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Twenty is the formative age for success, the further you move away from this age the more pressured you get to succeed. However, there are some life facts that you need to know as you approach this age if you want to be really successful. I implore you to carefully read this article.

What You Do Defines Who You Are (and What You Get Out of Life)

We’ve all got that friend – the one who is always talking big, like they’re going to start this amazing new company, write an inspiring novel or change the world. In fact we probably have more than one friend we hear constantly talking about big future plans.

The problem I have noticed with not all, but many of my peers (20-somethings) is follow-through. Ideas are everywhere, but motivation is seemingly nonexistent. Life doesn’t start tomorrow, life is happening right now. Successful people know this and are focused on achieving their dreams and goals 24/7.It’s more than an obsession and a passion, it’s what they are living. Instead of talking, they’re doing.

Does what you’re doing at your day job support your overall life goals?

Are you equally excited for personal projects as you are projects at work?

Do you actually have any personal projects?

Do you have a passion?

Are you refining/advancing your skills and knowledge of something daily?

Do you know exactly what you want in life?

These are all big questions. But I guarantee you successful, motivated and passionate people not only answered yes to all of them instantly, but they even knew the what and why as well without much thought. If you didn’t answer yes to all of these, it may be the day to rethink your life.

I’m 25 and know exactly what I want out of life and the ways I plan to achieve it. In fact, I’ve known for years. One of my peers told me, that “I’m lucky to have found something I’m passionate about.” I disagree with that. I’m not “lucky” to have found it at all, it was a combination of my unquenchable thirst for knowledge, my desire to pursue independent learning and the fact that I can’t stop reading and consuming information.

If you haven’t found it yet, that incredible spark and excitement for life, here’s the reality: it isn’t just going to randomly happen or fall into your lap. It isn’t the result of lots of money, nor is it the result of chance and circumstance.

It is the result of freeing yourself mentally and engaging your intellect. It is the result of breaking away from your peers and delving deeply into a niche. It is the result of focus, determination and motivation. It is the result of an internal drive that is unstoppable.

How do you find a passion? There’s so many engaging, interesting and ultimately fulfilling things to spend your free time (and your work time) doing. The question is how can you not find a passion?

Once you’ve found it, it’s amazing and indescribable – no one can sway your thoughts and your concentration. When you know exactly what you want in life and what really drives you, you’ll never again be bored, tired or unfulfilled. Seemingly boundless inspiration and motivation will be brought forward.

Friends have called me “because they are bored” and I never understood it. I’m not sure how it is possible to be bored, life itself presents infinite challenges and mysteries, but only finite amount of time to explore them. That’s why having a focus is vital – we’re all only given X amount of time to accomplish what we set forth, and you certainly cannot do everything.

People who spend their free time engaged in a passion are happier, more creative and more dynamic in their personality than those who merely spend their time as consumers of vapid entertainment pop-culture. Getting sucked into that is a waste of life and (in my opinion) leaves smart people unfulfilled. It’s essentially fast food for your brain – small amounts once in awhile are fine, but I can’t understand how people live off of it.

Do you come home from work and simply fall down in front of the TV where you spend your time until you sleep? If the answer is yes, perhaps you should consider living life yourself instead of by proxy. You’re going to wake up one day regretting how you spent your limited time in existence. A human lifespan is but a cosmic blink when you consider the age of the Earth, our galaxy and the universe. It’s precious, it’s rare and it is happening right now. To waste it is to give up the ultimate gift.

I feel like most of you reading here understand this, and if you do this post was not for you. It’s for everyone who is living life by proxy and for those of you who haven’t yet found a passion and embraced your true, creative self. It is not too late, you can do it.

Start today!

WRITTEN BY ADAM SINGER

PUBLISHED MAY 14, 2008

What You Need To Know At Twenty

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A Lil’ Help!

As Leslie watched the pregnancy test stick on the bathroom counter, she couldn’t help but silently pray it was positive. That would be a whole lot of weight and stress off her shoulders.

It wasn’t like she and her husband Kane, were old or (have been) searching for a long time. In fact, their marriage was barely six months old and neither Kane nor their families was pestering her for a child. Yet, she knew she needed to be pregnant at all cost.

The alarm clock on her phone vibrated, signifying the end of the five minutes wait. She held her breath and gently peeked at the test. She couldn’t help the sudden rush of disappointment that filled her when she realised it was negative. She angrily pushed the stick and every other thing on the counter away.

She sank to her knees and gently placed herself on the bathroom floor as she cried silently. She couldn’t help but think about why it was very necessary for her to get pregnant. She needed it as an excuse for her husband to stop wanting her or touching her sexually.

To her surprise, Mary did not blame her. Mary had understood, even more than she had thought was possible. It was such a great relief.

No, she did not despise her husband. On the contrary, she had grown to love Kane, yet it was pretty difficult to make love to her husband. Each time, she had to think of something else, or in her case, someone else. She didn’t know why, but Kane’s touch repulsed her even though in her head she knew she loved him.

The problem had started in her final year in the University. She had been a victim of a gang rape, which led to bouts of depression afterwards. It did not help that her friend and roommate blamed her for walking at night even though she had been on her way to class to read. She had felt so useless and she never thought she would ever have anything to do with sex again.

Then she met Mary during her NYSC days. Mary was her roommate in the lodge they were given by the company they served. Mary had quickly noticed her skittish nature around guys. After much pressure, she finally caved and told Mary about her experience. To her surprise, Mary did not blame her. Mary had understood, even more than she had thought was possible. It was such a great relief.

Then Mary started becoming nicer, extra loving, attentive and most of all, extra touchy. At first, it was all strange but then she started enjoying it. The little touches became frequent hugs, cuddles then it advanced to pecks. She was very ready when Mary finally introduced her to full blown sexual activities. Mary told her only a fellow woman would ever understand her body and make her feel that much pleasure.

It wasn’t that he was a sex addict, but he had stayed faithful for a whole year of courtship and now, he had to remain celibate in marriage?

After service, she was retained by the company and Mary left, though she would occasionally come over for visits and other things. Then her parents introduced her to Kane who had just been called to Bar and had joined his Father’s chambers as a young Barrister. Both parents had high expectations for them and they did not disappoint because they got married after a year.

Then things became strained when after a month, she still hadn’t let her husband touch her even after making him wait all through their courtship days. It wasn’t like she didn’t love him, she did. A whole lot. Yet, she couldn’t get turned on by him sexually until she had to resort to thinking about Mary and their past escapades.

Things went back to normal for a while until she started finding Kane’s sexual appetite too much for her man-hating body to handle, which was why she needed to get pregnant ASAP. That way, she’ll be safe from his touch for nine months.

Leslie knew she was in serious trouble, she had researched it and the internet had called her bisexual. How was she supposed to get over this when her husband was slowly becoming colder and slipping from her grasp?

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Kane sighed as he stared at the files the pretty secretary just dropped on his table. His thoughts weren’t there at all. A glimpse of the petite secretary’s cleavage had stirred something in him. He shook his head and stared at the shiny wedding band on his finger to clear his rampaging thoughts.

Kane explained everything to his Dad, who listened without any interruptions. After he let his son talk, he finally responded.

“You said it does not seem like she’s cheating?”

Ever since his wife had decided to limit their sex life to once or when he’s lucky, twice in a month, he had had to resort to crazy sexual thoughts. It wasn’t that he was a sex addict, but he had stayed faithful for a whole year of courtship and now, he had to remain celibate in marriage?

Leslie considered his sexual appetite too excessive and uncalled for. Sometimes, he caught her expression when he tried to be all romantic and touchy, and he could tell it was usually one of repulsion. She had become so secretive and moody that Kane didn’t know what to do anymore because no matter how much he pressed her to talk, she would never say anything. It seemed her friend, Mary, was even more interesting than he was to her because he could tell his wife showed more life and enthusiasm whenever Mary was around.

A light tap on his desk jarred him from his jumbled thoughts. It was his Dad looking at him with concerned eyes. The older man quietly drew a chair and sat down in front of his son, neither men speaking for a while.

“I have noticed this new far-away look on you for a while now. Is everything okay? Is Leslie giving you trouble?” The older man asked.

She had refused to talk in their first two visits but this third time, she had broken down and started crying when the therapist asked “Are you a lesbian?”

“Hmm Dad. I don’t know what to do anymore. I swear, I don’t. I am so lost and confused, what does she want?” Kane rambled.

“Calm down son and start from the beginning. What is the problem?”

Kane explained everything to his Dad, who listened without any interruptions. After he let his son talk, he finally responded.

“You said it does not seem like she’s cheating?”

“She comes home immediately after work, she only hangs out when Mary is around and they don’t stay out late. She doesn’t lock her phone neither does she fight nor neglect house chores. She just doesn’t want me near her, that’s the problem.” Kane confessed.

“Hmm. This seems like a very serious issue. Since she’s refusing to talk to you, no matter how much you press her, I’ll advise you get her to seek professional help. I’ll give you a number. It’s my friend’s. He is a psychologist and marriage counselor. I am sure he can help you.”

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As Kane listened to his wife spill out her guts to the therapist after their third visit, he couldn’t help but feel so sorry for her. She had refused to talk in their first two visits but this third time, she had broken down and started crying when the therapist asked “Are you a lesbian?”

Leslie had thought she was bisexual because she looked at the therapist and said “Maybe I’m Bi.”

“No, Leslie, you’re not homosexual. You were just temporarily confused because your body needed a form of sexual outlet and since it wasn’t responding to men after what you went through, it only made sense for it to respond to the one person that understood your plight.”

The woman advised Leslie to try and stay away from Mary for a while, and she needed to realise, men are not evil. Not all men will hurt her. She also had to forgive herself and stop feeling worthless, but she had to go through this journey with her husband so that a new bond could be formed.

“Don’t rush it Leslie. Take it one step at a time. Find out why you chose Kane to go on this life long journey with you. You also need a Lil prayer every now and then. It will not hurt to commit everything in God’s hands. You might just be surprised at how much everything else will fall in place. Also, advise Mary to come see me. She also needs help.”

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Leslie is now a proud mother of two and she couldn’t have been any happier with the man who fathered them. All she needed was someone to show her the best path and everything worked out just fine.

© Oluwaseun Wende, 2017

Seun is a 200 level student of Medicine and Surgery, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Edo State, Nigeria. She is also a creative writer and blogger…

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​THE LIFE OF A KING

THE LIFE OF A KING

In the game of chess, it is universally known that there are different officials on the chessboard with different level of strength and power, from the puns to the knights, and to the bishops and the rooks, and then to the queen, but the King is the most important of all. In fact, the queen can move both horizontally and vertically, and the King can only move a step to anywhere, yet the King has the ultimate prominence on the chessboard. It is interesting to know that no matter how talented, strong or versatile an official is on the chessboard, its primary duty is to protect the King from being checkmated or captured; the moment they capture your King, even with the queen and other powerful officials around, you have lost the battle, that is, game over. If you are primarily obliged to protect your King from being captured, then, the ultimate rule for playing the chess game is to think before you move.

There lived a chess grandmaster named Eugene Brown in the United States of America. He spent his youthful days as a drug dealer, and when the law caught up with him, he spent seventeen years of his life in prison. However, it was in the prison he finally found the purpose for his life and the ultimate rule of living. He played the game of chess throughout his year of imprisonment, and discovered that life is a game of chess, and everyone is a player. He painfully discovered that in his youthful days, he had only been moving his officials on the chessboard without thinking; he had been living his life carelessly without weighing the consequences, and the consequence of that unfortunately is that his King took the fall. After he was released from prison, he managed to secure a job in a high school as a cleaner. He had the chance to watch over the juvenile delinquents of the school in their confinement room, and showed great prowess in keeping them in order, and that was how he started impacting in the lives of the youths, he started to teach them the game of chess and its relevance to their respective lives. Even though he was later sacked from the school due to the revelation of his being an ex-convict, he later set up a chess club which produced excellent chess players and character-refined youths. Guess what the slogan of his chess club was- ‘think b4 you move’.     

Many youths nowadays also make the same mistake Eugene Brown made and had cost him seventeen years of his life. Yes, he did make a better life out of himself after been an ex-convict, but just imagine if he had been thinking before moving, and he had rather spent seventeen years of his life living his dream and living right, just imagine what he might have achieved. That is exactly the same with youths now, most of them don’t think before making decisions, and they later make costly mistakes which they bitterly regret. It is one thing to be talented or gifted, it is one thing to have big dreams, crystal-clear visions and impeccably structured future plans and it is one thing to have a good character. It is one thing to use the queen, knights, rooks and bishops to destroy the enemy’s defense, and it is one thing to keep yourself from losing by protecting your King. The King is your character, it is something you must protect to earn dignity and integrity, and dignity and integrity are the things you must earn to keep your talents or gifts, dreams, visions, plans, ability, capacity and agility relevant to the service of humanity. Your moral force or character is the stronghold or pillar of whatever you possess or might possess, and the moment things go wrong with your character, all other things like admiration, reputation, personality, prestige, power, honour and even wealth crumples onto the ground, and trust me, the rare chances to build them back up is very slim, and is not worth taking the risk. Therefore, protect your King jealously, protect your character carefully, and do that by ‘thinking before you move’.     

By Gbenga Kajopaiye

Read more from this talented writer especially his latest book

Title: The Married Bachelor


Genre: Modern African Fiction (Novel)

  Description: The story is set in the middle of a Nigerian economic recession; two young couples with an agile romantic were caught up in it. Their marriage is almost a year old when suddenly the roses of romance became pricking thorns of violence. Simi believes Teju is cheating on her and pursues justice. Teju on the other hand strives to show his unflinching love to Simi without knowing someone has come between them. And when he gets to know, he commits murder to save his marriage, but it is accidental. Would he be able get back his wife’s trust, can he save his marriage or would his strong love cost him his life?   

Link to the book: http://www.okadabooks.com/book/about/the_married_bachelor/13851  

Faith or Commonsense

Faith or Commonsense

Shared from Olajuyigbe Olumuyiwa

1Kings18:41, Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

This was a time that Israel was going through drought for over a period of three years in a row. Crops wouldn’t germinate. Thirst was not uncommon. Rivers dried up. Then suddenly, a man came and said that he heard from God that there would be abundance of rain.

“C’mon Mr. Man, no lightning, no thunder, no slightest sign of rain in the skyline and you are here saying you hear the abundance of rain. Come off it.” Someone would have said.

A lot of us are moved by sight which is why they can never receive what the ordinary eyes cannot see. I love what Ahab the king did, despite the fact that he didn’t see the gathering of the cloud or lightning, he went ahead to eat and drink in expectation of abundant rain.

Maybe the angel in charge of rain was off duty on the day the man of God spoke that word, but because Ahab took that step of faith, the angel had to quickly resume for duty. Bible says there was no small rain, but a heavy one.

That there’s economic depression does not mean you cannot prosper; after all, the promise for you is that while others are saying there’s a casting down, you shall be saying there is a lifting up.

Faith plays down the physical sense and embraces the supernatural – the word of God. For the supernatural to take place, the natural needs to be done away with. I tell people that sometimes and most of the times, faith doesn’t make sense because it sees the end of a matter from the beginning.

Faith is going out during the dry season with a raincoat in expectation of rain. Faith sees what the natural mind cannot see. Always remember that to activate your miracle, you need to activate your faith not your commonsense.

Build A Team

Build A Team

Managing people and resources has taught me an important lesson: You win as a team and you almost always fail when you act as if you can do everything on your own. As a team you will have all the resources you need with people of different strengths.

It is so very important to have a strong team at work. Daniel became highly sought after in babylon because he had a strong team – “the Hebrew men”. The coming of our Lord Jesus became successful because he raised a strong team – “the Apostles”.

You need a team, team of friends with same vision as you, with same conviction as those you stand for. In modern time, Mark Zuckerberg had a great team and that was how facebook came to being. People say your kind of friends say a lot about how far you will go. Pick a solid team, pick a team not just friends but family that would always be there for one another.

Dear friend, never underestimate the power of “coming together”. It is true that without vision, the people will perish, it is also truer that without people, a vision will perish! After God, my friends are my greatest asset. They constantly. bring out the best in me.

By Nathaniel Taiwo

THINK ABOUT THESE FACTS

THINK ABOUT THESE FACTS

Just because two people argue doesn’t mean they don’t love each other; and just because they don’t argue doesn’t mean they love each other.

We don’t have to change friends if we understand friends change. True friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance; same goes for true love.

No matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while; and you must forgive them for that.

You can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. It’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

You should always leave loved ones with loving words; It may be the last time you see them.

You can keep going long after you think you can’t. We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

Either you control your attitude or it controls you. Sometimes when I’m angry, I have the right to be angry; but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

Your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

Two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different. Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for whom we become.

No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

Credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

Even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you should find the strength to help.

It isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others; sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them; and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of circumstances.

Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. – Hosea 14:9

Shared by: Akindele Temidayo
Posted in: Selah’s Motivational Message
Author: Unknown

I Love My Room

I Love My Room

I woke up this morning with my mind wondering, thoughts running up and down my head and dejection seems to be staring me in the face. I suddenly realized that success is not optional for me, it is essential if I want a fulfilled existence.

Then it struck, the ultimate question popped up in my head; “what is/are the secret(s) to success or better put what are the things life expect from me in order to take me to my destiny, cause I am so sure I am destined for greatness? ”

There and then I found all the answers right there, in my very room:

The fan said,”be cool”
you need not rush perfect timing may not exist but perfect preparation prevent poor performance

the roof said, “aim high”
never set the bar too low and nothing is impossible, if you have the right tools and perception

the window said, “see the world”
don’t limit yourself to a place or a dream, widen your horizon, there is a big world out there waiting for you to explore

the clock said, “every minute is precious”
time waits for no man and it is money, the value of time is well appreciated when you understand the concept of nearly

the mirror said, “reflect before you act”
never be in haste to act, even if you won’t get it right the first time, you shouldn’t be far off the target.

The calendar said, “be up to date”
be well informed, know the trend, be able to predict then explore the opportunities

The door said, “push hard for your goals”
don’t give up on first try, not even on the fiftieth try, if you think it is achievable then it will be achieved

The mat said “kneel down and pray”
nothing passes prayer, if you have faith, when you believe it comes to be. when it seems no one is listening, God is always there

The toilet said “flush and move on”
when you falter, when disappointment happens, when perfect overnight becomes imperfect shake it off and keep moving

The Bible laughed and said, “read
me for direction”
Joshua 1:8 (NLT) Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

After all these revelations I was glad to rise, welcome a brand new day and spin into action. Love you my room and thank God for the eye opener.

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Shared by Awojulu Oluwadamilola Victor
posted in Selah’s Motivational Message (Facebook Group)
Edited by Selah

Having The Courage To Change Things

Having The Courage To Change Things

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

If we are going to make change happen we must learn that, we would have to endure pains, confront criticisms, withstand intimidation and challenge the status quo. No matter what adversity thrown our way, we must know that we will have to continue fighting.

There will be people trying to discourage us, most times they will be our friends, families and associates but we must learn to stand our ground. We must not only keep walking forward, but we must also be willing to fight people trying to weigh us down.

We have to let the spiteful words of our haters go in one ear, and out of the other. We have to guard our hearts and protect their sanctity, while simultaneously protecting our integrity. This is not to say we would not be open to criticism but they should not discourage us rather help us to build on our conviction.

There may be threats to our life but this should not deter us, this should make us more resolute in our pursuit. Change comes at a cost, a cost bore by heroes, people who are bold enough to make the sacrifice. If it is what you want to be known for, it is worth all the sacrifices. It is better to stand for something, than to fall for everything.

By Adegboyega Adetoro

7 Principles To Help You Work Smarter; Not Harder

7 Principles to help you work smarter; not harder

If you are like me, you were raised with the belief that the best way to get what you want in life, is to work hard. If you walk around this world with your eyes open, you will see that the majority of people who work hard, appear to be stuck in a rut and making little progress. I am not against the idea of working hard but unless there is a clear purpose for the work which you are doing, there is little point in working. In other words, before you work hard, you have to work smart. You need to know what you are trying to achieve and what you need to do to achieve it. Once you have started to work smarter, you can then apply all of your efforts to your work.

Principles to help you work smarter

The following are some often overlooked principles which will help you to work smarter. There are other principles but these are the ones which do not get taught as freely. When you implement them, they will make a significant improvement to your outcomes.

1. Ask why, before how.

When people set themselves objectives, they often talk themselves out of these new objectives by immediately trying to figure out how they are going to achieve them. When an objective is new, the method for its achievement is not important. Far more important is your reason for wanting to achieve it. When you have a clear understanding of your reasoning, and how achieving this objective would improve your life, you will be more motivated to find a way to make it happen.

As the old saying goes ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’. These are wise old words. Your first job is to find the will. Once you have done that, finding the way will be a lot easier. Knowing what you want to achieve, and why you want to achieve it, helps you to work smarter.

 2. Capture every commitment

Time management and personal effectiveness courses are usually delivered from a top-down perspective.  They teach people about vision, priorities and decision making. Learning these skills is invaluable. However, they will never be fully effective unless a bottom-up approach is also taught. It is not enough to have the theory; you have to be able to put it into practice. If you want to put it into practice, you have to have an effective system to capture every single commitment that you make. You need to capture all of your commitments for the following reasons:

If you want to work smarter, you need to know every commitment that you have made so that you can manage your time and energy accordingly.
Once you actually become aware of all of the commitments you are making, it becomes easier to say ‘No’ to those tasks which does not fit with your objectives.

 3. Energy management is critical

Your energy levels are cyclical and limited. There will be times during the day when you have high energy levels and you can get a lot of work done, very quickly. There will be other times when your energy levels drop and every task feels like you are dragging concrete across the desert. Monitor your energy, then you can work smarter by arranging your most difficult tasks for periods of high energy and the easier, more routine, tasks can be performed during periods of low energy.

Your energy levels can be increased with some work but there will still be limits. It is essential that you do not take on more work than you have the energy to complete. Then you can assign your tasks to times where you have the appropriate energy level to complete them.

 4. A new definition of lazy

Laziness is generally viewed as a bad thing. This does not have to be the case.  Being lazy does not have to mean that you are trying to do nothing. I would call that attitude idleness. I like to view laziness as trying to find the easiest way to do something properly. That is a good thing. If you think of all the inventions which have improved our lives, they all started with somebody wanting to find an easier way to do something. They used their laziness to work smarter and to help us to work smarter. As long as it is done in the right spirit, being lazy can be fun and effective.

 5. If you wait for perfection, you will become perfect at waiting

There is no such thing as the perfect moment. You will never have all of the knowledge or skills that you will ever require to do something perfectly. If something is really important to you, and you would benefit greatly from getting it done; you need to get going and accept that you will have to learn along the way. If you take action on your objectives now and learn from your mistakes; in 6 months you will be a whole lot closer to getting it done. If you wait for the perfect moment, you will just be perfect at waiting.

 6. It can be better to ask forgiveness, than seek permission

If you really want to do something, does it really matter if others approve? It may be disappointing that they do not approve, but seeking the approval of others for everything that you do, is a major waste of time. If you are passionate about it and they don’t approve, go do it. As long as you are not seeking to hurt anybody else, there is no reason to deny yourself the opportunity to improve your life. Good friends and family will come to understand that you have to do what is right for you. If they don’t; then the problem might lie with their expectations rather than with your behaviour.

 7. It’s not all about money

If you were offered all of the money in the world, to work 24 hours per day for the next 20 years, would you take it? Apart from the fact that you couldn’t physically do it, you should be able to see that there is little point in having all of that money when you don’t have the time to do anything with it. Life is not about money, it is about the experiences we create for ourselves, and the fun we have along the way. It is important to remember that money is only a means to get things done and it is not the only means. Keeping money in perspective allows you to make better decisions and work smarter.

You can work hard every day of your life and still not get close to achieving your objectives. If your work is not aligned with your objectives, all that hard work will be for nothing. Rather than work harder, you can work smarter. When you work smarter, you remember what you are trying to achieve and you focus on tasks which help you to achieve this. There are many principles which will help you to work smarter; this post just focused on some of the most important principles which are consistently overlooked. Take a look over these 7 principles and determine how you can apply them to your life. When you apply them to your life, you will work smarter and achieve better outcomes, in a short space of time.

TEN INCHES OF WATER

TEN INCHES OF WATER
The Mystery of God

Akindele Temidayo’s post in Selah’s Motivational Message (Facebook Group)

Author Unknown

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? – 1 Corinthians
1:20

A boy was sitting in a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” He yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local University. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his Joy. “Hey,” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the realities of the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10 inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible lying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor naïve young person to the finer points of scientific insight turned to leave. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before.

The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation. “Wow!” Exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!”

You can’t explain God’s awesomeness with man’s intelligence neither can you estimate His powers with human knowledge, science or logic. He is God, He is beyond man, He has done wonders before, He is still in the business and He will definitely do it again. Remember with Him ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

Have Faith!