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I Will Like to be Me (New Book)

Hi there!
Yeah, right. I’ve been away for a while. This is because I wanted to work on two projects. Although these have not been completed yet, I have decided to see you guys at least once a week this month.

Guess what! Today, I’m giving away a mini ebook to my readers. This piece, once read, will push you out of the zones of self pity and regrets. Yes, people can envy you too. This book shows you how to make that happen. It shows you how to get serious and constructive with your life. Most interestingly, this ebook is absolutely FREE!!!


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Here’s to you and your better life!

Talk later…

Never Give Up

You have probably heard that line once or twice.

 

So, I’m not just to remind you about it. I’m just here to show you a video.

 

Yeah, right…and to remind you again…

Do not look back from chasing your goals. Do not relent in pursuing that which constitute an interest to you. Follow after your dreams, and stick to your heart’s song.

 

It is my prayer that you find that which thou findest…

 


 

Now, enjoy the video…

 

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Do something today. There is a difference that ONLY YOU can make. There is a song you alone must sing. There is a voice that only you have.

There is ALWAYS something you can do around you to make your world a better place.
TWEET THIS NOW!

Do these things.

Dream them.
See them.
Do them.

Then we can be sure of progress.

A Lovely weekend to all of you.

WE STILL CAN

5 months remaining in the year 2015!

Just wanna check on that project of yours… That goal… That resolution… How far have you gone about it?

Yes… I know; some of you haven’t even started. Me too, there some projects I’ve been somewhat lazy to begin. But I have made up my mind—since JESUS gives the strength—to begin and finish as many of them as possible this year!

I want us to do this together. This post I dedicate to you. Don’t just share this post or merely hit “Like”. Determine to do stuff this year. And even if you don’t finish it, you’ll be glad that you’ve made progress.

So, here’s to concluding that project of yours in Jesus MATCHLESS Name!

GOD IS THERE!!!

A father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Perhaps even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and trees and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:
Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there.”For we walk by faith, not just by sight”.

Do have a splendid weekend!

Why You Should Have More PSPs This New Year!

Yes. You deserve the very best this new year! And you’ve got to have this best more often, and as much as possible!

This is because you are a regular reader here!

Okay, that was a joke.

It is because you need it (or them).

You should have more PSPs, yes, and because you need them! YOU NEED MORE OF THEM!

PLENTY.

But why…?
Every new year comes with its new troubles. Every new season is equipped with its new challenges. And, of course, for some folks, every new year is a new opportunity to make new resolutions. Keeping to resolutions are actually part of the challenges (or, for others, troubles) of the new year.

However, there’s something people rarely plan to do every new year.

ENJOY!

It is NOT a crime to make plans for entertainment in the coming year. In fact, you should only plan to enjoy yourself every year!

So, here’s how to ENJOY 2015, by having more PSPs, and why too:

1. MORE PRAYERS
Most people probably don’t want to hear this. But I ask, what other way is there to better enjoy the year (any year) than conversing with divinity? Here in Nigeria, most people know this… But sadly, not all who know it, understand it.

In Nigeria (which, by God’s Grace, is one of the most religious nations in the world), people pray at the start of every year. But they do this in groups. As I write this blog post, thousands of churches and religious groups across Nigeria have already started their annual fast programme. This happens in January every year.

But…

Really, how many of us remember to pray again after this collective exercise? So, what I’m talking about here is not a coming together. I’m talking about raising and maintaining your own altar.
Read about this Champion:
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35).

This truth will NEVER change: the spiritual realm creates and controls the physical. And here’s another truth which carries same unchanging power: you can NEVER grow bigger than your prayer life! People struggle with growth yearly, because they struggle with prayer yearly. Jesus knew that prayer commanded his results. See verse 34: “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” So, for these works to continue, He refuelled daily.

To succeed everyday this year, you must pray everyday this year.

2. MORE STUDY
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
-1 Timothy 4:13

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15

“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”
-Daniel 9:2

“When you come, bring the coat I left with Carpus in the city of Troas. Bring the books and for sure do not forget the writings written on sheepskin.”
-2 Timothy 4:13

Can we…

…pay attention to study?

Ever heard of the saying: readers are leaders? Commit a reasonable amount of time to study for those projects this year. Carry out researches. Make findings. Grow your knowledge base. As a student, don’t you think it’s early enough to start studying? Wanna be something in the nearest future? Here’s ma question: how much of that thing do you know? Maybe it’s your dream to pursue medicine in the university. Then, it’s time you got prepared for it and stopped failing the science subjects in high school.

I understand that you have ambitions. You that have a gift, have you honed it yet? You enjoy public speaking, right? How many books have you read on the subject yet? Do you know that you can be taught by the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John Maxwell, Billy Graham, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, John Piper, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Paula White, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and of course, me, Prince Godfrey… Haha!? All you need to do is purchase and read their books, subscribe to email updates from them, visit and follow their blogs, read their quotes, like their pages and suck out knowledge from them.

Christain, how often do you read your Bible? How much of God do you know? If His Word is the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17), how strong and sharp is your sword? Are you prepared for the battles this year has got in it?

Check those who soar; they are those who study!

3. MORE PRATICE
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
-James 1:22

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
-Romans 2:13

This year, as is the case every other year, thousands (if not millions) of resolutions will not be kept. Fact.

Change happens when we do. Not when we say we’ll do. Change itself is a ‘doing’ word, an action word.

Knowledge is not power; applied knowledge is! It is time you stopped deciding to change and just change! This part is not easy. But it is simple. God’s grace is available, and sufficient too.

The rewards of practice cannot be over-emphasized. Think about it. What if you put into practice all the truths from the books you have read? What if you did all the things instructed by the Bible? That life would definitely be glowing right now! Practice is the crown (glory) of learning (knowledge). Anyone who does not what he knows, the same is regarded as he who knows not! The only difference between those who know and those who don’t is seen in their actions. Actions are proofs of knowledge.

You need more PSPs this year. And here’s to having lots and lots of them.

From us @ Jikmatas,
|Happy, PSP-filled New Year|

Falling, Yet Joyful!

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
– James 1:2-4

It’s very crazy to say, “Congratulations!” to someone who’s going through a lot in life. You’d be termed wicked and heartless. You may even be accused of being the brain behind their problems. But our text here gives us a serious reason to believe that you wouldn’t be wrong if you said that to a Christian.

Patience in trying times is what makes us “perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. Growth in the Christian race ain’t possible outside experience. My experience, which James called “works” in 2:17 of his letter, is what gives life to my faith. Work means acting out my faith! If we, as Christians, must grow, we must get patience. And that virtue, my dear, is not honed in your comfort zone.

Be glad when you are tempted. Rejoice when you suffer setbacks and neglect despite your best efforts.

Share with me this post from Amazing Facts “dot” org:

AN AMAZING FACT: It’s hard to make heads or tails of the oyster. For starters, it has no head or tail. Yet in spite of the fact that it lacks a brain, the oyster has extremely acute chemical and tactile senses and other resources that enable it to survive even though it seems one of the most defenseless creatures in the sea. The oyster has a small heart that pumps colorless blood and a pair of kidneys. But it has no brain! It draws oxygen from the water through gills, similar to fish. The oyster “eats” by using an intricate pumping system coupled with a filtering system that sifts food from up to eight gallons of water per hour. Some oysters can even alternate their gender, male one year, female the next! And they can release over one million eggs in a season, but only a few of these eggs will likely survive to maturity. The oyster has a powerful central adductor muscle that can open or shut its shell very rapidly. It also has a “catch” inside that can keep the shell closed for a long time, apparently without getting tired. One of the most amazing achievements of an oyster is how it makes a pearl. This brainless wonder creates a perfectly formed iridescent jewel from an irritating grain of sand. Oysters evidently used to be much bigger. A few years ago geologists found some enormous fossilized oysters that measured up to 10 feet across and weighed 650 pounds. What’s even more amazing is where they were found—high in the Andes Mountains! About 500 gigantic fossilized oysters were discovered 13,000 feet above sea level in a province approximately 250 miles southeast of Lima, Peru. Can you imagine the pearl that might come from one of these monster oysters?

In describing the New Jerusalem,
John saw something fascinating that boggles our minds. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl” (Revelation 21:21). Notice, each gate was not made of thousands of pearls, but of “one” pearl. How could that be? There must be gigantic oysters in heaven! But perhaps there is a deeper message for us to learn. If pearls are made through “trials” that come into the oyster’s life, through little irritating bits of life that are made into something beautiful, then perhaps we too will enter the gates of heaven because we have persevered with the trials that have been our lot.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

– Matthew 13:45-46.

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Using Time

time should be invested

time should be invested

Everything eventually stops working at one point in time or another… Something, however, doesn’t.

TIME!!!

Time cannot be stopped. Any attempt to pause or stop time is an attempt to disrupt life. Why? A wise man once hinted that time is the stuff life is made of! So, yes. You’ll not be wrong if you rename this article, “Using Life”!

A lot, and enough too, has been said about the need for young fellows to be time conscious. With every second, ageing takes place. With every day, our graves draw closer (whether we want to hear it or not).

There are, however, three ways people use their time. [This was told me by my father.] These would be explained to us here:

1. SOME WASTE IT
Beholding young folks who live as though there is no other life beyond this is no more a surprising sight. Sometimes you see certain things done by these ‘leaders’ of tomorrow so-called, and you begin to wonder, “leaders over who/what exactly?” Some of the achievements of these fellows include (but is not limited to): laziness, fornication, drunkenness, idleness, drug addiction, arrogance, stupidity… Some of this youths actually become consciously unaware of the fact that the clock never stops ticking. Anything goes for them. You find them living their lives, but at the mercy of chance. Among these are thieves (armed or not), prostitutes, smokers, drug addicts, cultists, thugs, playboys/playgirls, etc. Never try to correct them, or you get mocked at (and that is if heaven says you shouldn’t get beaten up physically). When they finally realise what’s going on, it’s already late. They then turn out to become: drivers, janitors, housemaids, baby sitters, truck pushers, hawkers, cleaners, messengers, etc, having their lives totally dependent on others or events.
These ones only exist in life.

2. SOME SPEND IT
This set of folks go about their daily routine. Yes. That’s just about the only thing they know and do. They hunt after the ‘normal’ things of life. They come to a place and just join the race, without knowing what it is all about. This category of time-users do it the way others do it or think it should be done. Here’s their goals list:

  • go to school
  • read and pass exams
  • graduate
  • get a job
  • work your way up through the ranks
  • get married (for some, however, this comes before graduation)
  • get babies
  • train them

…and the cycle continues. Although they become doctors, engineers, tailors, mechanics, teachers, lawyers, bankers,etc, they have little to show for their sweat. For them, life is only what happens between when they wake up and when they go back to bed. Nothing new. Nothing adventurous. Nothing daring.
These ones only struggle with life.

3. SOME INVEST IT
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”
-1 Chronicles 12:32.

See that, people! They ruled because they understood time. Understanding time teaches you what you “ought to do”, not what you want to do. Now that, is INVESTMENT! Fulfilment comes when you do what you should, not what you could. The people in this category NEVER have a ‘free time’. They rest when it’s time for it; not just because they want to. These people turn out to be: professors, chancellors, SANs, medical directors, CEOs, business owners, employers of labour, etc. They command results, and have the people in the other two categories working their heads off to bring these results.
These ones don’t just live life; they thrive in it!

Currently, you are living your life in one of the categories listed above. I don’t know which exactly. But I think that’s your question to answer. Ensure you check to be sure.

Until we greet again, STAY GOD’s!!!

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Life Is A Choice (Part 2)

The first part of this piece was clear to state that the choices we make determine our lives. But how is that so?

When we make a wrong choice in life, we change the whole set of options that comes next. Remember that in the first part of this piece, we agreed that life is a two-road junction, in which each of both roads carry in themselves many other two-road junctions. Now, let’s see an instance.

When in high school, options were set before you:
SCIENCE. ARTS. SECRETARIAL.

Any choice you made determined the next array of options you could choose from. Now, let’s go further.

If you selected a Science class, thou wouldest miss Accounting, Literature-in-English, History, Commerce and Government in thy next array of options.

In a tertiary institution, the department of your choice determined what courses were elective and compulsory for you. The day you signed up for a particular field, ALL other options before you were re-arranged. This is because you must keep choosing, and immediately too.

You cannot choose a smoker for a friend and still choose not to perceive the odour from cigarettes. It’s NOT possible. Because both options are NOT in the same column.

Now, if we say that life is a choice; and if we agree that we keep choosing as long as we keep living, then our choices determine our lives [for they determine what we choose next].

CHOICES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Your right to choose is yours entirely. What you don’t get back is the choice you have already made. This is because the arrangement of options cannot be reversed! Why?

Simple.

Time is the stuff life is made of, and time itself cannot be reversed!

So, nobody tampers with your right to choose again. But nobody gives you back a choice that has already been made. In life, you continue choosing but you NEVER get to re-choose! And so, we have the line: you can’t eat your cake and have it.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR LIFE TO LIFE!!!
Many of us are guilty of this.
Some people just move around life as if it were a museum or a park; they are just here for sight-seeing. They live for others. These are the people who easily get heart-broken anytime they are disappointed by others.

In the first part of this article (read it here), we observed that it is not possible to live without choices. We also upheld that not choosing is, indeed, a choice. This is because if you don’t choose, then you have chosen to be chosen for! Now, that is a disastrous choice to make.

How?

Anyone who chooses not has decided to allow life choose for them. When you refuse to choose [or select] from life’s offers (see Part 1), you get anything it (life) hands down to you. So, it is right if we develop this into a line thus:
If you fail to choose something, you have succeeded in choosing ANYTHING!

But why? Why would you leave your life at the mercy of life?

Life comes with good and rude offers, lovely and ugly presents, the nice and the lies… Life unreservedly pours them down at you. But it doesn’t force you to accept any.

Imagine all that heavy mixture of the sweet and the sour rain down on you, just because you refuse to choose. So, you must choose. At least, if you claim that you love your life. If truly you do, then don’t leave it to life!

If you are not afraid to teach others, comment below and share with us how one choice (right/wrong) you made affected your life.

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Life Is A Choice (Part 1)

Everything you get is eventually what you wanted. In life, something always happens. Something always comes. But not everything that comes, stays! Why?

You.

You decide which stays and which do not. You decide whether or not to accept whatever life naturally brings your way. Every great man you ever heard of actually selected from life’s offers. They didn’t blame life for being cruel; they decided rather not to be affected by life’s cruelty.

LIFE IS LIFE
And no one can- not even you- can change it! Life just happens. It is natural. Life is NOT a one-way journey filled with only lots of goodies; it is a junction of 2 roads. And in each road, there abound many other two-road junctions.

You cannot change the ‘life’ of life. You cannot alter its nature. Because anything that is divine, lasts. Life doesn’t- and will not- change for you or anybody else. Accepting life’s good is embracing its evil too. It’s like the case of a rose- you get the flower and the thorn. So, really, there’s nothing you can do about it.

Oh, there’s one- live!

TO LIVE IS CHOSEN
Yes. We all choose to live. If you must live, you must choose to. Mere existence, however, is not a choice. People don’t choose to enter into this world, but they choose to continue in it. You’ve probably heard about the word ‘suicide’. The victims (or who-be victims) choose to end their lives, and then do it.

Life is a choice. Hence, every gift (good or bad) of life brings with it a choice. Name it: marriage, spouse, career, business, faith, friends, and even enemies! At every point of our lives, we choose.

I hear someone thinking, “But I didn’t choose to become this”. My question then is, “Did you choose to become that?”

CHOICES MUST BE MADE
In life, you must choose. Life (or living) is not possible without choice (or choosing). If you must live, then you must choose. The thing is, you cannot not choose. It is not possible not to choose. In life, it is not possible to be without choice. Okay, here is the bomb: In life, NOT CHOOSING IS A CHOICE!

If you don’t choose, then you have chosen to be chosen for. And guess what? Life itself will do the choosing here.

There are two categories of people walking the earth. The first category choose things- by themselves- for themselves. They always make choices. They know that they have to make choices. The second category choose things- not by themselves- for themselves. They let things, people or events choose for them. Their lives are affected by whatever happens around them.

YOUR CHOICES DETERMINE YOUR LIFE
Yes. That simple. Life hand you things; you choose which of them to accept; your selections determine what else happens in your life. In other words, what you choose today will determine what you will choose from tomorrow. Until you make the right choice today, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll never have the right options tomorrow.

So, what are you going to do? If I were you, I’d decide to start choosing henceforth. Why? Because whatever you choose becomes your lot. It’s the greatest power God has given to every human: the Power of Choice.

Whatever is happening in your life today is what you chose yesterday. Whatever happens in your life tomorrow will be a function of what you choose today.

Choose. Choose now. Choose wisely.

How do you think the choices we make affect our lives?
Feel free to share your commments below.

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