Of times, seasons and Punctuation Marks

Language was first only spoken before it became written. Initially the spoken word was the most powerful, and when text was written, it was without spacing or punctuation marks. Besides the miscommunication this would have empowered , it must have been extremely infuriating to say the least.

Apparently we have a man called Aristophanes to thank because he created a system where people could add dots to lines of text to signify pauses.Without the comma, sentence parts can collide into one another unexpectedly causing all kinds of mis-readings and miscommunication. The semicolon is used between independent clauses not joined with a coordinating conjunction. Not to repeat myself, it must have been a real nuisance trying to understand what was being communicated.

So we all agree what a total mess written communication would be without punctuation. Let us equate communication to human life. In life there are many starts and stops, pauses, brackets and inverted commas etc. So for example a young girl falls pregnant and her midwife mother aborts the baby by giving her some medication that would expel the foetus. The foetus is expelled and left in a cupboard in a bucket of brine to die.

The punctuation here depends on which angle you are watching this drama unfold from and which player you are. Is it a full stop, a pause or an exclamation mark?

It was a full stop for the mid-wife mother of the young girl and even for the young girl. That baby’s life was terminated and that was that about that, the end as far as they were both concerned.

For the foetus however, it was just a pause because believe it or not, some other nurses looked in the cupboard and realized that the foetus in the bucket of brine had not died. More about her later.

As for these nurses, it must have been an exclamation mark. This was just a momentary stop in proceedings ( a shocking one, surely). They did not have the luxury of it being a long break in transmission because (no pun intended ) it was a matter of life and death.

There were many things they had to juggle in the minute. What would they do to keep the foetus alive? What if it survived and was brain damaged or what if they kept it and it died in their care? Would they be charged with murder? If it survived and was even normal, would they have to personally keep it or could they give it up? If they gave it up, what if it went to a cruel family, that had ulterior motives for wanting to keep the baby. Etcetera, etcetera .

These nurses did not deliberate too long. They did not allow themselves to be paralysed by the analysis. Anything could happen, even the sky could fall in, they took the next logical step. The next step that was critical to all the other possibilities. Sufficient is the trouble of today. They did not need to pass out because of the possible trouble of tomorrow (which may never come).

As for the baby, unknown to her at the time, her puntuation was a comma. ( A pause, a momentary break in transmission).To the world, if it was a movie it would have been a long pause (with ominous and /or eerie background music). It was however not a long pause and really did not need ominous or eerie music). She however needed help to go from one comma to the next punctuation mark.

What do you think? I think the most important person in this drama (which is true life story) is the foetus who grew to become a delightful, well adjusted, amazing woman. She was totally shocked when she was 16years old and found out she was adopted. When she heard her story, she was absolutely blown away. Guess what she does today? You guessed right. She is an anti -abortionist activist.

She tried to contact her birth mother but could not because she traced her mum to her grandparents who did not want to have anything to do with her even after all those years later. They also did not want her mother to have anything to do with her and ensured that she and the idea of her remained a complete and total full stop. What a sad pair.

In this case who lost? Obviously the parents and grandparents. Why? Well she has grown into a great woman and logic says it would have been wonderful to be related to such a woman. However, however, however, in many situations, what you don’t know you have lost may not really have any earth shattering effect on you which is why the adage says “don’t cry over spilt milk”.

Let me break it down. If you know you have lost something and know you are never finding it, don’t trouble yourself as to what life would have been like with it. Just move on. I know many people have lost a lot of money on … say the stock market. Every time they need money after that point they will wallow in deep depression wondering what may have been if they did not lose the money. It is lost. Move on until something else comes. Sometimes when we think there is a full stop we must realize that a new sentence can start immediately after. so the story is not over (at least not until the fat lady sings)

That sort of wondering never ever did anybody any good but definitely has done a lot of evil. A pity party only has loneliness, depression, possible suicide as its guests.

Punctuation marks to written communication is like times and seasons in our lives. What a tragedy it would be if all the years and all our lives rolled in and out endlessly without any demarcations (punctuations). The important thing is to know when the season is a comma, semi-colon, bracket, full stop or the beginning of another sentence.

What did this foetus need, destiny helpers who ensured it lived, more destiny helpers who adopted it, another destiny helper who blurted out her story in anger and her determination to make her life count for something. The realization that her pause was a comma and not a full stop must have been exhilarating.

At what punctuation mark are you right now in your life. What help do you need and who is helping you. Almighty, (remember the maker of heaven and earth), has placed people at strategic places to help your destiny. Do you recognize them? The Manual for living says there is a time and season for everything under the sun Be sure to recognize your season, time or punctuation mark. You don’t want to wear winter clothes in the summer and vice versa. In the manual for living. there was a group of people who were famous for their being able to discern the times and seasons-the sons of Issachar.

I have not written a blog post since February. Oh! I could tell you a hundred and one reasons why not and all of them would be valid. A shout out to Mobs who asked after my writing and did not seem very impressed with any of my reasons (excuses). She is a destiny helper even though she does not know it. Her simple question has resulted in this post.

Just to finish, I was talking to a teenager who was feeling pressured by her classmates to go out with a boy in her class. I explained about life punctuation/ times and seasons to her. Teenagers should really just have friends, study, play sports and generally enjoy themselves. If they start having relationships (even if you can call it that) with the opposite gender, because they are not fully equipped mentally and emotionally, the situation may get out of hands and lead to something unwanted like a teenage pregnancy or in the very least a (broken heart). We all know this is not the end of the world neither is it a final full stop but it may be a long pause and a different paragraph instead of a short pause.

At the end of this month I get my full health coaching certification after a whole year of intensive learning. My question therefore is this, do you know where you are punctuation wise, spiritually, physically, financially, career wise, health and weight wise and finally relationship wise? Are you even measuring this. In consulting we usually say  ‘what you don’t measure you cannot manage’. If you don’t know where you are , how will you know when you are on a comma or full stop or when you have arrived at your destination?

Do you have mentors (or are you mentoring) in all these areas? People who Almighty has sent your way to help you get to your goal.

As we enter the second half of the year take a pulse of your time and season. What punctuation are you at. The manual reminds us that to everything under the sun, there is a time and a season.

Enjoy what you can from the season you are currently in, plan to move to the next season if you can (some people can’t do much until Almighty moves them).Learn from this season and take it easy because it is not by power or might but by the spirit of Almighty.

Are you tired of all the noise out there telling you what you should be doing? Do you wish they would all just keep quiet and let you think? I totally relate. You don’t have to do anything about what I have said. Thank Almighty though for the lady who should have died in the bucket of brine and marvel at the great works of Almighty.

FAITH 2

(This is a continuation of Faith 1 from last week)

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Twelve years of hiding had made her want to melt away, but Jesus’s insistence and her complete healing gave her a further boldness to come out and confess that she was the culprit.

Jesus looked at her and told her that her faith had made her whole, which is the highest form of healing. It means that she was now like someone who had never been ill. Everything would be restored to her, including her finances (she went on to write a book and make a film about her life).

The most important part of this story for me is that Jesus did not say His almightiness made her whole or His divine nature made her whole. It was her faith.

There two definitions of faith we will look at. One is the dictionary faith which is belief and trust in and loyalty to God. It further goes on to say the firm belief in a thing even in the absence of proof. Complete confidence.

The bible says Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Substance, is the tangible matter of which something is made of. Therefore faith is the tangible matter of which something you have never seen is made of.

So for example, you have faith that when you start a new job, you will be paid at the end of the month even though you have not worked there before. When you get on the plane you believe that you will land safely at your destination even though you don’t know who is flying the plane or the state of maintenance the aircraft is in. When you go and eat out you are confident to have not eaten poison and so what you have eaten will not harm you.

Those who follow Jesus should have faith that He will do all He says He will do in the manual for living that He left for us.

The fact that BIL believed and trusted she would get her healing through Jesus was what made her get her healing. Please don’t quote me on this. Could this be the reason why some people get their healing and some people don’t? It may be in some situations.

The Manual for Living tells us that if our faith was the size of a mustard seed (apparently, this is a really tiny seed), it is enough for us to move a mountain. I have written before about being a mountain mover. I am sure you can remember.

This is the beginning of yet another year. The years seem to come by so quickly. There are circumstances and issues we have lived with for years and years and we believe that is the way it will always be. Have some faith, this is the year to be whole.

Change may not come with a billboard saying “I am change”, and it may not just drop in your lap. You will find it when you go looking for it. Usually, when you are tired of where you are, truly tired.

When you search and do your investigations don’t take too long to zero in on a course of action. Try not to ask too many people’s opinions because they will all give you their own take on it, which may not be the right take. Don’t be swayed by too many doctrines.

Of course, it is clear that Almighty was in on the deal from the very beginning. How come BIL spotted Mary in the doctor’s clinic when she was dying and still recognised her when she had been healed. From before the beginning of time, Almighty knew there would be a purpose for this story to be told just as I am telling it. The purpose is among many other, to help someone reading to have faith or increase in faith. I hope you catch my drift without my saying so much.

BIL set her goal and made sure it was a smart goal. She drew up a project plan and followed it despite many obstacles. I am sure in her biography BIL wrote how so many of the obstacles turned out not to be obstacles after all but stepping stones.

Is this the first goal BIL will set concerning this issue she? Most definitely not! The story I read stated that she had done all kinds of things and visited many different doctors in the quest of finding a cure. She had exercised faith in the past and even when things did not work out as she hoped, she did not lose her faith.

This is an aside, faith is like trust. We have trust in something and then that thing fails us. I once spoke to someone who put it so well. He said, ” hey if Trust fails you build it again”. If we all abandoned where trust has been broken and refuse to build trust up again, what a tedious life it would be. A life without trust? Things don’t always happen the way we plan or want but we cannot throw in the towel every time something does not work.

Again a little irrelevant here but it may help someone. A lady once described getting a divorce because your spouse cheated on you, as going out to give the person who threw a stone that broke your kitchen window the key and ownership to your house then storming off never to return. My own thoughts! Maybe what you should do is fix the broken window with reinforced glass so it is not easily broken in future.

At the time BIL did not know Jesus was Almighty’s son, (even though we know now when we read the story) and we have no record that Jesus knew her. However, when BIL encountered Jesus, He accepted her even though she only came to Him because she needed something. (By the way, this story is in the Manual for living)

This story is a true story and Jesus is still alive today, healing the sick and preparing a place for us with Almighty. He has all the answers to all problems if we will only ask Him. If you surrender your life to Him, will you still have some problems? Probably, but He will be right there to show you out of those problems. In fact, the Manual for Living says there are many problems that man has, but Jesus delivers him from every single one.

If Jesus was ready to do what He did for BIL who He did not Know at the time He will do the same for you if you surrender to Him now. He does not care if you are only coming to Him because you need something. He is not a human being and does not judge why you want to be friends with Him.

Invite Him in to be your friend and believe that He has come in, then see how He will transform your life.

Do you already have a relationship with Him, go for it, your faith will make you whole.

I hope you have enjoyed reading but more importantly that you have let the post minister to you.

 

 

 

Faith 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith 2 will follow shortly.I know you have a lot to do and I don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.

FAITH 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith @ will follow shortly.i know you have a lot to do and i don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.

 

 

 

 

Drip, drip,drip…….

When you hear drip, drip, many things come to mind, some positive and some negative, depending on where you are standing. The definition of ‘drip’ is a small drop of a liquid. I would say a tiny drop of liquid which in many cases goes unnoticed.

A drop of water can do so much good and so much harm. There is the saying that it is tiny drops of water that make a mighty ocean. Rain is actually many tiny drops of water and we can all see that without rain, food will not grow and we will all starve to death. This is putting it mildly because, in some areas where rainfall is scarce,  the people are not starving to death immediately. They are living a hungry, malnourished, wretched life.

However, even in such areas ,a good irrigation system can be installed whereby again with drip, drip ,barren land can be turned into fertile and productive land.

Rainfall which is drip by drip by drip can cause floods that can wipe out towns with it’s people and property.

In reality, it is drops of water that  made the mighty ocean even though it has taken hundreds of years. Drops of water also make bath water which washes us clean as often as we bath. The sound of drops can be ignored but when it is incessant it can be an irritation or even torture.

I understand that there is a form of Chinese torture that is drops of water to the centre of the head of the person being tortured which can drive the person insane or even kill them.

If you do not properly close a tap, the constant dripping can ruin the container underneath it, whether it is a sink or a bucket. This dripping can also empty a reservoir.

I guess at this point we can all agree that drops going drip, drip can become catastrophic in some instances and life-saving in other instances.

Looking at this in terms of other life issues is amazing what you can do with just a little a day. Take writing a book. many people have books in them but have not written them because they say they don’t have time. However, thirty minutes of writing every day can produce a book in next to no time depending on the length of the book. Even if it takes ten years to write (and it will not take that long), eventually you would have a book.

I am sure you have heard the joke about how to eat an elephant. It is one bite at a time. Someone who has a book to write is reading this blog. The thought of writing the book scares you and indeed you have written an outline which is pretty easy to follow but life has happened and you just think the book will have to wait. Remember drip, drip. How do you write a book? A word at a time.

There was an advert in Atlanta once when I was there for a few weeks. There was a teenage boy who got ratted out by his baby sister about the fact that he had broken up with his girlfriend because she would not quit smoking. His mother was over the moon because she had been telling him the ills of smoking and he had been acting as though he could not hear her let alone understand what she was saying. The conclusion of the advert is that we should keep talking to our children and even though they look like they can’t hear us they are actually listening.

The manual says we should train up our children so that when they leave home they will not depart from His way. Some people do not do this training well enough at the time, possibly from pressures of work or otherwise but please remember drip ,drip. To start off with, if you still have your children at home with you, be comforted that a little you say here and there is actually going to be sufficient. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t think you are doing very much. It does not take too much. Don’t be oppressed by what you see others openly doing. Get a system and follow it.

Many times we get intimidated by the speed at which some other people are going.

I am sitting waiting for my daughter who is learning to play the guitar. There are some mums here who know the guitar books cover to cover. Needless to say , I don’t ,but I am being diligent by making sure my daughter practices every day and I bring her to her class weekly. I am not going to be intimidated by the prowess and knowledge of these other mums who are currently negotiating more extra lessons for seven-year-olds.

Please don’t get me wrong , there is nothing wrong with them but there is nothing wrong with m as well. Drip, drip to them and that is that about that.

Even if your children are big and they have left home, you can still continue talking to them drip, drip and as long as you are consistent, it will be alright. Of course, the corollary is also true. If you are telling them rubbish it will also be effective negatively.

There are some of you who need to take some classes but you don’t think you have the time. Drip, drip. Please start. Instead of doing a full-time course, you may want to consider doing part-time classes, which will possibly help you to fit the course into your current schedule.

I am not saying it will be completely easy, but it will be a start and drip, drip, you will be surprised when it is over.

There are some people who feel they don’t have money and they can’t save because they just don’t have enough. Also, such people don’t give out money or anything because they feel thy don’t have enough. How does drip, drip impact on this. Start with saving a little , no matter how little. Hmmm I need to take this advice myself. You will be surprised how much it quickly accumulates.

When it comes to generosity drip, drip works as well. My mother died many years ago. A few years before she died, I decided to give her, what seemed to me to be a really tiny amount of money because at the time I did not have a job and I felt I was just down right poor. Obviously this was not completely the case.

I, however, determined to give her a pittance every month. That excited her no end. She spent it on tangible things that I did not even think the money could buy. When she passed on I was grateful that I had started giving her something even when I did not have much. She did not live to see me become able to afford much more but she did not have to. I already did well by her. By the way she did not in any way need my pittance.

Remember a gift always makes a way for you. Many people don’t give gifts to people they consider have more money or stuff than them. Remember the more you give, Almighty tells us, the more you receive. This is a universal law, like gravity. Whether you believe it or not , it is the truth.

How does drip, drip work with weight adjustment whether to increase or decrease? Don’t try to stop eating everything and exercise all the hours Almighty sends. If you don’t have a coach to guide you, do a study and implement each thing one at a time, checking to see what works. Drip , drip, I have seen a few people drop multiple dress sizes a drip at a time without stressing. just as an aside, the more you stress the more difficult it is to adjust your weight.

The thing with drip, drip, is that you have to be patient. You need to know that things will not happen over- night but they will surely happen. This is much better than not doing anything and expecting to get lucky or expecting a miracle.

The definition of luck is opportunity, meeting preparedness. When you have been hacking away at it bit by bit when you have to lean on it hard, it just falls over. It then looks to people as though you are lucky because when you do drip, drip, you are not necessarily drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

There was a story in the manual where there was a widow who had an issue in court. She went drip, drip, to the judge to such an extent that he granted her wish because her constant dripping was driving him insane. ( A bit like the Chinese torture I described above.)

There are many other examples that I will not go into right now. Have you been going drip, drip, not to worry you will soon achieve your heart’s desire.

Are you trying to wear somebody down in your favour it is about to happen for you. Obviously, this does not work if you are being devious and nasty. Try is and you will see that drip ,drip, does not work for crooked results. You will achieve what you want to achieve but the long arm of the law will catch up with you sooner rather than later also by drip , drip.

Finally, if you feel that you have wasted a lot of time I want to assure you that you can always do drip ,drip. There is nowhere it says you must do it at a particular age. It is a principle that stands the test of time and defies it.

So please go out and do drip, drip and i await your testimonies.

 

 

 

BE STILL……..

Still, as a noun means deep silence and calm, not moving or making a sound. This is as much and outward as it is an outward manifestation. In the manual for living, Almighty gives the instruction to ‘Be Still’. ‘Be’ is defined as existing in that state and staying in that condition.

So Almighty says we should stay in a state of deep silence and calm. What does this really mean? What it does not mean is that we should not move or speak and vegetate on the couch.

When you hear something strange, you usually stop and listen before you carry on. I believe there are many of us that Almighty has been trying to reach for a while and we are just so busy. He wants you to stop a while and listen out for Him. He does not shout over the noise of the world ( and to be honest we can all bear witness to the fact that the world is really loud). Just to digress there is a new program where people go on first dates , undress each other at the beginning of the date and all subsequent dates are naked. I hope I have got that right but I know they go on dates naked. This is an example of how loud the world has become. How desperate must the people who undress when they go on dates be? Is the money that good? The cameramen and even the moderator are fully clothed.)

Just to digress there is a new program where people go on first dates , undress each other  (to complete nakedness) at the beginning of the date and all subsequent dates are naked ones. I hope I have got that right but I know they go on dates naked. This is an example of how loud the world has become. How desperate must these people be? What do they really stand to gain?Is the money that good? The cameramen and even the moderator are fully clothed in the mean time. Can they not see they are just being used to satisfy a perverse world?

Being still is, therefore, stopping to get clarification. Not just making up your mind based on unclear, biased information.

‘Be still’,following on from the above could be taking stock of your surrounding and your life. This time, you have not been startled by a strange noise or anything like that. Since  ‘be’ is defined as existing in a state of calm, you really should constantly take stock of your life and all that is going on around you. Live deliberately. When you do, you may see clearly that what you think is undesirable, is actually good because Almighty assures us that all things work together for our good.

When you are ‘still’ in this way, you recognise the things that you should be grateful for and don’t only see the things that are wrong. When you quietly and calmly (not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other strong emotions) take stock you can tell those who are for you and those who are actually against you. You can tell the direction you should take as opposed to the popular direction. You can tell what actions show you to be a fool and which actions validate you intellect.

‘Be still, could be that it is time to remove distractions. When I knew I was going to write this piece, I got up the courage to tell a few people on my WhatsApp contact list, not to send me any more daily devotionals. There is only so many devotionals a person can read in a day. The whole social media scene is so distracting. I am thinking of deleting my email addresses because I can’t seem to keep up with deleting mail that makes no sense and unsubscribing myself from newsletters that I never subscribed to in the first place. (Just between us, I feel when I unsubscribe they pass my email address on to someone else who send me more rubbish)

We need to put off distractions. These come in all shapes and sizes. A distraction is a thing that prevents us from concentrating on things of importance ( assuming we know what is important in the first place). These distractions can cause us great agitation of the mind, spirit and soul.

We also should not be distractions to others. For example, getting involved in someone else’s relationship issues may be distracting them. (Hmmm I was just about to invite my niece’s ex to a party I know she will be attending, just to see if they can work things out. This is with the knowledge that after she specifically told me she was building herself up after the breakup and finally getting her act together. I think maybe I better  not be a distraction.)

Be still, could be that it is time to get quiet and think. This is not about distractions. Many of us don’t think. Being calm and quiet will help us recognize that in many instances we are not progressing and we don’t have a full life even though we have all the trapping of one. Thinking lets us understand what true progress is and what it is not. This is a topic for another day. What is progress for each one of us differs and changes so I better not be running your own race, not so?

In quietness and calm, you are likely to hear instructions that make you creative. It is in this same calm that you will hear the Almighty tell you how to implement the new ideas ( or as we like to say…. you will figure out the next steps).

When and where should you be still? Everywhere and anywhere. What does ‘be still’look like at the office? Focus on your work and cultivate listening to instructions. You ‘think’ and so you just know how to find out what will make you excel at your job and then you do it. (Just a tip, doing only what you have been asked to do excellently is not enough. It is a good start but going over and above and beyond the call of duty is what gets you into a leadership position.) When you are still, You don’t get involved with office politics or the office grapevine. You are punctual and diligent. The list is endless.

Surely I can be these things if I am not still. Only to a certain extent, then you will tend to rush off to do your own thing or worse, you rush off, chasing a distraction.

The color of being still at home is just fostering a peaceful environment where everything thrives.To start off with, home is not cluttered with ‘stuff’. Psychologists say we cannot thrive in the midst of clutter and chaos. You, not throwing all your stuff all over the place is being still.

Home does not have to be a palace filled with servants and possessions for it to be an ideal home. Be still at home is being calm such that all who come there are at peace and happy to be there.

Those at home can count on you to hold their hands when they need hand holding, to go that extra mile for them no matter what. To have a listening ear from time to time. If you are married , your spouse feels safe with you, that includes keeping their issues between the two of you. I am not saying you can’t discuss your issues with third parties but be careful who this third party is and what you discuss. All concerned at home being sure you have their back.

All concerned at home being sure you have their back.The thought of your stillness at home just brings joy to all. People don’t run and hide when you come through the front door.

‘Be still” among friends is being a dependable friend who can always be counted on. This is not gossipping with other people about your friend and divulging all you know about him to whoever is interested. Not judging your friend because of what you think you know about them.Not putting pressure on the relationship always recounting how you are such a great friend. Not being a needy friend who is so high maintenance that you make everybody sick with jumping through hoops for you. Not being a manipulative person who must always have his way.

Being still as a friend is knowing when to talk ( and to be brutally honest) and when to sit in silence with your friend. Knowing when you are needed and when you should go home and not be a distraction.

Be still at church is you not breaking the church up because of your opinions and you not having a bad attitude when your suggestions are not taken and implemented. (I hope this is not me. It can be difficult to be still when you think you know it all. Lord have mercy)

In church, you need to help as best as you can and if you can’t be a  help, allow those who can  and you don’t be a stumbling block (distraction). Be at peace with all (actually this is everywhere not just church). Pay your tithes and don’t argue whether or not tithes are still relevant or that was the old testament times. Who do you think pays for the toilet paper and the cleaning? Give offering because as sure as gravity is real, you receive when you give. This is the basest reason.

How do you measure how still you are? What impact are you making? From the above, you can see that being still makes you a dependable person, who is making an impact everywhere they go. The impact here is in a positive way. The person still makes an impact without that being the primary focus. So at work, you are making an impact but all you are really doing is going over and above and beyond the call of duty.

How stressed out are you feeling? How overwhelmed with life are you feeling. Are you feeling that all your plans are unraveling and you are not achieving your goals?

To be still, you need to get over yourself and let things go. Those who you think have hurt you, you need to forgive them. You need to remove physical clutter and psychological clutter. There things that have happened that no matter what you do,  cannot be changed. You need to let it go. If you don’t you may end up running around in circles chasing your owntail.

Deliberately reduce your activity. Pareto principle in this example would be that only 20% of your activity is yielding the best of what you have at work, in your relationships, at home, and in your church. The other 80% is just raising dust.

I met a lady once who did not have a 9 to 5 job and so she was doing like 15 things just to make ends meet. I am sure you are not surprised when I tell you that she never made any money and she was frazzled to bits. She needed to be still and focus.

You have to get linked to Almighty and trust that He is the one working His purpose out in your life. obviously it is not the person who dashes about who succeeds, it is the Almighty who shows mercy and allows all that we do to be impactful.

Is it easy to be still? It is definitely easier said than done. Almighty is the epitome of integrity. Whatever He says is what happens and He says when you are still, completely quiet and calm, He will come out in full force to back you up for the highest impact. There is, therefore, no need to try to do things in our own power.

In calm and quietness, you can ask Almighty direct questions and you will get direct answers.

Like I said at the beginning, ‘Be Still’ is not about being laid back or being a couch potato.

I have so much to learn from this post, In the midst of all the brouhaha, that is living , we must be silent and calm, confident that Almighty has a handle on our lives despite and in spite of all we see. He says He has thoughts of us and they are good thoughts that will get us to our expected end.

Last week, a young lady I know got very upset about something someone said to her and she broke stuff and was in a huff for a few days. When she calmed down, she realised what she thought she heard was not what was said so all her tantrum was not necessary and very misplaced, However, the stuff she broke remains broken and even though we can say she will acquire other things along the journey of life she absolutely did not have to break them.

Stay quiet and calm as this year rolls to a quick end. As you take stock and i think it is good to take stock. Next year holds a lot for us , be still and positioned to receive all the good things next year promises and also positioned to take anything not so good, knowing all things work for our good.

 

 

 

 

 

Calling Down Fire

There was the story of a man (Elijah) many years ago who worshipped Almighty and was so sure of Him that he decided to have a competition with the people at the time who worshipped a god called Baal. He designed the competition and came up with the rules. The competition was for both sides to kill a huge bull, lay it out and call on their gods to send down fire to it.

There were not many rules. So for example , there were no  time constraints, nor limited tactics as to getting the god to deliver. However, no match stick was to be lit and no hot coals were to be set.

Before I conclude on the story, I ask myself and I guess,  you also for what gave him the confidence to throw this kind of challenge. I guess one very easy thing we can conclude must be that he has seen Almighty do this sort of thing before. He had not only seen this once before but had seen it so often that he had become confident of Almighty and was completely convinced of His dependability.

What are your own convictions? There are many confused people out there who are convinced by things that are not lasting. Some people grew up in wealthy homes for example and rely on that wealth always being there.If something happens that takes the wealth away, they cannot function for the rest of their lives. They end up with trust issues among many other issues and don’t even have any convictions. I am sure you know the saying that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

There are those who have achieved something  at some point in their lives and have not bothered to try to do anything more since. Anytime you meet them they only have that one achievement to talk about. Their identity is permanently linked to the achievement and it has not occurred to them to build on it. I once knew a man who in his fifties had run a huge multi-national organisation. Till he died in his eighties, he had a business card that said he was once the Managing Director of that organisation. This is very sad.

There are those who rely on their intellectual powers as they are highly intelligent . It is one thing to be intelligent and another to do something meaningful or worthwhile with it.

This reminds me of another story about a rich man who gave his three servants money to invest as he went on a sabbatical. Two of them invested the money and on his return could give the rich man not just the initial amount but interest. They were promoted. The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any  interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’

The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any  interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’

Those who have super intellectual powers and don’t use it for anything or use it just for wheeling and dealing are truly a waste of space and time. I wish somebody who knows them would tell them so. The great thing about this, though, is that it is never too late to do something worthwhile. Where there is life, there is hope. If you are one of these,  tomorrow morning is a new day and you can do wonders as long as you make that decision today to do it.

These set of people are not the only ones who need to get off their behinds.I know, I know,  I am beginning to sound like a broken record, always telling you to reach for the stars and you can do all things through PP who strengthens you etc. Well, it is because since I first said it, you have remained on your behind. When you get off your behind, I will stop saying it.

You have so many good excuses but really, they are nothing but excuses. Do me proud and get up and do something. This is not in the script. There was a time I was at home for almost six years looking after the children, ( I have quite a number of them). I did not have much money, did not know what to do to get some and nobody encouraged me, assuring me that what I was doing was a good thing, staying at home to look after the children, making sure they don’t turn out strange. some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. you are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job.

Some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. You are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job. When you are done with looking after the children don’t be afraid of going back into the workforce, your skills are invaluable.

At the time, I came up with the idea of making some kind of nibbles,just to make ends meet. I did make them, made very little money but gave it up because (looking back now), I had nobody to encourage me and tell me, that I could do it and I should shut up with all the excuses. Nobody to kick me up the backside regarding my prospects. Nobody to help me. There are many people who have since made pots of money from the same nibbles I was making at the time but gave up.

Please don’t get me wrong, it is not the fault of other people who did not encourage me. I just wish somebody had and not let up till I moved.

So excuse me as I continue to disturb you till you do something meaningful. Oh, you have tried and failed, I hear you say. For your information, failure trains you for success. Anyway, I digress.

Elijah was parked behind the right boss. He was convinced what Almighty said was what He meant, meant what he said and that He would stand by it. In other words, Almighty has integrity. Who is your boss? Does she know what she is talking about, is she a person of integrity or is she double minded in all her ways?

This may be the time to re-evaluate who you are following and indeed who is following you. If you are leading, are you a person of integrity or are you just bent on keeping all you lead under, so they think you are god and a very poor example of god. If you are a good leader, who is following? Did you choose them because you are intellectually or many other ways their superior? If that is the case , you will not do exploits because you are only as strong as your weakest link.

The person you are following? Is this person going to lead you to the promised land? The year is coming to an end. This is always a good time to evaluate. If you cannot get out from behind the person, you should see how you can help the person to be a great boss, not just someone who is going nowhere slowly. Remember , you are going to the same place also. It is in your best interest to find a way to get you both somewhere faster (if you catch my drift).

Dare to be different. Don’t just follow blindly. There is another story of four young men who were captured by a king who recognised they were special and took them back to his palace where he put them in the care of one of the palace servants. They young men and some other young intelligent men that the King had also been captured.

The palace servants were supposed to feed them and take care of all their needs. These four young men looked at the spread of food and knew it was not good for them even though everybody else was eating as though there was no tomorrow, some doing it because they enjoyed it, others doing it because they were too afraid to go against the “boss” or go against what everybody was doing.

These young men refused to partake of the spread and convinced their ‘handler’ to let them eat what they knew was good for them even though it was not obvious to all. They ate vegetables and legumes instead of cupcakes and processed food. They did their part and it was soon clear to the world that their choice was the best choice.

Dare to be different not just for being different sake but because the world does not always have the answers (right or wrong ) even though they make the most noise.

Back to Elijah. To cut the long story short, Almighty came through for him as he was convinced would happen. The people worshipping Baal called and called, but there was no answer, let alone falling fire. However almost before Elijah called,  Almighty sent fire immediately.

That brings me back to the question ‘who are you following’ spiritually. Many people want a spiritual connection to a higher power and there are just as many people touting all kinds of gods and higher  powers, deceiving the unsuspecting into believing gods who cannot send down fire when asked. Please don’t just follow the people making the loudest noise about anything.

How dependable has what you have been worshipping proved over time. Almighty has never been aversed to proving Himself. Indeed he asks us to prove Him concerning the works of His hands. Elijah was proving Him when he asked Him to send down fire to burn the offering. And He did.

Prove Him and see whether or not He will not send down fire into the situation. Of course ,if you are just fooling around you will not get any results. Be serious and you will get a good result.

Till we meet next week.

 

 

 

 

EYES OPEN FOCUS

I went to a spinning class this morning and when it got really intense I was hitting the required RPMs and I closed my eyes thinking I was going flat out.After a while when I opened my eyes I realised that I was hitting only half the required RPM speed.

This got me thinking about how important it is to keep your eyes on the scoreboard so you know exactly how well or how badly you are doing at all times. Many people in their careers, businesses, family life don’t even have a scoreboard let alone keep their eyes on it.

The definition of  a scorecard is a statistical record used to measure achievement or progress towards a particular goal. We all should have goals in every area of our lives. A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Say for example you want to get healthy, your first step is to find out what constitutes good health , then you set out an agenda that will help you achieve the results. This is called setting goals.

Why do you need to set goals? To have focus and goals do this. If you are not focused, everything will distract you. Goals allow you to measure your progress. When you know the route you should take and the results to expect at each point, each milestone by which you have the expected result or not (as the case may be) helps you measure your  progress.

Goals give you mental boundaries so that you keep to the script in order to achieve the goals. Setting goals helps you not to procrastinate. What is procrastination? Procrastination is putting off what you need to do now till  later or maybe never.

Finally, goals motivate you constantly, especially as and when you achieve a step and you are moving to the next step.

However, life is not only about your goals or your path in life. There are many things going on. this is why when you set goals they have to be S.M.A.R.T so that you can keep your eyes on what is going on.

Like my spinning class, if you take your eyes off the dashboard of what controls your goals like the timing and the achieved goals and what needs to be done, you may have slowed down or gone off track completely but you will be fooled by your huffing and puffing that is actually getting you nowhere fast.

Even when your eyes are wide open sometimes you have to be sure you are paying attention to the correct things at the correct time.

Some examples of what you should have a dashboard for, relationships, career,strengths weaknesses, spiritual life, health, nutrition, exercise, the list is endless.

Even when you have a dashboard it is important to know exactly what you need to monitor.A, for example, would be a man who has a family and spends his time making money to look after this family to the detriment of spending time with them. The said family don’t know him and quite frankly he does not know them either. When he is old and grey and expects loving care from the said family, he does not get it the way he thinks he deserves to get it.

Now this is tragic because he worked his behind off for them but the said family feel justified because they do as much for him as they  would do for any stranger they don’t have a real relationship with. He dies a bitter man who feels unloved and reacts to his family negatively which drives them further away and when he dies all are relieved and give him a ‘befitting’ funeral, thinking ‘that’s that about that’.

Also, it could be a high performing and high achieving mum who drives her children crazy by expecting too much from them. She is impossible to live with because of it’s all about high grades. She has the children doing every form of co -curricular activity, music, chess, sports, bible study classes, make-up and the list is endless. Her husband cannot get a word in edgeways because she is on top of it all. (I hope this is not me. I better ask the children if they enjoyed all those extra things they have learnt over the years. I wonder if it is not too late to make amends if I find I was driving them nuts. Oh dear!)

The children are pushed into areas of work they hate and end up with well-paying jobs but they are overweight because they are unhappy with work and want out , but don’t want to upset Mum who made such ‘sacrifices’ to ensure they attained great heights.

Another type is the young girl who has set a goal to be married by the time she is twenty-four years old and is now twenty-two years old , going out (that does not sound right) is now seeing (that sounds even worse), is now being courted(that is definitely not what it is ) anyway you know what I am talking about. She is with this boy who has absolutely no regard for her or her family but has mentioned once or twice that he will marry her because quite frankly she is a great catch (but she does not know this). She ends up marrying him and then, surprise, surprise, he morphs into a monster.

There is the business owner who continues to take on all kinds of customers, with his eyes on the amount of business he is doing and not on the actual amount of actual profit he is making. The truth is you can’t buy a product $1 and sell hundreds of it at half the price and expect to make a profit.

There is also the young , beautiful intelligent lady who sleeps with the boss on numerous occasions because he gives her money to send her younger siblings to school as their Dad abandoned them when their mother died young. She hates herself but she wants to fulfil her promise to her dying mother.

She makes the money and sends them to good schools and they get a good education, but she ends up with a chronic ailment like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) because of the emotional scars that remain as a result of what she had to do to get the money. She could not enjoy the fruits of her labour.

The workaholic man should have set his goals such that there was some balance in his life. This is to ensure that he developed a relationship with his family not just throwing money at anything that moved.

The hyper mother should have programmed some balance into her life so that the children would also program balance into their lives fully embracing joy, peace and smelling the roses. Not turning into robots going through the motions of life and living, in turn raising robots etc.

The girl who desperately wants to tick marriage off her list should find out her worth, what marriage is all about before she sets her goals and ends up marrying a monster.

The young lady sleeping with her boss because of her siblings , should not have done that because the Almighty who created them does not need help ensuring that they fulfil destiny. When they fulfil destiny she should know it was not through the efforts of big sister. There are many ways, they say to skin a cat, in this case, there are many more palatable ways to raise money for education. Even if they did not get any education…….ask Steve Job.

Continuing with the analogy of my spinning class, each bike has its own dashboard and in many instances, you should be preoccupied with your dashboard and even if you are not, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to see the dashboard of the person next to you. This really just leaves you guessing the speed they are going at and the gears they are riding at. If you are guessing , I can assure you that that is all it is, a guessing game. You really cannot give a correct evaluation just by looking and guessing.

Some people are sweating profusely but may not be doing very much in terms of speed and resistance. That may just be their metabolism and body type. Some look really serious , again that may just be a look and they may not be doing much. Some look like they are not doing much but they may have their eyes on the dashboard and also have such a good technic such that they are going flat out but looking cool doing it.

All this just says you can only focus on your dashboard and not that of another person.

Eyes open focus should help you move ahead with your goals. What are you focusing on? Are they the right things. Trust you are not letting what is going on around you determine your focus.

Keep your eyes open. I once heard a blind person speak on the gift of blindness, which makes them focus without being easily distracted. That may be so but remember that because they are blind, the blind have learnt to compensate by honing their skills and senses such that they have internal replacement eyes that help them focus.

Are your eyes open, especially to the right things? Keep them open. Keep them on the right things and you will be fulfilled.

Oh, I just had an Isaac Newton experience. I had advertised a training course,  remember I am trying to set up business in London, way outside my comfort zone. My daughter and I designed a really nice flyer advertising a group life coaching session. On the appointed day, only three people turned up, as if that was not bad enough, the venue had double booked the room I was supposed to use and  guess who got booted out.

I am not phased, however. I now know a couple of things about the system in London, England. Rooms get double booked in London also. I am laughing now but on the day I was a little upset but had to get over it and keep it moving. No time to mope.

Have a great week.

 

Oh for the Garden of Eden…again!!!

Most of us have watched Jurassic Park or a film like that , portrayed through someone’s imagination and where we are whisked into a far away , hundreds of years ago land where animals like the dinosaur  still roam around and so on. You catch my drift.

By the way, I have been reading up about writing and publishing and I am learning the right way and the wrong way of writing. I am not sure I should really be saying ‘you catch my drift’. I will say it this time, so you can know that I am not a robot but a real human. I am sure you catch my drift this time.

Anyway who made the rules? Rules are sometimes made to be broken. Ooops did Ijust say that?  Be careful which rules you break. If for instance, you break a traffic rule, it may be the difference between life and death. Having said that many successful people broke rules. Not all rules were made for the right reasons. Many times rules are made in order to manipulate people, animals and things.

Come with me on a journey exploring the Garden of Eden and a glimpse into how life must have been back then. (You know you don’t really believe the big bang theory, it is just a good comedy).Almighty had put everything a human being  would need there even before man was created. Imagine that most people have bought all their baby needs before they bring the baby home.The place was beautiful, with the natural order . I am not sure natural order here means everything was peaceful and serene all the time. After all  the natural order is that some animals eat some other animals in order to survive.

The place was beautiful, with things in order..the natural order. I am not sure natural order here means everything was peaceful and serene all the time. After all , the natural order is that some animals eat some other animals in order to survive.

Almighty had said to Adam, that he should eat all the different herbs and fruits created and have dominion over everything else. He did not actually say Adam could eat meat but I guess you can interpret ‘have dominion over’ anyway you want. ( are we all supposed to be vegetarian? I guess Almighty has always been great on free will). Whatever we say Adam and Eve were healthy not only because they ate all natural stuff (probably raw) as prescribed by Almighty but because they exercised, did not stress about anything and slept well. There were no distractions. They were content with what they had.

You can contrast this with the lives of many people, where they don’t eat the right things, are distracted, stressed out and therefore unhealthy.

Adam had to work because Almighty set him to work tending the Garden. (He did not just laze around sunbathing as many like to think he did.) I am guessing  Adam was in maintenance. Ensuring things functioned as they were meant to. He must have also done some harvesting and re-planting, in fact, I am sure he did all manner of things that were never even included in his original job description. All this he did without murmuring or complaining.

This again is not a wonder he was healthy. He lived a complaint, blame-free life. All those things including gossip don’t promote anyone at work.It all just brings stress.

He must never have been bored. Adam would have had to be dynamic to do so many different things.  (Please note I said dynamic, not multi-tasking. The psychologists now know that no one can multitask successfully. You can’t do two things at exactly the same time and do them well.One thing will always be better done than the other or they will both be badly done).In all of this, he did not have to fuss over his wages or the quantity of the harvest and how much he was going to get for it.There must have been so much to do that God created Eve not just to keep Adam company but also to help him in his many endeavors.

Also in all of this, he did not have to fuss over his wages or the quantity of the harvest and how much he was going to get for it.There must have been so much to do that God created Eve not just to keep Adam company but also to help him in his many endeavors.

Eve in the garden helped everywhere and anywhere she was called upon to, which is why she had to be submissive. She needed to show up when and where needed not just anywhere and anytime she felt she wanted to. Adam was serious and dynamic so he would not have been giving silly assignments just because he could or making petty complaints. He would not have had time for such tomfoolery.

Adam must have done the heavy lifting, after all, he had been in the garden longer and he was naturally built stronger. However, he was also smart enough to recognise Eve’s skills and temperament. He was a great manager and would not have wanted down time over petty squabbles and such like.

Adam, recognised Eve’s usefulness and importance, because, without her , he would not have been able to achieve much. They, however, would not have had too many arguments about money, because Eve had as much access to stuff as Adam. If for any reason Adam was being a stumbling block, she went straight to Almighty.

Almighty  chatted to the couple often and knew immediately anything was up with them. I guess that happens everywhere not only in the Garden of Eden. Even after they had done the wrong thing, He was not upset with them, they just had to suffer the consequence of their actions.

Even though this is not the topic for today, yes every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You can’t do just everything and anything you want without also getting the consequence, good or bad. We like good consequences but get upset and blame somebody , anybody when the consequence is bad even though in many instances we were warned.

The lions and other animals did what Adam and Eve told them to do. That must have been really cool. The mosquito was in the Garden, and I wonder how that was? I guess Adam and Eve still exercised dominion and made it sit in the corner a few times for being naughty. They definitely did not kill it or mosquitoes would not be here now.

They did not wear anything, how liberating that they did not have to stand in front of a wardrobe full of all sorts of clothes in all styles, shapes and sizes and still not find something they think is nice or appropriate.

Even though Almighty had put gold in the Garden and had probably discussed with Adam and Eve, (sorry I keep saying their names because I don’t want to say Adam and his wife or Eve and her husband, just a pet peeve of mine) good it was I imagine that their chairs in some of their hangouts were gold. They did not stress themselves to knock it into earrings etc. They may have used gold as mirrors but then again, what would they have needed a mirror for. Eve may have needed to use a mirror to put flowers in her hair but I can’t think of what else for.

I am sure there are some people who would rather die than go out without having looked in a mirror. Those people may not be too excited at the prospect of living in Eden. I don’t think you need worry about that. I believe if you have the opportunity to live in Eden, it will be so beautiful you will forget your own beauty (or presumed lack of it).

This is just a tip of the iceberg (talking of ice, they would not have needed any because everything was so cool. The temperature of everything was just right. Everything was just right. No little Korombey starving in any corner of the Garden needing you to send money to dig a well).The beauty and the awesomeness of the Garden cannot be described in a blog. Even having a baby there would have been at a sneeze because labour during childbirth is a consequence of the actions of Adam and Eve.

Okay, this is all very interesting, what has it got to do with anything let alone catapult?After all the Garden of Eden is done. Well, what if I told you that you can live as though you were in the Garden even right now in the midst of this ….. world?

If you have been reading these posts , you will remember I talked about PP in one of them. Again PP is the acronym for Prince of Peace. He is Almighty’s son and he was hung on a cross till He died as an atonement for the actions of Adam and Eve that got them expelled from the Garden. His action of allowing people to hang Him on a cross to die has the consequence of atonement for those who believe this in their hearts and say this belief with their mouths. This act of believing and confessing brings us back to the life in the Garden.

Three days after He died on the cross, PP came alive again and this was possible because He is Almighty’s son and is more powerful than death.This story seems to be the ultimate fantasy novelette but the difference is that it is true.

PP’s death and resurrection results in  peace, joy, abundance, divine health and so much more for those of us who believe. However the snake in the Garden is in the world and even as he played mind games on Eve, he is still around playing mind games. He can make you who believe, think that despite and in spite of, things are going wrong. This can make you despondent.

I want us to remember that even though Adam and Eve had a nice life in the Garden, they still had to work, got cuts and bruises from the work, had to settle any inter -couple disputes with God’s help and so much more.

The fact that you believe and are going through stuff, may just be a mind game. Don’t be taken in. Talk your situation through with Almighty. Remember that in the Garden, Adam and Eve talked many things through with Him. You don’t need anybody to help you talk to him. You can even find out from the Manual what you need to do to get out of the funk. He is the Manual and the Manual is Him.

Many times, not all the time, the problem is that we are so busy discussing our issues with all who have an ear and five minutes to listen instead of taking it to the Almighty or searching out what the Manual says about it.

I am always referring you to the Manual because Almighty who made us sent us to this earth with a manual so we can function properly and be of the best use. He speaks to us through the Manual, which is why I said He is the Manual. When we read a Toyota car manual we know it is Toyota speaking to us. Without a manual where do we know to put the spark plugs ?

If you have never said with your mouth that you believe the PP story of dying on the cross and coming back to life so we could be back in Eden, just say it and ask PP into your heart and watch Eden unfold.

What this has to do with Catapult is that nothing can catapult you further into your destiny than you having a great life in Eden. There are many principles and rules to live by but this is a great one to start with.

October starts in a couple of days. Don’t get anxious if you don’t think you have achieved much because trust me you have. Someone is playing a mind game on you, don’t be taken in. If you think you have done somethings don’t be fooled into settling for mediocrity, even the sky is not the limit.

 

 

 

 

Why does he walk that way….

There are many times we look at some people and we wonder why they walk the way they do. We think “oh he is so arrogant, see the way he walks”, “oh my word, she is walking as though she owns the place”.

I know someone who walks as though she is walking the catwalk. It turns out that she has scoliosis and had a metal rod inserted along her spine that makes her seem she is walking the catwalk. I know another chap, who when you are having a conversation suddenly tilts forward close to you. People usually step back thinking he is trying to be fresh. It turns out that he is deaf in one ear and has to lean his good ear close to the speaker’s mouth in order for him to hear properly.

I know of a young lady who married a geek. However, after a while, the very qualities that endeared him to her started annoying her to the point where she divorced him. A few months later she stumbled on an article about Asperger’s syndrome and she went crazy. This was because she realised that she was reading about her ex-husband. He was not cold and emotionless after all, he had a condition that had gone undetected. She felt bad that if she had known , she would have found out how to manage him.

Many times we assume a thing about a person because of our conclusions of them from our perspective. The truth, however, is that we cannot assume things based on our not having all the facts. The manual for Living says we should not judge a matter, where we have not heard the two side.

When you meet a person, you are meeting their representative not necessarily the real person. Most of us put up a front when we meet people, and even when we have known them for a while it becomes too late to show them who we really are. In some cases even when we want them to know who we really are, we get the impression they are not interested in what we have to offer and we just keep our representative on show. Of course from our discuss today, this may not even be their intention.

This is going to be a short post to just make us understand that there are many reasons why some things are going on or not going on as the case may be ,and it is not always for the reasons we think we know. We make ourselves so ill thinking we know the reason why something is the way it is and yet we may be totally wrong.

Relationships can be very difficult when those in them are not the real people but just the representatives. I feel I am getting into deep water here getting myself entangled with relationships. We are all in relationships and most of us yearn to hear more about relationships and how to make them work better or even work at all.

I think it is always better to think the best of the next person. So let me take married couples. They love each other at certain times and at certain times they don’t. These days whether courtship is long or short, people are getting married for the wrong reasons and the couple don’t know their real spouse, just the representative.They are therefore always having to guess what the other person really means by their speech and their actions. A representative could be anybody depending on what the situation calls for. Imagine even your own response when someone you like comes to your door as opposed to someone you don’t like. The same ‘you’ responds in two distinct and different ways.

So let me take an example of couple AB. Let us say for example choosing what school their first child will attend. The couple both went to mixed schools and even though they have never discussed it, the husband assumes their child will automatically attend a mixed school. The wife does not know what her husband thinks but she feels that choosing a boarding school is her responsibility because she chose the primary school and as such, she will get to choose what type of school and in what area.

She feels she is better suited to do this because she is better educated and indeed comes from a family where education is a big deal and she grew up with all the nuances associated with education and being educated. This is unlike the husband who comes from a family where he is the first to really get a college level education even though he never got high grades just coasted by.

Two years before their son had to go off to boarding school, Wifey had been doing research and had zeroed in on certain boys only schools. Believing that she has done really well, she presents the list to hubby who did not even realize that they needed to start searching for schools that early. He feels his wife is trying upstage him. His first reaction was to think the worst.

Even though he feels like this, he genuinely wants his son to attend a mixed school, like himself and his wife. He does not know this research she is talking about and feels his wife just wants to, again, put him down.

Hubby felt that he went to a mixed school and has done well by many standards. Also, he had watched a random program where a man said he believes he became gay when he was sent off to an all boy’s boarding school.

These two thoughts were his main reasons for wanting a mixed school. His wife had good points also for choosing a single sex school but he was not ready to listen because he felt she was catching him unawares and he had not had time to marshal his points well. He does not even mention his own valid points and continued to harp on the fact that his wife wanted to show him up.

There were many dynamics going on. The “real” hubby wanted a mixed boarding school for two main reasons but he allowed his “representative” to put up a façade that brought strife. The wife also believed the worst, that her husband was just being unreasonable and just wanted to choose whatever was opposite of what she thought.

I hope I have not confused you with this scenario? Why is he walking like that? Why is he thinking that way? Why is he dressed like that? Why does he eat that way? Why has he made that decision? Why does he even look like that? Why does he spend money like that? Why does he not spend money like this? Why is she married to him and vice versa.

There are so many questions like this, that even though we ask, we are not interested in the correct answer. We ask the question and answer it depending on what we see, which is not always what the true picture is.

We will always ask these questions because we are individuals, in many cases, self-absorbed individuals who are convinced we have all the answers. We are not bothered with whether or not our answers are correct. Sometimes we are sincere in our conclusions but we are sincerely wrong.

The manual for living, says we should not judge other people. There are many interpretations of this (just a by the way, always read the manual for yourself, don’t just listen to other people interpret it for you because the person interpreting may be self-absorbed and so is telling you his own perspective which may not be Almighty’s perspective or Almighty’s perspective for you), but I believe one of it is that if you don’t know all the facts, don’t make a decision as to why he is walking that way. Eight times out of ten you will be wrong.

This is not even quoting the well-known adage that you should not judge a man if you have not walked in his shoes. This is because many of the people you judge , you will never walk in their shoes. This post is really for me, and i apologise publicly to all the many people i have wondered wrongly why they are walking like that.

Just a random piece of information. In the USA, the most popular birthdate is the 18th of September. I wonder why…… and I am sure it is not for any of the reasons you think.

Please , please nobody in this post is anybody you think you know, so please don’t conclude that you know couple AB. for once i did not use a true story.

September is half gone. Where does all the time go? Have a great week.

Grammarly says I have five grammer mistakes. I can’t find them. I hope you can’t too.