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


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



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


Victory over death

I am your chosen one. You won’t leave me in the grave or let my body decay.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:10

Now this quote here is a prophecy of King David, who was also a psalmist. He talked about this event we commemorated yesterday as the Resurrection Sunday or Easter Sunday. This was written more than four hundred years to the event, and it happened as predicted.

The event was, Jesus Christ was going to be crucified and he will die, but on the third day, he will resurrect. Peter, one of the founding fathers of the Christian church, who was also a disciple of Jesus corroborated this fact more than four hundred years later.

““Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts‬ ‭2:22-24‬ ‭

Now you may ask me today, what significance does this hold today? Why should I be concerned about a man who died and rose from the dead? Personally, it means the Bible is proven to be historically true, so it gives me solace that I am not in a fraudulent faith. Secondly, as a Christian, it proves to me that death, an enemy has been defeated. Death is the greatest enemy of any living human being.

From the scriptures, you can clearly see this truth:

“Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?” Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:55-57‬

Death has lost its power to hurt us. The sting of death has been broken that when professing Christians die today, they will just transition seamlessly into the hands of our master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-14‬

Death becomes like sleep to the believer, so we are enjoined to sorrow and mourn the absence of the person in body, but not hopelessly because of yesterday’s event. His resurrection gives us hope that death couldn’t touch the person. Since death is sleep to the believer, he will awake again in the hereafter.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”” I Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-54‬

So the event, Resurrection Sunday is not abstract from humanity. It is rather about our destiny which is when we die in Christ- we only sleep and we will wake up again this time to God with a glorified body where we can all say of a truth, “death is swallowed up in victory”

When Jesus resurrected, he awoken us to this reality, which is called “a mystery”. If you are a Christian reading, have faith and hope that death will not harm you when it is your time. We should be afraid of premature death rather, but the certainty of death should not scare us at all, because we enter into a realm of glory.

The Christian Faith is hinged on this truth we celebrated yesterday as an event.

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” I Corinthians‬ ‭15:12-14‬ ‭

Personally, I am glad for my Christian faith. That is why I have a passion to tell all and sundry through speaking on a platform, having a conversation with a friend or a total stranger, or in this regard, writing.

Your remaining years on this earth will be good to enquire if there is an existence of God?

I will leave you to think hard and meditate on this.

Peace & Love


Can I talk to you about Jesus?

No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].” John‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Hello, glad to come your way again. This week is known in the Christian calendar as The Holy Week commemorating the last week of Jesus before He was crucified, died, buried and resurrected.

In the Holy Week, we have the Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Resurrection Sunday. The week celebration is popularly known as Easter. In contemporary times, I think we have reduced the sacredness of this occasion to bank holidays, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. The fun with the commercialization is gradually making us lose the true meaning of this spiritual event.

Since the focus is on Jesus, who is He? There is a book in the Bible called John which gives us an accurate view of who He is. I will recommend that book of the Bible to read.

To answer your question; Jesus is the Son of God, and also has a relationship with God the Father. God has a divine nature, and has never been seen before. Unseen things are very much as real as the seen. Back to my point, the meaning of the word divine speaks to the truth of God having perfections. It has to do with his deity.

But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work.” John‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Jesus walked on this earth to help us understand who God was to us. He did that in word and deed. So you will see scriptural references of him healing the sick, proclaiming liberty to the oppressed and the captives, and basically doing good. God is a healer. God is a liberator. God delights in doing good. All these attributes to God’s awesome wonders and also in explaining who God is.

Jesus became the window through which we can have a clear view and understanding of who God is as a father. God does not delight in being a mystery. Truth be told, he has been unveiled through the gift of Jesus and the Holy Bible.

“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. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭4:7-9‬

Above all, Jesus came to demonstrate love, who is God. It is important to understand this truth about God that He is love. God has had a bad P.R. for evil things He never did. Unfortunately, it has been propounded through traditional views which are inaccurate or people who don’t have a proper relationship with Him. With all the uncertainty we are facing at this time, one thing is certain for sure: HIS LOVE FOR YOU AND ME.

I don’t know whether you will see this week as a spirtual event or just another bank holiday depending on your faith, but I will leave you with this thought that God loves you and He is as real as the person sitting next to you. God desires fellowship. Want to experience Him? Try Jesus

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭

Happy Easter to all and please let us do well to follow the CDC guidelines to stay safe. With that in mind, let us filter the information we feed on, and spend the time we have in this lockdown with our loved ones. That matters the most!

Till I come your way again!

Peace & Love


From the archives: fear II

We are continuing our series on fear. Wrote this a couple of years ago and it is worth re-reading, if you have already. The purpose is to deal with the root issue of fear at bay currently because of the global pandemic which has befallen us.

Be very encouraged in the days ahead, that it is going to get better and there is light ahead of this current, dark tunnel which looks uncertain. Whatever be the case, just decide not to live in fear.



Relationship protocol

Relationships are a blessing and you can enjoy the benefit(s) if it is properly defined. For example, is the person I am relating to a senior, a colleague or a junior? Levels of relationship have different protocols”- Stephen Ofori-Abedi’s Facebook post on 11/13/2019

Last week, we looked at strategic relationships, and today we want to focus on relationship protocol.

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary has four definitions and the third line of definition reads, “a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette and precedence.” Words associated with protocol are formality, manners…

It is important to talk about this because too many people miss out on the blessing of relationships because of poor relational ethics. Like I alluded last week, everyone needs a mentor, colleague and a protégé, but how do you relate to these different kinds of relationships? I want to share a few of my thoughts and observations on this.

1. How do I relate with a mentor?

Mentors are like coaches in a sense, so you don’t relate to them like you are having a talk with your home buddy. Mentors are discerning and very wise; they can easily tell who is not worth their cup of tea by looking at certain signs. Go there as a student with questions to inquire and to know. That is the basis of the relationship in the first place. You don’t go to your mentor too, to display your wealth of knowledge and boast about your achievements. They truly are not interested. Be humble and be like a sponge soaking in all the experiences you see around when in the presence of one. One of the bad signs is for your mentor to ask, “any questions?!”, then you reply, “No!”. I am not saying you should ALWAYS ask questions, but an attitude of learning, flexibility and implementing your sessions with your mentor are great key strengths in enhancing the relationship. Most mentors will gravitate towards you and have a personal relationship, others will want to keep it strictly official. Which ever way, the purpose for the relationship in the first place is what should hold premium.

2. How do I relate with a contemporary?

You relate on equal standing. There should be parity in this kind of relationship. When one sees himself as superior than the other, it mars the relationship. This relationship thrives on networking and collaborating. When each of you know something that is beneficial, share it with each other. Be genuinely happy at the success of your partner, even if yours hasn’t happened yet. This kind of relationship easily becomes personal when both parties treat each other with respect. They end up getting to know their families and might even plan vacation get away with their families together.

3. How do I relate with a protégé?

“…but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭

This is a very powerful advice to every leader in any kind of setting. To get the best out of this kind of relationship is all about modeling. The best form of tutelage is in deed more than words. Unfortunately, many protégés have been disappointed, because they just hear a bunch of talk and little or no action. It is also important that mentors should relate with their protégés as the relationship defines; don’t relate to your protégé like you relate with a contemporary. Most times, it breeds familiarity and once the respect factor is lost in that relationship, it is over. I think of Jesus Christ who was a great mentor to his disciples and later became their friends, but you should know it took years before it gravitated towards that. Don’t be in a hurry to be friends. Let the relationship take its course and determine its pace. Most mentors have felt betrayed because they shared some personal, intimate secrets of their lives which later becomes a weapon against them, when the relationship is fractured. That ought not to be so! As a mentor, you will be honored, but please make sure, you don’t take advantage of that and abuse your liberty. Protégés are highly sensitive to that when they feel you just want to take them on a ride. They respect you, but they are not stupid. Reciprocate by also showing them honor. It will minister to them a great deal and keep the relationship binding.

I end on this note that let us observe the proper formalities in each of the relationships we are involved for our benefit. Relationships are a blessing when we relate right.

I thank you for making time to read today’s post. It will be nice if you can also share your perspective on this as well. I will love to read your comments.

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Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love


Strategic relationships

Hello, trust you have had a good weekend’s rest? Last week was a holiday on my side of town, so I just took advantage of it to rest hence not posting.

Today, I want us to focus on strategic relationships. What do I mean when I talk about that? I am not looking at the popular business definition, rather more at a relationship that gives you a vantage point to ascend up. These relationships in a bigger picture should be more than just socializing, having fun and having a good time. All of us should have certain friends for that.

This has more to do with purpose. In my own words, I see strategy as planning to get a leg up. Why do you plan if you don’t want to rise above the norm? When I think of strategy, the military comes into mind. The war is won in the boardroom first, then the troops on ground just enforce that. That is a strategy or a stratagem for that matter.

Everybody needs certain kind of relationships in this life, and this is different from your friends who you pass time with or engage in sports debates and the like.

1. Everybody needs a mentor– a mentor is a trusted teacher or coach. It is said, “the safest way to walk through a game park inhabited by wild animals is to follow the warden”. Mentors in a sense embody that. They are the portraits of your future and mostly have your ear. Please, with caution, choose your mentors wisely. If you want to be a faithful married husband, you can’t have a womanizer as your trusted advisor. Nobody knows it all! You set yourself up for failure if you think you have all the answers. In life too, it is good to be accountable to someone, so that you don’t go haywire. Mentors ensure that you stay on the straight and narrow.

2. Everybody needs a contemporary- look for people who are on the same path and on the same step ladder. You need people like that to trade ideas with and encourage each other. Unfortunately, most relationships of this nature breeds envy and unnecessary competition. To have a contemporary, both have to be secure and okay with being themselves. Contentment is key to making it work. If you are looking to be the smarter out of the two, more successful out of the two and are not thinking of corporate success; this relationship should be skipped. However, not every thing can be shared with a mentor, it is necessary to have a friend who has your view points and probably traveling on the same road as yours.

3. Everybody needs a protégé- personally, I can’t think of any greater satisfaction than to reach out and inspire someone younger and inexperienced who intends traveling the path I have been. One way or another, you can be a coach and an encourager to someone. It puts life in perspective. We shouldn’t focus on living for ourselves that we neglect others. People need guidance; some are open to admit that, the rest might think they are good which might be obvious they aren’t. Everybody has a story, a life experience that someone can benefit of and from. Think of yourself that you have something to offer after reading this. Too many people don’t think so.

I think there is no perfect time than NOW to invest into relationships. The dividends will show. Thank you for reading and supporting this blog with your feedbacks. I really do appreciate that.

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love