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"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hide The Money, DIsplay The Treasure....

I worked on Adeyemo Alakija street in V/I. One day I had to carry out a transaction at the bank. I had five million naira cash in my possession; it wasn’t an official transaction thus I couldn’t interfere with the company’s drivers schedule for a bank run. The bank I needed to pay in the money to was about five blocks before my office, only problem was it was a one way street and I would have to drive round the block in traffic for another 30minutes or so to get to a destination that was about a five minute walk, I wasn’t ready to do that or deal with finding parking around the bank.

So I picked up the Louis Vuitton carrier bag with stacks of one thousand naira notes, and headed out to the bank. As scared as I was, I was quite confident that no one would approach me because they had no idea what I carried although I was quite creeped out when okadas drove by me. No one expects the nice looking lady to be holding five million naira cash on a busy road, that’s what gave me guts to keep going. I can’t say how relieved I was when I eventually stepped into the gates of the bank.

See, we’ve all got treasures hidden in us, and we walk the streets of the world and no one knows what we carry because we’ve got it hidden in a nice carrier bag. We have nice jobs, or not so nice jobs that feel empty, but we do them anyway while the treasure just sits dormant in these bags. If people had an idea what I carried that afternoon, the thieves would try to steal it, and the sensible ones would try to beg me, because what I’ve got is an answer to their problems.

If you don’t show what you’ve got, no one would have need for you, because they have no idea what you've got.
Sing if you can sing, dance if you can dance, make hair if you can do that. Don’t roam this world with your treasure hidden, even in the nice job that makes you feel empty, find a way to display your talents.
In the world our physical treasures need to be hidden to be safe, but the treasures within us, the one that is worth more than material things are not given to be kept away safely. They are given to be displayed on the streets of the world, they are given so people can come and draw from them, get blessed by them.  Yes, some people would try to take advantage of you, like thieves would have tried to rob me if they knew what I carried. But let them try, that’s no excuse to hide out. There will always be people ready to undermine what you do, steal your ideas, use you for their gains… but don’t let that stop you. Take the risk.

There are people who are up there with their talent, but don’t let that stop you. i.e Beyonce is way up there with her talent, and there you are with more treasure than she’s got and you’re still so far from where she is. Listen, the only difference is that the streets she displayed her treasure on had more people or the right people. It doesn’t make you less talented, you still sing better, display it on your street and someone from the right street would see and desire to draw from you. If its only about blowing, then you don’t know what you have.

Stop hiding your treasures. You love to clean house, then clean house that’s a gift that can’t be underestimated. You love to talk, then talk your way into hosting events, and talk shows etc Just do it, express yourself, show off the beautiful treasure God’s put within you. He knows why He gave you of all people the love for dance/cleaning and not me… He knows what you can do with it, the life you would affect, even it if’s just open person… 

In Luke 19:20 The third servant made no returns from the treasure given him, he said “I hid your money and kept it safe” God doesn’t want you to hide your treasure, to play safe with it.
“Yes,’ the king replied. ‘and those who use well what they are given even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even that little they haave will be taken away.” Luke 19:26
Put your treasure to good use… and even more will be given. New ideas to be the best at what you do, unique in your field.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Beauty In The Ugly....

I was driving the other day when suddenly the weather changed! The clouds went dark and it was so windy. It got me upset; I had to drive back home. There was no question of making any more stops.
In the midst of my grumbling, I noticed how beautiful the dark clouds that came to ruin my day looked. 

God is beautiful in all His ways. Even in the midst of a storm, when the storm is rising up, if you take your eyes off fear, off the blistering winds and look beyond the dark clouds forming, You will see the beauty of God in it. When you can see it, that in the midst of all these, God is there, still God and still beautiful in all His ways, then you’ll believe that all things work together for your good because God loves you.

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AMP)

In every ugly situation in our lives… lets try to take our eyes off how horrible it is, or how hurt we are, and focus on God and how much He loves us, in doing that we’ll see His beauty right in the midst of it. O, we’ll still be in the storm, but we’re able to handle it better, to persevere because we know it can only work for our good.
No plan of the enemy, no destruction of his can dispute the fact that our God is a good God who loves us. Take your eyes off the storm like Peter, focus on the beautiful face of a loving God and you’ll find yourself walking on water right in the midst of the storm.

"Stop being mad! This battle was not personal but purposeful. If you humble yourself and trust God, you will never forget these lessons, and hell will NEVER forget this loss." Tera Carrisa Hodges
In ALL things, give thanks. What the enemy means for evil, God turns it for your good. God is too smart and too good to let the devil win in your life; He's won already (remember the cross?) So even when the enemy wages war against you, he's only creating a path for a greater good to come for you, he's working for you although in his 'wisdom' he feels like he's working against you! Look how He killed off Jesus in his wisdom, clueless that in the ugliness of the cross was the beauty of salvation. God used that for our good. “But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.”1  Corinthians 2:8(NLT)

I see beauty everywhere. I see beauty in every season, even when it hurts, even when my heart pounds with fear… there’s a still voice within me reminding me of who I am and whose I am… reminding me that things can only get better, because God’s turning it for my good. Nudging me to look beyond my pain and see the bigger picture of the beauty bursting forth from it all.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Traffic Light... "Stop!' says the Red light, "Go!' says the Green.

While travelling to Abuja, we got to a traffic light in Lafia that was on red but the cars ahead just kept moving, and my friend who was driving went right on with the other cars. I was shocked that he did that, not because I hold a higher standard (cause I may have done the same thing in that situation) but because he isn’t someone to jump a light or even if he was, his dad was travelling with us, so maybe he would have pretended to be that person who wouldn’t jump the light. Thus I took the holier than thou stance and asked him why he moved while the light was on red. He went “really? I didn’t notice it was red, I just followed the cars.”

And of course, my wisdom cap came on when he made that statement. Most times we just go right on and follow people to do things when it’s clearly not right for us. We start the poultry business because A’s successful at it. We get married because we’re turning a certain age and our mates are long gone in the marriage game, we strive to travel for summer vacations because neighbors are doing it even when we can't afford it, we go natural because everyone seems to be doing it, we start a church because those we served with have moved on to have their churches, no personal revelation, and so we just go right ahead, and half way through, we crash, because we weren’t ready, the light was on red, but the cars ahead were moving and so we just moved along. I know a lady who's dipped her hands in different businesses she has no business being in, that the one thing she's perfect at has been pushed to the side. And no, those businesses aren't doing great, she's suffered loss from them. She just followed the bandwagon!

We follow other people’s paths, we don’t follow Gods timing or instructions. There’s nothing wrong with waiting, when you’re waiting on instruction, when the light is red, but there’s something terribly wrong when we stay still when the lights green. Know the difference.
When He says wait we just move on, why wait when you can move? Look other people are going. When you see people do things, hear for yourself; get your personal revelation before plunging right in.
You would do wrong when your eyes are not on God, His word and direction but rather on the cars ahead, you could crash jumping traffic, running on a traffic that isn’t God.

Peter toiled all night for fish and caught nothing! Jesus came to His boat asked him to launch into the deep again, and there was a big catch, an overflow. Now if you were a fisher man and you saw Peter and his friends coming in with his spoils that early morning, you would get in your boat and head out in that direction to fish, and toil and sweat, and waste time without getting anything. Why? Jesus asked Peter to move and he got a supernatural catch where there was previously nothing after toiling all night. Jesus was involved in his success, he launched out because Jesus gave the word, that’s why he was successful that morning, there was a personal revelation.(Luke 5)

I was on instagram and saw a former school mates post… she made herself some  cabin flakes. I got all nostalgic; I wanted it! If you didn’t do boarding school in Nigeria, you’ll find this hard to understand, and I’ll find it impossible to explain just how this ridiculous meal was a treat to us. So, because I saw her having it, not because I craved it, I went down to the shop and bought myself a packet of cabin biscuit (little rant… after all these years the pack still looks horrible, like seriously?) I put in the milk and sugar and a little water, just like we made it back in the day, but I couldn’t even take a spoonful of it. It was disgusting… what were we thinking? I couldn’t stand it. You see I made that out of someone’s own revelation, not mine. It’s something I would never have thought of doing again, I just followed her. When you follow blindly, you don’t get the same satisfaction.

Why are you doing what you do? Are you following or you’re convicted? Remember, life’s simpler and you may run into less hassles or confusions if you’re doing it for you, answering your own call, and not their call, not about who’s doing what and not.
When you’re called to a thing, hear for yourself.

Bishop Jakes said, “The right thing done at the wrong time breaks the rhythm.” Moving forward is the right thing, but if you do that when the light is red, you run the risk of crashing, right thing, wrong time... broken rhythm.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1st

I love Nigeria!
I’m proud to be a Nigerian…
Happy Independence Day! 
God bless Nigeria.

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