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  When we talk about ‘Hard Things’, we mean leaving one’s comfort zone to a place where one is to gain new experiences. We mean an avenue for one to place on a platform all one knows, comparing with new experiences, to determine whether the old knowledge should remain. ‘Hard Things’ mean developing consistency, which eventually turns into a lifestyle of ease.
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Importantly, ‘Hard Things’ are not the norm in any sphere of life or in any sector of endeavour. However, they are necessary ingredients, especially with consistency, for building resilience, as one becomes adapted to them and more efficient in one’s processes. In this book, Empowered To Do Hard Things, Adesewa Greg-Ighodaro doesn’t just talk about doing ‘Hard Things’. She talks about gaining the empowerment to do Hard Things. Adesewa delves into the spiritual to emphasise why it is important to be in tune with the mind of God in order to overcome frustration in a given assignment. Although Empowered To Do Hard Things is mostly on the spiritual side of things, the instructions and guidance available can be applied in our secular living. She talks about being an influencer. Christians are to be witnesses of God on earth, and for one to be a witness, one needs to know and understand the mind of God, in order to proselytise to others. This also applies to business. For one to properly pitch a product from an organisation, one needs to understand that product. It suffices to say that for one to excel in any given assignment (Hard Thing), one needs empowerment, which only comes from a relationship and understanding of the one who has sent you.
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Through this book, Adesewa posits the fact that one cannot carry out an assignment to its full potential without the necessary reinforcement needed. For God to empower you for an assignment, you need to intentionally and totally submit to his will. In such a period, the author demonstrates the importance of the Holy Spirit in the act of empowerment. She stretches this fact by alluding to the instruction Jesus gave to his apostles to wait in the upper room in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to fill them before going to preach the gospel. It was a tough period for the followers of Christ, and they could only perform the great commission through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Remember, 1 Samuel 2:9 tells us that by our strength shall no one prevail. The author also talks about the perception from society to doing ‘Hard Things’; the struggle for understanding and validation by those one regards as important. However, she encourages that as long as the assignment stems from God, it’ll make sense.
“An assignment by God is not validated by if it makes sense to us or to those around us. As long as it is God, it makes sense to do it because it would speak in its prime.”
God makes your endeavours make sense because he feels you with the Holy Spirit once you’ve yielded yourself to his authority, just as the apostles did. As soon as the filling of the Holy Spirit takes its effect in your life, the things that hitherto did not make sense to those around you, including you, begin to make sense. Furthermore, empowerment to do ‘Hard Things’ is also a journey with God through the wilderness, where he refines you to appear beautiful as a finished work for his assignment. This is symbolic of the work the goldsmith does for the crude gold. The world will never know the true potential of gold unless it goes through fire. Adesewa emphasised the above by suggesting that the road towards empowerment will be tumultuous. She noted that you may not feel good about the journey nor feel bold or courageous all the time. However, an acceptance to be empowered by God for ‘Hard Things’ is the route to take for exploits.
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Overall, Empowered To Do Hard Things by Adesewa Greg-Ighodaro is a book for all who are in their transition period. It is a book for all seasons. It is both instructional and directive in nature, as it doesn’t just tell you what’s right to do, it also tells you how to do what’s right. Finally, this is a must-read for all those who want to grow spiritually to be more like Christ. The language is simple. The author is leading, as the plot of this book is not convoluted. It takes you from a place of highlighting the issues to the place of proffering solutions to the highlighted issues. You can order Empowered To Do Hard Things through the following links: NIGERIA: US: UK: GERMANY: CANADA:
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This article was first published on 17th February 2023 and updated on February 19th, 2023 at 3:49 pm


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