BEING THE ARCHITECT OF FORTUNES TO OTHERS—(5 minutes read)

This piece was authored and published on Facebook on the 13th of September 2018 by Isaiah Mainmanspainer Mariere and after reading through I realized that it can be a piece that will inspire and motivate all my readers, viewers and followers.

Permission to publish this piece was obtained from the author and it was granted immediately without any delay.

 

It goes thus:

Whether you flounder, or flourish is always in your hands—You are the single biggest influence in your life.

Nothing that occurred in your past can have any influence over you except you allow it to.

By bettering ourselves, we can influence the rest of the world to follow.

Be the stillness in the storm and soon others will gather to seek solace in your presence.

Some of the most important decisions I have made might well have been made or might have been very different if it hadn’t been for the influence of the people in my life because we need mentors.

If you feel that you do not have any power to make positive changes in this world, I had had to disagree with you.

To change something means that you must take an active role and not sit back and expect that someone more influential will do it.

It means, instead, that you understand that for each action you make, there is an effect.

To influence doesn’t mean that you must be the leader of a country or a mayor and a noteworthy politician or celebrity.

You understand that each person is a catalyst for positive change even if that positive effort is directed only to one person.

 

Our influence on others starts with us.

There is no way you can influence others without you becoming better.

It is when you are better off that it will be possible for you to influence other people around you.

It is necessary for everyone that desire to influence others in any given position to always look for means at which such expected influence begins from your ability to go a long way to add to yourself in terms of values that will enhance the virtues needed for the entire human race at one point in time.

This becomes possible when all the available needed avenues are maximized to add to ourselves thereby making the possibility of influencing our immediate environment possible.

The influence that will launch the entire humanity to the point of influence and impacts start from you and it must be ensured that such influence made a mark in the annals of human history.

Human history has been relayed essentially as a product of influences some people made at one point in time in salvaging the plight of mankind from the abyss of despair in the process of time.

 

In conclusion, it is essentially necessary for each and everyone of us to understand and see reasons in the importance of what our influence can made on the life of people around us.It is until when this is done that the plight of mankind can be altered to create a society whereby value addition will be the yearnings of every inhabitants of such society.

 

©mlst media 2018.

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DO YOU KNOW THAT HE IS YOUR SAVIOR?—(10 minutes read)

The 2nd of September 2018 being the first Sunday in the month of September happened to be tagged “COVENANT DAY OF MARITAL BREAKTHROUGH” in my Church. Due to many personal obligations that made me to have far away from Church this year, I made up my mind to avail myself the opportunity of attending the Second Service since I was a bit less busy since I am observing my annual leave.

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As preaching and homily was going on and towards the end of the sermon, he preached and prayed about marital breakthrough and he made a particular submission by quoting Ephesian 5 verse 22-33.He asserted that if every marital union can be laid on the foundation of what is chronicled in Ephesian 5 verse 22-33 by all the concerned parties in marriage especially husband and wife, the challenges facing the institution of marriage recently will not surface in any way at all.

 

Immediately, after making his submission known, I quickly opened my bible and checked what exactly the actual scripture was talking about.

 

While reading my mind struck a verse, though popular but the later part of this verse has not been really talked about by many Christians and preachers of the word of God.

 

It was at the point of this inspiration and this uncommon revelation that I decided to push this verse across so that it can also serve as a source of motivation and inspiration to couple in marriage.

 

Reading through Ephesians 5 verse 23:

“For the husband is the head of the wife, so also Christ is the head of the church; and He is the savior of the church”

 

In this verse, one could see two important comparison between the husband and Jesus Christ. This verse compares and made the husband to be the head of the wife as Jesus Christ is the head of this church. This comparison and similarities simply connotes:

 

1.Every husband must be respected and referenced by the wife as Jesus Christ is respected and referenced as the head of the church.

2.As Jesus Christ is the savior of the Church, every husband is also a savior to the wife.

 

These are the two revelations about the concept of marital union presented by God in this portion of the scripture aimed at given a solid foundation for every marriage needed for success in every home. Though, this has been silenced and lesser people are fond talking about it due to many anti-God concept that is quite available across the length and breadth of the world. The need for this portion of the scripture to become relevant and useful in building a successful marriage has been subjected and subdued by ideologies and philosophies that buttresses on woman emancipation and equality.

 

Due to misconception of this portion of the scripture and the desire for many people in the world to banish the thought about God from their sensitivity and consciousness, this portion of the scripture has little or no meaning to many people in the sense that the issue of submission from wife to husband has become a thing of the past.

 

Every woman desires equal stand in the home and this has made many homes to be thrown into confusion resulting in domestic violence and divorce that has been on increase in the recent times.

 

God’s intention for every home is that husband should love their wife while every wife should ensure that the husband is given the same respect and reference being given to Jesus Christ, although this does not make the husband to any wife to assume the post of Jesus Christ or a totalitarian type of leadership that is aimed in all ramification to subdue a woman basic right.

 

Being compared in terms of post simply connotes and demand a lifestyle that could be likened to the kind of lifestyle Jesus Christ lived during His earthly ministry.

 

This verse of the scripture simply placed and apportioned a responsibility on every husband to live a sacrificial and selfless lifestyle just as Jesus Christ lived his life for the salvation and redemption of the entire human race.

Husband should be the head and savior in the home simply connotes and demands a lot of responsibility to the wife and to the entire household.

 

Husband should be the head and savior to the wife in love and in deeds.

 

The responsibility of being the head to the wife should be carried out in love and the responsibility of being a savior to the wife should also be carried out in love because it was recorded in the scripture that it is the love that Jesus Christ have for the church that made Him to offer His life as a living sacrifice for the forgiveness of Sin committed by the entire human race through the first man and the first woman named Adam and Eve.

 

Any marital union that is based and functioned on this scriptural concept and foundation can never be found to have any issue no matter the length of days of the marriage.

 

Every marriage becomes successful and meaningful when the what is chronicled in the original manual of marriage originated and authored by God is adhered to and followed strictly without any one of the content being subjected and subdued to man’s philosophies the way it is now in the world we are today.

 

The foundation of marriage should have its root and route in God and it should be executed in accordance to what is authored by God. None of the content should be seeing and viewed as irrelevant and unimportant.

 

Once the wife understands her role and responsibility in marriage and she is ready to carry it out accordingly and the husband is also willing to answer to the role and responsibility of being the head and savior to the wife, many homes and families across the length and breadth of the world will have peace and the issue of divorce and separation between husband and wife will fizzle out and dwindled completely.

 

Until, God is allowed to build foundation of marriage through the scripture, successful marriage will be a wishful thinking and a mirage.

 

Give God a chance in your quest to become married and you will be ensured that you will be successfully married.

 

©mlst media 2018

HOW SHE MOTIVATED ME.(10 minutes read)

It was early morning on the 3rd of September 2018, I decided to observe an early morning road show that will only involve long distance endurance trek channeled towards shedding some ounce of fat that has accumulated in adding to my weight since everybody around me kept complaining about the bloating nature of current physique.

In spite the early morning drizzling, I despise this disturbance and I view it as a blessing in disguise because I believed that the coolness of the weather will be a source of strength to me in going a long way in keeping myself fit by the road work I am embarking on.

While I was busy with myself trekking on the high way, I was lost and carried away, but I was enjoying and basking in the euphoria of the showers of rain and my ability to fulfill my aspiration in embarking on a body fitting exercise that I can handle on my own.

While I was on the highway, at a point, she passed me.

She was fully kitted with her sneakers and joggers with vest on her body. She jogged passed me and immediately I raised up my head and I observed that she is a lady and she maintained her pace jogging while I was busy trekking.

Immediately, I remembered the popular parlance that says what a man can do, a woman can do it better. At this point, it was a woman that is doing what a man cannot do and I was challenged into motivation accompanied with my decision to turn the table around.

What a woman can do, a man can do it better.

Immediately, I double up and started jogging with one leap after another.

What I thought I couldn’t handle became what I was able to do when I saw a lady doing it.

Despite my decision to change from trekking to jogging which was motivated and inspired by her, she was obvious that she is the source of my motivation because she was a little distance ahead of me and I was at her back.

 

There is no way she could know that she has been a source of inspiration and motivation to a stranger early in the morning through her effort to get herself better in fitness.

She might think that she is just on her own trying to get better, but she didn’t know that her effort in shaping her physique has made another person to see good reasons in shaping himself.

This is how our life ought to be at any point in time. We are created to be a source of help and a source of hope to others. Even, when we are unaware of the fact that so many people are gaining and benefitting from our deeds.

We are supposed to be found doing good at every point in time so that people that we did not know or even expected could end up referring to our deeds even when we are no more around.

A meaningful life is birthed when we are not living alone but our living triggers a kind of inspiration that would catapult others to become better by achieving their set goals while in existence on earth.

We should not be oblivious of the fact that so many people are in the valley of perdition and destruction. All they need is a hand that will pull them out of the miry clay that they have been enmeshed with.

Without any gain saying, you could be that hands of help and hope that are needed to salvage humanity from going into extinction because our world needs more flag-bearers and touch-bearers that will end up shinning light that will displace the gross darkness that entire humanity is enmeshed with.

It might be a little form of kindness, love, patience and help that will end up becoming a source of motivation and inspiration to others.

We should endeavor to understand that while we are busy doing good, we are always oblivious of the zillion of people looking at us but the effect of our goodwill might be enough to turn around the lot of such people without you knowing the extent of your impart on the life of those looking up to you.

Hence, it is good to be good at any point in time.

It is nice to be nice to people around us.

The kind of help we render might be what is needed to salvage and elevate others.

It might be the only solution that would be available in making others to realize the potential in them, thereby fulfilling the purpose of God in their life.

With this, it placed a deep level of responsibility on all of us to be conscious and sensitive in making a concerted effort in adding value and contributing our quota in making the life of other people better no matter how little the contribution might be.

No contribution targeted in making the life of other people better is a waste no matter how insignificant and inconsequential it may be.

The littleness in us maximized as a form of contribution to the life of others might be the greatness other people are relying upon for them to achieve their purpose in life.

Do not fold your hands and watch people languishing in penury and abject poverty, do not expect the needy and the indigent to start looking for you before you take a step in helping them. It is your responsibility to rise to their needs by looking for them and make them part of your life.

You start living until the poor and the needy become part and parcel of your life.

If the biography of your life is chronicled without reference to the indigent, you have wasted your lifetime on earth.

The essence of your living is for the needy and the poor to have a life that is meaningful.

If you have been lagging in giving a hand of help to the needy and the indigent, you have failed, and you are unworthy to be reference as human.

Humanity is all about being an eye to the blind, a mouth to the dumb and an ear to the deaf.

Be a cloth to the naked.

Be a shelter to the destitute.

Be a respite to the restless.

Be a bridge to the deserted.

Be a food to the hungry.

If you can become all this, the world will be better off and lamentation of pain and pangs in the entire world will be a thing of the past.

This is how she motivated me.

This is how she inspired me.

 

©mlstmedia 2018

 

DO NOT DESPISE YOUR YOUTH—(8 minutes read)

This piece was authored and published on the Facebook Timeline of a friend and familiar on the 22nd of August 2018 and after reading through with rapt attention on the 27th of August 2018, it placed a responsibility on me to seek permission to published it on my blog from the author.

 

After seeking for the permission, she consented to my proposal and here comes the publication.

 

It goes thus:

 

Thanks to Tiwa.

 

I had to sit outside and far from the auditorium on Sunday.

 

There was a program being held for young girls and of course, I wasn’t interested and not concentrating.

 

Somewhere in between, I heard someone say:

 

“Don’t despise your youth”

 

I have known that scripture for years but that moment God reminded me of something vital.

 

“You wrote SHADOW OF GRACE long before you knew what childbirth looked like”

 

“You wrote THE TORMENTOR,AGBEKE,etc.long before you had real life experience of marriage and parenting”.

 

How did you write those effortlessly?

 

It was the Holy Spirit.

 

True that.

 

A lot of times, God places ideas, messages, goals, opinions, answers about things that are way above our age and years of experience in our hearts.

 

Unfortunately, we hold back.

 

We say to ourselves:

 

“What do I know? Let me learn from the experienced.

 

At times people even shut us up.

 

But, God is saying:

 

“Don’t let anyone despise your youth—1st Timothy 4 verse 12.

 

God didn’t put that passion in your heart for you to wait till you are ready enough in your own eyes.

 

Pushing yourself to the background when God has positions you for limelight is not the same as humility and servanthood.

 

Dimming your own light would keep more people in darkness.

 

Our walk with God in whatever capacity He has called us to function is a walk of faith not of efforts.

 

Therefore, whether at your secular place of work or at your place of ministry, in your social circle, family or even up here on social media, always seek to do what God would have you do.

 

Never use your age as an excuse to fall back or give up.

 

Don’t let anyone despise you.

 

You answer to God and ought to be relevant with people.

 

Again, I say:

 

“Do not let anyone despise your youth”

 

From the piece above one could observe that the author was inspired by the word of God to stir up the talents and the gift God endowed us with.This was given to us for profiting and to invest in the life of others.

 

It is a pity that many of us spend a bunch of our existence on earth giving excuses about how unnecessary it is to do maximize this gift God gave to us.

 

Many of us sleep over it and many of us even waste our energy in burying this gift just because we have no understanding of the purpose of this gift in our life and how far it will go in affecting the life of others that are around us while we are on earth.

 

This affirm the reason why an unknown author and thinker submitted that the grave is the wealthiest place on the surface of the earth because there in the best ideas, philosophies, solutions, innovations and inventions were buried.

 

The days of our youth could be akin to our days on earth whereby all that is needed and necessary for us to maximize the little time we have on earth is expected to be optimized maximally for making the world we live in a better place.

 

On the contrary, due to lack of understanding and basic knowledge of what we are created for on earth, many of us become unconcerned in seeing any reason why we should make any contribution while we are on earth. We give excuses that are slim, thin and flimsy to cover up for our lack of understanding of the purpose of creation and we keep sitting down on a spot leaving everything to chance.

 

The worst angle to this is that while we stay unconcerned in championing a course that will add value to the existence of mankind, humanity in its entirety suffered a great deal because while we refuse to shine the light we are wired with, many people remain in darkness forever.

 

It is the streams of light in you that will lighten the darkness in the life of many people around you.

 

There is need for your light to become the light that others will hold on to as a source of solution that will displace the gross darkness hovering around them.

 

In conclusion, the days of your youth should be maximized to shine the light in you.

 

No matter how small or little the light in you may be, it is powerful enough to displace any form of darkness,

 

You are created with light,

 

You are wired with light,

 

What the world needs from you,

 

Is to shine the light in you,

 

And when it is done,

 

The grip of gross darkness will end up fizzling up.

 

 

Special thanks to TEMITOPE OGUNJUYIGBE ADEGBENJO for being the author of part of this publication.

 

 

 

©mlst media 2018