It's my birthday today the 24th day of April and all I can
say is thank you Lord for everything. I sat down as usual to take stock of my life
and try to evaluate this being called Stella DAMASUS.I see the world around me now, how it was, how it has
been, how it should be andhow I wish it
Through it all, I thank God for times I had plenty and times
I had nothing. The times I was happy and times I was sad. The times I gained and the times I lost. The times I was judged and criticized by too many
and the times I was celebrated by only a few. The times I loved and the times I could not love. The times I fell and the times I picked myself up. The times I made mistakes and the times I did it right. The times I felt alone and the times I felt
complete. The times I was married and the times I was not. The times I did not have anyone and the times I
had a family. The times I thought I had it all and the times I
thought I had none. The times I thought I knew it all and the times I
knew nothing. The times I blamed the world and the times I
blamed myself. The times I thought I could fix things and the
times I knew I could not. The times I could have died and the times I was
saved. The times I cried and the times I smiled. In all of this I realized that I could not really
control any of these factors on my own. That was when it dawned on me that
while we are here on earth breaking our backs to control everything, God has
already done that and has decided who we will be, where we will be, how we will
be and when we will be, so no matter how hard people try to interrupt other
people's lives or theirs it is not possible. It is said that who God has
blessed no man can curse and whoever God has already cursed no man can bless.
I want to use this opportunity to say that the time is now to
start thinking right. We all have to acknowledge the presence of God and fear
him. The world around us has changed so much and it is
so scary. People are killing young children, women, old folks; other are
bombing places to kill innocent people who don't even know them; some are
kidnapping, most are raping, more are killing their wives, brothers are killing
brothers because of land and money, fathers are beginning to lust after their
daughters, women find more comfort in their drivers than their husbands,
pastors are loving the choir leader, men prefer sex with other men and have
decided to do it openly, women just hate one another for no reason and so many
other unthinkable things that make our parents shudder at just the thought of
it. The greatest nations in the world still do not
know why these things are happening or how they can be stopped. The most
intelligent people in the world cannot provide any solutions.
What about the diseases that at are killing people all of a
sudden without cures? Aids, cancer, meningitis, lupus, DVT, heart attacks and
so on. With all the intelligent doctors in the world we still have unanswered
questions. If we sit and ponder on these things it's not hard
to see that we all need to fear God and turn to him now that we are still able
to. I worry for our children and future generation and
I ask myself the kind of world we are leaving behind for them? Will they be
better or will they turn out worse than us? Will all the technology help their
world or will it further destroy? Today I mourn the death of loved ones, friends,
colleagues, acquaintances, children, women and men all over the world who died
suddenly without any form of sickness. May their souls rest in peace. I wonder what their last thoughts or words were
before life was taken from them, I wonder what they see and how they feel. At
that point are they able to right the wrongs they have done? Do they have
the opportunity to ask God to forgive them and let them enter into heaven or is
it too late at that point? I don't want to have to wait till that point to
find out, I want to start while I am still alive and able to change my
thoughts, words, actions and everything about me. The moment I realized the truth about
life, love, success and God, it changed everything about me and I am happier,
more mature, fulfilled, more successful, not necessarily talking about money. I
am talking about a quality of life that you can only achieve when you allow the
owner of the world give it to you. A lot of you might wonder what I am trying to do,
some might even say "ha! Stella has turned into a preacher”. Truth is that
I don't have to be a pastor to speak the truth that I have come to know and I
don't have to be a perfect person to know this truth and then try to change
myself with the help of the Holy Spirit of course.
Regardless of what a lot of people might say, think or even
call me, it will not stop me from loving God and speaking the truth. I have studied
life, the word of God and realized that even the greatest people in the bible
who were used by God to do great things were nowhere near perfect. Even when
his son came, he did not come for the righteous he came for the sinners. If God
thought we were all so clean and perfect why did he sacrifice his son and why
did he still send the Holy Spirit to teach us and comfort us. I may not know much, but the little I know has
taught me that life is not about the amount of money in my account, it's not
about the fame and glamour, it's not about trying to get ahead of others, it's
not about speaking evil and telling lies about others just to look good, it's
not about the connections or positions, it's not about the number of houses I
have bought or built, it's not even about the amount of money I give the church
or how many gospel songs I sing. It's about God and what he wants me to do for
him. It's about the kind of life he expects us to live, it's about the kind of
love we should have towards one another.
If we fear and love God our world will be a better place.
Muslims, Christians, Jews, blacks, whites and whoever should be able to live
together in peace. No fighting, no killing, no hatred and no judging. It's so
painful that we cannot see how fast the world is ending. I remember the book of
revelations 3 vs. 15, 2timothy 3 vs. 1-5, especially Matthew 24:7 which says “nations
will go to war against nations, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be
famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world (new living translation bible).
There are many more that most of you already know.
This article may not make sense to you but it means the world
to me. I am not perfect, neither are you. Even the
priests and pastors who guide us are far from perfect so no one should ever
make you feel you are not good enough, no one should tell you that your sins
are too much for God to forgive, no one should make you feel you have to go
through him or her to confess your sins to God and ask him for forgiveness, no
one should mislead you and tell you that masturbation is not a sin and try to
justify it by confusing himself more than the people who are already confused. If you want the truth, read the bible. I am grateful to God for all the real men and
women of God in the world who speak the truth and stand by it no matter what.
So please ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to a good church where you can
be filled spiritually and free to express yourself. Like I said, I am not a pastor but I am living by
this principle in Ezekiel chapter 3 vs. 17 - 21.
God bless you all and thank you for all your birthday wishes.
I love you.
Stella Damasus is a multi talented Actress, Singer, Speaker and Producer. Having over 100 films under her belt, she has worked with some of the greatest entertainers in Africa. Stella who is also a mother has been an actor for over two decades and is the Founder of the Stella Damasus Arts Foundation, ADIVA and is the Co-Founder of Index Two Studios, i2Radio and Mon Afrik TV
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