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

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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
#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

The Mystery Blogger Award

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First and foremost, Compliments of the season!!!

It’s an honor just being nominated for the Mythical Mystical Mystery Blogger award.  If you are reading this, chances are you have also been nominated; I thereby say a Big Congratulations to you! My sincere gratitude goes to Baptista Ime-James of the Bappyzvibe Blog for considering me as a nominee for this outstanding award… Muchas Gracias

Without any further ado, let’s begin to unravel the mysteries behind this intangible accolade. There are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for Amazing Bloggers with Ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.

It doesn’t end there.

It is also for bloggers who find Fun and Inspiration in Blogging and do it with so much Love and Passion. In case you are wondering where it originated from: it was created by the Enigmatic Okoto Enigma ♦.

The Guidelines for the nominees are as follows:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer five questions from the nominee
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice including one weird or funny question
  • Share the link to your best post.

Here are three mysteries about me… Don’t freak out

  • My name “Pacesetter” was gotten from a church called “Pacesetters Church” in Nigeria
  • I have four different blogging websites (WordPress included)
  • I was born a Muslim (but I am now REBORN!)

My answers to this enthralling questions from BappyVibez

[1]. What inspires you as regards Blogging?

I am able to imaprt, impact and likewise be a blessing to people beyond my physical reach.

[2]. When did you start Blogging?

Officially, the year 2015 🌌

[3]. What is your dream country?

I don’t have a dream country but I have a dream destination, Heaven.

[4]. Have you eaten any food 🥘 asides the African Dish? If yes. Name.

Fettuccine Alfredo 🍝… An Italian food.

[5]. If God gave you the opportunity to Mention the Life Partner of your choice. Who would that be?

Hmmm… Someone with a similar personality to that of a woman named Boluwatife Olawumi (A Disciplined, God fearing, and Talented Musician).

My Quintessential Nominees!

These are people I respect a lot, they are just unpretentiously talented and amazing. The fascinations I get from their blogs always makes me flabbergasted.

You really need to check out their blogs

The Naughty Boy’s Words

JESUSEUN

Zoe’s Blog

Talk With Tife

inspired Grisele

Idle Head

First Choice on Personal Development Tips

Natalie Breuer

Two Writing Teachers

Rottin’ in Denmark

Questions for my Nominees…

[1]. When was the last time you tried something new?

[2]. Do you believe in God? Why?

[3]. What is your favourite hobby?

[4]. What is your favourite quote?

[5]. How would you define Success?

The Link to my best post is not on wordpress yet, but I have it published on a different website. Here it is What Failure did to Me.

Happy Blogging!!!

 

 

 

Problems are Good!

The full potential of an average man is never brought to light unless he encounters an unexpected form of danger, disappointment, or distress. Scientists would call this the result of an “adrenaline rush,” which is right, but there is actually more to it.

Problems and challenges shouldn’t always be perceived as a counteractive part of life. If God allows evil to persist, such evil will definitely result in good, but sometimes it depends on our level of spiritual understanding. Understanding gives us the innate ability to see the light out of darkness, and of course, the good out of evil.

The negativities of life are meant to align us into discovering  our strengths. A man can never grow strong in his comfort zone, he has to be endangered before he becomes empowered.

-Pacesetter Abbey
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