The ‘Kaizen’ Christian

A few weeks ago I was in a Business Leadership service and we talked about ‘Kaizen’- a Japanese business principle of continuous improvement in performance and productivity.

Since we were in a business Leadership service we talked about the topic as it relates to business and we even took case studies from the big businesses that had adopted the ‘Kaizen’ model of operations.

We learned that the model has four basic stages that rotate in a circular way.

1. Plan what is needed
2. Do it
3. Check that it works
4. Act to improve performance.

We learned that the successful ‘kaizen’ models continually run these four steps in a circle all the time.

Since the beginning of this week though, The Holy Spirit has continued to knock the ‘Kaizen’ principle into my head in relation to my walk with God.

Read with me: ‘But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.-2 Corinthians 3:18.

The more I thought about it, the more scriptures started jumping at me. Like this one:
‘The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.’- Proverbs 4:18

Listen,as Christians, we are called to a life of continuous improvement. The more time you spend with God, the more Christ like you should be. The Christian journey of continuous improvement terminates in heaven.

You should be a better Christian today than you were yesterday.

The ‘Kaizen’ principle is not just a business principle, it is a Christ principle.

Ae you continuously improving in your walk with God or have you been on the same level for a while?

Evaluate yourself using the four steps above.

I choose continuously improve my walk with God.

I choose to be a ‘Kaizen’ Christian.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

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Marathon Or Sprint?

During my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) camp, we had something called an endurance trek.

The thing took a whole day.

Corpers walked kilometers to and fro.

As a result of special circumstances I rode in the sate coordinators car the whole way because I didn’t want miss out on the experience.

Since we stayed behind the last set or corpers I saw a lot on the way, the part that always shocked me was the fact that some people fainted on the way while some people got to the end of the trek with enough energy to spare for jubilations and fun.

The difference between the two groups was not necessarily energy levels.Some of the people who fainted on the way were more physically fit than some of the people who finished the trek.

At the end of the day during the campfire, I got to listen to those who finished the trek strong and I heard something that came back to mind recently.

The person said,it is called an endurance trek for a reason,it is not necessarily a trek to guage speed, it is a trek to guage stamina.

You don’t expend all your energy at the start of a marathon, which is a more common name for an endurance trek by the way, you pace yourself and travel light.

The result of   trying to speed through a marathon were the fainting spells and the related matters I saw during the day.

I was meditating on a very common scripture recently when this came to mind.

Read with me: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,-Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

Our Christian life is likened to a race-no news there.The one thing we’re usually not told is that the Christian race is a marathon,it is not a sprint.

Sprints are races aimed at guaging speed, therefore they require that you start off at full speed and keep it till the end.

Listen,your walk with God is  a marathon,therefore God is not necessarily interested in how fast you go but how strong you get.

Christianity is an endurance trek that requires stamina. Don’t try to sprint through the process. You will burn out on the way.

Pace yourself. Go at your own pace and not at the pace of the crowd.

God is concerned about how you finish,not how you start.

You can only finish at all and finish well when you have the required stamina to finish the race. Building endurance takes time.

Don’t rush the process.

If you’re a Christian you’re in a marathon and not a sprint.

I’m learning all over again to pace myself according to God’space for me and not the pace of those around me.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

 

 

Best Case Scenario

Welcome to April everyone!

Two Sundays ago, I was in church and the person taking the bible reading for some reason decided to deviate from the well trusted KJV and read the passage in the The Message Translation. I heard something I have not been able to get out my spirit since then because It’s a huge challenge on my existing world view on decision making.

I’ll share just in case someone else needs to see what I saw. Read with me:’ Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. ‘-Philippians 4:8 (MSG)

My mind started hitting repeat on ‘best not worst’ part of that verse. You see, I’m one of those people who hopes for the best but prepares for the worst. In taking any decision, my first thought is ‘what’s the worst case scenario? What’s the worst thing that can happen? And then I work based on that projection.

When I saw the verse above, I immediately knew God was challenging me to change my default setting from worst case scenario to ‘best case scenario’. I need to start projecting and planning for the best instead of the worst.

My hopes and my projections must align.

I need to start thinking ‘Best Case Scenario’

Who’s with me?
Tobiloba