Life imitating fiction

Friends, this is a real story, go through it. and let me know what your thoughts are on this. I know of an unemployed guy who just had the equivalent of two months salary (paid at one month intervals) into his bank account from an unknown source. He was immediately advised never to touch the money. It must have been a mistake from the bank or the depositor, so he was advised to go and inform the bank about it.
If you are in his shoes what will you do? Don’t forget, this is Nigeria?
Your comments and reactions are welcome.

“Daddy, did you buy the armored tank?”

“Daddy did you buy me the armored tank?” That was the question that came out from the lips of the cutest guy in my household. The first time he made this request, I asked him if he wanted to be a soldier. My adorable 4 years old has been reminding me of this over and again, these past couple of days. Of course, he meant a toy armored tank, the run-of-the-mill type sold by the dozens as you drive across Slaughter bridge near Port Harcourt Zoo. At other times, with playful grins on his innocent face, he will welcome me back from work, “Daddy, I keep telling you something, but you don’t do it.” Friends, that is really touching.

Today, I had to apologize to this guy that I’ve been away on “adult education” at Uniport for the whole day. How do I explain to Mfon that the hold-ups and traffic go-slows through Port Harcourt “bomb – cratered” roads are hellishly punishing? How do I explain to this guy that I’ve been planning to go to Mile1 market so as to meet his requests as one of the reasons for my trip? How do I explain to this young man that he should thank God his dad has a job even though he unavoidably comes home late at times and always go offshore at short notice?

If only this young man knew what magnificient birthday gift awaits him on his 5th birthday (come October) from his dad and mum? If only this guy knew that his dad has better gift and greater plans for him than toy armored cars?

Does this story mirrors the relationship you have with your kid? Well, this kind of attitude from my boy reminds me of how I, as an adult do at times ignorantly pout and sulk in unbelief and doubt when the answers to my prayers are delayed. Only for God to answer them in outstandingly bigger ways than I would have ever dared to dream or hope for at some later time? All earthly fathers even at their best are weak, frail and subject to human limitations, but not our heavenly Father – the Lord God Almighty who is the King of the universe. The Bible said that, “if ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7.21.
So then, child of God, keep on asking and trusting. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.   1Corinthians 1v9.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  Numbers 23:19

Yesterday, a pal ireverently opined on Facebook that “even God Almighty can be bribed.” My response was that Almighty God can be bribed, just the way his own children bribed him to earn his loving care and affection or just the way he bribed his parents before they agreed to take care of him and tried to give him the best in life.
“if ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7.21.

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

GOD IS LOVE.

Civility on our roads

CIVILITY: How we so much need more of it these days?

I had just exited the “bomb – craters” eye-sore, shame-inducing potholes of Second Artilery (by TOTAL Petrol Station) all the while keeping a safe distance from the central road divider. I was gradually revving up on the throttle when the car that I had previously made more room for, suddenly veered towards my side. Almost “ramming” me to the central road divide, we narrowly avoided serious side-swipe damages to our respective cars. Without, much ado, we both pulled off the road and stopped by the side of Jesus House.
Coming out of the car, I inspected the passenger side and good enough, my car had, just a slight peel-off of the paint. The same thing goes for the other car.
“I am sorry. It was all my fault. The driver to my right tried to “push” me off the road. That is why I rammed into you. I hope the damage to your car is not serious?” To which, I replied, “I hope that the damage to your car was not serious too?”
And so, exchanging our first names, we settled what would ordinarily have been a serious altercation with friendly and peaceful handshakes
before we resumed our journeys to our respective homes and families. Not that I even have much strength or time to engage in those types of arguments anyway. Even if I am in the right, will the other guy own up and take respondibility for his mistakes?
The point I’m making is not that I am in the right in this case. Fact is that I’ve been emphasizing how I and the other two drivers in my home need to improve on our driving habits and skills.
When in the wrong, one should put aside the ego, owe up, apologize and take responsibility for ones actions.  Even though one may not be able to entirely avoid the unpleasant consequences of the mistskes (big or small), at least you are able to manage the bad fallout with dignity and self respect.
Can we all commit to bringing more civility to play in our daily interactions?

Fellow Nigerians…….

The heart of the matter: The heart matters most.

wallnut fruits

 

Last week, my wife bought some wallnut fruits from Oil Mill market. The following morning, I picked up 4 for a quick breakfast in the office.

The wallnut fruits reminded me of something. But hard as I tried, I couldn’t immediately lay my thoughts on what they were reminding me of. My mind fleeted back to my teen days when my dad use to fete me with these fruits on his return from one of our farms.

The outward covering shell is an  uninviting black or at best a depressing brown color. Then, just take courage,  take a plunge, crack the shell and a delicious white or milky white world of goodness awaits you.

Yes, the wallnut fruit reminds me that I should not judge by outward appearances only. Do not be quick to make conclusions just because of outward appearances.

So well did the Holy Bible taught us that, “….. the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1Samuel 16verse 7

Wallnut fruit

What other lessons does the wallnut fruit teach you?

No condition is pama

No Condition is pama

 

Sometime when facing tough life challenges, you ask yourself, “when will all these travails end?’.

But if we have faith and trust in God with perseverance, we will surely overcome. The banner that trails this truck captures it all.

NO CONDITION IS PAMA ……  (This is 9ja for you).

In other words,

No condition is permanent.

I captured this shot on my way home from the office. Just before 2nd Artillery after Old Aba Road Woji Junction, Port Harcourt.

 

Tips on tyre safety.

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Over the past couple of days, I noticed that my steering wheel oscillates up and down even driving while on a fairly smooth road. Also, the front wheels experience unusually tense vibrations when the car bumps over otherwise small depression and humps on the road. It was then, I called in my mechanic who at first sight told me that one of the front tyres was bad. I couldn’t believe him initially. Why? Because the tyres were fairly new. Having changed all the 4 tyres less than 2 years ago, I thought that I still had some mileage on them.However, it turned out that the mechanic was right spot-on with his assessment of the fault. On removing the tyre and standing it on an even surface, lo and behold the tyre was trully uneven. One side of the tyre was slightly higher than the other running all round the circumfrerence. Also, on careful observation, I noticed that the tyre has taken on a ) – shape.

SOLUTION: Temporarily transfer the faulty tyre to the back and the back one to the front. Meanwhile, I will replace the faulty tyre ASAP.

MORALE: Always check your tyres and do well to investigate any suspicious sound from that your hard-earned cash-down-bought car.

Honesty promotes trust in business relationships. It may even help to save lives. And who knows, the life you save may be yours.

On Divine Guidance

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Divine guidance requires that we walk sincerely as Christian believers. If we ‘Walk in the light. . . (1John. 1: 7). Have you ever tried to direct someone in the dark – someone strange to your district? Guidance which would be easy in daylight is not easy in the dark. Even God cannot guide us clearly if we do not walk in the light .
From: Awake My Heart
J. Sidlow Baxter

I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

II Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Of the moth and fiery light

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FLEE WORLDLINESS
While on the Majestic rig last month: A common sight is that of many colorful moths fliting about the colorful bright light from the hot rig lamps. Alas, in the morning, several of these moths lie flat on the rig floor – all dead. They were undone and consumed by flirtatious attractions that they refused to let go.

For a christian to be attracted to anything that is ungodly, worldly and sinful is a clear and imminent danger. It is like the attraction of a moth towards open flames. The moth gets consumed at the end.
 
“The world is no friend of grace to lead us to Christ”

James 4:4
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.