The World of Today

Sojourning through earth with an impeccable lifestyle is almost an impossibility. The corruptness of the world grows like wild fire, burning through the hearts of innocent men. Today you stand strong, tomorrow you fall.

Can the world be healed of such vehement illness? Can our strength become so stringent that we overcome every temptation in our path? Can sin be eradicated on earth?

The average man hopes for a better morrow, yet acts in opposition to his aspirations. A young lad confesses his sins today, tomorrow he commits another. Children, we say “are the future of tomorrow,” yet they re-live the ways of the past.

Can man ever subdue his lustful desires? Can diligence become a lifestyle without indulging in pleasures? Can satisfaction be derived from perseverance rather than taking shortcuts?

My Hope for the future stays rooted in God’s word. My longing for betterment remains salient. And most importantly, I see a generation of heroes reborn.
The questions is: Will you be a Hero in today’s world?

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
© May 2017

I BEGGED HER FOR LOVE

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Rose was such a lovely lady, very high spirited and on the curvy side, her discernment on spiritual matters was equally flawless as she doesn’t joke with church attendance and personal devotions. As spiritual as she was, religious and doctrinal belief had no influence on her dressing; She was always charming and smart with her dressing…her expertise in makeup also made her face beautiful…she knew exactly what powder to use with certain lip gloss yet being mindful of the moderacy expected of her as a child of God….In short, Rose is the definition of class, beauty and spiritual maturity.

“So you kept thinking about her even in church?” ??‍♂(Paul jesting). “Why not tell her then since you’re convinced of God’s consent?”??‍♂
The Sarcasm in Paul’s voice was undeniable in Andrew’s ears yet he gullibly replied…”I can’t!??‍♂ …I don’t feel good enough for her…she’s just perfect…her scent each time she passes…

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How to Curb Distractions

“The distractive mind trails on the path to destruction, but power of concentration can help surge its restoration.”
-Pacesetter Abbey

Bhagwad Gita says that the brain traps you into distractions, makes you dance to its tunes and you end up being sad. Your 5 senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch) are like horses of a chariot. The charioteer is your mind. The owner of the chariot sitting behind and above the charioteer is your soul. The distractions will be there forever and your senses will keep running to them. This is only possible till the soul doesn’t become a master of the mind. Controlling of the mind is the toughest task and once that is accomplished all other tasks merely require patience. Once the mind is concentrated it’s like a magnifying glass focusing energy to a spot.

There are two weapons you can attack distractions with to control it – Knowledge and Discipline.

Knowledge gives you the incentives required to curb distractions. Discipline perpetuates your innate zeal in setting your mind on a specific task, in other words, it makes you become unwaverable (this word doesn’t exist, but I hope you get the message). The question now is, what kind of knowledge is needed to curb distractions. Well, just as they say, “experience is the best teacher.” Instead of going on the quest in search of psychological books that teaches concentration, why not purge your own mind, dig deep within yourself, and uproot those treasures of knowledge. There you will find ways to subdue your distractions. [My reason for not giving a direct solution is that we are all different, what worked for me might not work for you].

Secondly, DISCIPLINE. Finding the right knowledge is easy, but putting that knowledge to practice is where the difficulty lies. Practice how to concentrate, make it a daily routine, an habit, a lifestyle. “Once your mind is on the right track, you need to make sure it does not veer off course by the endless calling of distractions. That’s where the discipline comes in. All these distractions – infatuation, anger, porn, movies, cat videos on youtube, etc are all just worldly pleasures and are illusions. The purpose of these things is to not let you accomplish your purpose in life. When you understand and remember this you won’t be afraid of them. You’ll start becoming disciplined towards avoiding them and not giving them much value.”

“This will take patience, daily practice and a willingness to fail, get back up and try again. You might get exhausted doing this but don’t lose determination and hope because once you are a master of your mind, you’ll be able to direct your chariot to your dreams.”

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby #Yash

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A sheep or a Wolf

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.”

As you might have already guessed, the scripture above is a compounded idiomatic expression. There is no large house, neither are there articles, ceteris paribus.

In a large house” is a simile Paul used to connote the embodiment of a church system. He uses an indirect illustration of gold and silver in relation to godly, true, and upright Christians. While wood and clay represent deceivers, wolves under sheep’s clothing, heretical teachers, falsifiers… all hiding under the shadow of Christianity.

This explains how God’s house (the church) is filled with numerous counts of people. A flock mixed with both goats and sheep(s). “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Also, beware of satanic cults claiming to be Christ infused.

Apparently, not all “God-calling” associations are churches, and neither are all “self-proclaiming pastors” true/ordained servants of God. We are responsible for our beliefs! Don’t get drifted by sweet words, energetic charismas, and ravishing outward appearances; but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

God never sleeps, neither does the devil. Does that ring a bell? Just as much as Christ wants us to be saved, the devil also works in dire and full opposition. Surely, he (the devil) is bound to fail, but try not getting entangled by his snares.

May God’s insight prevail in our hearts.

[I conclude with this paraphrase]
In this sacred house at Ephesus there are vessels of gold and silver – eminent, holy, sincere, and useful teachers and members, and also vessels of wood and clay – false and heretical teachers.

[The main scriptural reference is gotten from 2 Timothy 2]

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
© March 2017

 

It’s not all about you

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I was walking by one day when I heard two friends arguing. One of them said something I know a good number of people are familiar with: ‘It’s my life. I can do whatever I want’.  That is a very wrong mentality that too many people have. The same wrong orientation many of us have imbibed and this goes a long way to influence our actions, decisions, approach and attitude to life. Whether we like it or not, our life does not belong to us alone. Even if we do not have family and friends or anyone close to us, there is no way someone will not be affected either directly or indirectly by the things we do.

Think of it this way, if you buy a plot of land and someone has a farm just next to you, would you say, “it’s my land;I can do whatever I want…

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This story of a Man

Crawling Crawling on the ground

a wet napkin dripping around

Sleeping, crying, all the way

Without rest the mother sways

Lets go, lets go, so they say

Without a destination, they go astray

Hide and seek, seek and hide

This is the story of a child

 

Growing Growing, what a change

Straining free from his chains

Leaping, jumping, into the world

With his sight getting blurred

It is well, it is well, so he believed

Girded his loins, in quest to be redeemed

Fad and pleasures, pleasures and fad

This is the story of a lad

 

Falling, Rising, so is life

Discipline and diligence, his two wives

Left and right, two different paths

Take the right one, and avoid the pit

Failure, Success, choose your drive

Meeting with strife, trying to survive

Plan and harvest, harvest and plan

This is the story of a man

 

Pacesetter Abbey

© March 2017

Learning from a football game

“You can’t score a goal if you don’t take a shot.”
-A soccer quote

I’m not a football fan, but I’ve learnt few things from this enthralling sport over the years.

A football field can be compared to a life stage. Your team consists of your family, friends, and supporters, while your opponents are mainly strangers lurking around to challenge you (teachers, employers, haters, government agencies, et cetera). You can’t avoid your opponents, neither can they avoid you. That’s why a choice has to be made, the choice to win or lose.

Winning or Losing is a choice made long before the commencement of every match. These choices are made through rigorous trainings, disciplinary acts, pain-endurance, discomfort, and most importantly, faith. Faith is important::: to receive, start by believing. Regardless of how fierce and skillful your opponents might be, FAITH can WIN. But don’t forget, “faith without work is dead.”

In the process of playing, there would be warnings, injuries, dismissals, fights, arguments, misunderstandings, confusion, disharmony, and so on. All these are bound to happen, they are normal, it only becomes abnormal the moment they start controlling you. Don’t just quit in the middle of your journey, you are already in pain, persevere until your aim is achieved. No one cuts off his hand because of a bruise, they nurture the wound until it heals. Learn to contain and absorb oppositions, they are only trying to distract you from attaining your goals.

Always remember that, losing a match is noting but a lesson, learn from it and keep playing. Every successful team started out as a failure.

Don’t quit in the middle of a match, always play till the end.
Victory Awaits You!

-Pacesetter Abbey
#ThePacesetters

#PsAby

Little Beginnings

The journey to the top starts from the bottom; every tree started as a seed; even the artic ocean was once a lake.

“Little beginnings” is not an abnormality, it is in fact natural. No man was born an adult, we all started from being a cell, then transformed into an embryo – a blastocyst – a foetus – and then conceived as a child.

That being said, it seems every natural thing starts small, with time they grow in strength and agility, before you know it, they become humongous.

Life is natural, and so are you. Follow the path of consistent progress, and steer clear of disdainful shortcuts. Shortcuts simply means “an alternative route.” There is no alternative to natural growth, beware of the path you take, be content with where you are, be sure of your progress (growth), and most importantly, let God be your guide.

Big things often have small beginnings.

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby

After Hardship Comes Hapiness

Nothing is New Under The Sun

The ways of the ancient(s) are mirrors to the contemporary ages

The Devil of the past is no different from the evil that persist

The hubris (arrogance) of men neither grows nor shrinks, static it stays

Innocents incarcerated, yet the guilt knows liberty

The past is the present, but the present isn’t the past

Life on earth is natural, but the mind of the heart is supernatural

What point am I making?

Evil won’t decrease, but the good we do can increase

Terrorism might not cease, but pacifism will always arise

Corruption can be difficult to control, but the honesty of men can always be cajoled

It all starts from within

Let your heart do the works, only then shall your might be brought to light

“After Hardship comes Happiness.”

#ThePacesetters

©  Pacesetter Abbey
July 2016

Professor Poage, do you believe in God?

I recall taking a philosophy class some months back, it was one of my prerequisite courses. Throughout that semester, all we talked about were dialogues established by ancient philosophers, namely, Socrates, Plato, Gandhi, et al. In one of our class sessions, we had an ardent discussion on God’s existence; no one expected the professor to bring up such topic, but being a philosophy class it was welcomed. Surprisingly, only a few people contributed. As for me, my mouth watered with words that could in some ways convince my colleagues of God’s existence, but after realizing that I was under a school administration, I had to speak with caution. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop me from questioning my professor’s belief, so I asked “Professor Poage, do you believe in God?” He stuttered for a moment, wondering why I asked such question, but he had no choice but to respond. After beating around the bush for some minutes, cunningly trying to avoid to the question, he finally succumbed and said “I am skeptical about God’s existence.”

The moment he uttered that statement, I realized that my professor’s profession had a huge impact in shaping his belief system. Too much of scrutinizing philosophical contexts exposed him to various ideological sentiments, which include works of both atheists and God-believers. His mind was on the verge of confusion, not knowing who and what to believe. His belief was cemented in texts written by philosophers. He allowed mere man-made opinions control his rationality.

Knowledge is indeed vital, but if the wrong knowledge is acquired it could be fatal, fatal enough to make you refute God’s existence.
Professor Poage is as innocent as any other person out there, but his quest for academic knowledge unfortunately led him down the hill. Every acquired information reinstates the foundation of our innate belief, we should therefore be careful of what we allow into our minds. Educational teachings might seem innoxious, but not everything is aligned with God’s word.

“Let him who think he stands take heed lest he falls…trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

-Pacesetter Abbey
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