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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

 

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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People don’t owe you anything but respect.

Chinedu Ihekwoaba wrote this piece, worthy of learning from.

People don’t owe you anything but respect.

I am tired of some people acting like they deserve this or that from you. Many of them will even go about shaming you in public for not helping them. Helping someone is a choice. Honestly, I have been guilty of that in the past.

I used to have this sense of entitlement. It made me bitter towards the people I presumed would help me.

Later on, I realized that everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Because he smiles and never complains doesn’t mean he doesn’t go through pains.

He just learns to rock and roll with the flow. We all can do exceedingly great for ourselves when we learn to mind our own business and work hard.

God rewards the work of our hands. Save yourself the stress of hating on a person working hard and carrying his burden.

Help yourself by carrying your own burden. Everyone is going through a lot already, don’t try to add yours to them. It is not their business to help you. It is your business to help yourself.

G-Heart: A Poem

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Life is not unidirectional
Life is not a straight line
Life is not a bed of roses

Sometimes it’s sweet
Sometimes it’s sour
Sometimes it satisfies
Sometimes it sucks

But whatever life presents to you
You could choose gratefulness
You could choose grudginess

Choose joy and you will be lighter
Choose anger and you will be darker
Choose joy and your sight will be clearer
Choose anger and your sight will be dimmer
Choose joy and your character will grow
Choose anger and your character will shrink
Choose joy and you will be inspiring
Choose anger and you will be pitiful

Which G fills  your heart?
Grate-full or Grudge-full?

Inspired by the true life story of a man whom I know. After he arrived home from a trip, he was informed that his only car had been stolen during his absence. His surprising reply was, “Thank God!” When prodded further, “Why will you thank God about a disappointment?” He said,”I thank God we have something that people desire enough to steal. I thank God that it is not us who are going about stealing from others.” It was from Him that I learned, “If you have lost anything, be thankful that you haven’t lost everything.”

So, dear friend, what have you lost? What pains have you experienced in recent times? Choose to remain thankful and in the end, God will be glorified. He will turn everything around in your favor.

Poem: Little Souls

 

“Plant good things in the lives of others
Even if we don’t get anything in return

It must be done with sincerity and purity from the heart.

You can only become truly worthy, not for who you are
But for what others have become because of you.

So, keep on lifting little souls and make them as great as you are.”

Anonymous.

 

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What Do Angels Look Like?

Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don’t take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address, they ask nothing in return.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, but when you choose to see, they are everywhere you look.
So, open you eyes and count all your Angels — for you are truly blessed!

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‘What Do Angels Look Like?
Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it really is all possible, if only you believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come along when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn’t think you had one.
Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don’t take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address…

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Poem: The Chase

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As I gaze at the playground
In the school opposite my home
The squeals of cheery children rent the air
And I long for those times
When all that mattered in life
Were play, food and loving parents

My eyes follow the two kids
One chasing the other
Engrossed in play and laughter
They have no worries
No cares, nor concerns
As they relish the chase

The adult life ain’t so naive
It’s a series of chases
An endless string of goals
Following in fleet succession
Sometimes it gets tiring
And all one craves is a break

The chase could be fun
When you are crowned
With success and accolades
After a grueling season of self-denial
And work so tiring

The chase could be cold
When all you get
In return for the cruel
Sacrifice and self-inflicted pain
Is a blunt rejection
A forthright statement
That after all you’ve done
You’re not good enough!

Despite all you face
While you chase the mace
Whether it’s fun or nasty
Remember to play and be nice
And like a little child
Learn to laugh and cheer
In all phases of the chase

(c) Leke Babayomi

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Marriage is an empty box at the start.
What you put in it is what you get; and it’s better to keep it full so that it remains pleasant.
Make a habit of putting into your marriage more than you seek to take from it.
Some things to fill your marriage box with: love, joy, intimacy, generosity, kindness, serving and a habit of giving.

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I am not a marriage expert, nor could I possibly have all the secrets to a happy marriage, but there is a wonderful book which carries some extremely good advice on how to live together as husband and wife and how to have your life together blessed in countless ways. The book is God’s own message to us in the Bible, which He breathed into the pens of men many years ago. The Bible, though ancient in its conception, is still pertinent today in all areas of our lives.

Here are ten references to specific elements of a great marriage:

  • 1 John 4:7 Refers to placing God at the head of your house. Having Him as your chief advisor makes some of the tough decisions easier and He also promises to bless those who trust in Him.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:11 & Genesis 2:24 talks about a total commitment to each…

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Lips Zipped ~

Keeping sealed lips is so important so that we do not make more hearts to bleed in a grief-stricken world. You never know what others are passing through. A careless word from you could make them fall apart.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

If more people would keep,
their lips zipped . . .
less hearts would be
torn apart and ripped.

If more people would use,
their words carefully . . .
less hearts would feel
so dreadfully.

If more people would hold,
their angry words at bay
less hearts would be
hurt by want they say.

If more people would use,
their words thoughtfully . . .
less hearts would be
feeling so awfully.

If more people would keep,
their lips zipped and sealed
more hearts to Jesus . . .
could be won and healed!

~~~~~~

Psalm 141:3

Set a watch, O Lord,
before my mouth;
keep the door of my lips.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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WHEN GOD DISAPPOINTS

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Pastors should be careful what they preach. Stop making guarantees on behalf of God, else people will try to use Him. He’s not MMM
“You do this, God will do that. You act this way God will do this for you.” 
Preacher, be careful! People are getting more and more disappointed with God. These messages are producing more anger than motivation to several observers (including many in the church). They are looking warily at both you and God as charlatans.  
People are getting more and more disappointed with God.
Friend, there is no guarantee that if you do this and that with respect to God, He will give some predictable output. Now, someone thinks that I’m shaking the table. Well, I have learned that everything rises and falls on your relationship with Him. Yes, your relationship with the Holy Spirit. If you are too busy for a relationship with Him, your future in God is uncertain. God is too big to be used. Don’t be misled by testimonies. You heard how someone gave some offering or made a vow to God, and got a miracle. You were motivated and did same, there was no result. You went a notch higher and increased the sacrifice, yet no result. You heard a testimony of how some person fasted for three days and got a spiritual gift or answer to prayer. You replicated the act and didn’t get any result. You felt that, maybe, if you increased yours to seven, fourteen or twenty-one days, God would pity you and answer. Unfortunately,  the heavens remained closed. After series of disappointments like these, you painfully and logically concluded that it is either these things that pastors and bible teachers preach are false or that God is partial. You could even be a pastor currently in a crisis about your faith in God. You are wondering if what you had been preaching is still tenable in today’s world. 
 
I make bold to say that God is not partial! He is faithful to His word. His word is not outdated. Don’t be moved by the recent news of certain notable persons kissing God goodbye. He is looking for you. Yes, he wants you. He is calling you to a more intimate relationship with him. He wants your heart. He wants your genuine attention. He wants you to love Him not for what he can give you or do for you, but for who He is. He wants your love,  even if he chooses not to answer your prayers. He wants you to come to a place where He is your final bus-stop and you don’t have any Plan B, C, D or E outside of His will for you.
In my opinion, King Saul did less than the sin of adultery and murder that David committed, yet God forsook him and declared that David was his favoured one. Was God partial? Maybe He was. But you see, God is interested in the heart. That’s why we need to understand God’s ways. David was a man with a broken and contrite heart. When Saul’s sin was exposed to him, he replied, “I have sinned. But please honour me before the elders of my people and before Israel…” (1 Samuel 15:30). However, when David’s sin was brought to his awareness, he said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). “Have mercy upon me O God… Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:1, 4). So, if you were God, who would have found favour with you – Saul or David? 
 
The key question  is, ‘What is the state of your heart?’ How is your relationship with Jesus? Do you give Him time in worship, prayer and the study of His word? Do you seek him genuinely? Or is your prayer life all about, ‘give me this or that, kill my enemies, do not put me to shame…etc?’ Are you really interested in finding out more about Him, His likes and dislikes, His ways of relating with men, the secrets to the manifestation of His glory on the earth? 
When God disappoints us, it’s not because He is incapable, it’s  rather a sign that we don’t know and understand Him as we ought to.
What is your motivation for going to church or calling yourself a Christian? Were you raised in a Christian family and are yet to find out who God is for yourself? Did a problem or personal crisis bring you to God and He solved it for you? After sometime with Him, He  wants you to  know Him more closely; to learn and understand who He is by study, fellowship with believers, prayer and revelation by the Holy Spirit.
 
In conclusion, when God disappoints us, it’s not because He is incapable, it’s  rather a sign that we don’t know and understand Him as we ought to.
Think on this.
Best,
LEKE