Hurricane Harvey

The enormity of this flood here in Houston reminds me of the great tribulation revealed to John in the book of revelation. It’s beyond all doubt a tip of the iceberg, yet it stands as a defining moment for the prophesied quandaries to come especially to those quantifying “the word” as a bunch of fables and myths. Without the need of going in depth on how unearthly this event seems to be, I hope folks get the disguised messaged masked in this natural disaster.

Some are fortunate not to be affected while others aren’t. Nonetheless, it remains cataclysmic based on the forecast of more rainfall throughout the week. Amazingly, vast amount of people volunteered to provide aid to those in dire need, which has in fact positively affected the city as a whole.

Hurricane Harvey has indeed taken some lives with it, but more lives would have been lost if not for the love shared amongst people without the bias consideration of race, religion, or ethnical background. Times like this are sedative, it makes us look beyond our differences. It steals our comfort (our homes, belongings, etc.) yet brings us together as one. Driving tears and causing pain, at the same time reminding us of how fragile we really are (without God).

Watching people climb rooftops as a means of escaping the engulfing flood was really disheartening. Roads where cars would pass on a normal day has become a sea of boats. The safest place to hide in a home is now a roof instead of a room. Peals of thunder coupled with deafening lightening strikes setting buildings on fire. Helicopters flying around with ropes trying to rescue the few they can. In all entirety, Harvey is devastating.

The subdivision I reside remains unaffected. Thank God for that. But my prayer goes to those victimized by this excruciating dilemma. May God see us all through.

-Pacesetter Abbey
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Frenemies

A change in environment, a change in friends, a change in atmosphere, in all entirety can lead to a change in belief, attitude, and character. Acclimatizing into a system of unfamiliar ideologies alters one’s approach to life: way of thinking and doing things. It takes restraint and self-discipline to resist the urge of fitting in into a substandard environment, let alone maintaining one’s precedent beliefs.

Living in a country whose beliefs deviates from my cultural norms has been soothing so far, but the lifestyles inculcated by some of my Nigerian friends is beginning to exceed what I can keep quiet about.

It all starts with the friends we keep. Friends are not just companions, they are people with whom one has a bond of mutual affection; a bad company of them instigates a pathway that steadily and quietly depletes one’s lifestyle. An open enemy is 10times better than a fake friend, they take away from you, change you, ruin you, and then leave you for dead.
Be cautious of the company you keep

“The Righteous should choose their friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Prov 12:26

-Pacesetter Abbey
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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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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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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
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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

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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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The Essence of Life

We will all fall sometimes in life, “but it’s a lot easier to fall on your end than on your face,” says an old American man 👴 known as “the snow guardian.” He is called this name because he lived in the woods for 40 years, but that’s not the issue here.
 
Falling/failing is not necessarily a part of life, it’s only an unforeseen choice every human is likely to plunge into. But irrespective of how this Choice is made, we can avoid taking the big hits that comes with it. This also requires a different kind of Choice. A choice to see good out of evil, gain out of pain, and life out of strife. My greatest inspirer, said, “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” “What a rhetoric statement!” you might say, but spiritually it makes much sense than realism itself.
 
The world we inhabit is all vanity (according to the book of Ecclesiastes), why then should we be affected by things within it; have we forgotten that we are not of this world, we are strangers here, we are sojourners (or you could say, aliens). Wait, let’s peruse on this for a moment: If the pleasures derived from this world are meaningless, why then should the struggles and pain be meaningful? Let’s not focus on the puny reactions of the world, there are greater things worth pondering on. There is one goal in life, which is, focusing on what really matters, I call it “the priorities of life.” The problem is, most people don’t know what the goal of Life is, that’s why their life is a perfect example of Newton’s third law “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”[Pardon my over use of the word “life”]. Rita Brown, an American activist once said “a life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” Those beautiful words sank deep into my heart, knowing that actions surpasses reactions. We are all sane, meaning we know good from evil, let’s not allow circumstance define the essence of creation, let God define it, through his word.
 
By the way, what is that one goal of life? Is it love, purpose, generosity, service, or is it just everything and more? The answer to this question is presently beyond my knowledge, but there is one thing I surely do know…
 
…Life will never make sense, until you take God’s will as the essence of Life’s creation.
 
-Pacesetter Abbey
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