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 – 2

Be Your Own Man

It’s unpopular to have an opinion different from that of the general populace. 

When you voice an opinion carved out of the hardcore truth,  one that confronts the notion of a people in denial, they turn on you. No one smiles at you when you wash their open wounds with methylated spirit. 

To succeed,  make up your mind to stand ‘alone’. Even God said “I sought for a man. Decide to do the right thing To the right time. 

Search for yourself, the “truth” about matters that pertain to life and stick to it. Of course all truth about matters in life is found reliably in the Bible. Study to show yourself approved. When you find this truth, be unapologetic about it. That is not to say you’re to rub it in people’s faces. Just have the truth and be confident about it. When the time is right, voice that opinion of truth in love, to teach, not to prove the ignorance of others. 

Stay tuned for more. 

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

Allow me to introduce myself

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no oth­er gods before me.” Exo 20:2-3.

Isn’t it worthy of note? That God asked Moses to prepare the people to meet him, through a series of rituals over a number of days.
Then he comes down on the Mount in a thick cloud of smoke with thunder and lightning and introduces himself for the first time directly.
Establishing direct communication with each individual in Israel, intending to make them a nation of priests.
After this introduction, I am the Lord thy God, the very next thing he says is this, Thou shalt have no oth­er gods before me.

We may categorise this as part of the famous 10 (which it actually is), without any significance to which was mentioned first. After all, they had to be mentioned, may as well start with any of them, or we may choose to believe God is not one to just do things without reason or any pattern in particular.
I choose to believe God isn’t that careless about when he says what he says. If he mentioned that commandment first, then really it had to be considered first.

Thou shalt have no oth­er gods before me.
God is a jealous one, and he doesn’t mince words about it. If on his first meeting, he says have no other gods, we may as well take it seriously and X-ray the temple of our hearts to see what other gods are there co-occupying the space, like the god of the Philistines (remember, he lost his head).
gods could be our careers, academics, finances, relationships, possessions, wealth, beauty or comeliness, etc. They can’t be exhausted.

Let’s us observe that God didn’t say ‘though shalt have no other gods “instead” of me’, he said ‘no other gods “before” me.
You love God, good, but do you love those more than he? Or as much as he? Do you adore ‘stuff’ more than he? Jesus asked Peter ‘do you love me more than these?’ and again and again till Peter said something more than ‘yes’. He’s asking you the same question, he’s asking me as well, Do you love me more than _____?.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33

Let us decide who occupies the temple of our hearts and remove other gods before our God. It’s an all or none law brethren. We may give God our all or he’ll have none of it.
Remember, he gave his all for and to us. Let us do likewise.

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I gave my all on the cross

Be blessed.

#IamThatIam#

Dr. P

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