Cast The Past, first fast.

A bad past

should not dictate your future.

Cast the past first in a pit, fast,

Before you think of good future.

Let go, that with rust

That which you cannot nurture.

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A good future needs determined mind,

A mind that can leave behind,

All the woes and hold on to what it will find,

Relevant, pleasant and sound.

Such a mind,

Is a treasure one can’t easily find.

 

Chinua….

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Battles are Fought, Not Thought.

#Battle#strategy#winning.

It’s very unwise to imagine that you can win a battle by sitting back and not taking any action. A good soldier rises to go and fight. Please mark that.

You fight. You put on your armour and face the opponent. This is not and is never an imaginary affair. 

But before that, you need to train first. You may only do little in the battle field if you trained insufficiently or didn’t train at all. The enemy may sound stronger for you because of such reasons. Remember the following:

  • You may have all the weapons, all the armies but may end up being defeated. Why? Because you may be having a poor strategy, or no skill because of poor or no training. Everything being available doesn’t guarantee success. The enemy may still overtake you.
  • Every battle requires resilience. Fight up to the end. Resolve to fight until you die. Either you win or die. Two things only. Nothing in between.
  • Battles are not fought by cowards. When you run away, the enemy gets a chance to shoot your bare back. You may have a breast plate in place, and a shield but your back may not be equally protected. So you endanger your back when you run away. Face the enemy.

Battles come in different forms in our lives. Diseases, alcoholism, marital problems, poverty, court cases are just some of them. Remember also that battles may be psychological, for example a mind set that one will never make it in life however much they try.

When you are faced with a battle, remember that your faith is being tested. To grow stronger, you need to be exposed to a test or an examination. As you pass one test, you face another one….and eventually you graduate.

A winner is never characterized by how many battles they fought but how they kept on rising, a battle after another.

The best way to wage war against the enemy is to plan and attack using tact and never to retreat even if the enemy looks fierce or stronger than you.

When you know you are a coward, you may decide to shout and threaten the enemy…in your cowardice state. The enemy may interpret the shout as a danger that wants to send them to the grave. When you know that you don’t have courage, just pretend that you have it. 

It’s very wrong to think that battles are won overnight. It’s never an easy ride. Always prepare adequately. 

That’s the truth. Thank you.

Chinua……

On Sunday. Naaman’s Pride.

2 Kings 5:1-19. King James Version.

Naaman was the captain of the army of the king of Syria. He was a great man with his master. He was also honorable because by him, the Lord had given him deliverance unto Syria.

Naaman was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.

Naaman lived with a little maid who had been brought away captive out of the land of Israel. The maid waited on Naaman’s wife.

The whole picture of this story about Naaman and leprosy teaches us a great lesson in our Christian lives today. Despite Naaman being a great man, his sense of fulfillment in life was not due. This was because of the trouble that leprosy had brought him.  He could socialize well with his parallel esteemed captains of other armies, exchange knowledge to its finest pinnacle in the ministry of defence, put on robes that are magnificent to look at, and actually make sure all is well on his personal front.

But while Naaman went into his inner chamber at home, while alone, he could see himself in a mirror as an ‘ugly’ Naaman because leprosy had destroyed his skin. The skin was white, rough, leathery and cracked. He hated himself because of this. He felt very low in heart while alone. Why me? Why leprosy on me God? He hated himself.

Leprosy is a disease that makes people in society to develop stigma towards those who have it. Stigma is a perception that the society develops such that it views people with leprosy as outcasts, or if not, as cursed people. So ultimately, they can’t associate with the affected parties. People with leprosy look ugly and the disease disfigures their bodies but appendages (their extremities) mostly. They could also pass the disease from one person to another, a reason why they were to be kept away.

For the case of Naaman, all was well on the front. He had everything he wanted in his life. He had status. He had attained self actualization. But in the background, leprosy continuously beckoned him, reminding him how ugly he looked like, everyday. Something was amiss. He needed cure.

It’s possible that Naaman could have gone to a skin specialist (a dermatologist) for cure. However much money a dermatologist could ask for, Naaman could (most likely) have afforded by virtue of his status. But that was not the case. In verse 3 of the same chapter, the little maid who opened up to Naaman’s wife about cure of Naaman in Samaria through a prophet is what God had intended for Naaman as his journey towards cure of leprosy. This is something that Naaman could not realize on his own. With his status, such a maid’s idea could mean nothing to him, or it could only mean mockery.

All these events teach us that sometimes in our lives, the cure for our problems may lie in unimaginable suggestions just like the maid issue. It’s good to be obedient because you never know where the solution to your problem may come from.

Now, out of ‘some obedience’ Naaman accepted the maid’s suggestion. But then he became too official allowing letters to exchange between kings. God’s ways may not be too official like what Naaman did. In fact, the letter made the king of Israel so much offended and angry that he tore his clothes off. It almost mistakenly sparked war between the two nations.

Through the spiritual window, the prophet Elisha was watching the events. His order and decision he gave to Naaman was so disgusting to Naaman. He didn’t like the way he was handled. This was because of his pride. Pride couldn’t allow him to undermine his status. How could he go and dip himself in a dirty river? Can’t be.

But after the feeble and urging voices of his junior servants, he accepted the decision. Surprisingly, it worked! He became clean! Thank you God….the God of Elisha. He then realized that indeed that was the right track….that was his corridor of cure….unimaginable o him.

Naaman’s Pride was going to make him lose the prize. He was definitely going to lose the leprosy battle. This is a lesson for all of us. Just because you have a good job, status, fame, etc doesn’t mean that the things of God should appear awkward, meaningless or undeserving for that matter. In the holy scriptures, in the new testament, Christ taught us that we should be like children. It’s because a child is obedient and doesn’t question the many instructions you give them. This is the opposite of us who are hard hearted adults. We hold ourselves in high esteem so much that we can’t bow down. We can’t swallow our pride. We can’t. How? Pride consumes us until humility can’t quench our personalities. This is the problem Naaman had. Let’s not also forget that anybody can be your source of breakthrough. Consider the case of the little maid and Naaman’s case. His solution came through a slave girl. 

Are you like Naaman? Too proud? Too complicated to handle, just because of your unwavering pride? Self justified? Look, it pays you nothing. Probably the reason why you are suffering from that ‘leprosy’ may be because you are too proud to humble to the solution that the people of God are giving you. God says in Isaiah 1.19 that if you are obedient, then you will eat the fruit of the land.

May the almighty God help you.

 

Be humble, and God will heal you today.

 

Chinua….

Money…more and more Money…so what next?

#Money cannot buy everything. Money is not everything. Well, you may be surprised with my emphasis. I don’t hate money. It’s important that we look for it. Remember, we need to pay bills, our education, plan for holidays, set up a journey, insurance, gas for automobile etc. All these, money is required to meet them.

Look, actually I have no objection. Cash drives our economy. The financial confidence of any country is usually upheld when the cent, shilling, dollar,dinar, rand, whatever currency…is stably trading. The term currency to me refers to ‘flow’ equivalent to a stream that flows….hence cash flow.

We wake up early often looking for money. That’s very necessary. We need money and so we need to work hard for it. We need to achieve goals, meet deadlines, because time and money are closely related. Money and time are both treasures and have to be utilised wisely. When you have time, you can make all the money in the world. When you have all the money but no time to spend the money, then the value is lost. Money can buy time. If time is too short, then you buy it expensively. The vice versa is true.

Money is a good profit to the mind and body. It’s encouraging to achieve profit after a trade. And sometimes this profit motivates us to work even harder. Making savings and later translating the savings into property is good for the family, community and the country as a whole. Setting up systems of value addition, creating jobs so that the employment horizon can widen for people to enjoy is a good, valuable and noble skill of a good economist. Proper budgeting, whether at household level or at the national treasury requires apt financial knowledge and insight. At individual level, the success of a person in most ways depends largely on how they spent their money over a period of time. With all these facts, it’s beyond doubt that the relevance of money is a lifeline consideration. In addition to that, money is the engine and reason why everybody is industrious.

  • However, the aspect of money can be complicated at times. I have observed on several occasions that some people need more money, every time they get money. The desire in them to grow rich keeps on growing everyday. They can’t be satisfied and always think they should be having more money. Their desire grows overboard. They can do anything to get money. Money…more money. Such people can sacrifice all their other affairs in order to hunt for money. They become consumed with the urge of heaping money. Sometimes the feeling in them becomes so overwhelming that they decide to use dubious means and flawed processes to get money. So, they develop fatigue because of too much work, their heart becomes heavily attached to money, such that when they make losses, they fall sick to an extent of hospitalization. They want to see themselves rich overnight. They should be on the billionaires board after a few months.

When people look for ‘more’ money, they become so addicted that nothing else can taste in their lives including the delicacies of God’s word. They can easily forget to worship God, something which should be treated as an abomination. Remember that you can’t serve two masters. So you can’t serve God and mammon. You can’t replace God with money.

  • The desire to grow rich is usually welcome….for those who want to. But if it reaches a point where one can forfeit very meaningful duties in life in the name of looking for ‘more’ and ‘more’ money, then I am certain that the track is lost. I look like am preaching here. Well, you may say so. But am just making a point about the hazardous side of money. I call it a hazard because if the natural principles are not observed, then its hazardous nature eats somebody up.

I want to reiterate that I am not against anyone who looks for money. I am just sounding rational or modest. Average is better than extremes because it portrays even-ness or normalcy. Extremes are poisonous ends.

Questions: good ones for me and you to reflect on.

  • Why get so busy looking for money, until you don’t have time to even enjoy the same money?
  • Of what importance is it, when you get too busy, until you fall sick because of neurosis, until the same money treats you, and even be used to send you to the grave…something you may have avoided?
  • Why love money so much until you forget God or have no time for God?
  • After heaping all the money that you wanted, so what next?

Money is a good treasure for all of us. But it should not drive us until we can’t control ourselves. It should not replace us, in the driver’s seat.


Chinua….


Why mistakes are important…

It’s not a mistake when one does a mistake. Somebody is never defined as a failure when found in a mistake. A learner doesn’t become a failure because of making a mistake.

It’s not a mistake when you take a wrong direction. It’s a mistake when you take the same wrong direction you took before. In other words, twice a mistake in the same manner, then know you are a failure.

In my career life, as a Lecturer, a Motivator and a Coach, I have failed at times to catch up with my schedule, simply because of a few mistakes. When that happens, I simply sit down and draw a lesson out of it, then plan a new lesson again. I use the mistake…the occurrence as a ladder to climb up and reach my goal. I make sure that the mistake I did is turned into a positive affair that brings me fruits from my success garden. I use the mistake to cultivate, asses and evaluate myself. My mistakes are my mirror, my checklist, my scoresheet, my drawing board, my reflection, my mock test, my preliminary match, my test effort……my……

Mistakes are important dear ladies and gentlemen. They show us, and even remind us that we are human. Mistakes make us appreciate nature and make us realize that God designed failure and success. The reason why mistakes are considered to be part of our lives is that they teach us lessons while on the journey to our destination and if we don’t embrace them, we lose the history of the journey altogether. Mistakes are a proof that we are attempting to do something, that we are not sitting back all along.

The only critical mind I would like to pen down here is that a first mistake serves well with a human being. But a repeat of the same mistake calls for a different treatment. A failure would repeat the same mistake he/she did yesterday. A failure is someone who can’t learn. A failure and a fool parallel each other. Fools don’t learn either. 

Mistakes are important because they help us to see. When we go wrong, we correct the situation and we are therefore able to see both sides of the situation (good and bad) better. In this case, we can do a better judgement afterwards.

It’s a mistake to ignore a mistake. It’s a mistake to think that making a mistake for the first time means failure. It’s a mistake not to correct a situation after you have done a mistake. It’s a mistake to think that mistakes are not important and should not be considered as part of the whole process. It’s a mistake to think that we were born perfect…and that we can do everything precisely from the word go. When you make a mistake, don’t stay there crying and showing resentment. Stand up, dust yourself off and move on. Life has to go on.

It’s a mistake to repeat the same mistake. It’s a mistake to continuously make mistakes without considering correction. It’s a mistake to think that you can’t make it in life. 
Mistakes are important. If you think they are not, fine. But before you became who you are, I am sure you passed through the ‘mistake’ shadow. You may have learnt from those mistakes and shaped yourself better. I am certain about that.
Chinua……

Dogma…bad trap.

#Don’t be trapped by dogma.

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Live life to its best,

Don’t be trapped by dogma,

Don’t let your life spill into waste,

Whichever way, people will murmur.

 

Be courageous to lose the sight of the shore,

Or to wander in the wilderness,

Until you can’t turn back anymore,

Success comes with decisiveness.

 

Don’t be afraid to pursue your dream, to honestly criticise a fact, or to air your opinion. Don’t decide on what to do based on what people think about you. If you let go that which is yours, you may never find it. Don’t waste time living somebody else’s life. Don’t live a lie. Be yourself. Take courage.

Cheers.

Chinua….

You need an Eagle’s eye…

Be like an eagle. Mount up your wings. Soar high, high above the hills, valleys, mountains and oceans. Be safe and stay there. There is where you belong. 

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#Visionary.

An eagle flies high but watches all that happens below it. An eagle can visualize so many miles away from the earth. When there’s fish in the ocean for example, an eagle is able to see and so will go for it. If you are visionary like an eagle, you don’t have to move near for you to see. You just need to stay afar but keep focus.

#Keep buoyancy

Just like an eagle, you can stay a balanced life, stay on course, no drifting. An eagle can fly against the tough winds without loss of buoyancy. Storms should not make you drift off the course. Stay bouyant in order to achieve your goal.

#When tempests fall, raise your bar, your standards.

In the air, an eagle goes above the storm. It raises itself up so that the tempest or the storm goes below it. Success will never lower its standards to accommodate you. You have to raise your standards to achieve it.

#Don’t lose what you grasp.

When an eagle comes down to clutch some prey, it snugly places the prey in its claws. It doesn’t let go. It utilizes the powerful nature of its claws. Why do you hold on your talents, your fortune or your opportunities loosely? Learn from the eagle. Hold tightly what is valuable and profitable.

#Spread your wings

An eagle spreads its wings to balance its status and life in the air. This means that always think big. Be on course to network, to build great relationships, find solutions and appreciate people’s opinion and talents. Don’t be conservative. Success comes when you spread your wings. Spread your wings.

 

Chinua…..