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A Random Conversation

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A few days ago I had a somewhat random conversation that has remained on the periphery of my mind. I was speaking to an expatriate who recently returned to Nigeria on a work assignment for his company. He had worked within the Nigerian business previously and was on what we could refer to as his second missionary journey and conversing with him left me with a few lessons.

The power of living and working deliberately:

Sometimes, work feels like just work, but for him, it felt like a part of his journey, as though he determined that his work was his contribution to humanity. As I listened to him, I realized that, that simple definition impacted his attitude to whatever assignment.  Beyond his immediate tasks, he kept looking to do more...

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Tomorrow

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It was October 5 2015, as I drove to work that day; I tuned my radio to listen to Smooth 98.1’s 7:30 am ‘Freshly Pressed.’ It turned out that it was World Teachers Day. The presenters took time to appreciate their fondest teachers and encouraged everyone to do same; very nostalgic memories that program turned up.

I realized then that I wanted to say thank you to my after school Common Entrance tutor. The first memory of inspiration to really stretch my mental capacity, outside of my parents and immediate family, came from him and taking those lessons. Over the years, however, I had never gotten to thank him...

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The Oil of Encouragement

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Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” – Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

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I’ve been in some really down places in my life and cannot over emphasize the importance of encouragement. Honestly, I would have fallen flat on my face if I did not have family and friends willing to encourage me. However, my thought today is that the act of encouragement is far from passive, it is an active process. Little wonder the word says “A man who has friends must himself be friendly” (Proverbs 18:24). It’s called “taking the initiative.”  The text above encourages us to encourage one another and to do even more as we see the Day approaching. Do we really see the Day approaching? Are we encouraging one another?

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Encouragement is the ability to come alongside someone else and c...

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Worry Not!

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Worry not

By temperament, I am dominantly Phlegmatic, and one of the downsides is that I am a natural worrier. I tend to worry about the minutest things. Every day, one of the ways I know God is at work in me is that He brings my worry weakness under control. As I write I remember how I worried as a university student several years ago that I never seemed to put on weight. So worried was I that it came up in a conversation with my mentor. His response to me was, ‘Eloho, you must learn not to worry about things you cannot change’. That was very instrumental to me as it gave me a basis to initiate behavioral changes. I am still unable to add on any weight now, but my attitude is much different. I have however gone ahead to modify his advice a little, ‘Eloho, you must not worry at all’...

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Race against Time

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After reading the essay written by my 14-year old cousin for her Creative Writing classwork, I found several insightful lessons within, that I could not help but share both the piece and the lessons. Thanks Orowo, I love you. Enjoy! —-

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The bleak whiteness of my English essay paper shot me back to reality. As I anxiously looked around the plain-walled classroom, my gaze fell and rested on the round clock hung on the wall at the front. I sized it up intently; well aware of the power it had over the outcome of this exam. In that moment, I decided that I was going to beat time at its own game. There are no alternatives. One last glance was granted to the clock before I took to starting my essay. Tick tock…fifteen minutes into the exams and I was moving strong, well past half a page...

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My Cold Shower

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I love me a hot bath, to be honest, that’s something that will come up if I had to write a list of ten things I love. I cannot endure a cold shower.  I remember when I was in boarding school, I was one of those who needed to psych herself up to take those cold baths. I would sing, count from 1 to 10, just do something to get me to receive the baptism of cold water. Infact, those 2 or so minutes were subtly included in my bath time estimate (I chuckle).  My dad could never understand how after all that time in boarding school, I would still come home and refuse a cold shower.  According to him, I should have acquired the habit; well, I never did.  So, in the many years post boarding school,  I have stayed away from cold showers, far far away...

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