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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”- Nelson Mandela

I hope your week went well? On this side of town and to a global extent, the world has been protesting about police brutality in light of the unfair, brutal and racist killing of George Floyd.

I was shocked to see Germany undergoing a protest for this cause. Maybe after all, the world is indeed a global village. I think the pandemic awoken us to that reality.

The ugly head of racism seems to rear its head every now and then. Can it be eradicated completely? I don’t think so, but we can bring it to a minimal effect where it will have less notoriety and less power to harm the civics and the basic decency of human society.

I know one of the unhealthy ways to deal with racism is to promote colorblindness. That is so hypocritical and very unreal. The truth is, we are unique with different skin tones and melanins and different backgrounds. It has to be realized, recognized and appreciated. Our differences should complement each other, rather than driving a wedge between us.

Racism happens because of the conditioning of the human heart. The human heart in general is wicked, where every thought or evil imagination springs from. If you are reading thinking, “this can’t be me… virtually impossible”. You are the one I am talking to. We have to stop overestimating our goodness and morality, and accept the reality that our hearts can conceive such a thing. With that mindset, we will work hard on the condition of our hearts.

Let me leave you with this quote from the Bible to ponder on:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬

So in Nelson Mandela’s quote, is a remedy to racism: the heart has to be taught how to love. The best tutor on love is God. We all need to surrender to God’s unconditional love and experience it. It is only from that vantage point, that we can effectively practice the God kind of love which will silence the voice of racism.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭

Racism is also a systemic problem. It has crawled into the high corridors of power like governmental positions, business positions and in law enforcement positions etc. I think when it comes to systems, there is none as strong as the government. So the root to this issue is to exercise your vote as a citizen. Let your vote speak in every election year. Be a voice and determine who occupy sensitive seats of power. It breaks my heart to see people not voting and exercising their right, and later they complain about the ills and misfortunes of society. In fact, they are part of the problem. When you cut the source of oxygen in the tank, the fish cease swimming. Never underestimate your vote!

Each and every person reading this should be a change agent and have zero tolerance for racism. When we stand as a united front and protest this vehemently, we will shake the core foundations of this very evil thing. Protests (peaceful ones) brings an awareness that there is a problem. It will sometimes aid in discussions with power brokers to effect change.

I am tired of seeing people, particularly black lives being racially profiled and murdered senselessly. It has a racist tone, and until we call it what it is, we will never get to the root of this issue.

This is my two cents for today on this topic, and hope to see justice served for all victims of racist attacks and murders.

I will keep on using my little platform to write on this and shed more light on this evil thing. You also have a platform, use it for the common good of society.

We say no more to racism!

We are fed up!

We will not relent in our fight until there is change!

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Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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Peace IV: Accessing It

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭‬‬

We have looked at the subject on peace this month. We have focused mainly on Godly Peace which comes from Jesus Christ. We have also laid out the difference between worldly and godly peace. Then last week, we focused on what Godly Peace can do.

It is kind of a tease to talk about peace and not talk about how to access this kind of peace. Personally, I love practical applications of what I have studied. I can’t stand too much theory, and I want to believe the same goes for you, fellow reader.

With that said, let us dive right into it. From the verses we read, you will see two factors that can lead to us experiencing Godly peace.

1. Prayer– what is that? It is a time set aside to talk to God like a father and friend. He truly exists and He truly does listen when one will practice this art.

“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3‬

This is a promise for all reading. God is all ears and willing to answer if only you will call on Him in prayer by faith. This story is about Jeremiah, a prophet, who was confined in the courtyard of the guard. That was a trying time for him. In the midst of that, he heard God talking to him and said what I just quoted. Pray for peace and believe God wants to give you peace. That act of faith drives away anxiety.

2. Thanksgiving- a grateful heart also releases the peace of God. You will develop an attitude of gratitude the more you will hit your knees in prayer. Apart from receiving peace through the medium of prayer, the other effect is you are filled with gladness and hope which makes you thankful. You suddenly develop a healthy appreciation of things around you. There are some practical steps like remembrance which helps us to be thankful, but there is the other side of forgetfulness which sets in every now and then. A master key to always remaining grateful is through prayer. The more you are thankful, you will experience the peace of God. Thanksgiving puts you in a posture of worship. Someone may ask, what is that? It is the act of thanking God and recognizing Him as your chief source of everything.

With these two keys being practiced, expect and believe to experience the peace of God which is beyond understanding, and can serve as a garrison to your heart and mind.

Why don’t you hold me up on this challenge and practice this for a week, and let me know the outcome. I talk from experience that this really works! I am not just quoting something I read.

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Happy Memorial Day to all celebrating on this side of town. Enjoy the meats!

The rest, have a peaceful week.

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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Peace III: A Garrison

“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7

Hello, I trust we all had a restful weekend? Today, we continue on our Peace series. In part I, we realized that true peace comes from Jesus Christ. Last week’s was about peace which is beyond understanding. There is no logic or basis to that.

Today, based on our scripture passage, let us look at peace as a garrison. A careful look at the verse above suggests the underlined word guard has the same etymological meaning as garrison. What is a garrison? It is a fortified town where troops are stationed to fight and protect against enemies. I guess if you have watched any of the war movies, you kinda get a picture, right? Now let us look into what peace guards according to this verse.

1. Peace guards our hearts- our hearts are the seat of our value system, beliefs, priorities and practices. In these times of this devastating pandemic, it is easy for your value system to be out of place. Our priorities and beliefs can come under attack. Peace ensures those things are intact. Peace also fights against the force of bitterness. It is easy to get bitter when you are laid off your job, lost a loved one to this COVID-19, and so much more. We have a right to be angry at this outcome, but NOT bitter. Bitterness is a poisonous emotional reaction if not dealt with, makes us retrogress. It is hard for a heart guarded with peace to be poisoned by bitterness.

2. Peace guards our minds- our minds are the centers of our thought life. As the mind is, so is the man (or woman). Peace ensures that we have a sound mental health. Many minds have been attacked during this crisis. Suicide rate is on a gradual climb as a result. Life has a way of breaking your intelligence into pieces and will leave you having more questions than answers. That is a harsh reality of life- it can be brutal. Peace also help us to apply critical thinking, have a strategy and be innovative in these times. That is the offspring of a sound mind.

Peace is indeed a garrison! From today, see peace as a powerful weapon. We truly need peace in these times to keep our heads above water.

I pray for anyone reading today that may you experience the peace of God- this peace that surpasses understanding and is a garrison.

May we all come out of this dark episode we are currently experiencing with a sane mind and a soft heart.

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Till I come your way again…

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Peace II: Beyond Understanding

I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭

Hello, glad to come your way again. I hope you had a great weekend? On my side of town, it was Mother’s Day and I was thankful to God for all the women in my life. It was a quiet one of reflection.

Last week, we ended with this bible verse of Jesus promising to give us peace, and it is not like the peace the world can give. How are different are they? Let us look at some facts on worldly peace and compare it with Godly peace.

1. Worldly peace is attached to a place– the peace the world gives sometimes can be found in certain countries. People have migrated from one country to the other all in the name of peace. Asides that, there are certain places like waterfronts, lakes, parks where people go to sit to have peace of mind. The serene nature of that place has a calming effect. Many years ago, I visited a work colleague’s house who was also a friend. And as he was taking me on a tour of his beautiful home, he was so much in a hurry to show the me most important place. Guess what? He had created a mini aquarium in one of the rooms with just a single chair belonging to him. He told me this is where he has peace and creativity to be productive. I always remember that.

2. Worldly peace is attached to happiness– happiness have to deal with the happenings in your life and around your world. Worldly peace is explainable and has some understanding. In the midst of this pandemic, some companies are not stressed at all because of higher stock shares, higher profit margins and of course low turnover rate. Some companies like Amazon, Netflix and Zoom have emerged as the biggest winners in this season. They are at peace because of the happenings around them. It is impossible to have peace when you are unhappy.

3. Worldly peace and emotions are linked– we all hear this expression from time to time, “I feel at peace”. Emotions play a major role in how peaceful we feel. That is why for some people, music has a great calming effect because it appeals to your emotions. Worldly peace sometimes demands our feelings as evidence that we are truly at peace.

Now, the peace Jesus was talking about is independent of the aforementioned factors. It is a peace that passes understanding. It is illogical.

“And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding…” Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭

With Godly peace, parks, pools, aquaria may be closed to the public in this season, but you have an inner serenity and calm confidence that it is going to turn out well for the greater good when all is said and done.

Let me close with this illustration from a Bible story:

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark‬ ‭4:35-39‬ ‭

This is the perfect picture of Godly peace. Jesus was asleep on the boat whilst there was a great windstorm. When he awoke to the cry of his friends, he spoke peace to the stormy situation. You don’t have to wait for “all your ducks to be in a row” to experience this peace. Maybe, you are scared and very uncertain about how this year will turn out to be and what impact this pandemic will have on this world. You are the one I am talking to through this blog: Jesus wants to give you peace that is beyond understanding. Having this peace doesn’t mean you are aloof or blind to the cold, hard facts, rather a calm disposition in the face of adversity which makes you fearless to bring a solution to the problem.

Let us pray: “Father we receive this peace which you promised us. There is no better time than now to receive it. I pray that the minds and hearts of my readers be stabilized. We hope against hope, because we choose to believe in YOU. Amen”

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Stress less!

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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Peace I: In Him

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‬‬

This is a promise we can all take to the bank! It is an expensive commodity or virtue needed certainly in these times we are in- the COVID-19 pandemic. Glad to come your way again as we look at today’s subject on peace.

What is it? A friend (Gifty) defined this to me many years ago in our conversation and it has really stayed with me, so I will use her definition for today: “…calmness in the midst of adversity”. The peace most of us know is different from this definition. Most of us will have this picture of perfect rest and everything around us at ease. That is true, but in this fast and changing world we are in, that is becoming more of a mirage.

When we look at this Bible passage, Jesus talked about two fields: “in him” and “in the world“. He talks about what each of the fields generate. The former produces peace; the latter, trouble. We are currently in trouble now as I write, because we are trying to wrap our heads around this pandemic which has altered our lives in a major fashion. Some are looking for ways best to navigate through this uncharted waters we are in. The devastating effects are too tall to list like the global economic meltdown, for example, China’s economy has shrank for the first time in a quarter of a century. Countries known with the most resilient economies are really quaking in their boots now- the G10 (the world’s eleven most industrialized countries) currently have no answers.

The death toll has really been something to write home about- too much depression, sadness and heaviness I see around. The world is in trouble. That is the product of the world indeed- we will be solving crisis after crisis until we die. Do you think when this pandemic is over, that will be the end of all problems? I really don’t think so.

That is why our definition of peace as picture perfect and all at ease needs to change. Jesus didn’t just talk about this peace which is “calmness in the midst of adversity”. He also wants to give us this peace, so that when we watch, listen to and read this week’s news; we will still be calm regardless. If your peace is not attacked, you will be confident and have a different outlook. A confident outlook will keep us afloat.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“This peace” is not hard to find, don’t search too far. Jesus wants to give you this peace. It is not what the world gives. How different are they?

Make a date with me next week on that!

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Please kindly follow the CDC guidelines and stay safe!

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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COVID-19 is teaching me II

Hello, glad to come your way again, and I hope your weekend was a pleasant one? Last week, I talked on how we can see a silver lining behind every cloud. Based on that rationale, I noted down some lessons I have learnt during this pandemic.

Today, I want to wrap up on that. Before I outline them, I want to say thank you to this community for massively boosting last week’s post which caught a lot of traffic.

4. Few things in this world are essential, many are not- personally, I have seen how worthless a lot of things in this world are. I already knew that from a biblical worldview, but seeing it in real time is spooky, I must admit. During this pandemic, we have been forcibly stripped to the bare minimum to survive. Shops are closed, most works are closed, systems have come to a grinding halt among many others. One of the words thrown about is “essential”. That means if it is not, it must shut down for the preservation of humanity. I echo the wise words of King Solomon in his book, Ecclesiastes, “Vanity of vanities… “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

5. The solid rock to build on is God– “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust… ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:2‬. The constant and immovable factor in all ‘this madness’ is God. People who have pitched their tent on God have become steadfast in the midst of this. They are recognized and noticed during this time. We thank God for the essential workers and first responders, but have you also taken note of how religious leaders, particularly pastors, have been encouraging and a breath of fresh air in the midst of this? You will always get the bad nuts among them, but my primary focus is on the good ones who seem to be alleviating the angst, fear and terror among the masses. I have seen a newscaster on a popular news network ask for prayer from a pastor on his program. He admitted it was his first time doing that. Hope has become a precious commodity and that is what being dealt to the masses by the aforementioned groups.

6. All other grounds are sinking sands- this pandemic has brought untold and unexpected hardships. Jobs that we could call stable with better prospects in January are not in April as I write. Some have lost investments, financially speaking, because of this. People are scratching their heads in panic on how to pay for the mortgage, because their property could be repossessed. We all await to see how life will continue when the lockdown is over. We have seen things crash and fold which we thought couldn’t be in our lifetime. The Aviation Industry, for example, has seen the collapse and the bankruptcy of airlines during this almost two month span. COVID-19’s tutorials are brutal, yet a grim reality. The lesson here is not to put your trust in earthly things.

7. People are turning to religion– the Bible has been among the most sold out item on our shelves in my side of town. I have seen presidents of nations declaring national days of prayer. Online worship services have increased by the margin. People are searching for answers. I have observed how people are becoming more spiritual in this time. My personal experience and knowledge about God is, if you call on Him, He will answer you. He truly listens and guides us along the way. He sometimes will not take you out of the fire, but will give you wisdom and strength to navigate through.

On this note, I pray for every reader to receive supernatural wisdom, innovative ideas and unusual strength in this season.

Please stay safe and do follow the CDC guidelines. Let us be each other’s keeper in this time and let love lead.

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love


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COVID-19 is teaching me

This year has quite been interesting, to say the least. No one could have predicted this present predicament we are in at the moment, but at the end of the day, what can we really do?

Are we going to see a silver lining behind the cloud? I realize that in life, you can’t choose the (bad) hand you are dealt with , but you have absolute power in your response to it and how you play that (bad) hand to your advantage.

I want to start on an encouraging note that, this pandemic will pass and yes, 2020 is and will still be a great year irrespective of what we have seen in the past four months. I am not of the belief that 2020 should be cancelled as it has become a popular hashtag trending on social media sites. I also don’t believe that we should look forward to next year whilst skipping this year hurriedly.

I pray as you read this, you will gain a different perspective and light on how you view this current situation. No way, am I undermining the countless deaths, the fear and angst among the masses; and all the horrible evils associated with this COVID-19 pandemic. My heart goes out to all severely impacted.

Quite honestly, this episode has got me thinking a lot which provoked me to use this platform. They are lessons I have learnt in this short time, and will share just seven of them over a two week period.

1. The world is indeed a global village– this world we live in is inter-related and inter-dependent. What affects me in a different geographical terrain has a bearing on this world. A virus that started in Wuhan in China, reportedly, has been able to keep this world presently under siege. It teaches me that I don’t have a private life, rather a personal life, because whatever I do matters to the next person home and away. If the world understands this concept, the schisms and divisions among us will subside.

2. Home is where the heart is– the heart of the matter is home. Now almost the whole world has come to a standstill and, we are forcibly quarantined against our will to stay home. People are working from home. I have seen some sports and talk shows broadcast from home. When I talk of the home, I am referring to the family unit. After all is said and done, the family reigns supreme above all. If you were a workaholic spending 80 hours a week away from home, that is not the story today. Of course, you will go back to work, but have proper priorities on what is number one. We have to focus on strengthening family ties and perhaps spend more time building the home than any other place, for that matter.

3. Relationships too matter- asides the family, the relationships we have built over the years will carry us a long way, especially in times like this where one can feel lonely. I heard an old wise man say, “man was not created for things, but for relationships”. That really ministered to me and I have taken that with me everywhere. We must focus and strive to build healthy relationships. It gives us goodwill in life. In my estimation, goodwill is more important than wealth. Mother Teresa comes to mind as I write. How much did she really have? Yet, she affected the world through goodwill.

God-willing, will continue next week. Stay safe, follow the CDC guidelines, be full of hope. There is light at the end of this tunnel.

Please say a prayer for all the first responders and essential workers. We are thankful for their services.

Keep well!

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love