THE LIEBSTER AWARD

A wonderful blogger Fiez has considered me fit to be nominated for the Liebster Award. Thanks a lot Fiez for the honor. I do not take it for granted.

I’ve come to highly regard quite a number of bloggers and she is on top of the list. Fiez is a creative writer/blogger per excellence. She carves everything positive and inspiring into well-composed lines. Her writings cut across genres like flash fictions, poems, proverbs, motivational articles, writing guides and much more.

Kindly visit and follow her blog Artistic Words to benefit from the lots of goodness her works avail. You won’t regret doing so.

A Little About This Award.

The Liebster Award is internet based and given by bloggers to fellow bloggers. The idea is to help connect with and support other bloggers.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger
asked you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!

5. Make up to 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts About Myself:

1. I’m a Nigerian through and through and from the Yoruba speaking tribe.

2. I speak mainly English, Yoruba and a bit of Pidgin. Although I’ll like to learn a couple of foreign languages, looks like my brain has reached the limit of its plasticity.

3. I’m intentional about my relationships with people and ensure I leave positive impacts.

4. You can’t see me and not see God. I’m a firm believer in Christ and I live to serve Him.

5. One sport I can’t try out is swimming. I have issues with ‘waters’.

6 When I’m not at work, on the road, in church or seeing someone, you are likely to find me in the comfort of my room. Yes, I’m mostly an indoor person.

7. I love to read novels and see movies. Just that I hardly have the time to do either these days.

8. I’m a case study when it comes to songs. You need to see my collections/playlist. I listen to varying kind of songs regardless of the genre (from oldies to contemporary) as long as it’s meaningful. I’m more into gospels though.

9. I like to walk/pace a lot; it helps me think better. Although I think it’s a burden sometimes.

10. You want to get me something? Get me a book of substance. Yea, I’ll like to consider myself a mid-level bibliomaniac. Meanwhile, you don’t need to restrict the ‘gettings’ to books only.😉

11. I like serene environments a lot – countryside, suburbs…; a spot where I can relish the beauty of nature.

My answers to Fiez’s questions:

1. What are your favorite blog topics?
I think I look out more for topics that deals with faith, relationships,lifestyle, and informative write-ups.

2.Which of your blog posts do you think is the best?
🤔Hmm. Kinda hard to single out the best from one’s list of works. But if I have to, I’ll go for The Believer; His Health and Commonsense.

3. What is your country of origin what do you like about your country?
I’m from this wonderful country called Nigeria. Among other things, one thing fascinates me about the country is its diversity: A nation of hundreds of languages, tribes, cultures and belief systems – we can’t have a dull moment with that.

4. How is your emotional state when looking at an adult crying bitterly?
I literally sighed reading this questions. It’s not uncommon to see adults cry but it’s not usual. Whatever makes a grownup cry must eat into the bones. I feel really uncomfortable and highly concerned seeing an adult cry.

5. If you were to live someone else’s life, who would it be and why?
😎I admire the lifestyle of quite a number of people. However, I’ve never considered walking in their shoes. I love the life God gave me. I’ll just rather be a better version of me.

6. If you were placed in an air-conditioned room for a whole day, how comfortable would you be?
As a local man that I am, I won’t be comfortable at all, especially if the temperature is high 🤦‍♂️. That’s why I always have a jacket handy at work. I can’t deal.

7. When you become the president of your country, will you still blog?
😂 . Seriously? Now that you asked, I’ll have to research on the number of sitting presidents who blog. But then, I’ll love to if there is ever a room for it. It’s easier said than done though.

8. What is the one food you’ll not eat for all the gold in the world?
Smiles. I love to experiment when it comes to food so I won’t want to be close-minded about eating a particular food. However, if I come across a food that I have a ‘not good’ feeling about, I sure won’t eat it for anything.

9. How many books have you finished reading this month?
As much I’ll like to give you a number in 10s, I’m afraid I’m afraid I’ve only read just two. 😢

10. On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten as the strongest, how would you rate your passion for exercise?
One thing I’m particularly lazy at. Let me rate myself on 4 ½ 😂 . I really need to work on it. So help me God!

11. What character/attitude of yours do you like most?
Not that I have a preference coz each one serves an important purpose. I’ll go for thoughtfulness though.

If you’re nominated, please write a post, it will mean so much to a lot of bloggers. But if time won’t permit you, reblog this Liebster Award Post right away. Cheers.

My 11 Nominees:

1. Queen Karen
2. Inspired Grisele
3. d_analyzt
4. haven4life
5. Paulina Mwindor
6. Rupali
7. Precious One
8. Perth Girl
9. Winnie Malinga
10. rubiescorner
11. HeavenlyGlimpse

Congratulations to you all! 🥂🥂

My questions for the nominees:

1. What makes you tick?
2. Who is your favourite author?
3. What’s your most memorable experience in recent times?
4. Why did you decide to blog?
5. Where is the best place you’ll go for a vacation?
6. Who are your first three most loved artistes?
7. How do you find inspiration for your writings?
8. What’s your best meal?
9. What’s that one thing you can’t do without?
10. How best do you relax?
11. What’s your favorite quote?


Thanks for sticking with me all the way. I look forward to enjoying this ride with you all for a long time to come.

“About Changing Lanes” – Fiez

Couple of days ago, I came across this brilliant piece by a fellow blogger Fiez of Artistic Words and it resonates with me.

It’s such an apt allegorical representation of the concept/ideal of kindness. What’s more, the manner in which she communicates the message, (using the struggle for thoroughfare between drivers in traffic) is ingenious.

I thought to share it with you. Trust me, you’ll find it a great read.

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Photo by Kevin Lee, Unsplash.com.

He signalled and slowed down, trafficator blinking.

Some things are facile, changing course inclusive.

One gives a space in front, another pulls his car into it.

But with time he realised, that no one was kind enough.

Soon his turning point got close, he shouldn’t pass that point.

He vowed to take a space, by hook and crook.

A feeble man couldn’t survive, in a world full of struggle.

He must prove his strength and their space take by force.

He tried once, twice, thrice, again, again and again.

Behold, every bumper kept kissing  another.

“Join from behind,” they screamed

“Maintain your lane, ” went the angry shouts.

Everywhere he tried, was all tight and closed.

He’s nothing but stuck, in between two lanes.

He looked back in shock, endless traffic behind.

His wait long…

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I CAN DO ALL THINGS! YOU SURE?

I Can Do All Things!

Nothing sounds more absolute and emphatic than this statement. It’s so intoxicating! Makes me feel I can get to the tip of Mount Everest in 30 seconds.

The writer categorically says “I can do all things”; the operative word being ALL. Meanwhile, the last time I checked my dictionary, the word all suggests entireness, non-exclusivity, leaving no room for exceptions, everything and anything… So literally, to say ‘I can do all things’ suggests that there is nothing I can’t do, especially when Christ is in the mix.

To be candid, this particular scripture is not only one of the most invoked in Christendom today but also one whose application has been most abused. It’s a common faith confession for/in all manner of circumstances. Indeed, it wouldn’t be surprising when you see many believing folk use the golden scripture as pretext for laziness, inactivity and gross irresponsibility.

Here is the question: Is the scripture meant to be understood at surface level (and used randomly as a confession of faith) or does it merely serve an explanatory purpose? Okay, let’s make the question simpler and relatable: Can you really do all things, even through Christ? For instance…

💪 Can you jump off a cliff rest assured you’ll come to no harm? Did you just say that would be foolhardiness? I thought so too. Whoever tries that (even as a believer) will end up forcing himself into glory rather than being called into it. Even our Lord Jesus (during his temptation) knew better than to jump off the temple’s pinnacle.

💪Can you, as a student, do everything except studying and expect to come out in flying colours? I think not. You may have to make do with bleak colours though. Last I checked, it takes a man who is diligent in his business to stand before kings.

💪Finally, how about sit at home all day everyday not doing much except praying and expecting to be fed by ravens? That will be funny/wistful thinking right? After all, he that won’t work should not eat.

💪Oh! Forgive me but one more try… Can you break into the best mansion on your block and announce that you’ve taken it for yourself? You’ll sooner get locked up for breaking and entering. But on the upside, you can begin a prison ministry as you cool your heels.

Oops! Looks like there is a limit to the things we can do after all, even when Christ strengthens us in the inner man. But then, the scripture in question tells us we can do all things through Christ. Going by the various case studies earlier described, wouldn’t this scripture appear contradictory?

What on God’s green earth does this statement mean?

Is there an iota of deceit in the scripture? God forbid! It was inspired of the Holy Spirit (by God) and God be true and all men liars. Was Paul being frugal with the truth? Absolutely not. He was a man who handled doctrine with all diligence and honesty.

What seems to be an exaggeration in the meaning of the scripture is not the doing of the writer. Rather, it’s in the lack of understanding of the writer’s flow of thought and intent. Many have misconstrued this passage and ended up in error because they failed to take cognizance of a basic rule of bible interpretation – the rule of context.

This rule states that the meaning of a text/passage must be understood in the light of the texts that precedes and come after it. In other words, you can’t make sense of a text in isolation. Its meaning hinges on your due consideration/understanding of the context.

Let’s read the passage in context

Php 4:10 The Lord has filled me with joy because you again showed interest in me. You were interested but did not have an opportunity to show it.
Php 4:11 I’m not saying this because I’m in any need. I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in.
Php 4:12 I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Now, let’s back-up a little to verse 10 of that chapter. Paul commends the renewed generosity of the Philippian saints toward him. At some point, they couldn’t communicate their material resources to him because they were in lack. Lest they think he felt neglected during the period they couldn’t minister to his needs, he assures them (in verse 11) that he didn’t feel deserted at all. And why is that? He (Paul) has learnt to be content with whatever he has (whether little or much) and further expounds on what he means in verse 12. He then ends by saying “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.

Paul uses ‘all things’ in respect of verses 11-12. The things Paul could do (Christ strengthening him) is what he highlights in verse 11-12, i.e. his ability to know how to be gratified in whatever financial situation he finds himself. Hence, in saying he can do ‘all things’, Paul wasn’t speaking abstractly but in specific terms.

Actually, the proper rendition of that text says “I can do all (these) things”. All (these) things will be within the context of verses 11-12. Paul is saying “my ability to do the things I just spoke of is hinged on the strength that Christ supplies”.

In reality, Paul wasn’t making a faith declaration here. Rather, he was doing an exegesis; expounding on what he was saying in the previous verses.

The Good News Bible properly translates the scripture in view of the context: I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

It’s only in the light of this 👆rendition that we can make a faith confession out of this scripture.

Next time you come across a scripture with such a phrase as ‘all things’ or ‘do/know all things’, be patient to read in context to determine what the ‘all’ specifically refers to.


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Bible Study Tools, Prototypr


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SPRING-CLEAN THAT COMPANY 👫

A couple of days ago, I had some free time on my hands so I decided to do some ‘spring-cleaning’. I used the term spring-cleaning in a manner of speaking though. There is no such season as spring in my part of the world. By the way, I hope I’m not the only one who finds cleaning therapeutic.

Back to my spring-cleaning activity, having cleaned the room, I set out to sort my clothing and arrange them properly. In the course of sorting them, a truth dawned on me: Just as we take time to sort our clothes now and then, we can/should do the same to the relationships we keep.

Anyway, the cloths I sorted fell into different categories depending on their condition. Let’s see how each condition represents different levels of relationship…

👖Clothes that had already outlived their usefulness.

Back in the day, these set of clothes were my best outfits. However, with time, and due to wear and tear, they got obsolete and it became obvious I couldn’t wear them anymore – even to the next building on my street. Just as wear and tear happens to clothes, time and chance happens to every man. We need to understand that not all relationships we make are for all seasons. Truth is some friendships are situational hence the need to be perceptive enough to know when the purpose for it has been served and let it go.

For instance, at various points in my life, I’ve come in contact with people I didn’t know from Adam. However, early into the contact, I came to realise that those individuals actually had needs that God would want me meet and set out to meet it right away. Sometimes, it was the other way round. Meanwhile (sometimes), having met that need, we still try to continue occupying each other’s space until things start getting funny and it dawns on me that there was no point in the continued association. In fact, if I hadn’t consciously put an end to it, perhaps things would have gotten messy between us and what started as pleasant would end up being regretful.

Know when a relationship has outlived its usefulness and pull the plug on it with love.

👖Clothes in good condition but in need of adjustment.

These clothes still looks good on me. In fact, some of them still look as new as ever. I just needed to adjust them so they can fit perfectly. Interestingly, there are folks like that in our lives. They are like fresh wine; they get better with time. These set of people radiate positivity and are healthy company to keep. However, we’ve abandoned them due to some slight issues or challenges they are going through. We forget that our lives isn’t just for ourselves and that a friend in need is a friend indeed. A true friend is not self-seeking. Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other. You are not a good influence to your circle of friends if you don’t leave positive impacts on them.

👖Clothes I felt emotionally attached to despite their terrible state.

Do you remember those clothes you were given as gift items by folks who are dear to you? Think about how much you cherished them. They may not be the best designer and all but you don’t give a hoot about that because you place more value on the thoughtfulness of the giver. Each time you wear them, they bring back good memories of those individuals. Unfortunately, no matter how much you cherish them, you can’t wear them forever, thanks to wear and tear. In fact, we may become worried if you keep wearing them when it’s obvious they are only fit for the trash bin.

The same analogy is applicable to some of the people we keep around: That ex with whom you had your first taste of relationship; that lady who went to hell and back for you when you were down; that senior colleague who sacrificed his time and convenience to bring you up to speed… Well thank God for them all. However, over time, you’ve observed that things are beginning to get out of hands between you, inordinate feelings are setting in, unnecessary drama rearing it’s ugly head… However, because of the history you share, you find it difficult to let go off them even though the relationship is becoming draining and toxic. Here is a piece of news for you: You not only lose what you cling desperately to but also lose yourself in the process.

👖Clothes that were excellent but I had abandoned.

Sometimes, in the process of ransacking my closet, I discover some clothes I haven’t worn in a long time. I’m even more surprised when I try them on and discover that they are fit to be worn for occasions. I ask myself: Why on earth did you put them away in the first place?

The situation is the same for some friendship/relationships we consciously or unconsciously let go of. I speak of kindred spirits, unconditional friends, folks who are beneficial and seek our good. Why do we shoot ourselves in the leg by drifting away from this lot? The sooner we find our way back into this blessed circle, the better the quality of life we’ll live.

👖Clothes that were obviously bad and needed to be discarded without delay.

Sometimes, I go out, buy myself an item of clothing and I’m excited about it; only to get home and discover it’s fake. At other times, Good ones get ripped to the point of disrepair. Funny enough, occasionally, I find myself retaining them.

Let’s call a spade a spade: what’s bad is bad. There is no vacuum in nature. Whatever/whoever doesn’t breathe positivity will eventually minister negativity to you. Appendages, counterfeits, fair-weather friends, leeches, non-committal and spiteful individuals are bad outfits for you. If you happen to have them around, bid them good riddance asap. Your life will be better for it.

LET’S WRAP IT UP!

Where I come from, we have an adage that says ‘people are the clothes with which we cover ourselves’. By extension, the kind of outfits we wear says a lot about us. In essence, we are what we wear. It’s no different from the kind of people we surround ourselves with: We are the kind of company we keep. Let’s take time to spring-clean that company so we get to know who is who in our lives.


Thanks for reading. Your feedbacks are well appreciated.


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