Sure-fire Nuggets

Hi.

Here are Sure-fire nuggets for you.

A sportsman that must win focuses on his sport

and trains himself regularly. No distractions. No lazy fat. No useless diets. Slowly but steadily, he realizes his passion, enrolls in training, competes in little tournaments, gets picked for bigger ones until he is drafted into the national team or wins college sports scholarships. Then, a life of professionalism begins with its drills, lessons and victories.

Talent can only get you so far –

– maybe few pockets of victories here and there, but you will need diligence to consistently deliver. Everyday diligence. Whatever gift you have, whatever passion that drives your life – you must be trained for better. And that training mostly takes place behind the scenes.

Diligence and discipline have never been easy,

and never will be, but those are the requirements for a quality life. And people who are serious about purposeful living do not live for instant gratification. They build strong foundations that will stand the test of time. Like Paul, they train their bodies (or anything it represents to you), knowing that there is a reward ahead.* Even Jesus walked the path of purpose, learning obedience by his earthly experiences of suffering. He knew that these light afflictions will work out an eternal weight of glory.

Today and every day, fan into flames that gift of yours.

Tim Notke (I think) said, “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.” Exercise that spiritual sense of yours by use, the Bible says. Study the word. Bend those knees. Be instant in season. Fire up your spirit. No lazy bones. Write daily. Attend those classes. Volunteer at that organization. Practice those skills. Build those muscles (yes!) Step those feet upon new territories and trust in Christ strength to serve and impart.**

Remember, the just can only live by faith,

which means that you must commit to the word of God and the process, believing that the outcome will speak in due season.

If you didn’t understand this post, read it again.

Cheers,
Toluwanimi

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*1 CORINTIANSA 9:27, **PHILIPPIANS 2:13

Fear Not

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“Fear Not”

This is arguably the most frequent command in the Bible – scholars say it adds up to at least one for each day.

Today, I heard it three times – during devotion this morning, on the commute via KHCB radio, and in a WhatsApp message from a friend.

WOW! The aptness of this message is great comfort to me.

Around us, there are a thousand and one reasons to be afraid, and the situation keeps evolving everyday so that if you have no reason to be afraid, maybe you aren’t doing anything “worth (the devil’s) while” with your life.

Practically every one (right from Biblical times to ancient and modern history) that we do recognize as “great” has, at some vital point in life, been at the receiving end of this command. And what spelled their successes was simple obedience to this command.

“Fear Not” is God’s invitation to trust.

The cowering response it elicits from many people has made us think that fear is one big giant with a sledge hammer. Well, I think fear is a wimpy little girl with a loud voice. Fear is a talkative.

However, like most loquacious children, “she” is relentless until you interrupt.

Never let your fear run amok. Interrupt it by faith.

N.B. You heard me, right? Three times I heard it today – make this post your own number one.

Here is one more – “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16

And one more – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Take these and run with it!

 

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

P.S. Snippets, is releasing in time for Easter. Anticipate!