Excellence: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

It gladdens my heart to share this post I received from a friend.

Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention; sincere effort; intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities; strive to do ordinary things extraordinary well. You are what you repeatedly do; excellence is not an act, but a habit! Always strive to do better. It takes time, if it could be done quickly, most people would do it!

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential; these are some of the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence; outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your commitment of excellence, regardless of your chosen field of endeavour.

Hear me, it will hurt, it will take time, it will require dedication, it will require willpower, it requires sacrifice; you will need to push your body to its maximum. It is not going to be easy, but I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s going to be worth it! Friends, Persevere! Progress takes time; those who make it look easy have worked hard over time! Be so good they can’t ignore you!

Listen, life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will never be a perfect time to pursue your dreams!

Have a fulfilled day!

Best,
LEKE

 

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR JESUS?

In this generation, we have a huge problem with an entitlement mentality (just like I posted here recently). Many young people want to receive, but hardly ask what they can do to make things better.

In the same light, many people do not enjoy prayer anymore because, for them, it is a time to remind the Lord of what he is yet to give to them. Their prayer lives have become a time to nag at the Lord. Imagine how marriage would be if every time you had a conversation with your spouse, and all they had to say was let you know your shortcomings. Well, very soon, they would avoid each other until the marriage crashed, due to lack of communication. I think we ought to also think a lot about what we can do beyond the usual to make the Lord pleased, and proud of us. Pastor E.A. Adeboye’s experience, as he told it in Open Heavens Daily Devotional (June 12, 2020) sheds some light on this.

“While the government of Nigeria was planning for the 1977 Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), it occurred to me that, since it was going to be a public holiday, I could gather students to study the Bible, pray and dance for Jesus instead. I got the necessary information and approvals, they wrote letters to the schools. However, I did not have money to post the letters, not to mention feeding and accommodating the students, as I had promised. A friend had offered his savings of N4,000 but we still needed more, so I had to sell my car. That programme which started small is now known all over the world as the RCCG Congress. I was not even the General Overseer then, just a Christian who wanted to lift Jesus’ name above all else.
In 1998, a politician claimed he could gather two million people in a place. I thought: “If he can gather two million people for himself, we can gather four million people for God.” So Lekki ’98 held and by God’s grace, over six million people attended, causing a great revival in Nigeria.
At another time, a popular brand announced a goal of having at least one consumer in every family of the world. I was challenged; I believed we could do that for God too. There could be at least one member of the RCCG in every family of the world. Today, the RCCG is over 197 countries of the world. As Christians, we must match and outwit every secular dream. No more timidity! Do everything to ensure that God’s name is praised above all others. If you make a move, God will do the rest. Do more for God always.”

In conclusion, the present level of Christianity is due to the blood and sweat of passionate men and women like us. They made lots of personal sacrifice as a result of their brokenness and death to self. I ask myself, “What have you done for Jesus?”

What can I do for You, my Lord?
I want You to know my heart is Yours.
It’s not a question of what You can do for me;
What can I do for You, my Lord?
(Lyrics from “Look what you’ve done for me,” by Tree 63.)

Best,
LEKE

Friends and Time

This is piece is culled from Letting Go, an article whose author I am yet to determine. It underscores the place of understanding friendship and their seasons in our lives.  Happy reading!

‘There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.’
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NCV

Friendships are very important in our lives. Friends help us through the tough times, and celebrate with us in the high points. But sometimes our friendships are just for a season. We need to ask for God’s wisdom to know which relationships we need to let go of, and which we need to fight for.

When people drift away from us, we can either try and fight for the friendship, or we can let them go. People leave us because they’re not joined to us. And if they’re not joined to us, we shouldn’t try to make them stay. It doesn’t mean they’re bad people; it just means that their part in our story is over (or that our part in their story is over).

We need to try and understand when a relationship is over, and graciously let people go, knowing that whatever relationships God means us to have, He’ll provide. Clinging to a relationship when its season has ended will only lead to heartbreak. After Lot left him, Abraham entered a new level of God’s blessing. When Orpah left Naomi and went back home to Moab, Ruth stayed with her, and both Naomi and Ruth were blessed by God.

While the end of a friendship or relationship can be upsetting, God can bring new things into our lives and help us to have relationships with new people who can help us along the journey God’s taking us on. We should also consider that continuing the relationship once that season has ended could be holding the other person back from their own journey with God. If we’re holding on to people who don’t belong in our lives, let’s ask God to help us let them go.
What Now? Think of any friendships in your life that are starting to fade. Take some time to ask God whether you should let them go or invest in them again.

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