A (Learning) moment with my dad.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

And when we bring what is within us into the world, miracles happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
American Essayist & Poet

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I had a late lunch this afternoon. Just back from the second school-run of the day with the good woman of the house, I was soon settled down to a sumptuous meal. What else will one eat now? Eba and soup the most ubiquitous staple food on this side of the planet. Occupying the throne end of the dining table and slowly slicing away at the modest heap, Willy was soon at my side. Rambunctious and as inquisitive as ever, I was just thinking within myself, “Willy, what again? Allow me to finish this meal in peace now before badgering me with your latest question or findings” Undaunted by my quiet internal rumblings, he was all smiles and infectious excitement as he edged to my side by the dining table.

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WILLY: Daddy do you know that the area of the earth is 510,000,000 kilometers square?

DADDY: No I don’t. Where did you get that information?

(Within me, I was wondering if that was his latest discovery from our monthly always arriving several months late issues of National Geographic.)

WILLY: I went to our school library today. I read a book on geography. That was where I learnt it

(I immediately google “area of the earth” on my phone. Area of the earth as obtained from Google search is 510,072,000. When I pointed out the slight difference to him, he replied me, “OK.”)

DADDY: The value you obtained was just an approximation, but you are correct all the same.

WILLY:  Thank you.

DADDY: Do you understand the implication of that figure. I mean the value of the area of the earth?

WILLY: Yes I do. It means that the surface area of the earth is very large. What else could it mean now?

DADDY: OK, let me finish my meal. I will explain what it means to you afterwards.

WILLY: Okaaay.

(No matter how delicious the food may taste, the feast must eventually come to an end, by and by. Retiring into my bedroom, I invited Willy to join me.)

DADDY: Wiiiiillly,  come with a blank paper and biro!

WILLY: OK, I’m coming.

(Entering the room and using the floor tiles for illustrations, I proceeded to explain the concept of the area of an object. Proceeding, I explained how a square can have the same area as a rectangle, a circle or any other shape, regular or irregular.

DADDY: So Willy when you read that the surface area of the earth is 510,000,000 kilometers square, it means that if you can peel out the surface of the earth and lay the peels flat (like the peels you obtained from a skinned orange), the area you obtain will be the same as that of a square with a side approximately 22,583 kilometers long.

I now proceed to show him how to obtain this value mathematically.

DADDY: Do you understand?

WILLY:  Yes

DADDY: Are you sure.

WILLY: Yes. Daddy, that square must be very big o.

DADDY: Yes. And it is on this “super giant square” that all the cities and countries of the world are located. You think of places like our own Port Harcourt city, Lagos,  New York;  continents like Africa, North & South America,  Europe,  Asia and Australia as well as all the oceans…. They are located on this same area.

(Willy stared on, lost in thought for a few more seconds. Not yet through with me and as if not to be undone, he bombarded me with his second discovery of the day.)

WILLY: The area of Africa is 30,335,000 kilometer square.

DADDY: Where did you learn that?

WILLY: Also from the same geography book now.

DADDY: And you can still recall that number by heart?

WILLY: Yes?

DADDY: I am not very good at recalling numbers. Why not write it down on the paper for me?

(Willy wrote the figure for the area of Africa on paper and continued his recitation. Afterwards, we continue our discussions.)

DADDY: Can you express the area of Africa as a percentage of the surface area of the earth?

WILLY: Yes. I can.

DADDY: How will you do that?

WILLY: By dividing the area of Africa by the surface area of the earth and multiplying it by 100.

DADDY: Good. Show me.

(Willy now proceeded to do his calculation. He was correct. With excitement and pleasantly surprised, we did high fives with clenched fists. The excitement is still on. Try and quench it if you can.)

WILLY: Africa is approximately 6% of the whole earth by surface area.

DADDY: Do you understand what the answer, “Africa is approximately 6% of the earth surface” means?

(The young man continued to stare on in befuddled amazement, not very sure of himself.)

DADDY: OK, this is what it means…

(I now proceeded to sketch a rough meshed grid of 100 (10 X 10) squares on the paper and shaded six out of these squares.)

DADDY: If these 100 boxes represent the surface area of the earth, the 6 shaded squares represent our continent Africa. The remaining 94 unshaded squares represent the other continents, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and all the oceans of the world – Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Mediterranean, Antartic and Arctic. Now looking at the squares, can you express the area of the earth as a ratio of our own continent Africa.

WILLY: Yes?

DADDY: How?

WILLY:  By dividing 100 by 6.

DADDY: Stop, stop, stop. You are correct. Even if you don`t complete the answer, I am convinced that you know how to get there. So, I will score you 100%. Now proceed with the calculator app on my tab and do it. Make sure you hold it well so it doesn’t slip from your hand and get broken o. He now proceeded to start the RealCalc app.

WILLY: ok.

DADDY: And that comes down to what value?

WILLY: OK. The answer is 16.7 (Approximately ratio 16.7 to 1)

DADDY: And do you understand what it means?

WILLY: (Again, staring on in silence, lost in thought … )

DADDY: It means that the total surface area of the earth is 16.7 times as large as the surface area of our continent Africa. It also means that when you multiply the surface area of Africa by 16.7 times, you will have the area of the earth. How many of Africa land area can you “extract” from the surface area of the earth? Approximately “16.7 Africas”

(Another round of high fives passed between the son and his dad. Mummy eventually joined us in the room peering over my shoulders to read my write-up.)

MUMMY: You still have not finished? It’s time for us to go to church o. Nobody must go late. We really don’t have any excuse for that. Do we?

DADDY:  OK I’ve heard you. I am already finishing my first draft. I will tidy it up and complete the write-up when we get back home from the church.

I closed my Note 3 and Galaxy Tab S. Shortly afterwards, we all trouped to the church. The day ended beautifully and wonderfully well.

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When it’s time for play, the young chap (along with his brother Mfon and their friend Emma) goes at it as if all is play to no end. Like every kid growing up in the age of Facebook & mobile games, many a time I have to pry him off his mum’s hand set to stop his binge playing of mobile games on the smartphone. But don’t be fooled, once he overcome his inertia, he attacks his studies with the same gusto as he does when at play. Many a time, you will finally find him asleep over his books or long at work on his pet project. His mum said the guy is just his dad in that area. A heart-warming compliment. I hope the young chap will filter out my foibles as he carry on.

On the match again.

We will rise again.

Undaunted Willy - 2010

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NOTE:

This blog post was originally written on the second day after I was let-off from work. Redundancy is what the company’s management gave as their reason. And as if to rub pepper and salt into the recently fresh “injury”, I, yes I made the mistake of mysteriously deleting the original blog post from my WordPress blog site. The synchronized versions in my OneNote went AWOL as well. The same disaster was replicated on the ColorNote I use on my two androids. Giving up was not an option. I had to recollect the original write-up as best as I could and recommence this writing immediately – this time resolving to do it the old hard faithful analog way. This afternoon, I was searching for a file on my android when the original draft for this blog miraculously re-surfaced.  And O, what a sweet relief. Combining the analog with the electronic version, the post quickly came through in a breeze. All is well that ends well. All will still be well. All will still end well.

Originally written on 14-May-2015

 

“Set Free To Serve”

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Gal 5:13
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Eph 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

“We are His workmanship created for good works in Christ. He called us to offer up ourselves as a living sacrifice ….”
        ~~~ Keith Green.  (1953 – 1982)

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Character or Reputation: The Choice is yours.

A life that succeeds on mere talent alone will ultimately arrive at a destination where character cannot sustain that success. Perhaps that would explain why Haman was hanged on his own gallows not long after being promoted. Perhaps that would explain why Saul “took a sword and fell upon it” after his elevation to a throne. The great danger we all face is choosing reputation over character. Building a life of character is not always easy, but it is always worth it.
By: Alan Stewart
The Evangelist

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You’ve got a problem? Sleep over it.

Life is full of challenges. At home you may have issues with your spouse. Or it could be that your once cherubic innocent kid suddenly “grew horns”, and metamorphosed into a  recalcitrant and intractably truculent  teenager. At other times, you have issues with colleagues who suddenly became noncooperative. You may be at the receiving end of bad office-politics or some demigod of a boss.  How do you confront and surmount these challenges? 
First, you need to understand that there are some things you don’t have control over. So your worry warts are not going to change anything. For instance, you can not change the situation of politics and “budget-cliff” situation in USA. So, why should you worry about it? Yes, it is true that in the global village we live in, what happens in America (or any other part of the world) can have very significant impacts on us here. Agreed. But then, what immediate power do you have to change things in USA for instance? If none, why must you destroy yourself through worry and anxiety?
Secondly, there are some things you can really control – most especially our attitudes and the way we respond to issues. As, we work on these, the concerns we don’t have control over begin to fall into their proper perspectives and places. Simultaneously, we are better prepared to deal with them in a more congenial non life and peace-threatening way.
Finally, – and this is the main thrust of this article – at times, the best first-iteration-solution to any problem is to just sleep over it. Of course I do not mean the ostritch head in the sand kind of attitude. Yes, this idea is not original to me. In fact, some of you might have been practicing this even without knowing it.
A lot of things happen, when we have, or, give ourselves the chance to sleep over some problems, both petty and and not so petty ones, that are bogging us down.
One, by the time you wake up the following morning, those circumstances and issues that were keeping you restless yesterday might have become less aggravating . Even if they haven’t, your perspective on those issues might have changed over the night. This changed perspective of yours more often than not sharpen your wits and judgement thereby equipping you with the ability to grapple with your concerns and problems in a less enervating way.

In fact, you may discover to your greatest surprise, what seemed so important last night may be much less so by the time you wake up the following morning.

So, next time those recusant problems, challenges and concerns come your way, just make time to sleep over them. You will be amazed at the solutions you might come up with in the morning.

You’ve got any problem? Go and sleep over it first.

Christian Freedom And Responsibility

Christian freedom is inseparably tied to Christian responsibility. Some actions may be justifiable and lawful but they may be harmful to others due to their limited exposure or age in the faith. Christian believers should be spiritually sensitive enough to avoid those things that will affect others negatively.

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (KJV)

Matthew 18:6
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better (more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea. (Amplified)

Our love for others and the glory of God will make us exercise our freedom with caution and prudence, lest we become a stumbling block on their way to heaven.

— From: Search the Scriptures.

“At home already?”

Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is “finding his place in it”, while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth.
C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters
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“For here, we have no continuing city.” Hebrews 13 : 14 KJV

I John 2:15 -17
Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh  and the lust of the eyes  and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world.

And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides  forever.   (Amplified)

I John 2:15 – 17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.   (KJV)

There was a man ….

Sooner than later, every man will show what stuff they are made of.

Job 1 : 1
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
(KJV)

THERE WAS a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who  feared God and abstained from and shunned evil .   (Amplified)

… through the eyes of Jesus Christ.

SEEING PEOPLE THROUGH THE EYES OF JESUS CHRIST (By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi)

John 8:1 – 11
JESUS went unto the mount of Olives. 

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her,Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
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Mark 8:22 – 25
And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 

And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 

And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
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Men and brethren (you and I), how do we see people?