I remember a chat with an acquaintance of my flatmate who came on a visit some years back. I mentioned a certain dream of mine and she whined, “You have stolen my dream, I have the same dream.” I just smiled.
Well, the kind of dream you have is not peculiar to you, many people have similar dreams. And that doesn’t mean they steal it from you. Think about it self, how can a person you don’t know from Adam steal your dream?
But as each person is unique so is his dream even if it is similar to another’s. You want to be a renown songwriter? So many others have that vision too or are already. You want to speak around the world? You are not alone in that line of thought. Just know that no matter how many similar dreams there are, the content of each dream is unique.
He is a Priest,
He is a King,
And He is the Lord,
This man that I know.
He made a big sacrifice for the whole world,
With His own flesh and blood,
So that sin will no longer have a hold
On as many who accept Him,
And so that they may be made right with God
And become His children.
He is a warrior who never loses any battle.
He breaks heads and fills lands with corpses.
He fights for the cause of His own,
And yes, He will rule and reign forever–
This man that I know.
Don’t strive to be who you are not just to please people. You will eventually get enervated from pretending and ache to return to you. Why, because it hurts to not be you.
Look at it this way, whether you are you or not, some people will still form hurtful opinions about you, cook up stories about you and choose not to see whatever good you do. So why not just be you instead of going though the hell (yes, it is hell) of being who you are not?
Being you might gore some poeople’s ox, but that won’t be your problem but theirs so far you is not a sin. Anyone affected by your being yourself has issues and should deal with it. Be you.
PS: The you here is not condoning personal issues you need to work on.
I just now remember how my mum told us about a wife of one of her older cousins, Iya Segun. Iya Segun used to sing for her son, Boda Segun, when he was a toddler like this:
“Segun a di lawyer lola o.
“Segun a di doctor lola o.”
“Segun will become a lawyer tomorrow.
“Segun will become a doctor tomorrow”
Boda Segun did not grow up to become a lawyer or a doctor, but he grew up to be a success in his chosen field. Will I even recognise the *boda if I see him today? I might, and might not. It’s been so long I saw him last.
My point? Parents, speak life over your children, even if they could frustrate sometimes. Bless them and do not curse. Speak life over them, you’ll see the dividends of those words eventually.
Like an eagle,
I am rising above the storm,
My youth is being renewed
‘Cause I’m shedding old feathers for new ones.
I am pressed but not crushed,
Persecuted but not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed.
I am sure that now it will be said of me,
“See what Yahweh has done.”
Something about history is it is not partial. It tells your story just as it is. Hope people will not wince and curse the memory of you when they read about you in the annals. There is always an opportunity to rewrite your story so far you still have breath in your nostrils.
I know someone who is the best story rewriter. He specializes in giving people new beginnings, if they will trust Him with their lives and follow Him. He is Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
Thresh, you brand new machine. Your teeth are sharp and can demolish the hardest of mountains. Get to work, o you sledge. Cru-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-sh-sh-sh! Thr-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-sh-sh-sh! Crush mountains and reduce hills to chaffs! Take charge and demolish stubborn strongholds! You were made for this, to thresh and crush. Thresh on, crush on, take charge! Use your super power! Winnow the chaffs and watch as the wind picks them up, As a gale blows them away. Watch and rejoice, Rejoice in Lord your God, in the Holy One of Israel.
He guides through the valley unto the mountain peaks, Through the distress, through the pain. Tenderly, He guards and supplies our needs, Comforting us and hurting for us as we go through the fire. How many times we wish we could jump out of the fire into relief, But His mercies would not let us! Because He allowed the fire for our good, For the dross to drop and for the gold to shine forth. Do you think He doesn't feel the pain? He does, more than you could know. He made you, have you forgotten? He formed your innermost being, so He knows the tears, In your afflictions, He is afflicted too. He cries with you and bears you in His embrace, Calming you down with His love. But now, He has brought you back to the mountain. Never forget all He taught you in the valley. They will come handy here. Never let go of the depth of compassion He built in you. Never become too comfortable and relaxed to seek Him. He deserves all your attention whether you are in the valley or on the mountain. Seek Him with all your heart. Seek Him as the necessity for life. Seek Him and you will find Him For He is always with you.
Your love never fails. I don't have to worry that You don't love me back and that the feeling is not mutual. You're the only One I'm 1000% certain will never throw my love back in my face.
What am I even saying? You loved me first! Your love taught me to love You back. And yes, it pleases You to see me love You in return. It melts Your heart And You don't pretend like You are not aware I'm in love with You, instead You let me know more of Your love.
You are the most faithful lover I have ever known. You have never broken my heart, You have never disappointed my expectations, And so I have decided to pour my love on You.
I noticed something in 1 John 4:17, the latter part. It talks about what makes us confident on the day of judgement, that in this world we are like Jesus and that is how love is made complete in us.
Now, verse 18 mentions that perfect love casts out fear and if we are afraid of what God will do to us on the judgement day, it means we do not yet know how much He loves us and are not yet perfect in His love. This takes me back to verse 17 which describes how love is made perfect in us, by being like Jesus here on earth. If we know God’s love and walk in it, we won’t deliberately go on sinning and boast that we are perfect in love. No, we should be afraid instead. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us of love and its subsets. 1 Corinthians 13 also kind of reiterates Galatians 5:22-23 because it explains what love looks and acts like.
So if we claim to know God’s love and we blatantly continue to live against the attributes of His love as seen in the Scriptures, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. The love of God that we know and seek to understand better through the help of the Holy Spirit conforms us into Christ’s image so that we are like Him in this world. And when we are like Him here, we won’t be afraid of facing God on the day of judgement. Because we have known His love and it has been made perfect in us.
May I know His love, may you know His love, may we know this love which surpasses knowledge. May we be deeply rooted and established in His perfect love and walk in it. May we grasp how much He loves us and learn to love Him back because He first loved us (Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 4:19).
Sunday School today was about Peter’s walk on the sea.
You see, it’s pretty easy to blame and criticise Peter for getting carried away by the boisterous winds and losing his focus on Jesus so that he began to sink. But how many times have we, Peter’s judges, got carried away by the storms of life, lost focus and begun to sink?
Peter’s story happened to teach us that training our gaze on Jesus is key. It teaches us how we will sink if we allow our trials to distract us and get us into taking our eyes off Jesus. It instructs us that no matter how frightening the winds are, we must not shift our focus away from the Lord else we will sink. It shows us how we are to immediately call for Christ’s help once we realise we have lost focus.
I got distracted for some moments this evening. I did. While at it, I remembered I taught about Peter at Sunday School this morning. I also recalled someone’s contribution in class. Like Peter, he said, we begin to “sink” when we forget His word about our situation. It’s not easy though, you know, because the tempest always looks convincing…. But glory, I finally got my gaze back on Him when I went back to His word.
God’s power is at work in you. He is working out His will in your life through His power. You carry His power and it is always active in you. May you know this incomparably great power, the same energy that rose Jesus from the grave. May you live conscious of this truth. This power is God’s Spirit in you and is always at work in you to will and to do of the Father’s pleasure. May you know Him better and be more aware of what He is doing in and through you.
I went to get water from the dispenser a few days ago when my eyes caught this poster on the wall of the mess hall. I smiled. I returned to my seat and called a colleague’s attention to it: “Don’t drink your calories!” He read out loud. “I ain’t drinking my calories!” I shook my head. “That’s not my point.” He looked at me, obviously wondering what I was driving at. Then I added, “that instruction is not for me.” He got my point now and nodded with a smile. “Oh yes, it’s not for you, you need calories. You need ice creams, cakes….” I laughed. Yes, I really need not only to drink but to eat my calories. Although I know nutrition still rules, so I go about it as healthily as possible. But that instruction is for you, my friend, make sure you don’t drink your calories. Look closely at the picture and do what it says. 🙂
The desires of different men over the women they fancy:
The Healthy Desire
I want to win her heart. I want her to know that I deeply care about her. I want to cover and protect her. Like a gardener, I want to groom her and bring out the best in her. Oh, how I long to see her soar and be a better version of herself! I will be her springboard so she can jump to any height she wants. I want to always be proud of her. I desire to see her happy all the time. Oh how I love this girl, oh how I want her to be mine! I really hope this feeling is mutual and she will let me love her. I will respectfully tell her how I feel about her but won’t push it if she doesn’t feel the same way.
The Unhealthy One
This lady is wow and intimidates me! But I am going for her still and will conquer her. I will do everything to ensure she falls for me. If it means I have to call her every waking hour, I will do so. She has to accept my proposal though. Doesn’t she know she is lucky to have a man like me ask for her hand in marriage?
I know she is intelligent but I expect her to say yes to me everytime. Yes, I’m a man, I’m a man and will be the man in her life, so why not? I will make her do all I want and clip her wings. I can then boast to my friends and everyone that cares to listen that I am a great hunter and no animal I want escapes from me.
She is beautiful and smart, but she will only be kept for me. I will ensure she doesn’t work at all but stays at home when I marry her. She must not make money not even online. I am enough for her. She will have to depend on me for all she needs so I can always be in control. She can’t ever have it better than me, I will always ensure I keep her under me. I am the head, after all. She must always be subdued so she doesn’t become proud and disrespect me.
Hello brother, which of the desires above describes you?