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Design Your Own Life

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone’s else plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn

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Take Some Time Off!

The sun rises and sets. The moon glows and lights up the darkest nights. The birds chirp and sing lovingly with utmost dexterity. Days come and go. Friends come and leave. Children are born, and some people die… Through the good and bad times, life still goes on…

The sad thing about the human life nowadays is that even with all the so-called faster, time-saving, stylish and sleek “stuffs” we have to our use and all that, we still end up with everything in deficit. Less time to spend with family and friends (leading to broken relationships, high rates of divorce, uncultured children, etc.), cash deficit, high rates of sickness, low life expectancy, unhealthy habits and so on are the commonest symptoms of our “Hey, can you call back? I need to finish up that proposal, that presentation, report and all that” attitude to life. We think if we spend more time behind our office desks, in the libraries or travelling around the world to establish “connections”, we’ll be able to sustain ourselves and our families. But we are wrong! Very wrong!

The Bible says

“Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Eccl 4:4, KJV)

All our labours and efforts without God will avail to nothing. God is the only One that makes the plants flower even though it is the farmer that plants.

We need to relax, cool off and enjoy ourselves. It is not by power, strength, might, skills, certification or qualification that we can make it in life. We need to set our priorities right, take time off to spend with our family and friends and people that matter to us. We also need to just dedicate some time to listen to them, know their wants, joke with them and play. We also should try and enjoy all the beautiful things – the plants, the insects, the birds, the atmosphere and appreciate God for all those beautiful things He has made for our pleasure. Switch off that phone, shut down that laptop, take a day off from your place of work (they can manage without you!), go off on a vacation to a resort, a beach, for once, stay with those kids and listen to them sing, pay a courtesy visit to an orphanage. Get off that fast track, cool down a little bit, relax your mind and break off that workaholism… It will make you last longer.

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Just In Time

There were times when I was sad
I knew I should smile but it’s pretty hard
So I went everywhere with my head down
I was so depressed and I did frown

There were times when I broke to tears
I had joy but it was mixed with fear
Deep inside I knew I needed help
But I couldn’t find it in my entire yelp

There were times when I tried and cried
The hope I nurtured for so long died
So I resorted to forlorn hope
Like a drug addict to his dope

But a FRIEND came along the way
Gave me joy more than I could say
HE renewed my faith and gave me life
Just in time before I gave up my strife

Just in time before I lost my faith
To live the empty life of a wraith
HE came around and rescued my soul
JESUS washed me and made me whole.

– Oyedeji Ojo Abel

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