So the last week has been INTERESTING for me. Really interesting. I had quite a number of people contact me for one form of encouragement or the other regarding one life challenge they were facing. I felt it interesting because it seemed for everyone of these people, I was the go-to person of encouragement because I seemed to have it all together and to a large extent they would be right.
And so after talking to the last person last night (& no, I’m not who you will call a counselor especially since I have been known to come across as harsh considering my counsels many atimes. Perhaps good counselors don’t give harsh counsel. Perhaps not. Anyway, let me leave the walls of this brackets & continue my gist), I had to conclude with her the importance of being conscious of having a formula. Call it the ALMIGHTY FORMULA and you MAY not be wrong. A formula that seems to get you going regardless of the many hurdles you will encounter in life.
Your formula could be listening to inspiring music, going to the park, visiting Shoprite or eating (& I pray this isn’t someone’s formula cos it has it’s own consequences). Whatever you do, it is important to find a formula that will help keep your spirit strong and alive regardless fo what you go through. Interestingly many who don’t have money, spouse or fame now think that the arrival of these things will guaranty that they will be happy and emotionally strong. Just ask the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, who recently came out of one the biggest divorce settlement the world has seen. Just ask the countless RICH & SEEMINGLY-HAPPY people who are committing suicide by the day (of which some of them are disguised as natural causes to the world). Just ask Dangote the next time you meet him at the canteen that you frequent.
Buttom line is that you need to be able to get yourself to that point that even though you file for bankruptcy 4 times, you can still have the emotional strength to come back strong and become the president of the most powerful nation on earth. You need to get to that point where you will not need to sulk milk from your mother (friends, family, etc) but be able to go to the meat store and buy and prepare the best steak that your system will digest and enjoy.
For me, my 2 most important formula are MUSIC & WORD. I have a list of 12 music that I listen to almost everyday (& I’ve attached the list here so you can download yourself). I also have the audio Bible along with other spirit-inspiring speakers & personalities that I listen to almost everyday. Consequently, the state of my heart is presently that of someone who can park his BMW 750i at Ajegunle and not lock the doors while leaving the keys in the ignition because I know no entity on earth or heaven will mess with it. Now to you, you will think that that my belief is wrong, careless or stupid but can you just ask yourself one question: IS IT YOUR BELIEF, IS IT YOUR BMW 750i, IS IT YOUR AJEGUNLE?
In the words of my greatest hero I have a firm belief that: “if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them (Mark 11:23 NIV).
Do your best to develop yourself to the level that nothing on earth or the universe, can shake you to the point of breaking. And even if THANOS were to snap his fingers in an attempt to wipe out half of humanity, have faith that you will be the IRON MAN (OR WOMAN) that will survive and eventually defeat him.
So do your best to find your formula so that even though you go through the valley of the shadow of HELL, you will do so SMILING (just like you’re smiling right now). I rest my briefcase as we share the GRACE in fellowship this Sunday morning.