Feed Your Mind Correctly

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” – Amit Ray. All great inventions start from the mind. No wonder the Bible warns to keep your heart with all diligence, because out of it proceeds the issues of life. What and where you are today is a product of what you have fed your mind with in the past. If you want to change where you are, then change what you feed your mind with.

Your mind is like a mirror, like Amit said. It reflects what you feed it, and that is basically what determines your outlook and approach to life. You must therefore make conscious effort to begin to feed your mind correctly. If you can open up the mind of some people, all you will find is gossips, fashion, and junks. Nothing really valuable. That is why some people are just empty, without depth and have nothing valuable to offer to life.

The greatest nutrients to the mind is the word of God. Make it a daily habit to read and digest the Word. Reading biographies and autobiographies is also good. It exposes your mind to the minds of great people. Mind what you watch. If you watch porn, you will live porn. Watch documentary that will increase your knowledge base. Don’t stay glued to the TV watching movies and music. They only feed you with vanities.

We watch great men and women (I mean truly great people, not our politicians) on TV and we envy them. If you take time to find out how they became great, you will find out that they fed their mind with the right stuffs. Most great people are avid readers. They are dedicated learners, always opening up their minds to learn more. If you want to be great, it starts from your mind. They cultivate their minds like a good farmer will cultivate his farm. Start your journey to Greatness today by consciously feeding your mind with the right nutrients.

Unfortunately, we are at a point when our nation is being daily deprived of great minds. Old age and death are daily taking away those great minds. Sadly, the rate of replacement is pitiably low. Little wonder most of our Senators lack depth and can’t really offer anything constructive. A rich man does not make a rich mind. They are mostly empty minds. Ecclesiastes 10:7. Equip your mind with urgency, for it is time to arise and take your place in destiny.

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

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Protecting Our Foreign Image

An Indian friend of mine sent me a newspaper clip this morning. It contains news about two Nigerians who duped an Indian Judge Secretary. My heart sank as I read the entire news and wonder how many of such is happening all over the world. I keep asking myself how Nigeria sank so low to have become a major exporter of fraudsters. When did we cross into this abyss?

Growing up, I remember Nigerian Green passport being treated with respect and how we were known to be brilliant, especially those who went to study abroad. We could stand shoulder to shoulder with any national of other countries at that time. What a wonderful time in our history. I remember a senior of mine in Secondary School who was exceptionally brilliant that Russian Government gave scholarship. It pushed us to study hard as we all wanted to be like him.

Alas, suddenly ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ came and we harbored it. We harbored it to the extent that we knew those practicing it and we refused to expose them. Then, knowing they won’t be exposed, they proceeded to ‘Yahoo Plus’, then to drug peddling, then to exporting ‘runs girls’, then to child labor, kidnapping, ritual killings, etc. The list is endless. We have become an exporter of all the vices in the book. We export evil vices in order to import the products of the West. We have lost our sense of pride and dignity. Anything goes, as long as it brings money. Maybe that is why we lack the moral standing to challenge our leaders. Maybe we are a nation governed by thieves, for the thieves and of the thieves.

Just yesterday I read a beautiful satirical write up by Pius Adesanmi titled ‘Sarakius and the fate of Sodom’, it brought fresh tears to my inner eyes. So we cannot even nail one thief? Saraki is proving difficult to be nailed. Whereas in other climes, he would have resigned out of shame. But perhaps knowing we are all thieves, he feels bold to defend his position. Like Sodom, can we find ten righteous people in this nation? We are all guilty of keeping quiet and allowing all these evils to become deep rooted. It is time to start challenging anyone whose source of wealth is questionable. Be it young or old, challenge them. In the church, challenge them. In the mosque, let them account for their sudden wealth. When we all become a custodian and police of the dignity of the nation, our foreign image will be redeemed.

Remember, according to Prof. Wole Soyinka, the man died who in the midst of cries of souls in torments, refuses to act. The soul of the nation Nigeria is in deep anguish, crying for help, will you help her?

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

Unnecessary Burden

Our generation has been fed with so many stories. Some are true, some are false, some are somewhat true, some are somewhat false, some are outright creation of evil machinations. These stories have affected the way we see the other persons. They have created so much hatred between tribes, races and colors. Sometimes, you could almost touch the hatred a black man has for the white man and vice versa. Even among the blacks, the hatred is unimaginable! A typical example is the needless waste of lives during the Tutsis and Hutus imbroglio in Rwanda. Another is the Biafra war in Nigeria.

When I read hateful comments on social media by Yorubas against the Ibos, or the Ibos against the Hausas, I ask myself why we carry so much burden of hatred. I love our diversity. Essentially, we are all human beings and none of us willingly chose his or her tribe. As a matter of fact, I could have been an Ibo man or an Hausa man or even a Briton. God decided where I was born and this same God created the different tribes and races all over the world. If we hate ourselves so much, we might as well hate the Creator!

We complain about ourselves and point out our faults and weaknesses as if we expect humans to be angels. Even angels have weaknesses, otherwise there would not have been fallen angels! Enough of the hatred! Enough of the hateful words! We are first human and that is all that matters. If animals could care for their own, why can’t we care for ourselves? I still can’t find reasons why you would hate someone so much as to think of striking the person dead. Some of us cringe when slaughtering a chicken or goat, and then some people delight in slaughtering fellow men in the name of religion! Very unfortunate!

Whether you hate because of stories you heard or what you have witnessed, it doesn’t make you any right in hating. We are creatures of love and hate is anti-God. The hatred in our heart is too much burden for the heart to carry. God never created our hearts for burden. True food of the heart is love. Stop hating and start loving. Forgive where you have been hurt and allow God to heal you.

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

Say ‘NO’ to this 8th Senate

“Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.” —Jesse Jackson

That, at a time when the Executive arm of the government is trying to minimize cost of governance, our Senators could buy one Land cruiser jeep per state at =N=36.5m each, shows that we have the wrong people at the Upper Chamber. Do they need a 36.5m keep to represent us? Don’t we know them? Do they need to impress us with Jeep?

That the Senate will leave its daily constitutional duty at the Senate to provide ‘Solidarity Support’ for the embattled and self-immolating Senate President before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), shows that these Senators are far from the reality of the times we are in, that it is no longer business as usual for corruption and all its allies.

That the Senate could attempt to arm twist and frustrate the CCT’s plan to ensure speedy trial and judgment on the Saraki’s matter, by unconstitutionally summoning the CCT Chairman on a matter which is already before a competent Court of Law, is tantamount to sabotage of the will of the people and treason against the very people they represent. We all know that this summon is to frustrate the daily trial session of 10am to 6pm and the stay off instruction to the shameless ‘Saraki’s Supporters Club’ within the Senate, as ordered by the CCT.

This 8th Senate must understand the moral challenge of the times we are in. She must understand that failure to meet up with the moral challenge will lead to her failure and eventual dissolution. Nigerians, home and in diaspora should rise up to speak up in unison against all attempts by this Senate to draw us back with their senseless and selfish spending, their attempt to toy with our budget, their ploy to protect one of their own in the face of overwhelming evidence of wanton and reckless corruption, and their grandstanding by inviting the CCT Chairman.

Say ‘NO’ to these immoral Senators.

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

You are Running Out of Time

He woke up on the 1st of January with great expectations. The cross over service was awesome and there were great prophecies that proved that it is indeed going to be a year of great accomplishments. As a matter of fact, the Pastor tagged the year as ‘Year of Uncommon Breakthroughs’. “Surely this is my year”, he assured himself. Six months later, he was asking himself what went wrong. ‘Where are all those prophecies?’, he wondered. Nothing has changed from what it was last year, rather it seems he is worse off.

This story is that of You and I. We all have high expectations at the beginning of every year and we usually write down our New Year Resolutions. Year in year out we watch as the days grow into months and the months into years and those dreams remain mere illusions. We sometimes wonder if the prophecies were false (some could be). We even change our sanctuary sometimes, when doubts hit our mind about the authenticity of the ‘Prophet’. We look for the solutions from everywhere except the right place.

The solution is not in the prophecy, neither is it with the Prophets, nor the church or mosque. The solution is in you. The solution is in filling the ‘Knowing-Doing Gap’. Filling the gap requires work, it requires rolling up your sleeves, it requires a lot of night meditation and strategic thinking. It requires a lot of determination, self discipline, commitment and sacrifice. This is the path we all often miss. It is the path we often avoid. It is a lonely path, but exciting and full of learning experience. Little wonder, why the road to heaven is also described as narrow. It is the path that separates the dreamers to the doers. But we usually prefer the path of least resistance.

You have got to realize that nobody will actualize your dream for you. It is your sole responsibility. The prophets can only but prophesy. You have got to work it out. Faith without work is dead. The hardest part is that you don’t have eternity to fulfil your dreams. You have a limited time and it is fast running out. Your age is the number of years you have delayed the actualization of your dreams. You are never too young or too old to pursue your dreams.

So when you mark another birthday, your first question is ‘how far have I gone in the fulfillment of my dreams?’. You are really running out of time. It is time to stop procrastinating and waiting for instant miracle. Go for your dream today, it is all there waiting for you to embrace it!

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

Be Thankful

Do you know that the situation you consider pathetic, undesirable, pitiable, undeserving, and unimpressive, is the prayer request of another person? While you are grumbling that you need to change your two year old vehicle for a brand new, someone who is driving a fairly used (Tokunbo) vehicle is praying to have a car like yours. While you are complaining that your vehicle’s air conditioning system is no longer working, somebody is praying to God for just any car, even without A/c. While you are mumbling about your one bedroom that has become uncomfortable for you and your family, a family is praying to have a place like yours instead of being scattered around with relatives.

If you truly know how to think, you will know how to thank God. You need to cultivate a grateful heart. God is good, all of the time. He is good to you even when the going is tough. He is good to you always. Always be grateful, because it could have been worse. You could have been dead. You could have been crippled. You could have been fired instead of the pay cut you suffered. It really could have been worse. But for His mercies, your situation could have been worse. Psalms 107:1, 118:1.

While we should desire change of situation for the better, let us do so with a grateful heart. When you thank Him for what He has done, He will do more. Don’t be an ingrate. Stop entering His Presence with your complaint. His Presence is not a Police Station where you go to file complaints. Enter His Gate with thanksgiving and His Court with praise. Psalm 100:4. As you do so consistently, something will give way and your level will change for the better. This is laid heavily on my heart today, that we should cultivate a grateful heart over our lives, homes, even nation and our change will come soon. We will smile at last!

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!