When the Bible talks about Christians being the righteousness of God in Christ in 1 Corinthians 5:21, it means they have a rightness from God. It’s a quality of being right or righting wrongs. Continue reading “What is Righteousness?”
When the Bible talks about Christians being the righteousness of God in Christ in 1 Corinthians 5:21, it means they have a rightness from God. It’s a quality of being right or righting wrongs. Continue reading “What is Righteousness?” →
A few months ago, I watched Oprah use the power of storytelling to charm her audience. Continue reading “The Truth, Our Truths Or Lies” →
No vision can be fulfilled during the lifetime of a visionary which is why identifying successors should form a pivotal aspect of executing your vision. From Bible evidence, it must be God’s idea, even in the family, for parents to mentor their children in the carriage of the family legacy.
As John C. Maxwell noted, ‘No one is ever successful without successors. ‘ And no matter what you currently do, there are people on our journey that ought to be your mentees.
But in Africa, leaders often do not take the time to look out mentees, let alone train them. And when they do mentor it’s often not with the right motives. Poor succession planning is the number one reason why African businesses rarely last three generations.
Looking actively for mentees is the sole responsibility of leadership and not vice versa. Jesus, the ultimate leader, went after his mentees; picking a vast array of men and women from all works of life to be his apprentices.
The Bible is strewn with this idea from Jacob the patriarch to David the king, strengthening my belief that it is God’s will for leaders to train and appoint their successors, and not leave it to chance.
If you have achieved any level of success in life, maybe it’s time to start passing the baton of your vision by deliberately picking out someone to mentor. That’s the secret to great leadership.
One quality that is essentially human is being tribal. We love to identify with people of common interests to portray or communicate a preferred identity. Continue reading “Jesus Came to Identify with You” →
About two weeks ago, 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria. It seemed like de ja vu. A year before a general election in Nigeria and yet another kidnap akin to the snatching of 276 students from the Government Secondary School Chibok almost four years ago.
It was de ja vu when the government came out to claim that no girls had been taken only to retract its position through one of its agencies hours later.
While the politics of these abductions continue to garner mixed reactions, my thoughts on this International Women’s Day are with the girls whose rights have been trampled upon for being female.
With the widespread outcry among young people following recent school shootings in United States as well as the outcry that has now come to be known as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements across the West, one should think it warped that we let another mass schoolgirl abduction–two injustices in one–reach full cycle. Worse still, we aren’t doing anything much about it.
Today is a day to reflect about ending the injustices done to women in our communities for religious, political and cultural reasons. It is a day to #PressForProgress
My prayers are with the Dapchi girls and their families during this grueling time. And with the many like Alice and Hauwa, aid-workers, who were also taken about a week ago in Rann, Nigeria. May you all be found safe and returned to your loved ones in Jesus’ name. Amen
Information and knowledge have never been the same thing, even though I don’t know why we approach their acquisition alike. Perhaps, the education system is responsible for this gaffe. We sit down in class, church or seminars and just soak in the information without learning anything. And then wonder why we’re the same every year.
Information is passive. You listen. And many times than not, we listen for the sake of listening. And if we find subject boring, we simply shut it out and move on to the next activity, easy and simple.
Knowledge on the other hand, is active. You have to do to know. And I know this sounds contrived but this is the secret of the ages. It is why all the sermons you heard or the books you read made very little difference.To you, they were just information and not knowledge; a collection of stories to listen to and forget afterwards. You took no notes. You could rehearse the information from the notes you had taken and so you learnt nothing.
In 2018, go everywhere with a notepad and a camera. Be ready to capture new things coming to you as information. Knowledge is first acquired by taking notes. And then, acting on the information you got.
The moment you commit pen to paper something happens in your subconscious that triggers actual learning to take place. This is the background that all teachers of goal setting do not really mention. It is why a goal committed to paper in your own handwriting is ten times more likely to be achieved than a goal that stays a mental note.
If this is the only hack you apply in 2018, I think it would go a very long way in helping you become a better person.
After all, the Chinese say, ‘the palest ink is better than the best memory.’ While the former focuses on knowledge, the latter surrenders to being informed.
Even if it is divorce, debt or disappointment. Remember, God has you!
John Wesley, once said that it appears God would do nothing except we pray. In reality, he was just echoing Jesus in Luke 18:1. We were designed to pray.
So we pray; not with mumblings of our muffled mouths that punctuate with ‘Amen’. Or the ‘moments of silence’ that we often rationalize with, ‘God knows my heart.’ We pray; reeling out of scriptures with some degree of in-depth preparedness; like a well-researched lawyer in the middle of a nationally televised case.
‘Please your case’ the Lord says, ‘put me in rememberance of my word so that I may acquit you.’ But no, Isaiah 43:26 goes unbelieved…and undone. And that’s why many remain in trouble for so long.
‘Take with you words’ the Prophet Hosea says. Gather all the verses of scritpure that pertain to fixing the matter you are facing and pray them without ceasing.
It works. It worked for the Apostles when they were threatened by the Sahendrin. It worked for Peter when he was imprisoned by Herod. It can work with you.
There’s is a Bible story in Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with God after which, he received the name, Israel. It was an allegory about prevailing in prayer.
How do I know this?
Hosea 12:4-5 says,
‘Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made petition to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him, even the LORD, the God of hosts; The LORD is his name of renown.’
He petitioned God and prevailed.
“Put forward your case!” says the LORD. “Submit your arguments!” says Jacob’s King. (Isaiah 41:21)
If you want to get out of trouble fast, this is the way!