Earlier this year, my girl – Koki Oyuke – published a book aptly titled: Chosen Not Cheated. This month, my posts are a tribute to her book (and life) message. More details on the book after the post.
“Not denied, just in between floors.”Koki Oyuke (Chosen Not Cheated – Chapter 8)
Romance is a billion-dollar industry. From the music to the books to the movies and everything in between, products and services that are believed to enable or enhance relationships.
I think this is because of the innate need and desire we have to love and be loved. Whether we want to admit or not, the numbers don’t lie. It’s not aliens spending all that money on matters relationship.
The premise of this industry is the promise of happiness and fulfillment in your relationship.
But if you’ve been reading this blog, then you know I write a lot about (God’s) purpose for relationships.
These two things – happiness and purpose – can often seem at odds with each other in conversations about God and relationships.
Christian relationships tend to get a bad reputation because of the notion that we have to choose between God’s will or happiness, because we can never both.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
God chooses us for purpose in our relationships, but that doesn’t mean He’s cheated us out of joy.
The part we fail to see is all the ways our joy is intricately tied to and catered for in His purpose for us.
It’s difficult to trust God with your relationship status – whether you’re single, dating or married – if you don’t truly believe He has your best interests at heart.
It’s difficult to respect the boundaries He sets for you and heed the counsel He sends your way if you think He’s looking for a way to short change you.
This tug between purpose and fulfillment is not a new struggle for us as human beings. It’s been there from the very beginning with Adam and Eve in Eden.
Did God really say…?
Did God really mean…?
You will not die if you…
You will be like God and know good if you…
These age-old seeds of doubt have found their way into our hearts pining for love.
If God really loves me, He will instantly gratify my relationship needs and desires.
We’ve been lied to and in our ignorance and frustration we’ve accepted that lie.
The lie that causes us to question God’s love for us in the first place, and then put conditions on that love in a bid to coerce God to prove its existence.
“Anything you don’t confront, will destroy you.”Bishop John Gobanga
The issue isn’t that we have questions and doubts about how God will handle the relationship aspect of our lives. It’s what we do with those questions and doubts that makes the difference.
God loves you. It’s a truth you have to choose to believe. No one can believe it for you.
God wants the best for you. It’s a truth you have to choose to believe. No can believe it for you.
Whatever is keeping you from believing these truths, you need to address.
Because what the world and the romance industry hardly tells us is that relationships take work to work.
First, our relationship with God, which for us as Christians, serves as the foundation of every other relationship we have, including a romantic one.
Then our relationship with our future (for the single) or current (for the dating or married) partner.
There are no quick fixes and easy shortcuts.
Relationships take work. They’re a lifelong journey and it helps a ton to have the right company along for the ride.
So I encourage you to consider Koki’s book as a companion. In Chosen Not Cheated, she shares a lot about her relationship and marriage and how to practically journey in this area without losing sight of what matters; and how to find your way back should you lose yourself. From how God brought her and her husband, David, together, to planning a wedding while they were both jobless at the time, to clinging to faith through miscarriages. And a whole lot of laughter and adventures all through. The stories she shares are real and raw and they’ll give you a glimpse of what it means to pursue God’s purpose for relationship and marriage in the good, the bad and the ugly. If you’ve been looking for someone to hold your hand as you work through your doubts, fears and disappointments, get this book.
Chosen Not Cheated is a story about going back to the place where the light shone in your eyes. Back to the place where you feel weightless, and with your dreams within reach. It’s a story about becoming in the in-between, thin and hard places you find yourself in life. And it’s seeing for yourself, I mean really seeing for yourself, all the ways you’re chosen by God no matter how cheated you feel. This is about scars, journeys, and stories. Yours and mine. Chosen, not cheated.
Koki’s Chosen Not Cheated TV Interviews:
Chosen Not Cheated: Books & Blogs (KTN) – Part 1: https://youtu.be/BQcuPjv_b3I & Part 2: https://youtu.be/Cgm0Tw27oAk
Why You Need To Read The Book Chosen Not Cheated: Full Circle with Joyce (Switch): https://youtu.be/vNOVjjAey-M
What It Means To Live Like One Who’s Chosen: Living With Ess (NTV): https://youtu.be/va_mKuz1ZFk
Sample the book:
Read Chapter 1 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9966130004
Listen to Chapter 1: https://youtu.be/USpLd2X7q2M
Buy the book:
From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9966130004
From Koki (if you live in Kenya): MPESA Ksh. 1300 to Buy Goods No. 388 686 and await a WhatsApp message with further details.
Show some love to Koki: