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Saturday, June 11, 2016

On Musical.ly, Coca Cola and Luscious Lyon.


I’m a lowkey musical.ly fan. For those at a loss, musical.ly is an app where you get to make short videos and share. I don’t share my videos, I make videos and keep them private. But its fun. I mean where else can I be a real life saved video vixen? We need this apps to let our hair down, except when they take over your life and you’re this walking talking social media robot.
I think I’m addicted to coke. This isn’t a lowkey sort of addiction… I’m openly addicted to that black gold in a bottle/can. I don’t enjoy meals without a bottle of cold coke. The day isn’t the day if I haven’t had one or two or three of those. I know it isn’t healthy, but I told myself I cant stop… which I’m not so such about because I think I’ve been able to stay clean for a few weeks once. So, you see, I love coke, but sometimes at midnight I try to convince myself that the fact that I’m up late doesn’t mean I need to sip on some coke. I put up this video on instagram… it’s a mashup of three of my musical.ly videos. They just seemed so apt to describe this struggle.
It depicts the battle in my mind when it comes to coke sometimes ...

A video posted by Joy Akut (@inyamuakut) on




Voice one: You need a bottle of Coke to wash it all down. Food ain't dope without coke. Midnight ain't fun without sipping on some Coke. Coke all day everyday baby!
Voice two (the still small voice):  Say no to Coke child, don't give him your name or number. You need to give it up!
Voice three (raging monster in Luscious Lyons voice): Y'all want some? Go get some girl.

Ha! I always end up with a bottle of Coke. Maybe it's the aggressiveness that wins... the voice that says no is ever so soft and the voice that encourages me to indulge is always so loud. When we struggle with decisions/choices, the voice that screams loudest is often the voice to ignore, what we should listen to is the one that is calm, peaceful and so still you almost miss it if you're distracted. God's voice is in the stillness of our hearts, the peace it feels even in the most difficult decisions we take against our flesh and will, not a screaming raging sound that tries to get us to do it. It doesn't argue, it's not in a hurry even when there's a trace of urgency in it, while on the other hand, the devil just keeps yapping so loud, shoving his opinion down your throat in a my way or the high way sort of way, that you end up indulging to shut him up, to shut your mind up, to just get over with the voices in your head.

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. I King 19:11-12(NLT with emphasis)

God is in the gentle whisper that leads in the way of peace even when the decision you want to take feels  feels like you're giving your flesh a massage with volcanic lavas and you know for real its the right thing to do even if it doesn't feel comfortable. The world is too noisy and we can't afford not to listen and hear when God speaks, we can't afford not to be led by His Spirit, we can't afford to make decisions without listening to what the whisper of our heart is saying... saves us a lot of trouble.  Remember to listen to the still small voice, remember to look for it in the midst of the voice that screams for you to make a choice that doesn’t give you peace. The Luscious Lyon voice is only good for one thing... empire, not ruling our lives.

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