Archive | April 2017

What Do You Take In And Chew?

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Reading comes naturally to some people, like one of my friends that can read a book of 350 pages(especially a novel) in a day. I’m phlegmatic, reading does not really come naturally to me. I’m more inclined to calculations to sitting down for hours reading some random books. Though now I’m improving when it comes to reading (at least I read a chapter of a book per day). I also prefer to learn through videos, audios and other easier means of garnering knowledge.

Meditating is also not an easy task. Sitting down for hours to meditate, that I can’t really do because of my spontaneous behavior. Great people meditate. So I prefer to do mine on the go. Like when I’m on my way to lectures or back from lectures and when I do my chores and most especially when I’m in the bathroom or toilet.

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Not minding how you take in and how you chew, the most important question here should be what do you take in and what do you chew?

Being curious can be a double edged sword, like it can either make you read wide or wild.
OK, have you ever read materials that make you doubt the existence of God? At some point I have done that. It made me logical and analytical on spiritual things.
What we read, listen to, and watch have a high propensity to brainwash us and instil different ideas, ideals and principles into us.
They form the basics of what we believe and how we act.

Apart from learning languages and getting intoxicated with words. I have seen wack ideologies of which I can’t buy from the few materials I have laid my hands on. Like some that actually teach you the direct opposite of your religion and moral standings. Can you imagine someone saying God supports gayism, Jonathan and David were gay and gay means “God adores you.” (note, I’m not saying God does not love them, he still does and his son has died for them already, all they need to do is to acknowledge that and accept his son.) but trying to chock that into our throats is what I refute.

What we take in and chew is very important. There is a beast(flesh) in us and a white gentle sheep in us. Which ever we feed thrives in us.

I’m a Christian and I believe in the word of God and I have vowed that nothing will define my idiosyncrasies apart from God’s word. So everyday, I strive to listen to my master so that I can feed the white gentle sheep (his holy spirit) in me and starve the beast (flesh) in me. They are always in contention with each other according to Galatians 5:17, but you alone determine who wins.

best-books-book-youll-ever-read.jpgBrian Tracy once said, “Whatever you dwell upon grows and increases In your life.”

So they are like cancer that spreads rapidly like wild fire. When you think and talk about them, they get deeper and deeper into your subconscious mind.
So mind what you take in and chew.

Bamigbola Silas.

Darkness!

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Adekunle and Aduke were at the front of their beautiful Hut in a small hamlets one particular nights while enjoying the ambiance of nature and gazing at their fiery eyes that burnt with love. Right from their courtship years, they always love to sit down in an open field to gaze and moon over the beauty of the firmaments but now that they are wedded in their new Hut, the spacious compound is enough for them to spend time alone as couples in any corner of the compound without anyone disturbing them. While Aduke’s head was on Adekunle’s lap and ready to retire for the night, he began to cogitate in his usual manner; while staring at the moon and the stars he began to ask himself questions; what are all those small small lights hanging on the sky and each reflecting it lights? And he imagined if those lights are not hanging on the firmament will the sky still be beautiful? Questions rushed and rushed into his mind, some of which he could and could not answer. When he could not wrap his head around the enigmatic structures he was staring at he just concluded in his heart that those are what make the night beautiful. And till he died he still wondered how those small small lights and the big light were able to successfully rule the night as the sun also ruled the day.
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My former house was close to a cemetery, like 200 steps apart. Scary right? Yes twas scary at some point. As a young boy I feared darkness and unfortunately it was a new area(those virgin areas recently occupied by people). so, our almighty NEPA had not connected electricity into the new area. I dreaded the nights, probably because of the imaginary demons I have drawn on the slate of my mind ensuing from the lurid horrifying films, stories and books I have watched, heard and read back then. So I know the effects of darkness and the essence of lights.

The world is covered with a thick and gross darkness looking for many to tinder it. Unfortunately few men are ready to arise and Shine.
I’m a light! I’m a light!! I’m a light!!!” I keep hearing, but only few make their lights shine.
The word of God says let our light so shine among all men. But the mistake we make as Christians is that we only lit up the light in the church alone but fail to shine it in the world that desperately need it the most. What is the need of a lamp or a bulb in the day? It’s only in the nights it’s needed.
Like insects gentiles want to come into your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Your light is more appreciated outside the church, shine it.

The stars spread across the firmaments each beautifying the sky with their lights. You too be a star and beautify the the world. Shine your light among all men so that your father in heaven will be glorified.

An illustrious man, Martin Luther King once said “Only in the darkness, you are able to see the stars.

Bamigbola Silas.