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We are powerful beyond measure, created to dominate and conquer everything made by God. He gave us that power and dominion but we limit ourselves to small things and concentrate on a niche in order to fit in and be known for that thing, which is not bad in itself. The question I do have however, is why limit yourself to a small thing or a niche when you can become anything you want to be?

We are creatures of variety and we were made that way from birth. It is alright if you love where you are and what you do but if you are bored and tired of routine and are looking for ways to recreate or reinvent yourself for a more purposeful and happy life, then look no further than yourself. You have all that it takes to press the “RESTART” and “CREATE NEW” buttons, all you need to do is to explore yourself more. What are some of the things you have always wanted to do? what things do you wish you had done? what are some of the things you dream of doing? is that inner person telling you that you are capable of more? do you feel you are restricting or limiting yourself?

The time to explore, reinvent, recreate or restart is ALWAYS RIGHT NOW.


Would You Turn Down The Request of Your Mother?

At the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, Jesus’ time had not come but at the request of His mother, He performed His first miracle to meet the need of the wedding guests. Click here for the full story.

Just take a brief moment and imagine how you would feel on your astronomically immense day when your best man or chief bridesmaid approaches you in the apex of the celebration that they had run out of food and or drink and some quests had not eaten or had anything to imbibe! Do you sense worry? fear? shame? dishonor? what will people verbally express? knowing that lamentable news travel fastest, I am sure this piece of lamentable incident would have eclipsed the proceedings of the beautiful wedding. No one would talk about how esthetic the wedding dress was or how delicious the food was, or how well the event was organized. My point is, you would be apprehensive about so many things at the time and would do anything to find an expeditious solution. But they did not seem to have anyway around it, hence, the mother of Jesus was approached, I wonder why they did not approach Jesus directly; ostensibly they kenned how arduous it is to turn down the request of a mother!

The place of motherhood is second to none, shout out to all mothers and women in general, you are a gift to humanity. Albeit the time for Jesus to commence His ministry had not come, He could not quash the request of His mother; woman, my time has not yet come, He said! Mothers been who they are was not going to yield just like that for she knew the great need of the hosts. Do whatever he tells you, she said to the disciples.     This is fascinating because though He verbally expressed His time had not yet come, she knew in her heart that He was not going to turn down her request.

Her faith and believe that her son would not ignore her request was rewarded; fill the empty jars with water he said to His disciples. The water was subsequently turned into the finest wine at the feast.

This is an incredible story not just because it involved Jesus and His mother Mary but it showcases the relationship between mother and son as well. For the wedding hosts to go to the mother and place their request in lieu of going directly to Him implied that they  had a very good relationship. There was a bonding and love amongst them and they fathomed that for this reason, the mother’s request was unlikely going to be turned down; and for Jesus to grant her request knowing that His time had not yet come, spoke volume of the respect He had for her.

As a mother, what is your relationship with your children? Can you confidently make a request of your children and believe that they would do anything to grant it?
As children (we are all children because we have parents), just like Jesus, are we disposed to accolade and reverence our mothers? Can they come to us believing that we will not turn down their requests?

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It Begins with Self Love Part Two

This is the concluding part of the series I started a week ago. As you read and assimilate, please take the practical steps suggested to practice love for self and others.

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4 tips toward building a loving world

  1. Self love is selfless. selflessSelf love is not when you take care of yourself at the expense of others, we have to believe that we all have an immense impact on our surroundings and when we choose to take advantage of people so we can feel better about ourselves, the ripple effects extend beyond our imagination. Show yourself some love by accepting who you are, honestly you cannot change your person because God intended it that way, there is no other person like you in this whole world, think about this; in a world of over 7 billion people, no one else has your finger prints, now this is cranking, you are uniquely made and you have to come to this realization and love yourself more. The good thing about this thought process is that, it helps you to look at yourself and others as gifts to the world to bless it with the uniqueness’ that we possess. This brings me to my second point.
  2. Self love celebrates her uniqueness. Celebrate-Your-UniquenessAs highlighted above, we are all unique and hence have our unique selling point (USP) that is different from everyone else, what we need to do is to find this USP, develop it and then bless the world with it, with this kind of mindset, we compete with no one but ourselves and hence appreciate and love others as much as we love ourselves. No wonder Jesus said, love your neighbor as yourself, this is not too difficult to do when we realize that we are different, unique, and distinct but someway somehow we all came from the same creator. Have you ever sat down to think of the fact that out internal organs are exactly the same irrespective of color, size, and status etc. Accept, appreciate, and love yourself some more.
  3. Self love is gracious to herself and others. Younger sister offers comfort to her big sister after a fall.I will tie this point to the first, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, however most of us tend to be so critical to ourselves, we beat ourselves up for falling short, for not measuring up to standards set by others or even the ones set up by us. One thing we might not know is that we indirectly treat others the same way we treat ourselves. Do you have a very critical person in your life right now? watch their life closely, they are probably very critical of themselves, desiring perfection in everything when we know that we are not perfect and are only pursuing it. Show yourself some grace, I am not saying your should welcome mediocrity and pat yourself on the back when you make mistakes, what I am saying is that know that we are not perfect and whether we like it or not we will fall short at some point; therefore, be gracious to yourself and learn from those mistakes and move on with your life. This mode of operation (MOO) will help you extend grace to others when they offend you or fail you at some point.
  4. Self love is non-judging. pexels-photo-685532.jpegThis point ties in very well with point number three; truth is we judge ourselves because we want everything to be perfect and apparently lack grace. We go through our day judging ourselves because we are either not satisfied with our looks or pay too much attention to the things we cannot change, the sad thing about this is that we extend this to others unknowingly. We see someone walking or sitting in front of us and in a split second we make inaccurate judgement calls by subjecting them to our insecurities and imperfect standards, the result, we lose the opportunity to interact, make friends, influence, and inspire change in people’s lives. Resolve to abolish this mindset of judging yourself and others, accept and embrace yourself and others then you will experience the joy and peace that comes with loving yourself and others unconditionally.