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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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
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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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Take Little Steps

Theories and Practicals must go hand in hand for you to make constant progress in your academic/professional field of study, irrespective of its difficulty or easiness.

The study of theories makes us overlook the need to practice, because of its vague and deceiving simplicity.
Just as we all quote “things are easier said than done.”
This all comes down to understanding the profound concept of “words without action.”

A new year resolution is more or less like an aspired THEORY, but a theory needs to be fed with constant practice before it becomes effectual, worthwhile and a little productive. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.” Don’t wait for the perfect time to start making plans towards achieving your goals, there is no such thing as ‘perfect time,’ we only have TIME, and it keeps going without caution.

“A little step here, a little step there, and pretty soon all steps will end up becoming a big heap.”

-Pacesetter Abbey
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Gandhi’s Concept of Swaraj

Transmogrification

“To revolutionize the world, start by revolutionizing yourself.” Gandhi was a man who stood up for nonviolence, self-rule (independence), and the truth, but before he could impose these justifications on his fellow Indians, he had to practice it, understand it, and live by it. A man who is not changed can in no way change others. The first step Gandhi took towards achieving his goals was to separate himself from the British culture; he changed his way of thinking, also the way he dressed. He totally embraced his ancestral lifestyle and became the change he wanted to see.

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From Home Rule to Total Freedom

Due to Gandhi’s academic background in South Africa, it became vividly clear that the British colonials only dominate colonies for their own benefits, and not necessarily for the benefits of those they rule. Using the Master-Slave Dialectic, Gandhi realized that the masters were also indirectly dependent on the Indians, even though it was not apparent to both the British Colonials and the Indians (who were informally regarded as slaves). At this point in time, Gandhi introduced the concept “Swaraj,” to nonviolently fight against injustice and the unscrupulous exploitation of man power. With time, Gandhi discovered that fighting against the colonial masters was not enough to solve the problem, he then moved away from the idea of “home rule” and decided to gain absolute freedom for India.

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Thinking Global

“My method is conversion, not coercion… my ambition is much higher than independence. Through the deliverance of India, I seek to deliver the so-called weaker races of the earth from the crushing heels of Western exploitation” (Gandhi). From this rooted statement, we can extract two important things. Firstly, Gandhi used nonviolence as a means of converting the enemy. He understood that violence could have some beneficial adjustments, but its impact will only be temporary, and inefficient. Violence will only kindle the hatred of the enemy, but on the other hand, nonviolence will always overcome, by de-escalating the enemy’s hatred. Secondly, Gandhi’s actions might have seemed restricted to his local jurisdiction, but his intent was global. It is now obvious that Gandhi’s concept of Swaraj was not just limited to Indians alone, since they were not the only colony dominated by British colonials.

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Swaraj and Religion

The concept of Swaraj can also be understood from a religious perspective, but this only must do with one’s personal mindset and belief system. “Gandhi held that… Swaraj is synonymous with Moksha or salvation” (Sonnleitner). “A truly moral person thus becomes one who not only gains a sense of self-respect (via tactical nonviolence) but also learns to respect the self or soul in him- or herself and others, requiring that nonviolence be accepted as a religious discipline” (Sonnleitner). Moksha could also mean subjecting the desires of the flesh/body to meet the desires of the spirit/soul. From a profound point of view, this concept of Moksha might be the most important and difficult aspect of Swaraj. The law of science says, ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,’ this can also be applied to us humans reacting to one another. Normally, the Indians could have avenged the unfair rule of the British, but this will be against the law of Moksha, which made them endure pain without complaint and retaliation. This level of Swaraj will also establish an atmosphere of respect, orderliness and self-control, it might take time for such to be established, but the certainty of the outcome is most likely to be positive.

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Moksha and Purna Swaraj

Gandhi also introduced a rule of Indians by Indians, which is formally called Purna Swaraj, which can also be referred to as political independence. This level of Swaraj has little impact compared to Moksha Swaraj, but it is still part of what makes independence what it is today. “Gandhi believed that not to have achieved this low level of self-rule tends to produce in a population a subconscious (if not conscious) feeling of low self-worth, cultural inferiority…even if the rule was benevolent, the danger of breeding a complacent or slave mentality would remain” (Sonnleitner). In other words, if the Indians remained under the dominance of the British rule, they will still be regarded as slaves, irrespective of what they enjoy. If Gandhi had not introduced the concept Purna Swaraj, the Indians will be unable to live up to their personal dreams, because whatsoever they do will firstly benefit the British, while the remnants comes back to them. This level will also open doors for Indians to elect their own representatives (district rulers), while making sure that there is mutual help amongst neighbors and villagers. “On its third level of meaning, Gandhi conceived Swaraj as Hind Swaraj, ‘the rule of all people, the rule justice,’ which consists of the sovereignty of the people based on pure moral authority” (Sonnleitner).

Tick Tock Tick…

Tick Tock Tick..

Time ticks me off guard as I tock in haste
Time says “be quick,” even after reaching my peak
Time is a friend that seldom cares as I spend
Time speeds through the night, as I wake thinking I never slept
Time crawls on a boring day, but quickens on a day of merry
Time, also called “life,” kills without strife
Time is money, but money isn’t time
Time is a friend to the diligent, but an enemy to the slothful
Time is present, and simultaneously, past and future

Tick Tock Tick…
-Pacesetter Abbey
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