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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The 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
#PsAby

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
#PsAby

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR WORK AND YOUR JOB

Your job is what you are paid to do, your work is what you were born to do.
Your job is your skill, your work is your gift.
You can be fired from your job, you can’t be fired from your work.
You can retire from your job, you can’t retire from your work.

The innate understanding of your divine responsibility is what gives your life a focused bearing. Your work was created by God, but your job was created by men. What would you rather do: put more effort into growing the seed God has planted into you, or waste your time seeking jobs you weren’t born to do.

Don’t quote me wrong, this doesn’t mean you should hate your professional career, it could be what your were born to do (it could be your work), the purpose of this is that you understand who you are really working for, for God or for Men.
What is your work?

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
[Inspired by Myles Munroe]

Life Began with Strife

[Life… it all began with strife]

A quick look into the past,
the day we took our first breath,
a loud cry! we made,
coupled with feelings of hurt and pain.
Thinking in our little heart… “what a world of strain.”

[Life… with the poking of little knives]

Time flew as age began to grow,
mistakes became a daily blow,
with little flaws often leading to big spanks.
Failure, also a daily routine
while the results of success was seldom seen.

[Life… an epic saga of Love]

The conquest of pain begat gain,
with every fall to the ground a crown was found.
Subtle heights were attained in the crafts of loftiness,
but the challenges came in fuss, muss, and truss.
A life that started in sorrow became a life of mellow.

…it all began with strife,
with the poking of little knives
thankfully, it’s just a saga of love

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
#TheFridayPoem

An Idle Brood Over the Ears

The hollow of the ear is never appeased
it peeps and peaks without the owner’s heed
putting the mouth in dire straits
while the body suffers higher consequences.

The mouth closes
so does the eyes
but the ears stays open
devouring every utterance in its path.

Your ears won’t stop hearing
But the words of your mouth can always be cautioned.

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
#TheFridayPoem