When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
When God wants to mould a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks– Anonymous
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And which every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendour out –
God knows what He’s about.
C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters depicts a senior devil who is training a junior devil to intercept a man on the verge of becoming a Christian. The young devil is to deter the man from God, or “the Enemy.” The junior devil tries his best to distract his subject, but after a few weeks, he is unsuccessful. The frustrated young devil cannot explain what went wrong but notes that the man did two simple things each day. Every morning he would get up and go for a long walk, thoroughly enjoying the air, the scenery, and all in all, the walk itself. Then every evening, at the end of his day, the man would curl up with a good book, thoroughly delighting in that book, the reading, the time itself. To this, the senior devil notes sharply: “This is where you went horribly wrong! You should have put it into his mind that he had to get up in the morning and take that walk for the sake of exercise. It would have become drudgery to him. And you should have gotten him to read the book so that he could quote it to somebody else. It would have become equally uninspiring. You allowed him to enjoy such pure pleasure that the Enemy’s voice became more audible within those experiences. That is where you went wrong.”Life Is Sweet – Ravi Zacharias
Cheers to all those working in the wrong professions to put food on the table… You are real heroes and true heroines.
When you are dealing with the masses, position yourself in front; the position of influence. When dealing with an individual, position yourself at the back; the position of power.#quotesbyme
A crooked employer may assume being powerful by taking advantage of your desperation, but you are actually in a position of power because you owe them nothing; not loyalty, no-obligation, not even respect. You can quit whenever you want.
Someone who is above the ladder has the least chances of surviving when they fall.
This, we call servant leadership. You lead from in front, but you consider yourself less important than your followers.
To be a leader with real power, you need to be an explorer and willing to take big risks. Your followers would then be willing follow your footsteps.
if it’s not that African Africans are immune to COVID-19, then it could be that all unhealthy Africans did not last long enough to be caught by COVID-19.#theory
Could it be that our health care is so poor that only really healthy people can survive?
Perhaps countries with better health care systems are receiving a higher mortality rate from COVID-19 due to their high life expectancy rate, meaning they have a lot of senior citizens.
If God created man in his own image, it then confirms why man is intelligent and creative.
If a man is an intelligent and creator being, then why does it not follow that we can (and possibly have) imagined a God into being? If not, how so does it seem extremely convenient and coincidental that most of our gods fall within our own stereotypes like God being male, most god’s messengers being male?
However, you don’t want to think about that, you should not think about that and you’ll probably live happier if you live like there’s a God watching over you because frankly, we need watching.
Besides, no amount of philosophy and evidence can explain away the presence of a strange coincidence experienced by them that believe and pray.
If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.Carl Sandburg
If the current syllabus doesn’t really lean in your favor, introduce a new curriculum, one that you are sure you will excel in.#quotebyme
Before you upset an order, plan for a new order;#spokenword
The new order must not be a means to an end;
To serve the privileged few, forsaking the weak;
Nature abhors a vacuum, and life must eat life;
Life closes in, always in; never outside.#spokenword
However much free you live, or you feel, time holds you personally accountable.
Freedom must eat responsibility.
When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, “Why god? Why me?” and the thundering voice of God answered, There’s just something about you that pisses me off.Stephen King, Storm of the Century
How mysterious is it, that often the poorest give the most, the weakest carry the heaviest and those with the least are the most contented.#spokenword
Like the saying goes: “the one that receives eats better, the one that gives sleeps better“.