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Last week I was on the train and the gentleman sitting next to me stood up to offer a lady his seat. When she sat down, she kept staring at me. My old self would have felt guilty for not being the first to offer my seat instead, I ignored her and busied myself with what I was doing earlier.
It then dawned on me that most people often feel the same way not necessarily when they don’t offer their seat on a train or a bus but In other situations. It’s common to man to want to gain the favour and appreciation of another ( we all feel like that sometimes. To feel noticed and appreciated right? ). Anyway; my not offering my seat wasn’t because I was trying to feel a type of way but I thought to myself: ‘I had to be at a certain place by half nine that morning. That means I had to get up really early to get ready for my day. After completing what I had to do, I left to catch the train back home. This means I too I’m exhausted and needed to sit.
On seeing the lady when she got into the train, I assumed she’s got a long day and might be exhausted like me. I could have offered my seat but I too was tired.
So this got.me thinking as I said earlier; most people would offer their seats in order to be recognised as a good person ( mind you others will give up their seats regardless not having any ulterior motive).
This doesn’t mean I don’t give up seats. Contrary to what you might be thinking I actually do especially if there is an elderly person, a pregnant woman or someone with special needs. But the point I’m trying to make here is, we often do things in other to get recognition. I’ve heard of stories where a man would offer help to someone else at the detriment of his family.
A religious person reading this might say ‘but the holy book says…’ I am not contradicting what the Bible or Quran says but I feel everyone should be wise in their dealings. The holy book never said ‘give your neighbour and starve your family’ .
So friends don’t feel pressured to help someone if it’s beyond your capacity however if you’ve got the means or strength to help someone please; by all means go all the way out. If you are however limited in any way don’t put yourself under immense pressure or worry and concern yourself with what the next person will think about you.
Till next time Smile, Love your God, Love your Neighbour and be a Blessing.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wonder why things do not happen as you envisioned or if like me you believe in a God but you wonder why he takes his time especially after praying, working hard and trusting him. Basically, after doing what the holy book instructs you to do?
Let me give you an example. I trusted God to pass a test In march. I so wanted to get that test sorted and out of the way. I worked really hard. I had prepared for it and prayed about it and I did have faith I’d come correct. Only for me to get the result saying I didn’t make it.
You can imagine how I felt, so devastated. I cried.
Even though I felt really bad, I tried praying but didn’t know what exactly to say to God. Few months went by I still felt hurt and betrayed by him.
Fast forward: I was reflecting this week and it dawned on me that I’ve got to enjoy this season I’m in. I had to challenge myself by asking ‘if I trust God so much so, why question his timing?’.
I made a concrete decision to enjoy the each season I find myself and stop trying to control God’s timing for my life. It doesn’t mean I’ve completely forgotten about the fact I didn’t pass the test, no! I remembered but I’m grateful God has a better plan for my life and my willingness to submit to his timing will help me appreciate where I am at the moment, that way when I eventually scale through the test I can truly be thankful.
Having said that, I’ve made a decision to find JOY in Christ regardless of what season I find myself.
I was studying my bible and a thought dropped in my heart. I was thinking to myself “in the bible it says and I quote “…ask and it shall be given,seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be open..”. That means if I for I instance ask for God to bless with a job I really desire and I get called for the interview but wasn’t offered the job does that make the bible verse Matthew 7:7 impotent?”.
This got me thinking and i said to myself- if after praying for a job or a promotion or something that I greatly desired and it doesn’t come through as a christian, I want to believe God is preparing a better wayfor me or might be shielding me from future pains I can’t see in the present and if that is the case that means, it doesn’t make the word powerless or impotent but ‘could’ mean there is a better position waiting for me or a lesson for me to learn from the situation. That means considering how we feel at that moment I might not grasp but I bet if a better position comes we would look back and see the blessing in the rejection and why we didn’t get what we wanted at the time.
In conclusion as christians, our faith are often questioned when good things don’t come our way as expected rather while it falls on the feet of unbelievers like a platter of gold don’t get discouraged or flussterred but believe the creator who knows you and called you by name has better in store for you and as Jekalyn Carr said “If it hasn’t been for the shaking, I would have never be ready for the making”. In other words, your greater is coming if you hang in and don’t throw in the towel.
I can hardly believe 2015 is over.Looking back, 2015 was a beautiful year for me as an individual and for my family. It was a year filled with extraordinary blessings from above and I couldn’t be more grateful. As a result, I decided to count my blessings 🙂
In 2015, I graduated with a beautiful result and God blessed me with a wonderful job. Aside from that, big sis graduated and got married to her longtime boo. and when we least expected, my little ones were blessed with a job. To me, it was one testimony after another. so yeah that’s 2015 in a nutshell.
Now back to the matter!
I’m glad we all made through to the new year; although some of my needs were not met in 2015 but I came into 2016 hoping for the best and trusting God. As some people say, “where there is life, there is hope” so I’m walking into 2016 trusting it will be a glorious one filled with unending blessings.
I appeal to you to keep trusting and pushing and never losing hope, have a set plan and work towards achieving each and every goal you’ve proposed in your heart.
I wish you the very best in 2016.
Happy New Year!!
Today I was pondering on the word ‘fear’. And I realized how little yet, powerful the 4 letter word is and how it prevents many from fulfilling their dreams. It dawned on me that one among many reasons why people fear and cannot perform at full capacity is because, they concern themselves with what people say and get apprehensive when they make mistakes that lead to failure or risk.
I have several examples to share with you but I’m running out of time so, I’ll leave you with this thought:
When you find yourself feeling afraid as we often do, seize the energy in doing something positive. Dare not be afraid to push yourself forward as there’s no guarantee you will get it at first attempt but, remember that if you had not failed the time you did, perhaps you would not have known what you now know.
Have a good day and keep pushing.