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JOY UCHENNAYA

JOY UCHENNAYA

The Growing Christian Community.

Here, we use storytelling, short letters and the medium of questions and answers, to share our stories as growing Christians: our strengths, challenges, weaknesses, wins, struggles.

We do these to encourage each other, portray true transparent growth and to constantly remind ourselves of the saving and healing grace in Christ.

โ€œYOU WILL BE TOUCHED BY MY STORY,โ€ says a member of The Growing Christian Community.

My name is Joshua Okposo

I am one of the few people who even though right from childhood I have been good at various things I do, from winning scholarships and awardsโ€ฆ Promoted for excellence amongst others, people still naturally attempt to corner me and make me feel I wasnโ€™t doing well.

โ€ฆand when they do so, I give them the floor NOT because I am clueless about what they do but because I am too busy working on becoming a better person.

I am not just talking about strangers, even my family did the same to me. I wonโ€™t talk about the details. I forgave them a long time ago because I donโ€™t hold a grudge as it doesnโ€™t always end well when I do so.

Sometimes I wonder why people are just full of envy when I do not compete with anyone.

Most times when others are partying, I will be burning candles or using the lantern to read books, listening to cassettes with radios, taking down notes and It ended up affecting my eyes at a point but thank God for restoration.

As a musician both my peers and those ahead always double-cross me because they are trying to hide GIGs and all from me.

Was I that much of a threat?

I donโ€™t understand, but I didnโ€™t care neither was I struggling to be relevant.

But the teenager โ€œJoshua Okposoโ€ rather kept practicing in his closetโ€ฆ I kept being better and good at what I do.

Thatโ€™s how I started teaching the Piano while others were battling to play for the top in town, well they commanded respect but it never bothered me at least a big artiste still recognized me when it was time and I served for a while.

Somehow many tried to make me look like I wasnโ€™t good enough.

I remember when I made my first attempt to break out of transpose in 2009, I was hugely criticized โ€ฆ I didnโ€™t give up.

I also eventually started coding in 2010/2011 using a Nokia 2690 and a few cafe sessions to backup, still resilient, and never gave up. I met many impostors on the way attempting to make me feel like I wasnโ€™t doing good enough but I just didnโ€™t careโ€ฆ I will just sit by the computer and do the Job.

I am not here to announce how God has greatly compensated me and How Heโ€™s still in the business of moving me higher, but I am here to encourage you not to worry much about being deserted.

Everything that has happened to me, the neglect the rejection, and all โ€ฆ I turned all to my favor.

I used it to arm myselfโ€ฆ

My story is similar to Josephโ€™s or Davidโ€™s in the bible.

I have seen wickedness first-hand.

However, the time I am being deserted & betrayed, I use it all to my advantage.

I often tell people that challenges make you stronger.

Successful men who made it did so as a result of their respective challenges encountered and most times it happens in the wilderness, where no one seemed to be coming for rescue.

I have also been deserted in a few relationships because they thought they were leaving me to my fate, but today I smile.

It hasnโ€™t ended though I mean the double-crossing and all, humans will be humans but I still donโ€™t careโ€ฆ I am only assuring myself that I wonโ€™t be where I used to be the next time you see me.

I will keep maintaining a humble personality but growing constantly.

Nothing will jeopardize my focus.

Most of those people who were looking down on me are nowhere to be found close to me todayโ€ฆ And I am happily not even competing with anyone

While I encourage you with my story, I also implore you not to look down on anybodyโ€ฆ

You donโ€™t know tomorrow

The same guy or girl you rejected yesterday could be your lifesaver.

It only takes a second for God to turn someoneโ€™s life around.

And understand that nothing lasts forever, we will all depart from this earth someday. So stay humble.

Be Inspired!

Thank you for reading, if you would love to share a personal story that borders on growth, life and Christianity, do send us an email at deargrowingchristian@gmail.com, we would love to be strengthened and encouraged by your story.

Until we publish a new blog post, keep loving on God..

Joy Chinwendu Uchennaya currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria. Sheโ€™s a Christian and a Content Writer. She blogs @www.joyuchenaya.wordpress.com

A growing Copywriter and Social Media Manager. She loves networking with people and engaging in honest conversations about life and God. Here, she writes about her faith, kicking shame out, relatable life stories, challenges as a growing Christian and everything that needs to be discussed unashamedly.

Social platforms : Facebook @ Idara Uche, WhatsApp @ 08121558900, Instagram @just.idara_

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