Posted in change a life, Discipline, peace is a verb, stop over-analyzing

Peace is a verb

I saw this and a light-bulb kinda went off in my head, like ding-ding-ding-guilty! Maayyyybbbe I don’t over-analyze with boys (don’t verify that fact) but oh, I do over-analyze everything in between. I have over-analyzed 2016 already and worried myself to death over it. Recently, I had to make a one-day to and fro trip so I had to catch an early morning flight. Over the days leading to the day of the trip, I constantly stressed out about making it to the airport in time, what if I wake up later than 3am (my mom says my sleeping method is a talent…I will Mayweather Jonah in a competition without breaking a sweat), what if I didn’t wake up late but the cab driver didn’t show up? What if the cab broke down on the way? What if something that looks like coke suddenly materializes in my carry-on (like what the shiznit???!), what if the plane refused to take off (oh, for real?!). I can go on…

For all my stressing out about stuff, what will be will be. And what usually ‘be‘ is that everything always go really well. And for the ones that do not, stressing out over them doesn’t make them better. My very smart big sister often warns me about this attitude, particularly about always depriving myself of fun and good stuff, saving up for ‘rainy days’, only for some other people to swap the money for their rainy days. I often privately have a good laugh at myself over that.

November is here, 2015 is on its way out. This year hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. And thinking about that, I am reminded of this:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to 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)

In the words of Lara George, how can we forget that He is Shalom??? Peace is an action word, over-analyzing the future or the past even, is not gonna change either situations, leave it and move on.

Posted in change a life, making a difference, sacrificial giving

Is giving subjective?

I had this conversation with my neighbour a few weeks ago and she told me about all the things she gives out to people. She proceeded to tell me how she gives out lamps, clothes, couches etc. One time, she even helped set a family up with an entire apartment! Really commendable huh? And I was really sinking into mentally giving myself a korrrrekt scolding for my poor giving history. I was right int the middle of a proper mental whack on the head and hot twisting of the ear when I heard her say,

‘I only pay 1% of my salary as tithe’, she said.

In my head, I went ‘huh?’ I think my confusion must have shown on my face cos she went on to explain,

‘God told me specifically, you can’t afford it so don’t bother with 10%, just pay 1%. You are always giving out so much stuff anyway’

Ooookay. So I proceeded to re-arrange my face and relax after all if God told her, well…wetin be my own.

But in a space of two weeks, she complained about been broke too many times for me to count. And I know, without fail, if you give, the promise is that you will receive. So, innocently o, I started questioning the whole 1% tithe thing. So I went back to the Bible.

Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard. The blind people are now able to see, the lame can walk, people who have leprosy have been healed and the deaf can now hear. The dead are raised to life and the poor are hearing the good news. Luke 7:22

And with that, I proceeded to put my nose back into my neighbour’s business. For almost all things in our lives, we probably need miracles but when it comes to wealth, it isn’t a matter of miracles, it is a matter of principles. That’s why the poor were preached to, they were educated. We need to understand and follow the basic principles of getting wealthy. And being wealthy is not about having a truck load of cash, it’s a lot of things. It is having money without the mafia on your case, with loving family to enjoy it with, sound health to savour it and long life to make life meaningful. Throughout the Bible, I found out that being wealthy is a function of giving. Giving our tithes like God commanded, not less. Giving our first-fruits, giving our offerings, giving to the poor (The Bible says it is like lending to the Lord). It’s not just giving what you don’t need anymore but giving to change a situation in someone’s life. The giving that will make your banker shudder. We give, we get back. That is the principle. It is giving kindness, showing some compassion here and there, lending a helping hand even when you are short on time…it’s all these beautiful things.

*True giving is giving your only winter jacket to a homeless guy.

*Going back to the line of fire to get that soldier that was hit.

*True giving is sacrificing yourself to protect an entire nation from ebola outbreak #Adadevoh

*Giving your lunch to that classmate who always comes to class without lunch.

Giving when it is convenient isn’t the type of giving that provokes wealth. And this principle just does not apply to Christians alone. The best part about this is that, whatever the race, gender, religion, political or spiritual standing, giving works for anyone. It’s a life principle, whether it is convenient or not, give anyways. And it is not something God needs us to do for Him, He needs us to do it for ourselves.

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