There was a time when I felt imprisoned by life. I couldn’t work. I couldn’t travel. I couldn’t go on holiday and I couldn’t go out with friends. I didn’t have a means of livelihood, therefore, couldn’t afford accommodation. I squatted with friends and family, and this had its challenges. When my mates were all merry, life stood still for me and all I could see was a tunnel without a glimpse of light at the end of it. That was a season when walls closed in on me and I kept drowning in the sea of life.
Although all I could see was darkness, there was light somewhere there and God showed me the light after all. At the end of it all, I followed the light and darkness disappeared into thin air. You may be going through this kind of season in life. I’d like to encourage to not panic. Do not give up. Have a mindset that all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). There is no condition or any situation that is permanent when we hand it over to God.
Out of those moments of prison in my life, I have drawn out three lessons learnt and therein are testimonies of people in the Bible who have gone through similar situations and had victory – to be precise – Joseph. I pray you find some hope and draw some strengths from these life lessons.
Here are three life lessons from the Prison of life:
1) Learn to form alliances and Build relationships with the right people quickly – Joseph was only a teenager when he was sold into slavery but he quickly learnt to form alliances in prison so much so that he became a supervisor in the prison.
2) Learn to forgive – Joseph could have avenged himself from his brothers as the head of Egypt instead he had compassion on his brothers. He forgave them and blessed them. The most stoic leader Nelson Mandela learnt the same thing in prison. He said; “As I walked out the door towards the gate that could lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison”. Mandela said that “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon.”
3) Exercise self control – This is so important. Without self control, you can lose everything in life. Joseph could have got carried away with his looks, instead he learnt to control himself and he refused to sleep with his master’s wife whilst under pressure.