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).

It is a brand new year, a great new dawn!

The beginning of a new walk, a brighter journey,

The resumption of a pilgrimage in faith with Christ,

With His Light to daily shine and brighten my pathways

His Spirit to guide my thoughts in serene prayers with God,

His Word, a lamp to my feet; road-map leading me to The Lamb!

What a new dawn, what a new year,

A time not to be heard, seen, praised, but Christ!

What a new me, what a transformed self,

A time to live anew with Christ from day-to-day!

What a wonderful time, full of expectations great,

That I, by grace and not by works, will be fit for His Throng

When He comes to call up His saints in Rapture!

O God “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 2).  Traditionally, a new year is often attached to new beginnings, new orientation and new resolutions. Time has become a constant issue in the affairs of man.

Like money in the bank, time is a vast resource available for your judicious use as we wade through the New Year. However, many of us failed to use our time wisely just as we most often fail to handle wisely financial and other resources put into our care.

As time is difficult to manage and elusive to control, the best is to manage one-self and develop habits that keep you in checks and balances through time and space.

God exist changeless from everlasting to everlasting. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has a grand Plan for all His created beings, especially you and I, the crowning glory of His works.

Because death is certain, not many people live above a hundred years anymore, we need to live well before we die.

Because judgment is sure, after death comes judgment, we must choose to live right to be judged right and not condemned.

Because proper understanding of God, time and eternity reveals that there is a Redemption Plan for man after his fall into sinfulness, and that embracing this Plan, man could live in glory eternally after death.

Steps To A Fruitful New Year

  1. Commit Thy Way unto God

New Year resolutions become mere wishes and empty desires when they are unrealistic. Setting realistic goals and aims for every discernible project is the hallmark of serious-minded people and successful men and women.

To set forth at dawn, to plan well for every twist and turn in life affairs and matters is the way of those who plan to make headway in life.

Setting out in life with absolute trust in God, unflinching faith in His promises and holding forth doggedly without any iota of doubt to His Word is the only sure way to make it in this life and in the Kingdom to come.

Why not make your resolutions attainable, your goals achievable, and your dreams come true this year by committing your way unto God in all matters. Commit unto God whatever realistic goal you plan to meet this year.

The Lord “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isa 40: 29 – 31).

2.    Keep Faith in God and Focus on Your Goal

God is who He is, and knowing who God is makes the believer to be “fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He is able also to perform” (Romans 4:21).

Faith is an active demonstration of personal principles and belief in what is yet to manifest as if they already exist.

Maintain positive postures, regularly declare affirmative speeches, while keeping faithful thoughts to excel and be successful in chosen goals through the year –  as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

You become literally changed to the thoughts and affirmations of your mind as well as the declarations of your mouth. Faith is a deep-down belief that, regardless of the present circumstances, you are going to make it, and meet what you have set out to do. Having faith in God gives you extra strength in seeking to achieve what you know to do best.

3. Commitment & Integrity

Power as of old confirms the capabilities of God in modern times as it happened during Biblical eras. Nelson Mandela rose from prison to become the President of South Africa just like Joseph, who came out of prison to rule Egypt as a Prime minister.

 Be confident in your God-given talents and endowments with unflinching commitment and integrity. Whatever and whoever you are, painter or Professor, orator, writer or musician, engineer, technician or technocrat, salesman, marketer or preacher, whatever it may be, you always need to work in partnership with God and His Plan to achieve success from difficulties, trials, and tribulations.

Be committed and dedicated to the goals and aspirations well-thought out and adapted as your purpose and dream in life, your  raison d’être for life and living.

4. Persistence

Have what it takes to go get it. The tough guy keeps going, even when the going gets tough!

The determination and persistence to find and make concrete the desires and aspirations of the heart would definitely lead to creativity and success in the end.

Whatever we long for, yearn for, struggle for, and hold persistently in the mind will eventually turn out to become materialized just in exact proportion to the intensity and persistence of the thought and our actions. The man who set his mind firmly toward achievement is in himself success in areas where many have failed and others see nothing but impossibilities.

Impossibility is nothing

You always find out the tough guy in times of adversity, when obstacles looms large, and in situations when recurring challenges seems unwilling to abate. Persistence and resolute determination keeps you from getting discouraged come rain or sunshine. Think out your goal in concrete and plausible terms, be persistent and dedicated unto it, and you’ll soon see the concrete realization as days go by in the New Year.

5. Passion

Working with passion and commitment is the hallmark of mentally strong people. However, no mental trick or hypnotic device could make you successful without the special collaboration of hard work, common sense, intuition, personal skills, creativity, discipline, organization, resolute determination, and passion.

Passion for one’s calling in life demands the discovery of a clear vision. It requires flexibility, knowledge, communication, and hard work. These are essential characteristics of the man and woman desirous of making his/her resolutions come true.

Strive to develop these essential qualities as valuable habits for success as you journey through the New Year.

6. Flexibility

Flexibility is an important quality against futility, because, without some flexibility in your approach, you could end up trying to move an immovable object for the rest of your life.

It is the man that makes needful adjustment to original plan, and flow with it, while keeping his eyes on the goal, that delivers at the end of the day.

Successful people are willing to reinvent themselves while staying focused to their dream and resolutions. Those who stay stagnant and ignore trends will be left.

Take off with the master plan early in January; update yourself on new ideas, trends or innovations by month end or agreed period with critical assessment, review and take necessary adjustments with new skills to sharpen your focus on the master plan.

7. Gratitude

Gratitude is fundamental to maintaining an optimistic outlook on life, even in the face of difficulties. To be thankful to God and appreciative of humanity attracts blessings and goodness; it cast away depression and stress, with resounding progress and growth in personal and social adjustments. Learn to be thankful and grateful this New Year, and always.

Learn to thank God and man for past mercies, while imploring Him for expected blessings, casting all your cares and worries upon God, who alone can do all things. Attitude affects so many things in life.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.” (Gen 45: 4 – 5).

Despite the harsh and wicked treatment from his brothers, the dehumanizing circumstances that he went through from Portiphar, Joseph down-played the negative aspects of his predicament in life, while emphasizing the positive outcomes of those events.

8. Open-mindedness

Open-mindedness implies “having a mind open to new ideas”. Giving recognition to the rights of others, to be unprejudiced to other people’s ideas and opinions is open-mindedness. Let not rigidity take over you this New Year. Be tolerant as tolerance is open-mindedness on all subjects”. It is not a willingness to change one’s own opinions but rather a recognition of the rights of others to have their own opinions.

It was open-mindedness that made a Thomas Edison saved a lonely baby from the tracks of a moving train; made him engrossed self into the work of telegraph operator which transformed his life from a newspaper vendor into one of the greatest inventors in history.

Tolerance and open-mindedness is the habit of great men, and the hallmark of successful people. We all need to receive our peculiar endowments with open mind and enthusiasm, work with it in positive outlook to get the best for self and civilization. The Divine influence will definitely guide and lead you as Daniel was guided, as Joseph was led, and as Jacob was assisted, to meet your lofty goals and dreams this New Year.

9.    Renewed Authority

The New Year demands that you come off the old era with brand new authority over obstacles, disappointments and principalities. You must be on the side of Christ to have and manifest such authority. It is a gift in faith from Jesus.

Take His way this New Year, and not your selfish path, to move mountains, to overcome situations, and to attain sweet and enduring success. The Almighty God will confirm His Word in the believer’s mouth. Learn to pray in faith today to be able to sing praises in thanksgiving unto God at the end of year.

 

 

Dr. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela – The Madiba Enigma -Leadership Code for African Rulers

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193426033/Nelson-Mandela-The-Madiba-Enigma

“I haven’t scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here.” (Michael Jackson).

Purpose is the raison d’être of our existence; it is that major driver for that which we seek most in life. Purpose is the embodiment of our resolutions or sought goals and aspirations. A man of purpose is a man that has a focus and a noble desire or goal to carry out. Man is always what makes man to be. You are what you purpose yourself to be.

Leading people and nations out of dangerous segregated and peaceful coexistence after a very bitter past calls for leaders with courage and conviction, leaders with the ability to develop a vision of what can be, to mobilize the people as a body into agreement to live and work together in harmony. These are the qualities embedded in Nelson Mandela which set him in a different class far above many corrupt and greedy ruler found in Africa.

Nelson Mandela lived and set a good standard for leadership, a leadership code for African rulers and presidents.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193426033/Nelson-Mandela-The-Madiba-Enigma

There is a time to be born, and a time to die. The bell finally tolled for Mr. Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013. The man died, and it quickly becomes a big miss, not only in South Africa, not only to Africans, but to all and sundry all across the world.

South Africa’s greatest son and one of the world’s greatest personalities finally took a bow and passed on in death after a prolonged illness.

Life holds a specific purpose for each of us, but the most important thing is to find out, step out of our comfort zones and discover that purpose.

The Boers, who are complete aliens in South Africa, virtually usurped the rights of the local indigenes and lord it over them. It was so sad and precarious situation. The African National congress, ANC, was formed to oppose racial and territorial segregation. Nelson Mandela, after experiencing racism firsthand at the University of Witwatersrand, joined the African National Congress in 1944, and rose through the ranks as a legal attorney to become a leading light and the main player in the movement. Using nonviolent approaches to prove and protest, but with a very clear resolve, Mandela declared: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela came to the opinion that the ANC “had no alternative to armed and violent resistance” after taking part in the unsuccessful protest to prevent the demolition of the all-black Sophiatown suburb of Johannesburg in February 1955. He declared: In a way I had never quite comprehended before, I realized the role I could play in court and the possibilities before me as a defendant. I was the symbol of justice in the court of the oppressor, the representative of the great ideals of freedom, fairness and democracy in a society that dishonored those virtues. I realized then and there that I could carry on the fight even in the fortress of the enemy.”

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193426033/Nelson-Mandela-The-Madiba-Enigma

  1. Nelson Mandela was so successful a man to be tagged South Africa’s “greatest son”, and his death a profound loss to his country and the entire world.
  2. Rather than embrace the popular divide and rule tactics common among African leaders, Nelson Mandela brought his mixed multitude nation of black, white and colored people together with equality and uniform national pride.
  3. Nelson Mandela brought dignity and respect to the Republic of South Africa, a former pariah nation, often despised and derided among the comity of nations. He emphasized and built a united non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.
  4. Nelson Mandela reminds the world about the possibility of a self made man, a man who succeeds in life as a result of his work and dedicated calling rather than ride the luck of rich parents or relationship with influential men. If Nelson Mandela could make it after the long struggle and long term prison incarceration, any African should.
  5. Despite his captivity and long prison sentences, Nelson Mandela was the man who destroyed apartheid, and became a worldwide symbol of resistance to racism.
  6. Years after his 1999 retirement from the presidency, Mandela was considered the ideal head of state.
  7. He became a yardstick for African leaders, who consistently fell short when measured against him.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193426033/Nelson-Mandela-The-Madiba-Enigma

 

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.

In 1881, great-grandfather Jonathan was described as “the foremost Christian gentleman” in his town by the great historian Rev. Johnson.

Grandfather Emmanuel left his wealth and immense connections, prepared a trust and care for his family, and went on Christian evangelistic campaigns. He died in the course of these missionary works, and was buried within the courtyards of one of the churches he helped to set up.  His family thrived and remained in Christianity.

Dad and Mum were Roman Catholics, and so were we.  We later learn to become Christians through personal conviction. No one get saved or converted into Christianity by virtue of religious background or lineage but through personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  It is a greater thanksgiving being in Christ.

In our clime, it is a great challenge to be born and bred in a city and country where corruption is rife, but great blessing to have parents who imbibed in us good manners, upright characters and noble attitudes. Money does not fetch such traits, and it makes you stand out in the midst of many dishonest circumstances and situations without being tainted by their dishonest dainties and gains of corruption.

To have caring tutors, wonderful schools, and a very rich education is not just a coincidence, but the privilege of a good life. What tremendous privilege and uncommon opportunity to share and mingle with different people from various parts of the world, most of whom one could confidently call friends. Korion came from Armenia, Barn is from Lebanon, Newborn is an American, Phillips is from Trinidad and Tobago, Murray is a Canadian, Tabingo is from the Philippines, Bacha came from Ethiopia, Takeo is Japanese, Burgess is English, Emilio is Argentine, Gramkow is German, Luigi is Italian, Zekry is from Egypt, Sonig is from Syria, and so on. I sincerely thank God for each of them.

Not much of a swimmer, I made for the beach in company of about ten other friends, good swimmers. I stayed at the brooks, playing in the shallow part of the waters while my friends were catching fun in the deep.  Before I knew it, I was caught off-guard, the sand before my feet just gave way, and I realized that I was sinking deeper into the water. I felt a sort of magnetic force pulling me deep down into the water.

At a point I shouted the name of JESUS right inside me! Immediately, a force pushed me up out of the water, but not ashore. As my head got out of the water, I remember shouting, or rather yelling atop my voice, HE! HE! HELP!!! My friends sprang forth to rescue me, drained so much beach water from my belly, and nursed me back to full recovery. If you ever have a second chance to live, as I do, you should give thanks to God, the giver of life.

Having the basic essential things of life is worth thanking God for. A lovely spouse, loving children, adoring octogenarian mother, caring sisters and concerned brothers, good friends, and respectable colleagues, a home ‘built firm upon The Savior’, regular good food, a sound mind, a good spirit, and a fit body are great pointers to longevity, and heritage of The Lord.

Thanksgiving is a golden opportunity to remember that life has been so good, and God has been so caring despite daunting challenges, difficult moments, and unpalatable circumstances.

As a Graduate Assistant at the Lebanese American University to Professor Robert Polhill, the famous American Professor of Accounting who was kidnapped in Beirut in January 1987, I thought it was all over after his capture. Some terrorists mistook me for another American because of my special relationship with Professor Polhill and his wife, Ferial Seikley. Polhill was very fond of me as a lecturer, boss, friend and counselor. Nevertheless, I graduated in fine colors, and Professor Polhill was released in April 1990 after 39 months in captivity. What a thanksgiving memento. Surely, Jesus answers prayers.

Denied, due to nepotism, after almost clinching a Federal government appointment in 1990, but as the scourges of nepotism can never break a tough guy, I learn to move on, and do better in other areas. It is great thanking God as you go to Him in solitude, shedding the penitential tear, claiming all His promises and assurances, as you plead where no one else, except God can hear.

As a project manager, I travel a lot, either in the airplane, on the roads, and on the waters. There had been times when an airplane that I missed to board would have been  in some terrible situations; or occasions when I narrowly missed or escaped a road accident, not by being smart or magical, but rather because The Lord of the ways always send His angels ahead to clear the way for His children. What a great privilege to thank Jesus.

I may not be rich or wealthy, but Jesus makes a great difference in my life, and in the lives of my family.  What great joy to have parents who are conscious of heaven, siblings who are saved and sanctified, and children who choose to live by “thus says The Lord”. Do you take time to thank God for your Mum, sharing with your brothers, sisters, children and almost everybody that “Others may, but I can not.”

Business thrives, and sometimes investment fails to yield expected returns. There is always hope while we live. A recent Federal Government promulgation on cement favored the mighty at the cost of the new entrants into the sector. Thousands of employees and families were suddenly thrown out of job and livelihood.  Nevertheless, we survive the struggle despite loss of investment, capital, business, and income. Give thanks you were sacked, fired or hindered while on the right. It always create opportunities for greater prospects.

On this day of Thanksgiving remember 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. He enters your life with spike-pierced hands to sooth your pain with His balm and washes away your grief and discomfort with undefiled living waters. Jesus is knocking the door of your heart to come in and breathe His words of faith into your gentle ears that “fear and anxiety, grief and gloom could not live where He is.”

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 Savior cares.

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