inflicts many people leading them to live lives of self-denial that lacks identity. The apostle of God noted powerfully that Double Consciousness is, to a large extent, the result of low self-esteem and diffidence.
“You can’t achieve anything if you have a low self-esteem. Low self-esteem leads to failure. On the other hand, high self-esteem leads you to rise and do great exploits. How do you see yourself? Who are you? How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror? Is it a high or low image of you that you see?
“Do you see love or hatred, success or failure, joy or sadness, anger or gratitude? People live their lives as if they are somebody else. Don’t try to be somebody else; that’s self-betrayal. Do you love yourself? Because if you don’t love yourself, you cannot love anybody else. You can only give what you have, so if you don’t have love, you cannot give it,” said the consul of God in a logical appraisal of what it takes to love and be loved.
The blessed man of God stated that some people spend a lifetime living lives enshrined in deceit. “Don’t spend your time trying to be somebody else because God has created you to be unique and original. Don’t die being a copy-cat. Be yourself. Don’t spend your time here on earth seeing yourself as another person; it might lead to failure.”
He lamented the fact that some deceive themselves by telling people around them that they are on diet, yet you see them holding buckets of ice-cream soon after they finish exercising. It’s self-betrayal. If you hate your job yet you keep doing it because you have pay the bills and put food on the table, it’s self-betrayal. Get a job that you really want to do, and it will fill the void in your life.”
The apostle of God did not spare parents who want their children to live their dreams for them. The result is that they torture the children in unimaginable ways. In this regard, there are many parents who are guilty of seeing themselves through their children as majority of parents, especially Africans, want their children to be doctors because of the prestige that comes with it, when in fact, the interests of the children might lie in something else.
He cited Habakkuk 2:2 and the need for people with visions to hold on to them because they will come to pass. “The intent here is for you to know what you want and how to achieve it. Be courageous. Don’t be afraid,” said Senior Pastor Georges.
The apostle of God also observed that another aspect of an image and a countenance of low self-esteem is fear of achievement. “Remember the best advocate is Jesus Christ.
Some are afraid of what others will say about them and refuse to do what is needed to fulfill God’s promise in their lives. Get away from friends who discourage you. Your path is unique. Your path has been ordained by a unique God. Be courageous.”
Senior Pastor Ntemi added that while some are afraid of achievement, others are scared of change, noting, “God is a God of new beginnings. Be ready to accept and do something new. Don’t be afraid to accept a new job if you don’t like what you’re doing now.
Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph all embraced new changes. If God did it for them, He can do it for you. You just have to trust Him.”
Still, the consul of God noted that there are some who are petrified of success. To those, he said, “Low self-esteem can lead to nightmares; embrace success. God says, ‘I want you to move from one degree of glory to the next.’ Success is a must. Success in the fear of the Lord is absolute.”
The blessed man of God ended his homily with an invocation: “You are an original. Don’t be a cheap copy of somebody else. We are a puzzle in God’s kingdom. We complement one another,” the founder of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l said, among many things.
In addition to its insightful sermons and homilies, Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l also extends its excellence to early morning devotions on its prayer line daily from 5-6 a.m. on weekdays and in French on Saturdays at the same time. The number to dial is 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038. Mr. Cedric Kamwa delivered the message this morning; Deaconess Sandrine Tankeu will deliver the message on Tuesday, with Ms. Nahodia Wese having her turn on Wednesday. Mr Elton Kamwa will be the purveyor on Thursday, and Ms. Michelle Tchatat will round out the weekday deliveries on Friday. On Saturday, Deaconess Mary Ribama will deliver message.