You Scarred Me

I was young

Young at heart

I was in my formative years

Times when I was discovering myself

Like the time of organogenesis to a foetus

So were those times to me

As thalidomide is to the foetus

So was exam malpractice to me.

 
Oh! How I thought I was loved

Little did I know I was robbed

Robbed of my self esteem

Robbed of my confidence

Like the struggle of a caterpillar before it blossoms to be the butterfly

So was the struggle essential to my glory

As interference with the struggle is lethal to the caterpillar

So was interference destructive to me.

 
I could have fought it, but I didn’t know better

Would have said “no thanks” to the outstretched arm intending to help

I was carried across the fence, eventually, what a relief

Only to see I was ill prepared to climb the mountain confronting me

I searched within

Alas, I had no tools nor skill in mountain climbing

 

Why?

Why did I let them carry me across the fence?

Would have insisted I be taught how to climb it.

 
Dear father

Sweet mother

I appreciate all the fish you’ve given me

I wish you also taught me to catch fish

You wish you’d always be there to give me fish

Life has taught me its a mere fantasy

Teach me to catch fish, teach me the process

Allow me to fall

For in falling I learn to walk

Let me pass through the process

Let me stutter

For in stuttering I learn to talk

Let me pass through the process

Don’t be ashamed when my clothes have oil stains

For in that I learn to handle the spoon

Let me pass through the process.

 
Dear school principal

Most honourable teacher

Refuse to be persuaded when my parents coax you with envelops to promote when I fail

You play a pivotal role in this nation, what becomes of it is your responsibility

For we all pass through you, go on and shape the future you want

Be consumed with the quality of your product

 
Exam malpractice is a silent thief.

It steals the future

It robs one of confidence

It robs one of self esteem

Stop exam malpractice today.
#giveusourfutureback

PAPA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS – 3

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY 

When speaking to freshers at his university on the need to study and what is required for success, sleepless nights and all. He was asked by a student what he does to stay awake. To this he replied “I take responsibility”.

Taking responsibility is adopting the mindset that 

  1. No one but you is responsible for your success.
  2. You are responsible for your failures.

Stop the blame game.  I didn’t study the course of my choice because…, …because my father…, … Because my uncles are…

Newsflash; you are not the first in that situation and some people, however few they may be found a way out. So can you. 


We have misused the quote “by the grace of God”  people make plans saying “I will do… by God’s grace” but they don’t make serious efforts to make sure the plan works. They believe in their subconscious and wish to pass the notion over to the next person that if the plan does not work,  then it must be a result of the grace of God in short supply. God said in his word,  my grace is sufficient for you and my strength is made perfect in your weakness. Also, the Bible says that the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

So, if you base your plans on God’s grace and it doesn’t succeed, it’s not due to a grace deficit, rather the blame is on you. How can I be sure? After all I have no idea about all the effort you put into it. Well, God is faithful and if he says his grace is sufficient, then, the rest we can figure out.

His grace is always provided in more quantity than we ever need.

If it doesn’t succeed, it’s all you. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. 

ENOUGH of the excuses.

Be blessed.

PAPA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS – 1

Be Misunderstood
Everybody is “okay” with you as long as you maintain status quo with them. 

They relate with you because you understand their plight. Well, you wear same shoes, figuratively, so why wouldn’t you understand?

The moment you “break rank”, the moment you decide to move to a higher ground, they dislike you. Why? Well, they have strived for so long to move to that higher ground and have nothing but scars to show for it. They take succor when they look around and see people at same level with them. 

When you break free, wen you move on, you remind them of their failures. No one wants to be reminded of the times they’ve failed. So they dislike you, because the mere sight of you makes a statement, “I tried and I failed”.
So until you’re ready to be disliked, misunderstood and alone, you are not ready for success yet. 

Next thing that happens is they begin to avoid you. This is not because you’re no longer fun to be with, rather because your ​being seen and heard makes them uncomfortable with themselves and serve as a reminder of their short comings. 

Take Home

Make up your mind to be alone, misunderstood and disliked by those closest to you now. It is then you are stiring your boat for success. 

BE BLESSED

Land line or Mobile phone?

As a young child I remember the phone booth, where people queue up to call and reach out to their loved ones and business associates.
The average citizen could not afford a telephone in his home and the telephone booth was one of the few means of reaching out to people some distance away.
At such booths, there’s an attendant who keeps things in order and serve the public.
Such is not the case anymore. No one would queue up to make a phone call anymore, thanks to the mobile phone.

Reaching out to God was indeed like the telephone booth.
People would have to go to the temple to meet the priest, who in turn would atone for there sins before God in the Holy of holies.
Like the land line before the mobile phone, It seemed good at the time until we got a better offer. Jesus literally gave each person in humanity a mobile telephone.

After his death on the cross, the veil in the temple, that very veil that separates the Holy of holies from the people and make it sacred, for priests only.
That same veil was as torn from top to bottom, granting free access to God, through Jesus alone, for all who believe.

With this mobile phone (salvation) we may make calls to God (prayer) as much as we want, as often as we please because it’s pre-paid. Yes Jesus already paid for it with his life. What privilege!

This seems to have always been the plan of God. To reach out and be known by his people on a per person basis. Consider the following scriptures from the book of Exodus.

19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of pri­ests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the chil­dren of Israel.

19:17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Thus for fear of their lives, they appointed a middle man between they and God and rejected their priesthood.

Jesus came to restore the priesthood to mankind,
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a cho­sen generation, a royal pri­est­hood, an holy nation, a pe­cu­liar people;
He came to restore relationships and bid us to tell all people about his mobile phones (salvation).

Unfortunately, we may decide to appoint a mediator in our pastor or priest or church doctrine, by idolising or holding on to doctrine in contrast to the scriptures, or we may go to God through Christ.

We may also decide not to use our mobile phones, by rejecting the salvation of God.
We may decide not to keep the mobile phone charged, for making and receiving calls (prayers and quiet time).

The choice indeed is ours but the mobile phone (salvation) is always within reach and accessible. In fact it has been given to us. Let us make full use of this opportunity.
For how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.

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One way only

God help us.

#thePrivilegeOfPrayer#

Dr. P

Food4thought

Food4thought:
Are we so substandard to new testament Christianity that we know not the historical faith of our fathers (with its implications and operations), but only the hysterical faith of our fellows? Prayer is to the believer what capital is to the business man.
Can anyone deny that in the modern church setup the main cause of anxiety is money? Yet that which tries the modern churches the most, troubled the New Testament Church the least. Our accent is on paying, theirs was on praying. When we have paid, the place is taken; when they had prayed, the place was shaken!
In the matter of New Testament, Spirit-inspired, hell shaking, world breaking prayer, never has so much been left by so many to so few.
For this kind of prayer there is no substitute. We do it-or die.
___L. Ravenhill

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Food4thought

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Someone now warns us lest we become so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use. Brother, this generation of believers is not, by and large, suffering from such a complex! The brutal, soul-shaking truth is that we are so earthly minded we are of no heavenly use.
Friend, if you were as good at soul cultivation as you are in developing your business, you would be a menace to the devil; but if you were as poor in business matters as you are in soul, you would be begging for bread.
___L. Ravenhill

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