“But it was so that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house” 2 Kings 12:6. The esteemed nineteenth century American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorn offered this insight: “No man can for any considerable time wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” And Abraham Lincoln once stated, “When I lay down the reins of this administration, I want to have one friend left. And that friend is inside of myself”. You could almost say that Lincoln’s integrity was his best friend. King Joash, seeing the state of the temple and realizing that the priests had not fulfilled their responsibility of keeping it up, specified that a certain amount of the offerings of the people should be designated for that purpose. This was not carried out by the priests. However, with Jehoiada, he decided to receive the offerings directly through a special chest by the altar of sacrifice (2 Kings 12:10-13). This worked. The people were very generous when they knew that their designated gifts were being used properly, a salutary example holders of public offices, religious leaders and leaders at all levels. Like John C. Maxwell pointed out in his book: Becoming a Person of Influence, ‘Anytime you compromise your integrity, you do yourself an incredible amount of damage.’ How trustworthy are you? As leaders at any level, can you be trusted to execute expected roles without compromise? Do you lead with the consciousness that you will one day give account of yourself to God? Do you falsify your age in a bit to get “a dream job”?. Do you pay some “tips/settlement” a modernized concept for bribe to get a job because other people do it? Do you tell lies and you claim you are only being diplomatic and you forget that “all liars will have their part in the lake of fire” Revelations 21:8? Do you defraud people and you take it as smartness? Are you being confronted with the dilemna of “spending one night with that ungodly employer” to get a job offer that God’s mercy and favour can offer without any damning condition? Listen, You cannot afford to mortgage your eternity on the altar of present desperation. Young Joseph, when confronted with a similar challenge, had this as his resolve “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:9. In the case of Daniel “he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 As we witness a lot of abnormalities becoming “normal things” in our society, and lack of regard for God and His word among people in authority and even on the pulpits, our resolve as people who do not want to go to hell because of the attitude of a backslider, an apostate or an unbeliever somewhere must be OTHERS MAY, I CANNOT!
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan