Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Proverbs 14:12; 16:25

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Yes, not every open door is God’s own door and truly, not all that glitters is gold. Sometimes even the fakes bling more than the actual gold itself.

When I think of Adam and Eve, I think of what sin they committed exactly. It was not adultery, or fornication, or theft or the like – they did something that most of us do all of the time! Eve saw a fine tree, actually called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and it had fine fruits, and Eve had every reason and encouragement (the devil) to eat it. Yes, there was a fine fruit from a tree whose name was Knowledge of Good and Evil, but it was not God’s will for her and Adam to eat from it.

Our generation today is full of people who stray from God not because of something “so wrong”, but because we try to impose our choices on God and don’t see why something else should work, when all the human statistics are right.

I mean, almost everyone around you agrees with what you think is right. You bind and cast those who think you are wrong, but here is the Holy Spirit holding the red flag in front of our moving cars, warning us of the danger ahead, but we won’t budge. HEY! STOP RIGHT THERE and don’t act like you’re naive. Don’t play ignorance just to please the deceiving emotions and sights that appeal to you and your senses. I know it is not entirely our fault. I agree that it is not easy, oh my, it is so not easy to let go of something or someone that “seems” so good when God tells you to, especially when he does not tell you why, but you just have to. In the long run, you’d see why and you’d be so grateful you obeyed (that’s if you OBEY). So brace up and face the Truth and let Him guide you.

As I read somewhere, the fact is that if God can take away something you never expected losing, He can replace it with something that you never imagined having. I know that lady might look like the perfect match for you and all your friends are telling you not to let her go, the lyrics of your songs are in agreement also, but don’t you dare act like you can’t see the Holy Spirit’s red flag in front of your moving car.

Prop up and get in the centre of God’s will. You deserve the best, SO don’t dare settle for less! I pray that the Lord will give you strength to follow His Will, to rely on Him, to allow Him take residence in your heart and to obey Him, no matter the cost, in Jesus’ name. HAPPY SUNDAY

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

The North Wind and the Sun

Hello there! It’s Story Friday again. I hope you had a nice time reading Remembering Childhood from last week. Today, we’d be reading a story, not by Yours Truly this time but, by Aesop. It’s one of his most talked about fables. It’s titled The North Wind and the Sun and it goes thus:

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The North Wind and the Sun disputed as to which was the most powerful, and agreed that he should be declared the victor who could first strip a wayfaring man of his clothes. The North Wind first tried his power and blew with all his might, but the keener his blasts, the closer the Traveler wrapped his cloak around him, until at last, resigning all hope of victory, the Wind called upon the Sun to see what he could do. The Sun suddenly shone out with all his warmth. The Traveler no sooner felt his genial rays than he took off one garment after another, and at last, fairly overcome with heat, undressed and bathed in a stream that lay in his path.

Now, the most talked about moral of this story is that Persuasion is better than Force, but how true is that? I know force is not always necessary, at the same time, persuasion doesn’t always do the job, but to an extent, Aesop is right and sometimes, we need to coax, encourage, and influence others around us and even ourselves to do the right things, because force might not be good enough. However, in a crisis situation, force might be all you need.

You may ask, “How do I know what exactly to do?”

Pray for wisdom, seek counsel from others and believe God to help you figure it all out.

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

The Conversation

Yay! It’s Poetry for the Monday. Enjoy the read of a shower and a mirror telling a girl’s secrets😋

I told Shower what I knew

How she tilted her head

And struck a pose;

How she spoke to her reflection

And asserted her uniqueness

How she got herself to order

Just by speaking in my presence.

But,

Shower giggled at the perfection she portrayed

He laughed at my shallowness

And exposed the brokenness before my moments with her

She permitted his rain on her

Controlling his drops.

She wanted slow drops as she cried;

She wanted mild drops as she thought;

In her rage, his drops were massive;

And when she stopped the drops,

She cried to her creator in the silence

And, then, he would wait,

And watch her walk to me,

To reconstruct herself into perfection.

Where do you retreat? What can those objects gossip about your secret moments?

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

Remembering Childhood

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She had the world about her. You could feel the hospitality of Africa in the way she acted. Her formality was impeccably British. She had learned to loosen up like an American, even though she maintained an Arab shyness quite frequently. You could call her face Ethiopian, her hair Indian and her body Brazil, and guess what, she had an Italian appetite and her men tasted like French.

Sometimes, I called her Miss world. I loved to watch her attempts to sway to the right and to the left on the dance floor. She had the cockiest steps, even when she was certain of how bad a dancer she was. She had an aura around her that made you yearn to stay in her presence. But there was something ever so strange about Britney. It made me wonder how she passed her exams, it made me wonder how she remembered every name, and it even made me ponder how she remembered her own name that I gave to her. She had a way of making ordinary observations sound like outstanding discoveries, and a way of making you laugh your heart out to the most boring joke ever. Talk about her reverence for God; often you would see her hug her Bible close to her chest, resting her chin on the oak brown leather cover. You would think that she would forget every scripture she ever read, but no, as forgetful as we all knew Britney to be, she always remembered certain things. She nudged me to tell me John 3:16 when the Sunday school teacher called my name to recite the memory verse. She was too old for the class, but she was ever with me. She reminded me that 2 + 2 equals 4 whenever I was lost in thoughts.

When she spoke, her voice sounded like ice cream melting into water, as the last echoes of her speech lingered in my ears. Now I recall the time she told me she was leaving.

“Kunle, you have to grow up now”

Those were her words to me and as always, the words echoed in not just my ears this time, but my heart. Britney had to go. I had to move on. I had to become the man who lived not just in imaginations but in reality, and let go of the friend that only existed in my mind.

 

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

 

The One Way to Activate Your Talent

So as a student, sometimes after a long day, I want to just have a ready meal or some ice-cream and just sleep. However, sometimes I find myself needing to cook some noodles for supper. Now, because I am already tired and worn out from the day’s activities, I’m like, “I’ll soon cook it…by like 8 or so”. I go on and on till I end up settling for a bowl of cereal. Philosopher and author William James said, “Nothing is as fatiguing as the hanging on of an uncompleted task”. The longer we let things slide, the harder they become.
This leads us to the 3rd characteristic of a talent plus person: INITIATIVE

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John Maxwell writes, “I’m willing to bet that you have…
a decision you should be making,
a problem you should be solving,
a possibility you should be examining,
a project you should be starting,
a goal you should be reaching,
an opportunity you should be seizing,
a dream you should be fulfilling”.

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If we really want to reach our potential, achieve our goals, realize our dreams, then we must take the first step; we must act. According to our book in review, Talent is Never Enough, there are only four kinds of people.
1. People who do the right thing without being told.
2. People who do the right thing when told.
3. People who do the right thing when told more than once.
4. People who never do the right things, no matter what.
We have to be the first kind of person. No one tells the ant what to do in summer; it stores up food and provisions. We need to light our own fire without being told and stop waiting for all the circumstances to fade. Maxwell tells us how to activate our talent with initiative.
ACTION PLAN:
1. Accept Responsibility for Your Life
Socrates said, “To move the world we must first move ourselves.” Responsibility and initiative are inseparable. There are setbacks and obstacles but Dick Butler makes it clear, “Life isn’t fair. It isn’t going to be fair. Stop sniveling and whining and go out and make it happen for you…”
2. Examine Your Reasons for Not Initiating

Think about the kinds of people who lack initiative as stated above and identify your specific problem. However, do not give excuses and focus on legitimate reasons. Then, work on overcoming the weaknesses.
3. Focus on the Benefits of Completing a Task
Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow. Will completing the task bring a financial benefit? Does it represent a milestone in your development? Don’t dodge the problems, confront them.
4. Share Your Goal with a Friend Who Will Help You
This might be a risk but it’s one worth taking. Identify people who really care about you. Believe it or not, there is no way to put a value on the assistance that other can give you in achieving your dreams.
5. Break Large Tasks Down into Smaller Ones
Maxwell suggests for the goal, that you divide it by categories, prioritize it by importance, order it by sequence, assign it by abilities, and accomplish it by teamwork. (If you are not certain what any of this mean, let me know in the comment section and I would be sure to answer).
6. Allocate Specific Times to Tasks You Might Procrastinate
Remember our posts on The Psychology of a Habitual Schedule (You can search for it on the home page). Yes, something like that; you need to schedule a SPECIFIC time for that task – maybe 6 to 7pm daily – depending on your schedule.
7. Remember, Preparation Includes Doing
It is not enough to have ideas, to have good intentions, you have to DO. Louis L’Amour said, “The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on”.
So sit up and take that first step and watch your abilities blossom.
Goodbye Royalty,
With Overflowing Love,
Alexandra Zion.

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