Friday, May 6, 2016

wE aRe MoRe...

We are more than a sum of our individual experiences..
More that our eyes have seen, more than our ears have heard, more than a sum of the feelings we have felt, more than the quality of life we have..

More! More than more itself.. But most  may never recognize this life altering truth.
We are more than we can ever think or imagine because the GRACE of God is the critical differential that makes up for our shortfalls, inexperience, weakness or limited knowledge. 

Better to have that Grace and have an edge over every challenge than live without the Grace on a mediocre level. 

Embrace the more you are. Grace is not a cheat, it's a lifeline


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

thE 5yR diFFeReNce

If this story does not inspire you, nothing will. In 2011, David Ebuka Onyemata (pictured centre) was a resident of Okota Lagos. fresh out of high school and looking to get into Uni.

As you read this, He is officially an NFL draft pick of The Saints being the first in the history of University of Manitoba Bisons football team to make it to the NFL.

Before 5yrs ago, Onyemata had only heard about American Football as we call it in these parts from classmates, he knew practically nothing about the game and had probably never seen a 'Football' . He grew up playing soccer in Lagos so much that it is a miracle how fast he has evolved into the NFL.

We may not understand the game in his home country (Nigeria) but there are several lessons to take away from the little we know about him so far: 
1. Be open to new experiences, they might just put you on the map.
2. Persistence pays off (for 2yrs after resuming at the University of Manitoba, he spent time on the sidelines training, observing, learning the rules of the game)
3. Only people who are humble enough to admit they don't know are in a position to learn.

No giant is too big to slay.



Leading beyond your Station


There are two types of leaders: those who lead by positional authority and those who lead by influence. It’s important to remember that although she was a queen, Esther’s role was not a position that included any positional authority. 

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”- ‭‭Esther‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Since she was not able to lead by virtue of her position, Esther chose to lead by virtue of her influence. Esther is a tremendous example of courageously leading up (leading and acting above your position in life) in both what she did and how she acted. Real passionate leaders will make a difference by any means neccesary irrespective of the constraints stacked against them. What kind are you?

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