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Hello, Thanks for your interest in me and my blog. I've always loved to write since I was little. More than two decades ago, when I was 7 years old, I designed the manuscript of a magazine for children. My manuscript had lots of drawings, games and puzzles to keep kids like me stimulated and engaged. However, I lost this manuscript. Now, I am a growing writer and lead a team of scores of talented writers in church. My first published book is titled "Kill Porn Before it Kills You." You can purchase a kindle version here. Apart from that I can frequently be found speaking to youth groups in secondary schools and have spoken to more than 3,000 teens in the past 3 years. Because most people know me more as writer, poet and pastor (I'm an assistant pastor at a 2,000-member youth church), some have wrongly called me a lawyer. However, I also practice as an engineer in industry. In short, I'm a thinker and writer by nature and an engineer by training :-). Through my posts on this site I intend to share my thoughts, engender discussions on real life issues as a means to finding solutions to them and share my faith as a believer in Christ. Interestingly, my faith has been the source of my meaningful life and positive impact in the lives of several people. I hope you camp here at my site! Email: lekebee@gmail.com Twitter: @lekebabayomi

As we anticipate 2016…

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As 2015 rapidly draws to a close, the memories of the year evoke a potpourri of emotions in different people. For those with lots of highs, they’d relish the thoughts of the year. But for people who had disappointments, unmet expectations and broken dreams, they’re feeling like the year wasn’t just worth it. But you know, it’s never over until it’s over. So, lots of good things could still happen because with God all things are possible.

As I anticipate the new year, I’m grateful to God for the things he did this year. For instance, I got engaged to an amazing lady (more gist on that later *winks*). At the same time, I’m reflecting on unmet goals and realize some of my weaknesses. Since I desire to start the new year on a fast pace, I prefer that great things happen early in the new year. So, I’m working on the foundation now.

Anyone who desires to build a great structure must invest hard on the foundation. If you desire to build a great structure of excellence, a robust walk with God, financial prosperity etc in 2016, waiting until January of next year might be rather late. I think it is wiser to begin making necessary adjustments in your life now. I’m doing this already. When we prepare now, we can more easily attain meteoric heights in 2016.

I trust that we’re gonna celebrate one another for greater levels of achievements soon in the new year. I can’t wait to attend the parties!

Lots of love.
LEKE

How Sudden is Sudden Success?

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One year ago, Whatsapp was acquired by Facebook. People, especially mainstream media, said Jan Koum, the co-founder, became an overnight success.

Success is indeed impressive and attractive. It comes with lots of attention, plenty of perks, an increased level of popularity etc. Many times I’ve seen people become successful ‘overnight’.  But come to think of it, does success really happen overnight or suddenly? Since many people do not understand the process that leads to outstanding success, some are tempted to sit by, waiting for their own train of overnight success to stop at their doorstep, as though it’s an Alice in Wonderland experience.

When Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder was asked how he felt about Facebook’s overnight success, he replied,

If by ‘overnight success’ you mean staying up and coding all night, every night for six years straight, then it felt quite tiring
and stressful.

E. A. Adeboye wrote,

Some sudden promotions are a result of a hidden period of conscientious, deliberate and sustained work of excellence.

Finally, Mike Murdock said,

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

 

Summarily, overnight success isn’t usually by a sudden process.

What are you doing regularly to help you change that unpleasant job soon?
What are you doing daily to attain academic excellence?
What are you doing regularly to be be the healthy person you dream to be?
What are you doing daily to reduce that weight that’s become a concern?
What are you doing daily to earn that coveted promotion?

Luck is really opportunity meeting you prepared for it. So, what quiet price are you paying daily to get lucky?

Do you have any experience that illustrates this? Please share it.

Prayer Neutralizes Fear

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I’m a frequent reader of E. A. Adeboye’s Open Heavens devotional notes. This post was inspired by today’s devotional topic. I’m reminded that indeed men ought always to pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1).

Quoting Adeboye,

If you are constantly tormented by fear,  it is an indication of the absence of an effective prayer life.

My experience
I’ve learned that when I find myself worrying so much about something, it’s most likely that I’ve not been praying about it. Amazingly, when I spend time in prayer over matters that cause worry, anxiety or fear, calmness comes into my mind. I can trust God more. I’ve found out that it’s not enough to just confess the scriptures into a situation, it’s important to dedicate time to pray about it.

What’s your experience with fear, worries and prayer?

Leke Babayomi

#Usain Bolt Inspires Again – Winning is for Hard Fighters

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Sports never fails to inspire me. Usain Bolt’s form had been poor all season due to injury. He fumbled at the 100m heats of the 2015 World championship. Nonetheless, Bolt beat Justin Gatlin by a miracle to clinch gold at the 100m finals.

Tom Fordyce put it best:

“Lots of people have never seen Bolt beaten. He has been…but never when it really matters, never on the world stage.”

A responsible attitude to life makes us to strive hard to win when it matters most. We have to choose our battles carefully. You might be floored once in a while. But a tenacious attitude is the hallmark of great people. They are driven by the fact that even though they lost a battle, by not giving up, the war could still be won.

Success is not just by talent alone. Diligent preparation is never an option. In addition, a die-hard mentality, a dogged fighting spirit is what gives one consistent and not just one-off success.

Has your back hit the ground in a certain area of life? No, don’t pack your bags yet. With persistence and determination, you can still win the next rounds of fight. At the end of the day, you’d be named a winner.


(c) 2015 Leke Babayomi

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Paradox Pt 2: The Paradox of Our Age

Paradox of our age. Photo credit: blog.zerodean.com
Paradox of our age. Photo credit: blog.zerodean.com

This is the final part of my posts on the paradox of modern man. Most people credit the following poem to the Dalai Lama or George Carlin. However, a diligent person has traced its origin to Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. Enjoy it!

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;

We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom.


LEKE

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The Paradox of the Modern Man

Paradox. Image: http://techwhirl.com
Paradox. Image: http://techwhirl.com

Modern man is technologically advanced but morally regressed.

Questions mere trifles but passes over weightier matters.

Enjoys freedom from the physical chains of taskmasters but is enslaved by the chains of ethical ineptitude.

Is more entertained than his progenitors but suffers more depression than them all.

Claims to be richer than the former generations but is accumulating colossal debt that only the beautiful ones yet unborn can repay.

Celebrates those who stood on the shoulders of giants but wants to reinvent every wheel.

Claims to protect vulnerable children but funds organizations that dismember them for gain.

Eagerly signs anti-war petitions but doles out peace awards to sponsors of war and killings around the globe.

Speaks up to all authority on earth and thinks that the authority above will shudder at his voice too.

Rejects the laws of creation but wonders why his society is in self-destruct mode.

Observes the maintenance schedule with his car mechanic but discards the need for self-maintenance.

Modifies the instructions in his Owner’s manual to his own taste and complains that he is malfunctioning.

(c) 2015 Leke Babayomi

Disappointments are a Blessing!

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Rainbow after storm. Photo credit: http://positivepsychologynews.com/ Rainbow after storm.
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A friend recently got promoted at work. However, I recall him mentioning that not too long ago, he had had such a dismal performance in the same organization that made his chances of promotion at the time very slim.

God always knows what He’s up to, but we are always clueless as to what he’s doing in our lives. When Jesus delayed and permitted the death of Lazarus, it resulted in disappointment and sorrow to his family. But in the end, their faith was built up and their joy was boundless after the dead and decaying corpse of Lazarus was raised back to life (John 11:44).

Similarly in our lives, God is the Potter, molding us into what He wants us to be. We like to sing the song that says,

“Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me, Melt me, Mold me, Fill me, Use me.”

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Sex Trafficking in Nigeria

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Two months ago, I had a chat with a man in my work place who is from Benin city, the capital of ancient Benin empire. He explained how it is a thing of pride among his people to travel out of the country, even without legal papers. He had gone on such a trip about 12 years ago with the aid of agents who helped illegal migrants travel to Spain through Morocco. Eventually, he was deported by the Spanish authorities 3 months after his arrival there. His experience made me to begin to make further enquiries about the veracity of his claims about Benin folks.

As a boy, when I was in secondary school I recall first learning about the Benin Empire from my Fine Arts teacher when she taught us about their ancient art. The Benin bronzes, when they were discovered by the Europeans in the pre-colonial days , made a great impression on the foreigners that Africans had such sophisticated artistic skills. I further learned about the kingdom when we were taught that one of the sons of Oduduwa (progenitor of the Yorubas and the founder of Ile-Ife, which later became the Oyo empire) ruled as king of the Benin empire. The Benin people were so powerful and the kingdom rose to prominence among West African kingdoms before colonialism under the British. All of that is history because things have taken a different twist.

In modern times, the city has earned a different reputation than power or prosperity. The BBC reported that Benin (not the similarly named West African country) is one of the main sources of West African girls and women trafficked into prostitution in Europe (largely Italy and the UK). Unfortunately, so many naive girls and their families are deceived by promises of education and good jobs abroad. While many girls die along the land route, the lucky ones who arrive there alive work as slaves for their traffickers in exchange for the ‘favor’ of being brought to Europe. It’s sickening to learn of such a high volume of trade in human lives. However, this human trafficking business isn’t restricted to Nigeria but is a global phenomenon. Indeed our country is favorably ranked amongst nations fighting this unethical source of billions of dollars.

As a way to further curb this sale of human lives, our government can do better. The Edo state government needs to urgently arise to fight this organized unethical network of modern day slavery thriving under its watch. We have heard of the Mexican drug war, an indication that the Mexican government is making concerted efforts to stop drug cartels. On the other hand, we’re yet to hear of a Nigerian human trafficking war. Maybe it’s not yet necessary because the magnitude hasn’t yet reached alarming levels. Nevertheless, this year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an opportunity to remind stakeholders that drastic action need be taken in local cities that emerge on human abuse watch lists.

(c) Leke Babayomi, 2015