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Monday, May 7, 2012

Time and Chance...


My sister and I went down for dinner, the music from the hotel lounge floated into the restaurant and seemed to hover over us. It was such a magical voice. I sometimes forgot I was listening to a live performance and not a record. 
The lady’s voice was so pure and clear and she sang the songs if I may dare say, better than the original artists. She belted out one soulful old school classic after the other ... What a voice, what talent!

It hurt to think people that aren’t half as good as she is have sold millions of records and are living as established musicians, celebrated for half the talent she possesses while she struggles and sings at a hotel piano lounge in Port Harcourt for just a select few.
It got me thinking of what the wise man said in Ecclesiastes 9:11 I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.… 

The race truly isn’t to the swiftest. You could be the best at what you do and still remain in the place that you are while others that aren’t half as good as you are soar higher…. Time and chance and most important, God's favor.
I have seen extraordinary writers stuck in a rot, while less than perfect ones are best sellers.
Good acting skills limited to small time plays when actors like Hank Anuku others are getting famous for doing whatever it is they do on screen that comes close to acting.
You have a book published? Thank God... there are people who write better, struggling to get published.
You're a caterer? Well there's someone out there who cooks better than you do, and would be such a commercial hit if only she's able to breakthrough...
Got the perfect job? someone out there with a first class and more is getting rejected.
Have a record deal? Well you should hear that girl sing and decide if you want to be thankful or not.
Be thankful for what you have, there are people who can do what you do better than you... but time and chance, Favor has found you and lifted you.
Never take your success for granted.

6 comments :

  1. Thanks for this. Its just God's Grace ooo. Everywhere we find ourselves...

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  2. hmnn i like the way you take everyday life occurrences and make them into valuable lessons. Thank you

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  3. Thanks for this, its just the truth!

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  4. Gbam! We have absolutely no bragging rights whatsoever. Not one. But for God.........That's why after his mercy, one thing I pray for always for my people, especially my children is God's favour....Truth is God's favour is not fair. It just is.

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  5. One of your best posts, ever, and a reminder that w/o God's favor it's not likely to take place. I really enjoyed the read and texted the scripture to a couple friends.

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  6. Everything is in the hands of God even time and chance.

    You have been nominated for the Liebster award. Please go to my blog for details.

    Thank you

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