So this morning before heading out for work, I started to have a tummy ache. It was so bad I almost cried.
Then I went to use the bathroom and I felt much better. In fact, I felt like telling everyone just how good I was feeling. I was feeling fulfilled, happy, and lighter. Still, in the euphoria of my successfully completed mission in the bathroom, I started to think of how I am going to tell my friend just how happy I am then I asked myself, ‘Why not thank God first’.
This task that you just did seamlessly, some people out there spend money to do it, some go through excruciating pain just to do it. But you didn’t have to go through anything or spend any money to do it.
So I started to thank God for making me do the number one and two seamlessly, then I realized that I am also breathing in oxygen for free and without any tubes in my mouth or nose. A lot of people have died this year because the hospital ran out of oxygen. I also realized that I could eat and drink without a problem, lift my arms, and walk without a problem.
There are people out there that can’t do these things or have to pay to do these things and I know I am not better than them, it just made me realize that I have been taking a lot of things for granted.
I have been asking God why I don’t have that new job, a car, a house, a new this and a new that when I could have used the time I used questioning God, to actually thank him for the not so little things He has done for me.
I remember when I was little — I was born with Myopia, so I have always not been able to see well— I’d squint my eyes just to see. People would call me Afin, the teasing became worse when I started using glasses and everyone would call me oju igo. I used to cry a lot and I’ll ask God why he let me be born with this eye problem. Every time I prayed, one of my prayer points used to be “God please let me stop using glasses and start seeing clearly”.
But as I grew older I realized that I have been ungrateful. There are people out there who are totally blind and they’ll give anything to see even if they have to use glasses.
The thing with most humans including me is that we do not appreciate God the way we should. We complain because we are driving 2003 Camry when our dream car is Range Rover 2018.
We complain because we want to live in a mansion but instead, we are living in a two bedroom flat, we complain because we want to become a manager but we are not getting that promotion yet.
Just know that there is someone out there who walks and is praying for that 2003 Camry, someone out there lives under the bridge and is praying to get a one-room apartment, someone out there who doesn’t have a job and is praying to have the type of your job.
I am not saying praying for a range rover is bad or wanting a mansion is wrong, but while praying for these things, remember to appreciate God for the Camry and the Two bedroom flat. Thank the Almighty God for providing it while you pray for something bigger and better. Appreciate God for the air you breathe, the food you eat, the roof over your head(even if it is not yours), the clothes on your body. Appreciate him for everything, never complain but Thank him.
Yoruba’s have a saying that “ti omode ba dupe ore ana, a gba omiran lola”. This simply means if a child says thanks for the gift/favor of yesterday, he’ll surely get another one tomorrow, and one of the most amazing things about our God is that all he needs from you is your praise and worship. Show your appreciation by worshipping him and singing praises unto his holy name.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind (9) for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107: 8-9.
Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day. Do not forget to Thank God.
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WHAT MATTERS MORE
WHAT MATTERS MORE
Everyone is special. We all have our uniqueness and dynamic features that distinguish us from another.
Our gender, color, tribe, religion, and race makes up our personalities and differentiates us from the other.
Our personality is defined by the brand we carry, the value we possess and the reputation we command.
God has created us Beautiful and unique but we are all still the same creatures created and preciously orchestrated by him.
Despite our differences, nature has a way of packing us in one box and making our camaraderie palpable.
We all get nourished by the pale yellow sun that emerges peacefully at dawn. We feel the wrath of the fierce sun at sunset and enjoy its invigorating essence at dusk. We all get blown away by the inertia of stillness that splurges at twilight accompanied by natures choristers enchanting in an organized symphony far beyond the range of consciousness.
We all love to watch the moon as it amazingly travels around the horizon with the stars perched around the galaxy like a chandelier. We all love and want to be loved. We all get emasculated from the changing tempos of life and get energized when we stumble on windfall success to crown our effort.
There are thousand and one ways that nature brings us together, meaning that God idea is unity and not division. Hence the capacity some of us have built, the torrent flowing knowledge we have acquired and the affluence we have gathered along the aisles of togetherness should not disassociate us from each other in as much as we all still fly on natures wings, we’re still the same.
Let us not understand our differences but let’s forget them and move ahead as comrades in the battle with the behemoth called LIFE and defeat him together. Whether old, young, male, female, fair, dark, big or small, peace is the only answer to the myriads of question forming in our minds. Let the peace serum be inserted into our daunted soul to douse our palpable tension.
All that matters is not what you have become but who you really are.
THE NOAH’S ARK
THE NOAH’S ARK
To many of us, Noah’s ark arouses a lot of thoughts in our minds and especially to the Christians. We all believe the only lesson learned in this story is being obedient to God but that’s not all there is to the story.
Looking back and I pondered on this story I realized that there is a lesson we are all missing in it. The question we have all refused to ask ourselves is ‘HOW DID THE SNAIL GET INTO THE ARK?’ the snail by its nature is a very slow and sluggish animal but it eventually entered the ARK that some humans could not enter.
This must sound a note of warning to us all. Don’t ever think your progress is too slow. The one step you take now is a step closer to your dreams. You can never be too late for the success pitch. No matter how slow your going might be, what matters is that You are moving, you are not where you used to be. The steps you take each day gets you an inch closer to your goals.
Never give up on yourself. You are making progress believe me, dear, Once your will to never quit becomes stronger each and everyday ; your dreams would never quit on you. Quitters are COWARDS.
When you are running your race at your own pace, you are liable to get better results. A lot of people who thought their progress is too slow and had to run the way others do end up frustrated. You are who you are. There’s no replica and it’s just you in this race.
Don’t be pressured by other people’s success. Look at yourself, be motivated to operate at your own best level. While on the success track there are going to be ups and downs, emptiness, depression, failures name it; what matters is that you never drop your baton. In Olympic games, it does not matter who comes last, whoever crosses the line as a runner will be celebrated.
This same logic applies to success. It is not about getting there before others, it is about you fulfilling your destinies here on earth at your appointed time. Be encouraged today if the snail could make it into the ARK then you can make it to your goals in life!!!
THE POWER OF THOUGHTS
THE POWER OF THOUGHTS.