Special days in peoples’ lives are usually celebrated in ways they deem appropriate. To some, they did prefer to open their front door for merriment, give out gifts to the less privileged or spend their time with friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues at work. Today unveils a fresh pathway for me where it has made me my own pathfinder; a day I feel very graceful to have the whole world celebrate me in a 21st century far reaching fashion. All thanks to phases of scientific breakthrough alongside man’s exhibition of God’s nature of creativity and consistency as exemplified by our all-knowing creator.
May 1st of every year isn’t just one eating and drinking galore for me and loved ones, rather with the command of maturity over time it has assumed a veritable atmosphere to be more reflective of the past years characterizing of those wins, failures as well as the people that added meaning to my life. Life isn’t just a sweet passage for anyone irrespective of social status, race and ideology. At one point or the other, one will have to taste from every delicacy prepared by life; learn from this school called life and respond in certain ways to produce either good/bad results through which their faith can carry.
The past year seemed like I had a master plan hidden somewhere upon which my journey through the highest mountains, lowest valleys, torrid and cold weather, good and lonely nights were patterned. However, I make bold to say that no perfect plan exists anywhere under the sun if not there will never be random calls on scholars of various field to be committed to paradigm shifts within their intellectual community or even that burning quest for modifications by several organizations, policy makers, governments, families as well as persons across time and spatiality.
In lieu, what makes one look like they had that perfect plan to pull huge success or attain their goals is the hand of God. Remember today isn’t boastful in itself but very reflective.
Faith means different things to different people but for today this appeals to be the only theme God has laid in my heart as the most vital catalyst that drove me in the past year. Everyone in life needs that perfect stance to stand firm when life throws excruciating jabs on their chin; not to be overwhelmed when things may be going to other directions outside their blueprint. What faith does, is not promising that everything will be made easy rather that everything will be made possible. Faith steams in us the inner strength and courage to hold unto the ladder of life in perseverance. Sometimes, we are meant to miss our steps and prolly lay our backs on the ground. What Faith does is set out our mind to the zenith of our goals, aspirations and target by ensuring we do not at any point keep our hands in our own pockets while climbing the ladder of life even when we have all the excuses to be relaxed and unproductive every day.
Few moments in the past year came like an arrogant rolling stone to rumple me up and then finally crush my bones to no awakening point. Day unto days Faith brought it raw dimensions in a bid to help me whittle down roar of those rolling stones. She presented to me inner strength, courage, sweet peace, stability in chaos and then solace within myself and the rest of the world. Faith in God and faith in all of man’s enterprise helps a man to be focused on the gold and not the herculean mining process that pervades the hearts of mediocres.
To concatenate, there are times we are susceptible to the tides of the moment so unpleasant and what ordinarily comes to mind is to walk away and abandon the golden path of fining and mining. At another time we are swept away by the pleasures flourishing at the bottom and average level. We wished we could leave our fold of faith in the bigger picture and process which was once conceived to condescend into living within a cave of another fool’s paradise.
Faith is putting yourself into quality as originally ordained by God. Seeking after greater things at the disposal of the faith that ought to be operational in our life. A mental representation of one joining in the race of chasing after milk when one ought to have crushed bones. Sadly, the innate desire of man to feel things easy pegs him at the climax to underutilize his faith in error. This was a major character of the past year; a lesson hurriedly learnt by me. Many a time that we could have just gone on our kneels, ask God for a whole paradise rather we were caught in the web of the moment; built a giant wall against our own mind and were reduced to seeking after a portion of that paradise.
Afterwards, what then happens?? We get to that point of counting our blessings and wished we asked for many more in bigger package. We begin to know that the strength, effort and ideas garnered in the past could have acted as slugs to kill bigger meats than what we have in our hand. We then begin to feel the guilt of underperforming the faith we carry when more could have been put into perspective and accounted for.
Hence, taking those calculated risk of building our arsenals; solidifying our base against external forces probable in the future to contest against our best can regenerate into a more sustainable milestone only if we can at least translate our mustard sized seed of faith to chase bigger things with finesse for better results. Our life needs to rest upon those building blocks upon which faith rests (such as courage, confidence, productivity, high optimism and patience) so well in order to make climbing the highest mountain of life possible and only possible in the fashion it may come.
For me, I look into a better year for everyone celebrating this humble day with me. May God continually spur his growth in us with excellence installed as monument for generations to lay hold unto before our light goes out.
Let keep our faith explosive than ever. Thank you; many thanks!
BRIGHT O. NDIMELE