Monthly Archives: October 2013

Just A Little Sin, Not A Little Consequence

I sat at my desk navigating through the open windows in search of an answer to a question that have stuck my eyes to my screen for hours. A colleague was just coming in from a meeting and he was unhappily stressed. He went to administer to a daily issue but came back with a look that had “stress” written all over him on like before.

This guy that swapped top and bottom plug has made life difficult for me” He mourned. “Everything continuous to be difficult since that incident” he continued. “references are always being made to that incident

We live in a world where so many things seem insignificant until they malfunction or go wrong. In the above story, over 3.4million USD was paid for that mistake. It is like swapping your slippers: wearing the right slippers on the left foot and vice versa.  worsening the whole scenario is the fact that the sequence and method of loading the plugs are written on the body of the plug.

The above may look foreign to you both we most times take some little things for granted. We by-pass procedures, overlook instructions, seek shortcuts , take seriousness for granted, dodge responsibilities and even throw a blind eye over evil. We just feel at ease failing to adhere to the simplest of instructions.

A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,”Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man. (Prov 24:33-34; Prov 6:10-11)

The above text stated twice in Proverbs has a good number of “A little” and you could see the consequence which isn’t “a little”. This may look mild pointing towards laziness and idleness, but what can you say about Achan in Joshua.

The LORD’s command to Israel not to take from Jericho anything that was to be destroyed was not obeyed. A man named Achan disobeyed that order, and so the LORD was furious with the Israelites… Joshua 7:1 GNB

The Israelites had conquered Jericho and were to wipe out Ai but the sin of one man brought great consequences on the Army. After being chased by Ai and killing 36 Hebrew soldiers, the army lost courage and were afraid. Achan had to be fished out and this is what he confessed

Among the things we seized, I saw a beautiful Babylonian cloak, about 2Kg of Silver and a bar of Gold weighing over half a kilogram. I wanted them so much that i took them. you would find them buried inside my tent, with the silver at the bottom. Joshua 7:21 GNB

A little lust over the goodies had made Achan defy an instruction from The Almighty. Achan was stoned to death, but you are still alive. So many times we allow the lust of our eyes to drive us to do what we, as Christians aren’t meant to do. we defy the simple instructions, hide our sins under our pillows and put up a bold face but the Lord would search you out.

God sought out Mariam when she murmured against Moses and Leprosy was hers to get for her murmurs. Aaron may have not been immediately punished but he didn’t cross the Jordan. Even Moses hit the Rock instead of speaking to it and thus he never entered the Promised land. Reuben lost his birthright because of sexual urge. He slept with his father’s wife.

It is not just about the stories and examples listed in the Bible. In our day to day activities we overlook so many instructions.

  • do you know that your phone could explode as you are answering a call as it is plugged?
  • have you wondered why the no-phone sign are in petrol stations?
  • have you asked why it is instructed to blow off your kerosene lamps and stoves before refilling?
  • Do you put on your electrical appliances before putting on your generator
  • Do you pull out your USB without ejecting
  • Do you ping while walking on the road
  • Do you hang on moving vehicles
  • name it… you know many.

See how little these scenarios and sins may seem but the consequences are great, so many of which live on with us. Don’t take little instructions for granted. And if you aren’t a christian yet (I don’t mean church goers), there is little or no time left. A little Faith is needed.

There are no little consequences.

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We Are Survivors

(For those born before 1940…)

 

We were born before television, before penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, videos and pill. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, ball-point pens, before dishwashers, tumble driers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes… and before man walked on the moon.

 

We got married first and then lived together (how quaint can you be). We thought “fast food” was what you ate in lent, a “Big Mac” was an over sized raincoat and “crumpet” we had for tea. We existed before house-husbands, computer dating and “sheltered accommodation” was where you waited for a bus

 

We were before day care centers, group homes and disposable nappies. We never heard of the FM radio, tape decks, artificial hearts, word processors, or young men wearing ear rings. For us “time sharing” meant togetherness, a “chip” was a piece of wood or fried potato, “hardware” meant nuts and bolts and “software” wasn’t a word.

Before 1940 “Made in Japan” meant junk, the term “making out” referred to how you did in your exams, “stud” was something that fastened a collar to a shirt and “going all the way” meant staying on a double-decker bus to the terminus. In our day, cigarette smoking was “fashionable”, “grass” was mown, “coke” was kept in the coalhouse, a “joint” was a piece of meat you ate on Sundays and “pot” was something you cooked in. “Rock music” was a fond mother’s lullaby, “Eldorado” was an ice cream, a “gay person” was the life and soul of the party, while “aids” just meant beauty treatment or help for someone in trouble.

 

We who were born before 1940 must be a hardy bunch when you think of the way in which the world has changed and the adjustments we have had to make.

No wonder there is a generation gap today…BUT

 

By the grace of God… we have survived

written by Ikem Nwakaudu

5 Things To Do Before 8am

I logged onto yahoo.com to access my email account. a particular post flashed across my computer screen and I feel it would be nice to share it with my friends. The post was written by Jennifer Cohen of Forbes.

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.

1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.

2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep you mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.

4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

Finally, the zeroeth on the list is to pray and converse with the Almighty God through Jesus Christ the Saviour. There is no way except him. Pray First. Pray last. Pray always. Pray without ceasing.

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When you come crashing like the Nokia 110 Phone

Solving Problems, with fun

I have a Nokia phone – model 110, and like other 110 models, when you take off the battery (and the SIM card), after some time, it loses power to the clock, meaning if you recouple the phone, you will need to set the time again. Now for someone that has no other time piece, it really gets frustrating to have to set the time when I have no wristwatch to use as reference. Yes, really annoying.
It so happened this morning what while I was walking home, I threw the phone up expecting to catch it (a bad habit of mine), unfortunately I couldn’t catch it well enough, and the phone came crashing on the floor, to different pieces. Quickly picking up, I hurriedly coupled it back together, silently praying that the time does not reset to zero since I had no reference time to set it with.
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Nigerian Blog Awards 2013: Nominate Amoscp’s Blog and Soccergunz

Dear Friends,

Happy new month. That seems late but isnt it late than never? Welcome to the month of October.

It is that time of the year where nominations are made for the Nigerian Blog Awards. The awards is done annually and recognizes blogs onwed by Nigerians and blogs that are Nigerian in content.

Since September 18, 2012, i have been running two blogs; amoscp’s blog and The Soccergunz. The URL of which are amoscp.wordpress.com and soccergunz.wordpress.com respectively.

Amoscp’s blog is a blog on my personal experiences in different facet and phases of life. The experiences are true life and incorporates others’ experiences. The blog also doubles as a christain blog with numerous bible passages and christain faith explained and laid bare.

The above listed qualities qualifies Amoscp’s Blog as a Personal Blog and a Faith-Based blog. So apend your nominations at http://nigerianblogawards.com/register2013.php and choose amoscp.wordpress.com as the Best Personal Blog (section 17) and the best Faith Based Blog (section 8)

Soccergunz is my sports blog. I write about football especially and Arsenal FC most of the time. I discus football here, be it the ènglish premier league or the Nigeria Premeir league. On soccergunz, i write on the Super Eagles and anything that relates with Nigerian football, though not as much as Arsenal FC.

So, nominate soccergunz.wordpress.com as the Best Sports Blog (section 23) and the Best New Blog (section 14) on http://nigerianblogawards.com/register2013.php
Soccergunz was created on 18.09.2012 and thus qualifies for the best New Blog which for blogs created after August 2012.

So friends, I need your nominations. You can only use an email address once. So, for every email you have nominate my two blogs for the above categories.

I appreciate your nominations alot.

Thanks and God Bless.

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Chibuzor Amos