Monthly Archives: April 2011

WATCH THAT APPETITE

Storing excessive fat in the body leads to being overweight or obese, which in turn leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, heart attack, heart failure, arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. One major cause of obesity is over-eating or gluttony.

Food is good but excessive food is injurious to a good healthy life. Some people cannot stop their mouths whenever they see food. Even when their stomach is full, they still continue to eat especially when ‘free food’ is on offer.

They are simply endangering their health! The bottom line is moderation. Proverbs 25:16 says, “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it”. We really need restraint when it comes to the quality and quantity of food we consume. Proverbs 24:13 confirms that honey is good for the body. It is a lot better than refined sugar if you are advanced in years. It is easier for your digestive system to break down the sugar in honey than that in refined sugar. Replace your intake of sugar with honey.

However, as good as honey is, it should be taken in moderation. If you take it in excess at a particular time, it could lead to vomiting. This simply means that even when you are eating the right kind of healthy foods, it should be done in moderation. Gluttons are their own worst enemies. What they love the most ends up writing their obituaries! Is your excessive eating habit gradually sending you to an early grave?

Stop it today! You have to be strict with yourself. According to today’s passage, if you love food too much, you must put a knife to your throat. In other words, exercise great restraint when you see food. Learn to say ‘No’ to offers of food. Learn to eat right. It is not only the quantity of food that matters but the quality also. Learn to fast. Sometimes, you can do a food fast that is not necessarily for spiritual blessings.

Fasting is also good for the body’s cleansing and metabolism. Remember that many are in the grave today, not because of any witch or wizard, but because of their appetite for food. Do not eat what will kill you, but what would sustain your life.

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KNOWING WHERE TO TAP

Knowing where to tap is the key to outstanding success in the game of life. The labour of the foolish causes them to suffer burn out for they do not know how to get into the city so they can make headway in their life endeavours. This story was sent again to me by a friend last week and it remains one of the truths that have shaped my attitude over the years and I thought to also share it with you this week. “Ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that failed? The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something, instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars. “What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!” So they wrote the old man a note saying,

 “Please send us an itemized bill.”
The man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer – $ 2
Knowing where to tap – $ 9, 998.

 This is a great lesson for everyone about the need to be given to continuous self improvement programs in order to develop our skills and become experts in our life endeavours. We must always aim to be the best in our field. Effort is important and somewhat necessary, but knowing where to put the required effort can make all the difference. Show me a man who is skilful in his work, you have seen someone packaged to serve kings. It is only kings who can afford to pay skilful men!

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ARE YOU A HIGH MAINTENANCE WOMAN?

Esther was the original Queen of High Maintenance. An orphaned Jewish woman, she was one of those selected to go to the palace of King Xerxes of Persia and be groomed as potential queen. For 12 months, Esther was given the prescribed royal beauty treatment for all of the queen hopefuls. At the end of the beauty regimen, she was brought before the king, who favored her and made her his new queen.

Meanwhile, Mordecai, a government official who had raised Esther, exposed an assassination plot against the king. Soon after that, a self-centered man named Haman became the prime minister. As the king’s right-hand man, Haman demanded that everyone bow before him as he walked by. Mordecai, however, refused, which filled the prime minister with rage. When Haman discovered Mordecai was a Jew, he decided to destroy all of the Jews throughout Xerxes’ kingdom. He even tricked the king himself into launching the evil plot.

Mordecai quickly sent a message to Queen Esther, alerting her to the plot against her people. She asked the king and Haman to be special guests at a banquet she was hosting just for them. During the feast, Queen Esther found great favor with the king and he offered her anything she wanted—up to half of the kingdom. She simply requested that her guests join her for a second banquet the next day.

That night, the king couldn’t sleep. He began to read through the royal history books, and his attention was brought to the assassination plot Mordecai had foiled. As he read, he noticed that Mordecai had never been rewarded for his heroic effort, so he went to Haman to inquire of the proper way to honor such a loyal subject. Now, Haman, being the conceited guy he was, thought the king was referring to him, so he suggested an elaborate reward. The king approved and, of course, Haman was shocked to discover that his enemy Mordecai was to receive the favor of the king.

Later that day at the second banquet, the king asked Queen Esther what she wanted—up to half of his kingdom. This time, she revealed Haman’s evil plot to kill the Jews and asked that he spare her people. The king immediately assented and ordered Haman to be hung. This is the story of Esther, the high-maintenance queen, who had been appointed for “just such a time as this” (Bible – Esther 4:14).

True Beauty
The term high maintenance typically describes someone who requires a lot of attention in order to function properly to stay pleased. It usually refers to how much time you put into yourself, or how much time others have to put into you. You know you’re high maintenance if… Continue reading

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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

I once heard that whislt a human baby can live without food and water for quite a while, one that is starved of love will die extremely quickly.

When people become recluse or abandon society to live by themselves they require some kind of animal or pet at very least to retain some level of sanity.  We are creatures which require community or some level of societal contact to maintain our minds and hearts to function correctly. 

The greatest combatant of sadness or depression is love.  The creator of all things is based in love.  Love does not destroy or ruin.  By its very nature it creates.  The oldest living human on the planet still feels like a child when in the throes of love.  The hardest business person becomes soft and caring and the angriest child becomes content when showered with love and affection.

Many people fear putting themselves “out there” when it comes to “putting their hearts on their sleaves” and expressing the love that they feel for another, and often find out that their delay was unnecessary and the person they felt for reciprocated their feelings all along.  Love is NOT a one way street.  Genuine love runs both ways.

Express love freely and openly.  Tell those that you love of your feelings.  A dear friend of mine, Rocky Brivik once said to me that we must “Drop the “F” Word” (FEAR).  Step safely into your feelings and express them to the people that matter to you.  Don’t do it with an expectation of a result.  Do it with an expectation of expressing your feelings.

You are love, loved and loving.

All you need is love

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THE MAYONNAISE JAR

Have you ever been at a point when things in your life seems almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day seems not enough; at such times please always remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.  This story is told of a professor who stood before his philosophy class one day with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar, and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table, and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. ‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, family, children, health, friends, and favourite passions – things that if everything else was lost, and only they remained, your life would still be full, the pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So… this work week, pay attention to the things that are critical to your wellbeing: your relationship with God, your spouse and your children. Take your family, friends and partners to dinner to strengthen your intimacy. Go for a medical check- up to know the state of your health.   There will always be time to clean the house and fix other things. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities right. The rest are just sand.’ One of the students raised her hand, and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked’. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life  may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee – with a friend.

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SPIDERS!!

The spider may be small and insignificant wherever they are found but they always skillfully grasp with their hands, and are found even in kings’ palaces. This week, we can all learn wisdom tips from the Spider. Everything a spider needs to survive and succeed in life, God already put within it. Swipe it with a broom and before it hits the ground its fall is suspended, it just reaches inside, releases another protein-filled silk-like thread, slides down, finds another safe place, then comes back stronger than ever and builds a new web. What’s the message of the spider? Everything you need, God has placed within you! According to His divine power has given us everything we need for life… He has given us great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in His divine nature of creativity as solution providers” What has God given us? “Everything we need

 Your future is not determined by who you know; who you don’t or who likes you or who doesn’t. The power to fulfill your destiny is within you. The warfare over your life and the struggle you are in everyday is all about what you were born, called and gifted to do.

 This week stir up… the… gift … that is in you. In other words, start bringing out solutions instead of been weighed down with challenges. Life may have knocked you down like the spider, but it hasn’t knocked you out. What’s at work within you will triumph over what’s at work around you. Stand in faith, hold on, believing that when the smoke clears, you will rise up to announce, that I’m back! May be you are thinking this Monday morning, “But I’ve lost so much.” Yes that may be partly true but as long as you have those in built inner virtues like the spider, you will bounce back stronger, better to build a new web of opportunities!

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THE DONKEY TALE

This week, I want us to learn our lessons from the legend about a donkey, so that our hearts can continue to be strong on God in the market place. One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well, the animal cried distressingly for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was too old and not well needed, but may be covered up anyway, that it just wasn’t worth his efforts to rescue. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit its back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!   

Life is surely going to shovel dirt on us, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up into fulfilling our lifetime assignments. Each of the challenges if handled positively can become a stepping stone into the next phase. We can surely get out of the deepest wells not by whining, murmuring, complaining, backing off, stopping, giving up and throwing in the towel or resulting to fate! Shake things off you and take a step up into your next place. Remember the five simple rules to peace of mind and fulfillment:

1. Free your heart from hatred and forgive others (Whatever and Whoever)

2. Free your mind from worries (Most things we worry about never happens)

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have (Don’t dwell on stuffs you don’t own)

4. Give more (Smile, teach others what you know)

5. Expect less from people but more from God (Don’t be trapped in people’s opinion; you may be fighting a battle you can never win).

 Do you constantly think about your future and how things will eventually turn out in your life? You can live in the consciousness of a secured future because God is working things out in your FAVOUR even though sometimes things may look bleak but this week shake it all off discouragement, depression, doubts and disappointment. Have a great week!!!

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Ayo

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LOOK FOR THE BEST IN THE WORST

When Thomas Carlyle completed his manuscript on the French Revolution, he asked his neighbour John Stuart Mill to read it. Later, Mill came to Carlyle’s house, shaken and pale. His maid had inadvertently used it to light the fire! Carlyle despaired – two years lost! Writing it initially was daunting enough; rewriting it was unthinkable. Then one day, watching a stonemason build a wall, he observed it was going up one brick at a time. Inspired, he thought, ‘I’ll write a page today and one tomorrow. One at a time; that’s all I’ll think about.’ It was slow, tedious work, but he persevered and the result outshone his original.

Jon Gordon writes, ‘If you’re concerned about the future… I know how you feel. I lost my job in 2001… the company sank faster than the Titanic… I thought it was the worst event of my life. I was two months away from bankruptcy. I’d a wife, two children, a mortgage, no health insurance, and very little savings. I was a payslip away from losing it all and… I had to make some important decisions. Eventually they led to the work I now do as a writer, consultant and speaker. I went from Fired to Fired-up! My lay-off led to my life’s mission… what I thought was the worst… led to the best… When the wave hits we have choices… allow it to crush us, or learn from it and ride it to a positive future. We can move forward with determination and faith that our best days are ahead.’ Rejoice. Refocus. God can turn the curse into a blessing.

Most times in life we are faced with the worse of all issues, where do we turn to for help? Who do we go to for consolation? Like the story, if he chooses to stay in mourning the burnt manuscript he would never have achieved the great feat he did. When things happen to you step up. It’s very difficult for most people, cos most times the issues hit them so hard they usually don’t get up on time, the earlier the better, the faster the safer, what you can do tomorrow please do it today, I am currently reading a book titled “Eat that Frog” it helps you solve problems of procrastination, do today what you can do today.

It’s our turn to make the best out of life.

See you on top.

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AN OCEAN TALE

When Christ is with you, God is with you. Psalm 121:5 says, “The LORD is thy keeper: The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand”. When Christ is with you, God’s shadow will follow you wherever you go. Three fishes in an ocean were terrified by some sharks whenever they went swimming. One day, they held a prayer meeting and invited God to be in attendance.

When God came down, He asked them what they each wanted. The first fish asked for eyes all over its body so that from a long distance, it could sight the sharks approaching. The second fish requested wings to fly whenever it was being chased by the sharks. The third fish simply requested that God should follow it wherever it went. The Lord granted all their requests.

Immediately God left, the first fish realized that all the scales on its body had become eyes. Its new look attracted the sharks and they began to chase it. From a distance, it sighted the sharks swim fast towards it. Immediately, it leaped into a small pool of water nearby. Safe from the sharks, it began to laugh at the predators. Hours later, however, the pool dried up and it died.

The sharks then turned their sights on the second fish. As it was being chased, it flew out of the ocean, and from a safe height began to mock the sharks. Unfortunately, an eagle was flying overhead and, thanking God, snapped up the fish. Meanwhile, the third fish was swimming quietly and enjoying itself. The baby shark told its mother that there was another, seemingly not afraid of them.

Now, when the baby shark asked that they go after the fish, its mother cautioned: “Can’t you see the shadow of a man following that fish? If you go near it, you will be killed”. That was how the third fish survived the sharks. When Christ is with you, there will be no need to fret. He will take care of you. Is Christ with you? Do you feel His presence? Or do you like the first two fishes prefer something else to God’s presence? Moses, like the third fish, chose well; he refused to go anywhere if God would not follow him. Are you going to places without God’s presence? Do not be surprised when you meet with disappointment.

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APPRECIATE THE EFFORT

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, “please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said; Continue reading

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