At in-gathering offerings and celebrations, we give thanks to God for bountiful harvests and joyfully celebrate as a family and congregation the successful completion of another season.

Though their first winter in the New World was hard, tough and difficult, the Pilgrims and many early settlers took the spring to learn from Native American Indians how to cultivate their new lands and adapt to their new home.

The peace pact between the settlers and the natives gave a peaceful atmosphere that colored their first in-gathering celebrations in the fall of 1621, and thus the first American Thanksgiving.

Today I give thanks to God for a good life, a happy family, a kind, understanding, and loving wife and godly children.

It’s been a wonderful experience in life to be transformed from a gentile into partakers of the blessings and covenants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is great to understand that God loves me so dearly and gives me the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ.

Life has given me caring tutors, wonderful schools and colleges, and a very rich education to touch and gladden other lives and people. This is not just a coincidence but the wonderful benevolence of God to His undeserving children. God I thank you. Jesus I praise you.

Life has taught me many things, one of which is the fact that God cares, and performs His wonders in mysterious ways.

Heikki Koivu was once the MD of Perusythyma, the Finnish Civil Engineering Construction Company, where I started my working career.

Armed Robbers attacked one of the project sites of the organization where I was the Accounting Officer. The Police arrested me and locked me up as their prime suspect. Heikki Koivu trusted me, flew down to site, and went through a rough ride with the police to get me released. Though the police vehemently refused but Mr. Koivu spoke glowingly of me and stuck out his neck to sign all necessary papers which led to my release from detention.

Three months afterwards the robbers were caught and tried as they attempted to cash expatriate staff’s traveler’s checks stolen during the robbery. Heikki Koivu was proved right and I was vindicated. Had Mr. Koivu not taken the risk my life would have gone in a different direction, probably pitched with gangsters and criminals. Have a great thanksgiving day, Heikki!

Thanksgiving is a golden opportunity to remember that life has been so good, that some people such as Heikki Koivu had been so nice and supportive, and that God has been so caring despite daunting challenges, difficult moments, and unpalatable circumstances.

You may not be rich or wealthy, but if Jesus makes a great difference in your life then you must be living a rich, peaceful, virtuous and abundant life. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

You must remember on this day of Thanksgiving that God’s only Son came to change your gloom to brightness. He has come on wounded feet to roll out your ailment and smooth your scattered sick-bed.

Christ enters your life with spike-pierced hands to soothe your pain with His balm and His precious blood that was shed on Calvary.

Jesus Christ washes away your grief and discomfort with His undefiled living waters.

Whatever need or challenge you may have in life, you only need to “taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Oh give thanks to The Lord; Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His steadfast love endures forever! 
(1 Chr 16:8,34).

Jesus is knocking the door of your heart to come inside. He wants to breathe His words of faith into your gentle ears and your soul because “fear and anxiety, grief and gloom could not live where He is.” He cares for you, even while you were running from Him.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
with a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near? 


O yes, He cares, I know He cares!

His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Saviour Cares.

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As men, we are often inclined to ascribe personally unto self credits for all of our achievements. It is human to glory in our successes, and blame God or fate for our woes, calamities and life failures. Nevertheless, human beings are created to glorify God and praise Him for giving us the opportunities, the ability, and the possibility to excel.

APPLE

Apple Computer’s History began out of friendship. Friendly relations between Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak during their teens blossomed into cooperation, partnership, and the formation  of  Apple Computers .

Though born out of wedlock to two intellectuals, Steve Jobs was adopted at birth and brought up by a much less literate couple. Nevertheless, his unusual life story of a misfit and inadequate early life did not prevent him from turning out as a wizard whose creativity and acumen continue to impact on very many lives, institutions and businesses across the world.

GOD moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform!

The Apple I was actually hand-built by Steve Wozniak, a friend and partner of Jobs, and first shown to the public in attestation of Wozniak’s creativity and technological acumen. But it was Steve Jobs that prevailed on his friend to publicize the breakthrough and market the acumen, leading to the founding of Apple Computers, the fore-runner corporate body of Apple Inc.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace!

Steve Jobs

It wasn’t a secret that Steve Jobs in his younger days dabbled in recreational drugs, LSD, and the use of marijuana and hashish. Steve boasted unrepentantly that such mind-altering substances gave him a ‘life-changing’ effect, and were “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”

Steve Jobs“think different” trait and approach eventually took over Apple’s corporate style and was often credited for placing Apple’s designs and products way ahead most of her competitors and contemporaries.

Think twice when God is absent in your success story.

It appeared Apple and her co-founder had overridden the Dilemma of Determinism – the need to reconcile freedom of will with a deterministic universe.

The world is bemused with the moral responsibility of a role model and his pace-setting organization as they both thrive and flourish with his queer lifestyle and approval of wildly dangerous hallucinogens and intoxicating substances.

Rather than glorify God for His benevolences, Steve thinks LSD may have contributed to the “think different” approach that still puts Apple’s designs a head above the competition.

Though raised a Christian, Steve Jobs traded off the love of Jesus Christ for Zen Buddhism. He traveled to India for enlightenment, to meditate and learn about a simpler way of life.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Joh 14:6).

Steve Jobsbiggest mistake was most probably not about Apple Inc. but rather about himself. He was so engrossed withgate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl” – “going, going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddhato the point he was thinking his cancer away for about nine months! Too late and so bad he could not survive the infectious onslaught. Steve had tremendous success despite his doubts on Christ!

“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? (Psalms 73).

It is forever golden to abide and wait upon God for enduring breakthrough. The righteous are guided and led by the Word of God which puts divine good thoughts on their mind and fortify them against Satan’s temptations and deceptions.

It pays always to serve Jesus because faith and grace will always prevail. The righteous man’s afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man’s enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable.

Tim Cook

Recently, current Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote about his sexuality, saying: “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me”. Does God condemn homosexuality and give men “the greatest gifts” of gays at the same time?

Though recognized in some quarters as the most powerful gay person simply because he sits atop the executive branch of the most valuable company in the world, Tim Cook cannot be as powerful as the least saint in the Kingdom of God.“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Mat 11:11).

Tim Cook’s thought that so if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy“, are Tom Cook’s.

Decision determines destiny. The most powerful CEO might just be trading off his eternal life for the fame and glamour of a fast spreading lifestyle.

Homosexuality

Homosexuality has gained prominence today. Lesbians and gays are coming out of the closet in larger numbers to flaunt their pride in a lifestyle which is disdain to culture and condemned by God.

Man has always been disobedient to God, offensive to His way, and has learnt to distrust Him right from the early days of creation. The thieves and the robbers, the adulterer and the prostitute, blood-thirsty rulers as well as the very corrupt men and women in public service and private enterprises have always existed in the history.

Though illegal and criminal in about eighty nations across the world, homosexuality is fast gaining ground in many Western nations and cities. Gay marriage is now legal in the federal District of Columbia and 32 out of the 50 states of USA. More and more gays and lesbians are boldly coming out to declare their sexual orientation to the public while living their normal lives, with much more people expressing understanding and acceptance than in the past.

The United States National Football League – the NFL, drafted its first openly gay player recently. The New York Magazine recently displayed on her front cover the picture and story of a transgender woman who is the highest-paid female executive in the United States, and probably in the world.

People’s attitudes in the West are changing at a fast rate in favor of acceptance for ‎LGBT community and lifestyle. The number of Americans living in states and counties where gay marriages are legal will soon reach 60%, while more and more high profile people are testifying to their LGBT culture.

Pope Francis on gay rights affirms that gay people should not be marginalized but integrated into the society. He stressed that the position of the mother church was that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.

When tennis legend, Martina Navratilova propose to longtime partner, Julia Lemigova, and the event was beamed across the world on the giant screen during a 2014 US Open semi-final duel, we know that gay life acceptance was really gaining ground. Despite the hype, the big screen and the glamour of it all, a simple marriage between two truly loving opposite sexes brings plentiful joy in heaven because God is in it.

Country Where No One Is Gay

God is not ashamed as the God of all truly repenting sinners, who willingly arise and return to his Father, believing in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary, to cleanse from all sins and iniquities.

There is a great joy in Heaven

  • because of your decision to have Jesus Christ in your life,
  • because you crossed from death into life,
  • because you crossed from the path of iniquity unto the way of life, and
  • because your name is now written in Heaven’s Book of Life.

To such ones who would come out of homosexuality, lesbianism, and all sorts of immorality and queer lifestyle, believing in faith, desiring a heavenly inheritance, God is not ashamed to receive unto Himself in the same way He took back and honor the prodigal son.

God Himself will be their father, and they will become His people, living with Him throughout eternity, in joy and happiness, in a Country-Where-No-One-is-Gay

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal. 6:7,8).

 

The marriage institution is God’s ordained ordinance and plan for humanity, and should not be perverted in contrast to His declaration in the Bible.

Life itself is a risk and every man must live as a pilgrim on earth, wading through the hazards and uncertainties of every single day, toiling on from day to day, with a firm focus on Heaven.

It is those who master to hear the inner voice, the Divine Spirit within, and not the devilish urge from the crowded world, that gains true success and enduring achievements in life.

You must live through risks, trials and temptations to gain eternal life.

To determine what amounts to your holy grail, and decide how to pursue and prosecute its achievement rests upon you and the urge of the Divine Spirit within. It is those who master the ways of The Spirit and understand the urges of the Divine that would eat the fruits of the good land. The large majority which follows the crowd and the dictates of Satan and the world would end up in utter dejection.

“Clear conscience is the greatest armor” says a Chinese proverb. Your disposition in life is good and true when you keep up a clear conscience toward God and man.

To paraphrase Plato, If what each man believes to be true through sensation is true for him, then each man would hold his own opinions for himself alone and there would be no standard with which to measure man, whether heterosexual or homosexual, saint or sinner.

But the Creator has taken care of such anomaly. A man’s natural inclination is not just dictated by the sheer wisdom of this world but rather through his conscience, his God-given inclination and message, which speaks in his blood and reason out of his mind that this is the way to go to reveal the power of God in his life.

If a man therefore overrules his conscience to contravene accepted standards of morality and conduct, and chose to walk contrary to the dictates of the way of God, he would have to bear the resultant social disgrace or inner censure as well as the attendant mental trauma of his immorality.

Though she was a national heroine in her own right, well-known, and a highly respected public figure, the first American woman in space, Ms Sally Ride kept it a well guided secret until her obituary that she was gay. It must have been a lifetime torment in her conscience.

Who do you think you are, Mr. Cook?

No One Can Legislate Morality

In his reply to a letter protesting sexual permissiveness, President Ronald Reagan wrote: I don’t believe the answer rests with the government. No one can legislate morality. What we need is a spiritual awakening and return to the morals of a Christian society.

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,

This is the way, walk ye in it,” (Isa 30: 21a)

Who Do You Think You Are?

As strangers and pilgrims on earth, we are living and dwelling temporarily amongst many worldly sinners, yet unaffected by their sinful ways through our faith and the grace of our savior Jesus Christ. Whatever practice in life, career, home and play that fails to give glory to God must be avoided by heavenly minded Christians.

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Pet 2:11).

 

Jesus Christ will come at the rapture to take home all genuine Christians who are faithfully waiting for Him.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1Co 15:51-53)

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Th 4:17 ).

Heavenly minded Christians could only partake in issues and affairs or programs that edify the saints of God, fellow Christians and believers, and not to try and please self, family or colleagues to sin against God.

Does your life style and character edify the body of Christ and promote the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in you?

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1,2).

Who do you think you are?

“Do you know where you are going, and do you carefully consider your end?

Do you keep watch, looking ahead for the shore?

What shore are you expecting to see?

For what purpose are you living?

What is the end and drift of your daily action?”

But, remember there’s a Country-Where-No-One-is-Gay!

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The subject of success and personal achievement has gained much popularity and desire in the affairs of men from time immemorial. Success, personal achievement, wealth, and prosperity have become cultural idols with which men, communities, nations and continents are defined.

The ideas of the rich against the poor, the successful and the unsuccessful, the prosperous against the needy, the developed nations against the developing or poor nations, the industrialized against the under-developed, the superpowers against the less powerful group, has been in the categorizations of men and communities from time to time.

This kind of orientation is usually classified in line with the so-called American Dream phenomenon – “You can get it if you really want to get it, just try, try, and try, and you will succeed at last” or “If you work hard enough, you can be anything you want to be.”

Success in anything at all is to have a peace of mind and self-satisfaction in your achievements.

This state of inner calmness and tranquility together with a sense of freedom, when thoughts and worries cease, and stress, strain or fear disappear can only come from God when you do His will.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:7).

The biblical ‘Parable of the Talents’ offers profound insight into the true meaning of success and the real purpose of work and human labor. Three servants were given different amounts of money, denominated by talents, each according to his ability. A servant was given five talents, another was given two talents, and the third servant was given one talent.

The first and second servants doubled their investments and received the master’s praise. The third servant, who was given one talent, safeguarded the money but did nothing to increase it. The third servant was condemned by the master for his inactivity.

Lessons of life have taught us that we cannot travel the journey of life all alone. You need The Lamb’s guide and lead at every twist and turn. God gives the in-born talents and gifts plus the tools with which to achieve success. Your faithfulness in trading rightly and correctly for good profitability is all that God require from you.

You get into the trenches, roll up your sleeves and get reconciled with God to become a partaker of the kingdom of God, and then go out to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of men and women. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Into what have you cultivated and invested your God-given talents – is it unto your selfish ego and personal aggrandizements or unto furthering the kingdom of God. It takes faith to plough our God-given talents into doing the will of God and in furtherance of His kingdom, whether you have been given one, two, or five talents.

This is a higher kind of stewardship, and the one that could only fetch you enduring happiness and eternal reward. It is the only stewardship from which you will receive the commendation: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

It is your love of the Master that drives and inspires your work. And since the end always justify the means, you will never lack bread and butter on your table, children in your house, and peace of God in your family and life.

I am not unmindful of the popular pattern and formulas for success by imitating the life-styles and methods of renowned rich men, industry leaders, and economic gurus. The Bible does not teach us how to become the next Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Zuckerberg or King Solomon.

There are so much trainings in visualization, meditation, hypnosis, brainwave entrainment, visualization, NLP – neuro-linguistic program processes, subliminal messaging, mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Techniques – EFT, Law of Attraction, Tapping, and so many other techniques and programs.

The simple message of the scriptures is to guide every willing heart how to receive the Master’s well done – the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Pro 3: 5 – 10).

Bible reading is a great way to start to understand the way of God and His pattern for your life. The Bible is not arranged in the same way as your regular books. Rather, the Bible is its own interpreter and best teacher of the scriptures.

Life is full of friendly foes and unrelenting enemies, yet God cares.

Whether you are wrapped all over and all around with snares, miseries, calamities, plagues, and death, God always have a great plan for you.

God walks with the simple and reveal Himself to the humble.

He gives wisdom and great understanding to all who are teachable like babes.

To those who are pure in mind God opens the ken of knowledge and good sense. But His grace, very clear and glaring in man and nature, is hidden from the proud and the arrogant.

God moves in mysterious ways to perform His wonders in the lives of men.

Those who strive to live unto God, who trusts in Him, are never ignorant of the divine sweetness and support promised for the persevering and unwavering believer.

While many people mistake Christianity for religion, the blessing of walking with Christ goes beyond the provision of bread and butter for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and sound health and care for the sick and needy, a better life is assured all who walk in faith with the Savior, not only in this life, but in His coming Kingdom.

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the storm,
And don’t be afraid of the dark
He’ll appear and take your feeble hands,
You’ll never walk alone!

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You truly come alive when you finally discover your real self.

It is when you seriously discover who you are that your life really comes into any significance.

You become free when you actually do what you ought to do, and when you are doing what you really want to do.

It is when you know your real worth that you can better understand where to ply your trade or best apply your talent.

Failure to attain self-actualization is the root-cause of most failed lives, and failures abound here and there.

Though gifted and talented, most men and women are wholly engaged in a lifetime of servitude to other people just because of the shrouded “security” that goes with paid-labor, and the challenges to attain self-actualization in one’s own term and pace.

Many masters are servants today because of the rigors and challenges of self-development and personal empowerment.

Be slave to no man! Rather be a self-made man.

Drain yourself and rein in all your natural tendencies and in-built abilities to gain freedom and not perpetually depend on others. Strive for successful achievement in life of life dream and be free from the oppression and repression of another man.

Turn and twist your mindset to gain fulfillment and optimal creativity in life.

It matters little where I was born,

   Or if my parents were rich or poor;

Whether they shrank at the cold world’s scorn

   Or walked in the pride of wealth secure:

But whether I live an honest man,

   And hold my integrity firm in my clutch,

I tell you, my brother, plain as I can, it matters much:

You need Personal Development to transform from little beginnings into a man of worth. Free yourself from the undeserved support of others and become a creative man of credible means.

Self development will guide you to win any conceivable hindrance in life, to run and triumph in your lifetime race, to defeat the foe and be agile despite the odds, to swim and sail through whatever depth or width of water, to fly and glide like the eagle till you get to your port of peace and abode of treasure.

Personal growth and self-development guides and train man, any man for that matter, to sing beautiful tunes despite the sorrow and sadness of a long night, till the good morning of joy and happiness blossoms.

Studies in Personal Development and self-improvement approaches are life lessons and self-help methods scientifically prepared to help you realize your purpose in life.

A dangerous feature among most of us was to feel contented once there is a place to lay the head, a bread and butter on the table, and some sorts of job, or any type of job at all, to lace the wallets and trudge along. Human beings, created in the image of God, deserves much more that these.

“Self-actualization is the intrinsic growth of what is already in the organism, or more accurately, of what the organism is.” (Abraham Maslow). A man without self-esteem is devoid of self-confidence and has no clear purpose in life.

No matter your level of academic knowledge and career attainment, failure to pursue life with focused aspiration, and inability to meet deep-rooted desires and intrinsic aspirations will always leave a deep void in your heart. Such dissatisfaction cuts like a knife and the sorrow may go on for a life time.

You need to come out of all inhibitions into realistic tendencies, seeking growth and development to achieve your heart-felt goals in life. You need to get out of all limitations and hindrances for peak performances.

“A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.” (Marcus Aurelius)

Man’s Inhumanity to Other Men – Those who Keep Slaves

The heart of man is desperately wicked beyond reason when not touched by godliness. The mind of human beings could be very deceitful when he is ruled by the flesh and selfishness. The big man oppresses the small man. The great man represses the small guy. Poor folks become slaves and servants of the rich and mighty. Some ethnic groups became preferred and should receive all benefits, while other ethnic groups are “untouchable” and should die for the rich to thrive!

One of the greatest sorrows of man is man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man. One typical heinous sin and crime of humanity is his cruelty towards fellow human beings. This art of sinfulness and criminality could only come from a heart that is devoid of the cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, courage and temperance.

The grace of God led Purist Christians out of the oppressions and tyranny of King James I of England into a new lease of life in the New World. As the Pilgrims or Founding Fathers found peace and freedom in America, they forgot about the grace of God for all of God’s children. They inflicted savagery, slavery and every form of oppression and repression on Africans, Indians and all non-white people in the Americas.

To set the captives free, and deliver the oppressed, God created the year of Jubilee. Every 50th year of the Jewish calendar is the Jubilee, the year of restoring liberty to the enslaved, title to the rightful owner, remittance of old debts, and allowing the land to replenish its nutrients.

Though freedom was a cardinal feature of the foundation of the United States of America, African Americans, colored people and people of color remained enslaved by blue blood white folks for more than 400 years. The Pilgrims or white Founding Fathers of the United States closed their eyes to the very harsh and inhuman treatment of enslaved Africans on white man’s cotton plantations and gins, in their homes as well as in their industries.

“This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966)

“For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.” (Barack Obama, 2008).

The dream to be willing to be judged not by the color of one’s skin or by the caste his tribe, but rather by the content of his character, is the epitome of great enlightenment. It is this serious awakening that shot the African American from the slave house into the White House. Black or white, all men understand that we must overcome our inhibitions to gain freedom. We all need to attain lofty goals and aspirations in life rather than be slaves to other men.

Man’s inhumanity to himself

“Man’s inhumanity to man is equaled only by man’s inhumanity to himself.” (Edmund Bergler).

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings”. Each human is endowed with natural abilities and mental capabilities to fight the battle of life and win, to attain, to accomplish, and gain, as he wade purposefully through every step and stages of his existence.

“Everyone has a talent.

What is rare is the courage to nurture it.” (Erica Jong).

When, how, and which way he applies his talents are the million dollar questions!

Though we all understand that that all men are created equal, sadly a very large proportion of men also hold the opinion that some men are more equal, more fortunate, better opportune, and better endowed than themselves. People who reason this way are still slaves to themselves and unto other men.

Freedom is the inalienable right of every human being according to the power and abilities given us him by God. However, we must strive to claim it, to cultivate it, to develop it, and strain ourselves to prove it. This paradox keeps many men as slaves to other men and unto themselves because they wouldn’t try.

It is a man’s strong sense of his freedom that makes him believe in his free will to choose and to act in faith, despite any obstruction or hindrances on his path of progress.

“What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization…It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”

Get into the trenches!

Worry and anxiety does not answer any need of man. You must rise above the weather to work and surmount the tough challenges of life. You must work hard to gain freedom from oppression and all forms of slavish tendencies.“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” (Ecc 11:4).

Success is something that you will need to define for yourself if you are ever to achieve it. Once you know what success means – for you, personally – then you have a good start to move ahead in earnest.

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you know not how or why. All great discoveries are made in this way.” (Albert Einstein).

“A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” (Chinese proverb)

  1. Discover

“Find out what God would have you do, and do that little well. For what is great and what is small, ‘Tis only He can tell.”

  1. Believe

In God we trust! You just have to believe in something stable, reliable, dependable, and trustworthy for inner confidence and general security. There is no god but God. “But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In Him every want is met, whether in life or in death.” (Spurgeon)

  1. Hope

While you cannot tell with certainty how the future will play out, you are privileged to know God and hope in Him who holds and controls the future. Placing you future in His hands gives you a better edge than those who cast their lots in the hands of some armless deities.

  1. Self-improvement

Life holds a specific purpose for you! There is always something you can do better than most people. Through self-improvement and personal development efforts you would find this purpose. Pursue it with passion for creativity and successful achievement.

  1. The Laws of Life

Rules and regulations exist in careers, trades and professions for the good of all practitioners. Keep and respect those rules and guides. “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is whole the duty of man.”

  1. Character

Character is the total of the traits of a man, the embodiment of his depth and strength as a human being. Your character rings out loud and clear over and above every other quality or aspect of your personality. Develop noble and respectable character, and you would be trusted in every essential aspects of life.

  1. The Final Reward

There is a reward at the end of every noble endeavor in life. You must come out shining after all the struggles and pleasures of life. Successful achievement is the resultant outcome of any worthy purpose and determined pursuit of victory.

Your own final reward in Heaven or hell is determined by the kind of life you live here on Earth. Do not let any man or Satan take away your crown of glory. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Therefore, be slave to no man!

I believe you will also find it interesting to read He Has Made All Things Possible For You.

 

“Let us make hay while the sun shines” (Cervantes). Life is rough and tough, only the very strong in mind and purpose can overcome. This is why Personal Development and self-help are keys to a meaningful and purposeful life.

That you were born fully alive into the world is a success story. Many pregnancies got aborted before birth while a great majority died as stillbirths. Many other lives were lost through miscarriage of pregnancies, while another large group failed to survive the attack of common cold, influenza, polio, measles and various other diseases of childhood.

There is a time to be born and a time to die. No one has ever cheated death indefinitely, therefore, live life so well so that you will die very well, leaving good legacies behind.

Every tickling second, every passing minute, every going hour, every moving day, every turning week, every rolling month and every emerging year are times in space. Never overlook the dominant aspects of making your life purposeful and enriching.

Why am I here?

Where am I going?

What is my next move?

You need to answer personal questions and pass checklists which query your level of personal growth and self-development. There is only one life to live. Find out who you are, discover what you are here on earth to achieve, and discover your inherent powers and inborn endowments or talents to apply them fruitfully into wisdom and successful achievement.

Purpose, the essence of life!

Find out what God would have you do.

And do that little well.

For what is great and what is small.

‘Tis only He can tell. (Anonymous)

Purpose is the raison d’être of our existence, and the major driver for whatever we seek most in life. Purpose is the embodiment of our resolutions and the focal point of our goals and dreams. A man of purpose is a man that has a focus and a noble desire or goal for great expectations.

The barbaric execution of American journalist, James Foley is very sad and very disturbing. Mr. Foley paid the maximum price for exposing the atrocities of terrorists and religious fanatics in major war zones across the world. Though his work was difficult while his calling and career was fraught with danger, yet James Foley was a man of purpose.

It was his aim to tell a larger audience and educate the global village about the sufferings and hardships of women, children and the aged caught across fire in war zones and troubled parts f the world. Without determined, dedicated and purposeful journalists like James Foley, the world would stay in the dark about the sufferings of innocent citizens who were caught across fire in war zones and crisis spots..

My Aim

“I live for those who love me, for those who know me true;

for the heavens that smiles above me, and awaits my spirit too.

For the cause that lacks assistance, for the wrong that needs resistance,

for the future in the distance, and the good that I can do.” (G. L. Banks).

You are never too late to have a life of purpose and celebrate great personal achievement. Everyone is born to rule and to reign. Each one of us is here on Earth to achieve something significant, meaningful, substantive, and extraordinary. You can make a difference if you could simply discover, and truly believe within your heart that Life Holds a Specific Purpose for You!

Find out this purpose and seek for its achievement.

  1. Discover your life purpose

Your natural tendencies, talents and gifts are direct endowments which enhances personal development and career planning for a purposeful life and successful achievements. The biggest challenge to any man is the attitude of contentment with mere existence and subsistent living. Eighty out of every one hundred people are contented with being drifters all their lives, going wherever the tide leads them rather than command the tide to be calm and still while they determine and chose their God-given paths in life.

Sit down today and set out this hour to lift your very self out of the cloudy mindset of uncertainty that has limited you to mere survival and menial achievement. Find out through purposeful searching of your mind where your mental prowess and creativity acumen lies. Convince yourself of the choice and decision you have made, who you ought to be, what course and purpose you ought to pursue, and the way you are supposed to go in life. Then go out afterwards into the world to excel and prosper.

  1. Determine to achieve the goals God has destined you to attain.

Attainment of life goals and dreams takes a lot of determination and dedication to the chosen course. Inherent and inbuilt in every human are latent powers and capabilities for excellent achievements in life. Your determination for successful achievement and purposeful life calls for dedication to a singular course.

Self-discovery is one thing, mustering up every element of personal development and self growth and tutelage to realize that discovery is the essential task that each man and woman must strive for. Start now to lay by all your resources, abilities, and capabilities towards the attainment of a singular purpose and one specific course to which you are dedicated.

  1. Go, Get Meaningful Goals

The central focus of personal development is the growth of the person into his full tendencies and abilities. When you are fully developed into your real self, then you could perform at your utmost best. Develop self-confidence, have faith your abilities to excel, and then go out with divine guidance to excel. Heaven help those who help themselves.

Go, but go in faith. Get, but you must get the best. With clear focus around your mission and an unblemished vision to achieve meaningful goals you would soon begin to live out the man of purpose inherent in you. Never rest your oars but rather set out to attain your dreams one day at a time, one goal at each shot. Set up your success staircase with meaningful personal development, realistic growth efforts, and go get the goals!

  1. Be unique, be different, and outstanding!

Through self-discovery and personal development efforts, every man and woman must strive to become purposeful and successful. Never accept the Xerox copy lifestyle, trying to copy the Joneses and the Johnsons.

Work hard but work well to emerge your successful true self. Make the difference, the stand-out and outstanding guy between the busy, purposeless, and unproductive crowd and the successful life. Live out the resourceful, productive, and purposeful life.

Move out of the crowd this day and begin to make a difference. Look to this day and say to the world in clear tones that you are the difference. Let the whole world know from today that you are a man of purpose, a resourceful, productive, and purposeful personality.

  1. Take time to do things with determined purpose

A vital aspect of personal growth and self development is effective time management. This is the way to get things done, and the way to do them very well. The Lord God has taught us to number our days so that we may apply our hearts, our mind, our plans, and our ways unto wisdom.

Highly efficient and very effective time management practice is vital to a happy, purposeful and fulfilling life. Knowing what one needs to achieve is one major part of the process. The second vital part of it is setting adequate time and mileposts with dedication and focus to accomplish that goal.

Never try to overlook the crucial and mundane aspects of the process, they are the very vital elements of the big picture. Dream dreams, set goals, but set rules with timeframe to accomplish your goals.

  1. Make yourself the doer, the one who make things happen!

Let the world recognize you as the doer who make good things happen, no matter what. Develop yourself into the skilled and successful achiever whom others look up to.

Stick to a purposefully determined task and carry it through. The real world actually admires the stern determined doer. People always regard the doer who makes things happen.

  1. Be a man among men, Master Your Destiny!

Accept early in life that your destiny is in your own hands. Apply credible personal development trainings and aptitudes to master your own fate and perfect your own calling in life. Your future lay squarely on your own hands, therefore never waste time pondering for a windfall from family or friends; it mostly would never come, or comes too late.

“Never give up, never give up, never, never give up”! You must never give up in the face of challenges and obstacles on your way to progress and success in bold pursuit of your destiny.

Only successful people keep moving in the face of mistakes and faulty starts.

Only winners would never quit, but would hang onto their dreams after others had let go.

Only successful people understand that fortune favors the bold.

Life definitely holds a specific purpose for you!

Stand out of the big crowd to achieve this purpose, start today to be the champion, and not just another spectator at championships!

Why first love never dies, and genuine love never get out of style -

True love could be romantic, or not so adoring and tender, but realistic and sincere.

Valentine – Boy meets Girl. Boy and girl keep in touch, seriously, and not necessarily romantically, as they grow into likeness, and later into loving relationship and deep affection.

Life interludes and challenges comes in-between, and true lovers and genuinely affectionate couples marry this way.

Not every Val, of course. But for those who do, and end up saying “I do”, it’s a lifetime experience of attachment and being there for each other through thick and thin.

 

Valentine Day is more about love,

affection, and dedication to the marriage vow;

and not sheer lust.

 

Meeting – Chance or Design?

Donald was fourteen years old when he met Dianna at the wedding of Uncle Fred, the younger brother of Mr. Reinhardt, Donald’s father. Dianna McCarty was a girl of thirteen. It was one of those Valentine’s Day wedding.

Was it a coincidence, or a friendship that was already written in the stars?

Anyhow, it did not take Donald so much gazing at crystal balls to discover that the little girl sitting beside him inside the church was not just another girl across the street. He made full use of every opportunity to look her well in the eyes, touch her dress, hold her palms, and force exchanges when the opportunity came.

However, little Diana did not make much out of all these. What else does a girl of thirteen cares about than to play, meet people, and get busy with her stuff and her little world?

How Love Grows

Though their rapport and exchanges at the august meeting encouraged Donald to start writing mails to the girl, most of which were favorably replied by Dianna, he was not bold enough to clearly declare his affection and love for her.  He usually ends up around the topic, but never really got there.

At the peak of his deep feelings for her this year, Donald had become confused, and disinterested in his studies. How badly he wanted to see her, hold her and touch her.  Yet she was so far away. His school mates and friends noticed his terrible mood, but Donald would not share the truth with anyone.

He picked up the courage to write a special letter to his “girl” this time.

The letter got to Dianna late, in the midst of the end-of-the year examination.

Upon her reading the contents, she was equally confused and unsure of the message.

She went to Jane, a senior girl and close confidant of nineteen.

Jane explained to her that there is no problem having a male friend. “You just need to be careful, and take full control of the relationship, and never mess up with boys.” With experience and maturity, Dianna was guided into better understanding on how to play with boys without getting into trouble.

Life Staircase

Donald graduated from high school, and was admitted to read polymer science at Cambridge University.

Two years later Dianna had become a medical student at Kettering University.

During the fall semester of his last year at Cambridge, Donald came home to visit his mum and brother, Steve. However, top on his mind was the thought of meeting Dianna, looking into her big blue eyes, and holding her tender hands.

 

 

Family is Key

As soon as she got wind of his plans, Dianna shared the news with her parents, and they did not hesitate to welcome Donald into their home.

The homecoming was great for Donald and his elder brother, Steve.

Steve read economics, and found a job as an investment banker at a Wall Street business firm after his graduation three years ago. The two young men were always a source of joy and inspiration to their mother, after the sudden death of Mr. Reinhardt four years ago.

“Would Donald be coming home to stay a while with me upon his graduation?” Mum asked Steve.

“I really don’t think so. He wants to start a project right away with a colleague of his from college. It is a United Nations atomic energy project, and he would not want to miss the opportunity.”

After meal, that night, Donald informed her mother and brother about Dianna.

“She has been a good girl from a good and respectable home.  We hope to meet this Valentine after many years of telephone calls and emails.”

“Are you getting married so soon”, Steve interjected more out of jealousy, but also as a result of genuine concern for his younger brother and his immediate plans after college.

“Marriage is out of it!  I met Dianna a long time ago during my last year in high school. We became friends, yet we never met since our first meeting.  Both of us agree it’s time to see each other again after this long time.”

Steve and his mother remained quiet, hoping to hear more from Donald about this mystery girl. They were not disappointed.

“She wants to be a surgeon, studying at Kettering. I hope to meet her and parents next tomorrow. It is arranged that I drive with them to the Allegheny Beach. The two of us will drive behind her parents on the way to the beach but she would ride home with her folks, while I drive home alone carrying mum’s Tuareg Jeep.”

It was Donald’s great joy to get the approval of his mother and brother.

When Shall I See You Again?

Donald met Dianna at the front door. They shook hands, and he kissed her hand.

Donald was warmly received by The McCartys as Dianna introduced him as a friend and student of polymer science at Cambridge University.

The parents chatted with Donald, discussed about his mother and brother. The young man hit them as an intelligent youth and humble person. They felt sad he lost his father as a little boy. Mr. McCarty was particularly glad he was no longer a novice about polymer science and related subjects.

Meal was served, and Donald graciously declared that Mrs. McCarty was a great cook. They all took off for the beach after meal. Donald drove with Dianna in front, but they were closely followed by Mr. and Mrs. McCarty.

The two spoke of their plans after graduation from college. They discussed about job prospects and career pursuit, life choices, and life on campus.

Donald mustered great amount of effort to declare his long-held opinion to Diana. “If I could have my way, with a great douse of luck and the blessing of Heaven, I would say that it’s the greatest wish of my life to spend more time with you, holding your hands, touching your palms, and just keeping you company all my life.

This was too much for Dianna to handle.

She blushed, looked away from the driver into the open field beside her as they drove along, and quickly changed the topic.

“I just cannot wait to get started as a licensed medic. It will be wonderful to have my internship at Kettering with their fantastic equipment and organizational structure”, she declared.

“I should probably be your first patient. Need to get my head checked really fast. Since I set my eyes on a smart girl with blue eyes from the McCarty clan my blood pressure has ever been on the rise, my affection growing deep, while my gaze has never wavered to any other, yet she avoids all attempts to get close to her.”

“Bet you need to see a psychoanalyst fast, and not a surgeon.”

“May I plead with all my love that you take me out to see one within your domain?”

Dianna busted into laughter, unable to continue with the lovely exchanges from this not-so-well-know and not-too-distant friend.

Loving Somebody, and Somebody Loves You Back

The beach was a great part of the meeting. Donald was able to touch, feel and hug Dianna. She was still immature, unexposed, and green, sort of. She resisted all attempts by Donald to kiss, but had intimate hug and embraces from him.

He gave her a special card for Valentine, with a unique red rose from England.

Diana loved and appreciated the beautiful card with the red rose flower.

She felt the natural plant send the scent of English love all over her surroundings.

It was there and then that she really hugged and held him, with a promise to love him.

It was the first experience of such a close encounter for the two of them, but they were both aware they truly like and love each other.

They went back to her parents, shared a meal at a special eatery, took some ice-cream, and departed. It was indeed a day Donald, and Dianna in her very secretive mind, would always wanted to look up to.

As they drove out of his sight, Donald reminded himself that his first meeting with Dianna was casual, at a Valentine wedding. This meeting was real.  He hope the next meeting should be their Valentine wedding day.

Ides or Karma

On his way home from the camp, as he approached the bridge, Donald heard gun shots. He slowed down, turned off the road and waited to find out the position of things. Without thinking twice, he switched off the car engine, jumped out and locked up the car. He dashed into the nearby bush.

Five minutes later a car pulled up, and stopped right beside his jeep. A man pulled out of the grey saloon car, holding a pistol in his right hand. Donald could see him very well, as the man surveyed around the jeep, trying to open it. He couldn’t. He looked round, could not see anyone, and did not hear any voice. This bearded man in thick moustache and a small sombrero yelled some command,

“Lay him on this car, and leave him to join the chorus in hell singing praises to the Devil!”

Within seconds, Donald saw two men brought out a blood-soaked man from one of their cars, and placed him on the bonnet of his car.

“Perfect. What a neat job! He would never try such a trick on me ever again. Off we go.” As the leader shouted his command, the team entered their cars and zoomed off towards the road to Allegheny Beach.

Donald was too scared to speak, he was so confused to realize whether he was dreaming or seeing the scene . The sight of the gun, the bloody dead body, and the criminal activities of the gang sickened him.

The young man waited where he was for a moment, then he pulled himself together, wanted to run, but remembered he left his telephone in the car. He took a quick survey of the environment, and decided to reach for his car.  As he attempted to open the car door, take his phone and call 911, the police arrived.

A Price for Love

Donald was arrested and accused of robbery and murder. His mother got him an attorney, while Steve, his elder brother give much moral support. Six months later he was convicted and placed on death row, awaiting execution.

His mother and brother were totally depressed.

His friends and colleagues were distraught.

Dianna’s life was shattered, but she was strong. She stood with Donald throughout the trials. She vehemently believed that Donald was innocent. Her parents cursed the day they met the “brute young man”, and wondered why on Earth “such an armed robber and murderer” should cross their path.

When Love is True

Dianna prayed more regularly for divine intervention.

She implored God in the day, she prayed fervently at night. She had a strong faith. Many suitors and lovers came, seeking her hand in love or marriage, but she turned them all flat. She was used to this chorus:

“They say that love’s a gentle thing
But it’s only brought me pain
For the only man I ever loved
Has gone on the morning train

I never will marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life”

Well there’s many a change in the winter wind
And a change in the cloud’s design
There’s many a change in a young man’s heart
But never a change in mine

I never will marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life. 1.

Prayer Seals Love

Six months after Donald’s sentencing, the Legal Council for Truth and Justice, a Non-Government Organization, took over his case, and enlisted it for re-trial.

Panoramic sketches of the scene of the crime were taken from Donald. A new Prosecutor was found who took time to do a thorough investigation and findings.

With the aid of forensic experts and fingerprint extracts, the hoodlums who committed the crimes were apprehended, tried and convicted.

“The state and Jury are sorry for the wrongful carriage of judgment during your first trial. You are hereby pronounced not guilty and free to live your life as you please”, the Jury declared.

Donald was freed. Ovations and accolades were poured on him from far and near. A lot of praises and recognition were accorded Diana for her faithfulness and true love, especially in times of trial and tribulations.

He completed his education at Cambridge, while Dianna was practicing as a surgeon. They got married on the lover’s day of St. Valentine, and settled down in England, living in a country home with plentiful English red roses.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. (Mat 5:16) .

1. Traditional- arranged by Linda Ronstadt
© 1977 Normal Music (BMI).

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