Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Rains Finally

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The nights were dark, torturous and tormentous. The power supply nose-dived in recent times and the availability of the major fuel to the innumerable amount of generators in the land was scarce.

The days were hotter than usual such that you would pity those that habit in the north or in the Sahara desert. You can take it to non-physical levels and imagine how hot hell could be. It was as if someone left the gates of hell open. If your car’s airconditioner faulty, you had to make do with the hot air that wets your face dryly.

Even the minister of power said his kids had heat rashes. The epistemology of that claim matters little to those that roll around on their beds trying to seek comfort in the heat. Maybe he can have a census of generators in Nigeria or improve electricity conditions.

You can say it is the ozone layer, after all snow just fell in parts of Europe. So what about the Ozone Tax in Benue state? Have they sent anyone to space to repair the layer with some Benue made mortar made from the affordable limestone in the state? Or will they send the money to UN as a donation?

Never mind. The rain fell in the early hours of this morning. The wind was cool and then violent. It smelt of rain long before dawn. And then the rain started to drum on the surface of the earth. The music was a great melody to my body as i recoiled to extend my sleep.

It was like a new year, a new season and a new life. The day would eventually be wet all through the working hours and thus the traffic would be worse than before. But who cares, the coolness brought forth by the rain cannot be overshadowed by the traffic on the road.

For now, i can sleep much better than before. Hopefully, i don’t override the alarm and circumvent work tomorrow.

Thank God for the rain.

Enjoy.

By @AmosCP
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The Other Side of Life – Eternity

A guy slept off while waiting for his roommate, who keeps late night. As he tried turning around, a huge dark figure with flamy eyes opened his door, he wanted to scream but all strength was gone. Was it a dream or vision? He couldn’t tell. It stared deep into his eyes and handed him a letter, he opened it………

Dear Jude,

I couldn’t make it home last night because I died. I thought life after death is an elusion but I am here lonely and afraid in pains and in torments. The torture is unending, I cant explain it but am dying a thousand times in a second.

You never told me this place was for real and how to avoid it. We grew up together, went to school together and did everything in common but you never told me about this new life of yours. I asked you severally and you jokingly pushed it aside.

I was a good man with a charitable heart but that didn’t count here. The angel told me, am without Christ and my name is not in the book of life. I asked you yesterday morning whats this born again stuff and you said you don’t want to bore me. I am in pains. Can you hear the screams, the torments of the great and the less? I was told its for eternity.

You betrayed our friendship. You never told me sex was fornication but you cautioned me against AIDS. You never told me getting high was drunkenness but you just told me not to drive. You never told me lying was sin, all you just said was “don’t be caught”. I hate you for this.

Aaaahhhh!! Aaahhhh!! I am dying again here but I am alive, the flames keeps getting hotter. I wish you were here. You deceived me to the end. If you had told me about Jesus and salvation I knew I couldn’t be here.

I died only a few hours ago, I was drunk and ran into a pole but it seems I have been here for years. Please tell my family and all our friends about salvation. I am dying again but death wont come.

It’s me, James.

He woke up at about 2:45am with a banging headache and his phone started ringing, he picked it up and what he heard scared him to his bones….”Hello, James is dead”.

Today is still another opportunity to tell someone very dear to you about Jesus Christ and His saving grace. I just told you because I will never want you to end up in everlasting suffering.

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Enjoy your day.

@AmosCP

Striking The Balance

I sat in the midst of other corps members in the NYSC camp in Paiko, Niger state. Rabbi stood at the centre of the gathering, dishing out his points in a debate. At first many were distracted but with time everyone got interested. Guess what got everyone’s attention? It was a cliché that became a tag for Rabbi, my colleague:

You need to strike the balance!!!

Too many times within my 5 years in school, I was caught between two or more of the following: attending fellowship service, watching an Arsenal game, attending lectures, chatting with friends, health needs, financial needs or just loafing around. The ability to prioritise one of these activities at the given time was very important. Often times, especially in my early school years, I skipped fellowship for a live football game but I can’t remember skipping lectures for fellowship or a football game. Although lectures were usually rounded up by 4pm, the clash was minimal. With maturity, I began to ask myself some key questions:

  • Why are you here?
  • Which is more important?
  • Which will forever be missed?
  • What happens if you miss this event?
  • Which will provide you with another opportunity?
  • What is the bigger picture?
  • What are your values?
  • Can you have it all?

Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. – Epicurus

As a student of a higher institution, you most likely will be affected and shaped by some or all of the following: Lectures & Academics, Hostel Life, God & Fellowship, Health, Finance and Social Life. How you manage them will determine how balance you will live your life.

I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. – Oprah Winfrey

It was not my first time living away from home. I saw it like an extension to the boarding school I attended. I understood that it was a different scope but I had to start from somewhere. In my first two weeks, I was occupied with registration and accreditation – from the department to the various sections of the student affairs unit.  Hostel movement, survey of lecture venues, assessment of bukkas and eateries were top on my agenda. I had identified the fellowship I was to join but it wasn’t until my third/fourth week that I joined.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a particular drama that was always played in front of the new students in the fellowship I attended in school. The drama showcases three types of student:

  1. The unbalanced one – All church activity, no academic activity.
  2. The wayward one – No church activity, no academic activity.
  3. The balanced one – A balance of church activity and academic activity.

These three characters had their unique ends measured in terms of their results. The unbalanced fellow had D’s and E’s. The wayward nigga had E’s and F’s. The balanced man had A’s and B’s.

Are you so heavenly minded that you are no earthy good? Are you so earthly minded that you are no heavenly good? If so, then your spiritual life is out of balance. As a Christian, you need to be mindful of extremism. It is frequently the root cause of false doctrine and division. You need to strike the balance.

Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? – Ecclesiastes 7:16

Who says you can’t be a child of God and be the SUG president? Who said you can’t be in school and do business? Who said you can’t be a pastor and finish as the best in your department? Who said you can’t support Arsenal and win souls for Christ? You Can. Unless you can’t manage it and it makes you imbalanced. Search yourself, seek help and make the right decisions. Don’t be carried away

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. – II Peter 3:17

If you can manage your life in school and live a balanced life in that period, you most likely will not have issues maintaining a good work-life balance outside school. Rabbi was not wrong that day; you have to find a way to strike the balance.

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. – Thomas Merton

Enjoy.

Originally posted on the Experience Series on The Exceller Blog. Don’t forget to follow.