When was the last time you travelled, what excited you and what were your expectations? It’s been said people on a journey often look out for the destination and hardly take note of the experiences on the road especially if the trip was by road; not many people can remember the cities they passed through. I recently went on a trip with my friend that ended up becoming a weekend to remember and to think it was just a night beats me.
We had set off by train and for some funny reason when we got to the last stop we stayed back thinking it was still going further to the final destination which was in the same city, while we were still wondering the train started going back. You don’t want to know how confused and funny we looked, while my friend went online to find out, I quickly asked the lady sitting close to us and she explained what happened and advised us to get down at the next stop to join another train. We eventually got down in a place that looks like a hunted place and did I mention we were the only ones at the station but after about 30 minutes a train came forth.
I will spare you the entire story of the trip but will highlight something really important. It’s okay to ask questions when you are in doubt; in my native language it’s said this way onye ajuju anaghi efu uzo (Someone who asks questions never misses the way). Imagine for a second we chose to keep quiet and act cool. No one knows it all; you may just be an information away from that job, scholarship, business funding etc. Ignorance shouldn’t be an excuse in this era we are living in; this generation is referred to as Generation X and it’s not a mistake.
I remember watching a programme where the mistakes done by medical personnel was highlighted and one of the advice given was to always ask what drug was been administered. I can’t forget the woman whose breast was removed; not 1 but the 2 as a result of a mix up of a cancer test result, apparently the result of another person who had cancer was given to her. There are many more mistakes that have been made in the past and who knows another one could be taking place now.
I would rather been known as the person who asks lots of questions than the one who dies in silence out of ignorance or the fear of asking. So can we go out there and become better informed by asking the required questions. While you are thinking, take some time to be grateful you’ve a roof over your head, everything may not make sense now, you may not have achieved your life’s goal for the past 5 months but be grateful. We got teary-eyed over the weekend when we passed some homeless people protesting.
Loads of Love
N/B: Nigeria just successfully and peacefully handed over to another government that will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari. I pray for wisdom upon you Sir, the entire world is watching and hoping for a miracle. The task ahead won’t be easy but I pray you surround yourself with wise counsellors. God Bless Nigeria
I have observed over the years, there are certain traditions in families. I have never received a surprise Birthday gift from my dad before cos’ he always asked what I wanted. I often teased him with outrageous gifts but in the midst of all that he ends up giving me a gift . My request last year was a Samsung Galaxy S4. Fast forward July this year; the phone fell from my hand and the screen cracked. I felt a little sad but when I remembered I had a 24 months warranty, some joy broke out on my face. But that joy was shortlived when I went to a Samsung office and was told the phone wasn’t registered. Apparently I was supposed to send a code to a particular number but I didn’t cos I had no idea of it. The bombshell came when I learnt I needed to pay N30,000.00 to change the screen. Yes, the amount can buy another phone but that wasn’t the main issue rather I already had a warranty to replace it without any extra cost but the lack of information robbed me of this service.
Isn’t it like our daily walk on earth? Many of us have missed out lots of opportunities cos’ of ignorance or lack of information. On Friday last week a hasttag #SaltyFriday was generated on twitter after a rumour making the rounds advised everyone to bathe with salt and drink it too all in the name of fighting the Ebola Virus. Story has it that 2 people were confirmed dead and more than a dozen hospitalised. I think if there’s anything we should hate, it is IGNORANCE.
I hear some Churches have stopped observing the sign of peace (where they have to shake each other just before the Communion). My heart bled not cos of what was said but we’ve gotten so used to certain things and somehow we have missed out the message. This goes back to information. What exactly is the Holy Communion? Is it just another ritual we observe every Sunday, or a sign we have attained a particular age. Do we really know what it symbolises?
We are living in crazy times now and what will set you apart is the information you have. A period came when there were plagues in Egypt but it never came upon the Israelites and even when the spirit of death passed through the land, it never touched anyone who lived in a house with a blood of a lamb on its lintel. How much more the Blood of Jesus we profess to receive at Communion. Bishop T.D. Jakes says ‘whoever you make Lord over your life, be sure you can be healed or saved by that God’ The Church needs a revival, we need to stop playing church. Let us go back to our closest and seek God for ourselves beyond who our Pastors profess. When the devil comes at you and he’ll definitely come cos’ he hates the Children of God, you can’t call on the God of your Pastor. C’mon!!! A fire incidence happened close to my house and the woman kept on calling on the God of our pastor, is she saying she doesn’t know that God.
‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ Hosea 4:6. In my case ‘My child JMAD lost some money for lack of knowledge’. Question is, what have you lost? We can’t continue like this, they that know their God shall do mighty exploits. Let the Church arise and take her rightful place and I’m not referring to your local church rather you and me.