The christian is not someone that tells people he is one,the christian is someone people affirm to be one;that’s how it started in the first place(Acts 11:26b…were first CALLED…). It shouldn’t change now;however,the former is A Christian,which everyone claims to be, as its only vocal,the latter is The Christian,involving character,Big Difference…
These are moral lessons life teaches us daily as we are becoming who we would become, Life meets each and every one of us in different ways, so if these lessons don’t directly apply to you, feel free to drop some lessons below that might apply to us…
- Life is a reflection of you.
- Life is beautiful when your heart is beautiful; life is ugly when your heart is ugly.
- Life entails your “being” not your “doing”.
- ‘Life is only a mistake, when after its occurrence you learnt nothing’.
- Love is hurtful to the other person when one chooses selfish self-protection against giving the other a chance to earn trust
- ‘To love the most; one must come to terms with “love bears all thing”.
- “When the teacher is teaching and your mind is somewhere else, when an exam is set, the answer will be somewhere else”.
- ‘When you want to show off, make sure you are alone’.
- When you want to complain, come-plain.
- When it’s time to get out, GET OUT!!!
- Never use your good moments alone to judge who people are, always take note of them when things are at the worst for you.
- There is healing in silence, but it is not the cure to any problem.
Food for thought-
The year is in its second month, are you in the second (or better put, a more productive) phase of your plans for the year or those resolutions have since become forgotten issues?
from your very own SST
Strictly Simple from Tosin
Today’s Guest Post is by an amazing friend and colleague- Coauthor of ‘The Big One’
So I said yes to ‘Him’…again.
The silvery rays of the moon entwined with the night breeze to birth an atmosphere of serenity, its fingers creeping into the room, filling it with much coolness. I pulled my cardigan around me and looked out of the window. I could feel his gaze on my face so much that I shuddered, but still didn’t look at him.
I couldn’t. Something in my past kept haunting me.
Years before, when we met, it was love at first sight. Though I was just in sS2 and he was way older, it didn’t matter because he made feel like a woman in every way, not the clumsy girl everyone else saw. He shared my joys, held me through pains and loved me like no other. Though he had a job and was pretty busy, he always made out time to be with me. He knew my friends and they loved him. Our love blossomed by the day and it felt like i couldn’t survive a day without him. I couldn’t imagine being without him….
Then I got into the university and everything changed.
The rigors of lectures, assignments, tests, projects and all was so overwhelming that I barely had time for myself, much less ‘US’.
Once, when I’d managed to squeeze out time to see him, he’d taken my hands in his, stared somberly at them for a while, “I love you…but I can feel you drifting away from me.” And I could hear the sadness in the depths of his
He was right because in the weeks and months that followed, we grew apart, saw each other less and talked less until we lost contact- more like I lost contact because he tried in every way to bridge the gap but I pushed him away on the premise that I was busy with my studies and didn’t want to be distracted in any way.
I walked away from him and I felt something die in me.
I got my freedom but I soon discovered it came with a price tag. I dabbled into the wrong relationships, made the wrong choices, lost my innocence, and the academics I’d been so occupied with crashed. Before long, I’d evolved into the woman I never dreamt I’d be, one so different from the one he’d made me feel like.
That was when I remembered him.
I searched for him with so much anguish, not even knowing where to go because we’d lost contact for over 4years. I searched for him where I could, asked around to no avail. I’d sit on my bed, weeping, reliving moments we shared…moments that had become mere memories buried in the sands of time.
Then one day, I heard these words from a sermon, “remember where you lost it, go back and do the works you did at first…” and it quickly struck me: There was one place I hadn’t looked! A place he’d promised to be every day, at a certain time, waiting for me. A place we’d found and held so dear because it brought us together. Our meeting place!
I ran all the way to the place, whilst hoping and praying he’d be there after all these years.
And he was there! Propped against the wall with his hands folded across his chest and his feet crossed, he looked more handsome than he was the last time I saw him, such perfect picture of tranquility that my heart melted and my feet wobbled beneath me. When he saw me, he ran to me, lifted me in his arms and spun me around with so much laughter, whilst professing his undying love for me. Then he looked into my eyes, wiped the tears and with forgiveness in his voice, he said those words I’d longed to hear all these years…” I love you.*
Now we sat across each other and I couldn’t bring myself to look at him; my past haunts me so much that I feel like a slut, yet he sat there with so much desire and love reflecting in his eyes. How could he have come here every day all these years, hoping I’d return one day? How could he have waited for me all these years…? How could he even look at me with so much love? Will things ever be the same?
“Now you’re here and that’s all that matters to me.” He said quietly, as though reading my thoughts. I finally turned to look at him. Who’s this guy??
“But the past….”
“Has been forgotten. My love is much stronger,” he said, stretching out his hands towards me.
I flew with total abandon into his waiting arms and immersed myself in the wealth of his love. I said yes to him…again.
Him? Yes, Jesus.
Wait a sec! Don’t think I’m being ‘sister Mary-ish’; it’s far from it. In life we make choices for various reasons and I’ve made mine.
I said yes to him because he’s loved me like no other and has taught my heart to love and my hands to work.
I said yes to him because he knows my weaknesses and strengthens me…and my knees to pray.
I said yes to him because he shows my feet the right path, bringing me closer to the Father.
I said yes to him because he teaches me wisdom and prudence, fills my hear with joy and lights my face with smiles, making me more beautiful.
So in the end, he’s molding me into his choice lady, a refined rib that will fit into my Adam’s ribcage, to be his helpmeet and companion, not a burden.
“I love you and I want all of you” He said.
Putting my arms around him I said, *You can have all of me…every part of me”, and I this time, I knew nothing could separate him from me.
I may not know what the future holds but I’m held by the one who knows the future!!!
‘No matter how old (or long) a ‘man’ is (or has lived), without an identity; he is yet to exist’-Sst
Every ‘man’ needs an identity. He needs a name. He needs somewhere to belong. He needs to know who he is…
Have you been called a failure?
Have they told you, you are not good enough?
Have you been called useless?
Or are you like Jacob a ‘Trickster’?
You are not just industrious
You are so classless
You are a bastard child
You are a man without purpose
You are not who the world (devil and sinful people) says you are. You are who God says you are
Have you grown to believe what people said about you- that you just ain’t good enough?
Have you grown to believe the lies others told you- that you will never be better than the present state of your life?
Has your life now become this lie?
Have you believed so much, you are now the lie, such that,
You keep failing
You can’t keep a relationship
You con your way to success
You have become the definition of F.A.K.E
You might have done what people said you did but you are never what people say you are
To understand your identity, you must look to God to reveal. Your identity can only be found in Christ, and in His Word. Here are a few things He’s said about you:
You are born of God… 1 John 5:18
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
You are alive with Christ… Ephesians 2:5
You have the peace of God…Philippians 4:7
You have been set free… Galatians 5:1
You are more than a conqueror… Romans 8:37
You are an overcomer… Revelation 2:11
You are an ambassador… 2 Corinthians 5:20
You are a citizen of a holy nation… Exodus 19:6
You are a chosen generation… 1 Peter 2:9
You are a friend of God… John 15:15
You are the head and not the tail…Deuteronomy 28:13
You are God’s temple… 1 Corinthians 6:19
You are blessed… Ephesians 1:3
You are a peculiar treasure… Exodus 19:5
You are created in the image of God… Genesis 1:27
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you… Philippians 4:13
You are a son of the Most High God. You have been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. You are a joint heir with Christ- a priest of the King of kings. There’s greatness in your bones and in your bloodline… Galatians 4:6-7
Dear Lord, please ‘help me to see me the way you see me. I see where I am, but you see where I shall be’.
What is your identity? What’s that thing that makes you recognizable?
They said I was a failure…
She said maybe it wasn’t love from the beginning…
He said it was time for His son to return home…
Has the doctor ever told you that you have limited time to live?
Has your teacher ever told you that you can never score better than a C?
Have you ever being told all you want to hear, and it’s all a lie?
Just when you get the thought,
‘This has to be my end’
Then comes the realization- I AM STILL HERE!
2014 is gone,
And I’m still here.
‘Tough times never last, but tough people do!’ – Robert H. Schuller
Experience they say is the best teacher
And trust me, having acquired this little-
I sure have some things to share…
‘Tough times never last, but tough people do!’
I am indeed very grateful to all my readers. 2014 was quite a year- I really didn’t have the time or motivation to fuel my passion for writing, but you guys still stood (and are standing) by me; reading my post as often as I could post and sometimes even leaving comments and mails. I’m deeply encouraged, and I hope to serve you guys better.
I am praying for better days ahead, as we celebrate the beauty and life behind the statement ‘YES JESUS’!!!
See y’all in a couple of days…
Oluwatosin Olabode (SST)
You know YOUR F.R.I.E.N.D.S when YOU are in Trouble N.O.T when THEY’re in trouble.
That a PERSON is YOUR F.R.I.E.N.D doesn’t mean YOU’re their FRIEND.
A FRIEND is SOMEBODY that is present in YOUR Life, not SOMEONE in whose Life YOU’re present.
A common example…. A person that has no problem replying your messages when they can, or would receive your call but wouldn’t take out time to call you, or create a message to be replied by others.
To start with, do you know who a friend is? Or its just a word we grew up knowing and are now using?
Find out the simplest definition of A Friend, from my soon to be released book, ‘ThE IdeaL BeinG’…. At your favorite retailers… come OCTOBER….
Oluwatosin olabode SST.
Coauthor of The Big One…
Some people be like
What was she thinking committing suicide
How could he beat up his wife
Why did she cheat on her boyfriend
Why this…. why that…. why did they find succour in the WRONG THING…
Have you ever been in a situation sooo bad, your only hope was to take your life and you DID NOT KNOW GOD?
Have you ever been so wrongly treated and hurt so badly by the one you love, and the only thought of comfort was the temptation in your heart and YOU DID NOT KNOW GOD…
Ooooooo YEA, YOU haven’t, least you be the condemned!!!
Aren’t you tired of judging people for the sins you don’t commit?
… isn’t it funny how you get upset when people do talk about the sins you do commit?
Like its okay to condemn lesbians and gay people because its so irritating yet you are a Porn Addict? Don’t get me WRONG… but read John 3:17….2 Timothy 3:16…
Before you condemn someone STOP and think, couldn’t one of the reasons you are strong in someone’s weak point be to offer a helping hand?
To have a glimpse of what people (including yourself)are going through, and what others can and should do to help in God’s grace… make sure you get my soon to be released book ‘ThE IdeaL BeinG’…. at your favorite online stores this OCTOBER…
Remember, ‘that you are strong in someone’s weakness doesn’t mean you ain’t weak in someone’s strength’-sst.
Oluwatosin Olabode. Sst
Coauthor of The Big One.