Category: Inspiration

Unconditional Love and Joy | A Guide To a Happier Life

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8

 

Happiness is, for the most part, conditional. That means that we believe that to relax and enjoy life, we must first solve an issue or accomplish a goal. The problems can be major or minor. We think we would finally be satisfied and complete if we could simply figure out these issues and acquire what we desire. We would not feel as though our lives are incomplete or that we are constantly moving toward something. Will we ever feel as though we have arrived, even if we do manage to have everything under control? I am guessing no. Or if we do, it is short-lived. The problem is this. All of our problem-solving and planning keep us in our heads, and if we are always thinking, rather than acting, we are unable to feel the fullness of our being because we are unable to be in our bodies.

One may want to know what unconditional love is. Affection without restrictions or love without conditions, therefore, are other names for unconditional love. This phrase is occasionally used in conjunction with phrases like genuine benevolence or unwavering love. Unconditional love is defined differently in each field of study, but most experts will agree that it is the kind of love that has no boundaries and is unchangeable.

Associating with individuals who genuinely love you will help you experience unconditional love, whilst practicing joy daily is necessary. Here are some suggestions about how to properly have these.


  • Practice Unconditional Self-Love First.

Before we love ourselves, we cannot love others. We believe we are not deserving of love, though, much too often. We search for love and someone to fill the emptiness in our hearts when we feel empty of it. The only way we can experience love is if we let go of the love we have accepted for ourselves. Genuine self-love is not pompous. The deepest humility serves as its foundation since self-love is a reflection of the divine nature that resides inside each of us. There is no benchmark for measuring other love if we do not first love ourselves. We feel undeserving of any other love if we do not love ourselves. After all, how can I expect anyone else to love me if I cannot even love myself?

 

  • Recognize God’s Unconditional Loving Presence.

Through prayer and meditation, we can recognize the source of divine love in ourselves. That unconditional love of the divine spirit expressed through each of us blesses every facet of our lives.
“The power of unconditional love is God’s power. There is no other power.” – Rev. Hawkins

 

  • Practice Unconditional Love And Joy In Your Community.

We have the opportunity to put unconditional love into practice every time we interact with people. We can recognize the enduring presence of love in the warmth and light of our loved ones and strangers. Even in difficult times or when other people test us, viewing the world through the prism of love enables us to recognize each person’s perfect flaw. Work to follow the still, little voice inside to fully accept the people, places, things, and occurrences around you when you are in the company of others.
Additionally, keep in mind that God is full of joy and loves everyone without exception.


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An Interview with Melvin P. Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Constituency for Africa

Many people who have worked to improve their country and the globe can be found among the Peace Corps Returned Volunteers from Ethiopia and Eritrea.  Melvin P. Foote served in Eritrea and Ethiopia from 1973 to 1976 and was moved from Eritrea to Ethiopia during that time, and like many volunteers, he had a life-changing encounter that continues to have a significant impact on both his personal and professional life.

 

Early life                                                                                                                                                               

Melvin P. Foote, President, and CEO of Constituency for Africa (CFA). Photo courtesy of africabusinessportal.com

For more than 40 years, Melvin P. Foote had worked in Africa and on African concerns. He is the founder and president of the Constituency for Africa (CFA), a 25-year-old network of businesses, associations, and people in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the development and empowering of Africa and Africans everywhere. The goal of the Constituency for Africa (CFA) is to increase public and private support for Africa and to influence U.S. policy toward the continent. The President’s Emergency Response to HIV/AIDS in Africa (PEPFAR), African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) are a few of the US government programs focused on Africa that were directly established by Melvin Foote and Constituency for Africa.

Achievements

Melvin P. Foote worked as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and instructor in Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1973 to 1976 before establishing CFA. He worked as Africare’s representative in Somalia from 1981 until 1984. He served as Director of Constituency Development at Africare’s Washington headquarters from 1984 to 1994, which resulted in the establishment of CFA. Melvin  Foote took part in several high-level missions to Africa, serving on a White House delegation in 1994 to ascertain the genocide in Rwanda, as the mission’s leader in 1994 to forge a comprehensive peace agreement, on a well-known team in 1998 that decided to seek to put an end to the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and a member of a Presidential mission to five African nations in 1998 to endorse U.S. trade with Africa and the African Growth and Opportunity Act, as the mission’s leader to forge a comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan in 2001, and the head of a mission sent to South Africa in 2003 to evaluate the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), a continental program to advance economic ties and growth.

Awards and honors

The “Order of the Lion” Award, the highest honor for public service bestowed by the government of Senegal, was given to Melvin Foote in 1998. He also received the Diggs Award for Foreign Affairs from the Congressional Black Caucus’ 2001 Annual Legislative Conference in appreciation of his exceptional dedication to and success in addressing problems and concerns relating to Africa. In addition to being a prolific writer of essays and editorials that are published in newspapers and publications throughout America, Melvin Foote is an often-sought speaker on radio and television.

Impact

To put an end to the war that had claimed about ten thousand (10,000) lives, Melvin Foote traveled to Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2010 with a representative of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers which included Hon. John Garamendi, a current California member of congress, the late Michael McCaskey, whose family owns the Chicago Bears NFL team, and Circuit Court Judge Bill Canby. The delegation met with the leaders of both major parties and pushed them to think about a way to peace.

Constituency for Africa (CFA)

Melvin P. Foote. Source: nkafu.org

Melvin P. Foote who is the President and CEO of Constituency for Africa (CFA) has for many years pioneered a widely acclaimed series of Town Hall Meetings on Africa, which have taken place in several cities and towns across the United States. Constituency for Africa (CFA) organizes the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference, both of which take place in Washington, D.C., in September each year. The series has persevered in offering a particular platform for Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) officials and their staff to connect with entities with an African concentration, African diplomats and government policymakers, and grassroots community leaders.

The Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series was held in mid-September 2020 by Constituency for Africa (CFA), and one session will be of interest to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and prospective recruits. The African American Peace Corps’ function in the post-pandemic Peace Corps. The collection bears the name of the late Ronald H. Brown, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and US Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration.

Along with Dr. Darlene Grant, who was recently hired by the Peace Corps as the Senior Advisor to the President to help with the strategic development and address issues of diversity in the institution, featured presenters scheduled for the event included Congresswoman Karen D. Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Chair of the House Sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. Sadly, Hon. Bass had to leave for a crucial meeting, but he did attend the meeting on September 18 with Dr. John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to review a briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa.

The discussion was timely despite being always pertinent, but it was especially so in light of recent occurrences like the worldwide evacuation of over 7,000 Peace Corps Volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the resultant Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took place in many different cities across the United States and the rest of the world. As a result of these incidents, issues of racism and diversity have come under scrutiny inside the Peace Corps as well as other branches of the United States government.

The speakers and panelists presented their thoughts and suggestions for policy reforms as the Peace Corps reemerges after the COVID-10 pandemic passes, reviewed strategies for expanding the recruitment of African Americans and other minorities, and discussed ways for doing so.

Melvin P. Foote’s Interview in Ghana

On Dominion Television, Melvin P. Foote speaks with Ama K. Abebrese about his career life and journey within the Diaspora.

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Unsung Heroes | A Father’s Day Special

“Children observe their parents. They unintentionally learn to do what they do and speak as they speak. To every child, their father is always right. Fatherhood, thus, should be intentional if we want to intentionally raise children who will do better than we have done.” – Kobina Ansah.

Our magnificent fathers need to be honored every day, not only on Father’s Day, for all the excellent accomplishments and sacrifices they make throughout their lives for us to survive and be comfortable. They are our unsung heroes, and we look up to them even as we get older.

From left: A lucky father; Mr. Charles Addico with Dominion Television’s Marketing Director Semira Seyram Mohammed and Assistant Director Bernard Asare

Dominion Television commemorated the occasion with a special Father’s Day surprise for six deserving fathers at X-Men: Mr. Charles Addico, Mr. Alex Ampong, Pastor Charles Ofori-Atta, Mr. Philip Henry Yaw Mallet, Rev. Fr. Francis Gador, and Rtd. Chief Inspector B.B Lartey. The pampering included a manicure, pedicure, haircut, and massage to unwind these incredible fathers who go above and beyond for their children and others in their communities.

Menscook, Onga, Chale Socks, and X-Men were among the sponsors who collaborated with Dominion Television to make the day a success, acknowledging Ps. Bernard Asare of the Dominion Television marketing team, who hosted our deserving fathers, and Davis Nartey Hazel, who put on a fantastic show with his spoken word, appreciating fathers.

Among other presents from Menscook, Onga, and Chale Socks, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams presented these fathers with his book titled “Understanding the Father Factor,” which was presented along with the other presents by Semira Mohammed; Director of Marketing at Dominion Television.

Father’s day special grooming at X-Men Ghana

Our fathers are there for us not just in good times, but also in bad times. Therefore, we should constantly express our love and gratitude to them. Dominion Television’s way of demonstrating our appreciation for our fathers was this lovely treat. Thank you to all the world’s amazing fathers. We cannot get enough of you.

Watch the full Father’s Day Special on our YouTube channel below.

 

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From Fotabong, Cameroon to U.S Presidential Appointee – A Personal Conversation with Dr. John Nkengasong

From Fotabong, Cameroon to U.S Presidential Appointee – A Personal Conversation with Dr. John Nkengasong

Dr. John Nkengasong; a major frontliner in Africa’s battle against COVID, is the first African to be appointed as the Ambassador of the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo Courtesy of Africa CDC

Dr. Nkengasong, famously known for his relentless battle against viruses and disease in Africa, is a Cameroonian-born virologist with over 30 years of experience in public health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Nkengasong worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), where he was named the WHO Special Envoy for Africa.

BIOGRAPHY

Education and early life

 While he was in high school, Dr. John Nkengasong took interest in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. He studied at the University of Yaoundé for his undergraduate degree, where he met Professor Peter Piot, who pushed him to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Virology at Antwerp. He went on to Antwerp’s Institute of Tropical Medicine to study biomedical sciences. He then traveled to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel after finishing his second degree to pursue a master’s degree in medical sciences. His dissertation research was the first to describe all of Africa’s HIV genetic subtypes. Later, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, he earned a management certificate.

Early beginnings

Dr. John Nkengasong was appointed Chief of Virology at the World Health Organization in 1993. He was in the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp’s Collaborating Centre for HIV/AIDS Diagnosis and has worked on HIV/AIDS pathogenesis, diagnostics, and drug resistance.

Achievements

Dr. John Nkengasong is a leading virologist with years of experience in public health and currently serves as the first Director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the first African-born American to hold the position of Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of PEPFAR. He was the Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch at the Division of Global HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, and the acting Deputy Principal Director of the Centre for Global Health at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Dr. John Nkengasong was also the Chief of the Virology Laboratory at the Department’s Collaborating Centre for HIV Diagnostics.

Awards and honors

Dr. John Nkengasong has won multiple awards for his unmatched bravery, including the William Watson Medal of excellence which is the highest award by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC). Dr. Nkengasong was also knighted by the Cameroonian government in 2018 for his significant contribution to societal health in his country of birth.

Dr. John Nkengasong earned a doctorate in medical sciences (virology) from the University of Brussels in Belgium, as well as a master’s degree in tropical biomedical science from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. He has received numerous honors for his work, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the 2020 Goalkeepers Global Goalkeeper Award, and the Knight of Honor Medal from the Government of Cote D’Ivoire. Dr. John Nkengasong is an associate professor at Emory University’s Emory School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia, and a member of several international review boards, such as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative – CEPI and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). He has over 250 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and several book chapters to his credit.

Impact

Dr. John Nkengasong served for the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the Director General’s Special Envoys during the COVID-19 epidemic and was named the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Envoy for Africa.  Africa has evaded the scale of infections observed in other regions of the world since the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the bravery of Dr. John Nkengasong.

Dr. John Nkengasong. Source: Afriquinfos

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States (1994-2016)

Within a few years, Dr. Nkengasong relocated to Abidjan to work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Chief of Virology. He received training in Berkeley as part of the John E. Fogarty International Center in preparation for this post. Dr. John Nkengasong worked at the California State Laboratory with Mike Hendry, who was in charge of the HIV diagnosis program. He was instrumental in the formation of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine in 2011 (ASLM).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Africa (2016-2021)

Dr. John Nkengasong became the initial Director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016.  He oversaw the Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Networks (RISLNET) in Africa CDC. He believes that empowering local leadership is critical to keeping infectious illnesses out of Africa.

Dr. John Nkengasong was named a special envoy to the World Health Organization’s director-general during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was in charge of amplifying the Director-General’s remarks and offering strategic preparedness recommendations in this position. He oversaw Africa’s response to the coronavirus, which included the training of a group of young responders known as the African Healthcare Volunteer Workforce as testing in conflict-affected areas and concerns with social distancing in urban slums made protecting the African people from the coronavirus disease difficult.

Dr. John Nkengasong also co-chaired the event’s High-Level Scientific Panel during the preparations for the Global Health Summit, which was hosted by the European Commission and the G20 in May 2021.

Dr. John Nkengasong. Image adapted from Scrolla

President Joe Biden appoints Dr. John Nkengasong

Dr.  John Nkengasong was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Health Diplomacy and Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State on September 27, 2021. His previous nomination ended at the end of 2021, and on January 3, 2022, it was returned to President Biden.  The following day, President Joe Biden resent his nomination.

On March 15, 2022, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings on Dr. John Nkengasong’s nomination. His appointment to lead the United States public health program targeted at combatting AIDS in other nations was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2022.

Ambassador-at-Large John Nkengasong has dedicated his career to global health diplomacy, working tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Previously, he served as U.S. Global Aids Coordinator, playing a leading role in the implementation of PEPFAR and driving its impact for vulnerable populations in Africa and elsewhere. Ambassador Nkengasong is also Co-Chairman of The Elders, an organization of eminent global citizens that works on behalf of peace and human rights. We are proud to honor him and look forward to his continued work on behalf of global health as well as his swearing-in on June 13th, 2022.

Dr. Nkengasong’s Interview in Ghana

Rosa Whitaker, president of Dominion Television, Ghana, had a candid conversation with Dr. Nkengasong, where his wife Susan Nkengasong; a Mental health counselor, also made her first-ever T.V debut interview with her husband, Dr. John Nkengasong.

In his conversation with Rosa Whitaker of Dominion Television Ghana, Dr. Nkengasong delves deep into Africa’s war against COVID, explores the idea of education as a great equalizer, and talks about the establishment of the African CDC (Center for Disease Control).

From left: Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Co-Chair; AfroChampions Initiative, Susan Nkengasong; Mental Health Counselor and wife to Dr. John Nkengasong, Rosa Whitaker; President and Vice-Chair of Dominion Television, Nosisa Doe; General Manager of Dominion Television. Image Source: Dominion Television.

The candid interview of Dr. John Nkengasong will air on Dominion Television on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 1 PM GMT, with a repeat on Sunday 12th June at 7 PM GMT, and Monday, June 13, 2022, at 7 PM GMT.

Watch the full interview only on Dominion Television; Africa’s premier Christian lifestyle channel.

You can also watch the #LIVE premiere on Dominion Television’s YouTube channel on Sunday 12th June at exactly 1 PM GMT.

Join in the conversation using the hashtag #withdrnkengasong

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How to Build your Relationship with God

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” – Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV

The Bible identifies God as the universe’s All-Powerful Creator. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three divine persons who make up the LORD. He is Holy, loving, and perfect, as well as completely trustworthy and safe. He is the only One who can save us, so you must cultivate a faithful relationship with Him to avoid straying from His Word, and to receive eternal redemption also.

A relationship with God is not a one-time occurrence in which you only talk to Him when you are in trouble. When it comes to building your connection with God, constant communication is crucial. Here are a few ways on how you can remain in touch with God and develop a deeper connection with Him.

  • Prayer is a great way to communicate with Him daily.

There are numerous ways to interact with people, and there is also a method for communicating with God. His is done through prayer. God wants to hear from you, and He is always willing to listen. Talk to Him as to a friend because prayer is simply talking to God. It is also worth noting that you can talk to God at any time and from any location.

  • Serve others

As strange as it may seem, one of the best ways to show your love for God is to serve others. Remember that God is a loving Heavenly Father who is grateful when you offer His love.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you since you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ – Matthew 25:37-40 NKJV

  • Become acquainted with the Bible by studying it.

Another approach to communicating with God and strengthening your relationship with Him is by making His Word your daily bread. Study the scriptures to learn more, consider what the verse(s) means, and pray for more discernment of God’s will for your life through His Word.  Increased understanding of the Word often leads to a deeper connection with God because you get to know Him more. He is the Word.

Remember, the world is simply a fleeting phase that lasts for a short time. You must stick to the Word of God and abide by it to live a life worthy in His eyes, as you wait to abide with Him for all eternity.

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC

I haven’t met a person with an aversion to music. The right combination of instruments, voices and lyrics birth a masterpiece that lingers in our minds for hours and days. It is comparable to food; the right recipe produces remarkable taste. What’s worth noting, however, is that the quality of food isn’t solely dependent on its taste but its effect on health. I opine that good food should have good taste and have positive effects on our health. The same reasoning applies to music; true musical satisfaction can only be the effect of a great sound and a message healthy enough for our minds.

Humans like to define and categorize things to ease the complexities of selection. The music industry is one of the victims of the said categorization. The industry denotes its categorization by the word ‘genre.’ Usually, the definitive feature of a genre is its sound and instrumentation, and R&B, Hip-hop, soul, and rock are a few examples. Gospel or Christian music is one of the few if not the only genre defined by its message. The problem this creates for Christians is that it splits the industry into two: gospel and secular. This phenomenon is only problematic because of the tendency for Christians to limit Christian music not just by its message but by its sound too. The apparent segregation of gospel and secular music results in the Christian community associating a particular sound with gospel music, thus neglecting all other music without this sound even when the messages are Christian.

For the sake of clarity, when I refer to Christian music in subsequent paragraphs, I’m not limiting it to music that is sung in church by a choir. I am also not referring to Christian music as music with Christian references and words like ‘Hallelujah, Amen, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Savior, etc. Christian music is music whose message conforms to Christian values, message, and direction. The lack of Christian references isn’t what makes a song secular. Secular music draws you further away from Christian virtues with its message. Songs that promote misogyny, racism, violence, indiscriminate sex, lust are not healthy for consumption.

WHAT CAN WE LISTEN TO

Phi 4:8 KJV

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

As said earlier, music affects the mind. Songs can influence your thoughts and change your perspective on life. Therefore we need to be our own judges of what we can listen to. We shouldn’t categorize songs as gospel just because it is sung in church nor should we write off a song we heard on the street as secular just because the lyrics did not mention God or Jesus.

Our decision on what we can and should listen to must stem from what the word of God says. From what we see in Philippians 4:8, we must endeavor to listen to music that will influence us to think about things that are lovely, pure, virtuous, and of good report. It is safe to listen to music that will influence our thinking in such a manner. Any form of music that does not induce positive thoughts and actions should not be entertained.

THE INFLUENCE

There’s a reason why adverts, rallies, political campaigns, funerals and other programs employ music is to set the mood. Music has the power to make you act in accordance to whatever mood or message the song is propagating. The more you listen to negativity, the more you allow yourself to be engulfed in a negative atmosphere. Listening to music that supports sex, drugs, violence and other vices would in time slave you into practicing the same. Ensure that you listen to positive music, to maintain a positive mentality and the energy necessary for your spiritual well-being to go about your day. Wondering where you can have access to such quality music? Right here on Dominion Tv.

 

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Kobina Oduro Korankye

 

 

 

UNSUNG HEROES OF OUR TIME

A father is to be considered the source of one’s life. It takes a man and a woman to produce an offspring therefore it is imperative that we do not overlook the importance of either sex in a conversation that dishes out accolades. So father’s day approaches and it is time for our fathers to receive the adoration and honour they deserve. Let’s take a look at the important roles our fathers play in our lives.

DISCIPLINARIANS

Hebrews 12:7: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”

We are quickly censured by our loving fathers whenever we commit actions that are considered immoral or against accepted norms and standards of our faith. Fathers train us to become respectable persons of the society. They are usually our first encounter with virtues like justice, discipline and temperance. Just like God disciplines us from time to time when our deeds and misdeeds are aberrations to His perfect standards, fathers train us in the way we should go so that we would not depart from it.

BIGGEST FANS

Proverbs 23:24: “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

A godly father is normally the biggest fan of his children. It is a normal practice in many societies that the children bear the surname of their father. The fact that we bear the names of our fathers make them naturally inclined to rooting for us in the arena of life. Fathers rejoice when their sons and daughters grow up to achieve and become great people in the future. This is because the greatness of a child is the reflection of the effort and training a father had to put in to make her the best s/he is.

THEY NURTURE AND PROTECT

Deuteronomy 1:31: “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

Our fathers are our protectors. They guide us through the hard times of life. It is through our fathers that a lot of us build character and resilience to face the storms of life. Fathers provide security to their families. Security doesn’t just refer to physical strength and the raw aggression we like to associate with men but security can be spiritual, monetary and even in education. Fathers provide spiritual security and guidance through prayers and instructing us in the ways of God. They give us monetary security when they pay our fees and provide our needs.

20th June 2021 is father’s day and we ought to honour our fathers. The blessings our fathers speak on us are extremely important for the progress of our lives. God promises that we will have long life when we shall prosper when we heed to the advice of our fathers and honour them. How are you going to honour your father on Father’s day? Leave your answers in the comments.

THE GREATEST LESSON LEARNT FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS.

A creator knows best what his creation is suited for; what can corrupt it and what can propel it to the fulfillment of its full potential. What can be said of an inventor is not just one who brings forth something into existence, but one who made an object with the intent of the object working perfectly in accordance with the motive for which he created it. The inventor does not just invent, he gives the object an objective. Therefore, the inventor ought to be sought in the pursuit of the purpose for which his invention was made. Speaking of inventors, it is made clear in John 1:3 that the word made all things and without him(the word) nothing was made. It follows that, for everything that was made, its divine purpose cannot be found outside the boundaries of the word and God’s will. So as part of His creation, it is necessary that man subdues all his desires to seek God, His word and His kingdom, if he is to be a success. It is worthy at this point to note that, after reading about the life and ministry of the Archbishop; Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the greatest lesson I took home was that, all our efforts to attaining success would be futile if the Lord is not sought first. It is a reflection of the passage in Matthew 6:25-34 with emphasis on the 33rd verse which suggests that seeking first the righteousness of God and His kingdom is a sufficient condition for attaining wealth, health, happiness and every other thing that is a need.

THE GREATEST LESSON LEARNT FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS.

THIS LESSON STEMS FROM FACT

This lesson stems from the fact that, though the Archbishop had a desire to climb the rungs of the ladder of greatness, he was never successful until he had an encounter with God on the bed of affliction. No matter how hard he tried, no matter how hard he worked, no matter how clever his schemes were, everything he tried to build was tumbled down by a gentle push by the finger of God. Decades on, he has one of the biggest ministries in Africa and the world at large due to his loyalty to God and His kingdom. Submission to God’s will is all that we need to fulfill our divine mandate and have true happiness in our endeavors. In some detail, I will show that his failures and successes led to my conclusion on this lesson.

Though he did live with a single mother and it was quite evident that this resulted in his deficiency in financial resources, it was never a hinderance to his work ethic but a fuel to ignite an attitude of resilience in the Archbishop during his youth. Resilience however, was never enough as he was forced to relinquish a short lived stint juggling a newspaper sales job with wooden food carriage truck-pushing due to circumstances beyond his control. It was God’s plan that until He got his attention, his(Archbishop’s) will and determination to succeed would come to nought.

I would have to mention that, the major influence on my lesson was young  Nicholas’ visit to a fetish priest who asserted that the only one who could help him was the almighty God. This in my opinion was unusual and it raises the question of why someone who belongs to the forces of destruction would give advice that brings glory to Jehovah. Such an occurance is a clear indication of the fact that without God, it is impossible to find your purpose in life. If we shall be willing to throw our hands up and surrender all our efforts to God and believe  in the finished work of Christ, we have taken the first step to discovering our purpose and faith in any other god would be detrimental to our progress. To come to God, one must know that He is, and that He is a rewarder of they that diligently seek Him.

The ministry of the Archbishop has grown from glory to glory mainly because he has set His sight on the living God and is persuaded that He is the foundation of everything. In the midst of storms, trials and betrayal by men, the ministry stands firm because the focus has never been on the success defined by humans but that which is defined by God. True success is defined by God and if only we would humble ourselves and seek him first, we shall find fulfillment in our purpose in life. Ideally, the inventor is the most knowledgeable about the purpose of his invention.

A WORLD WITHOUT MOTHERS.

Environmentalists usually say that ‘when the last tree dies, the last human also dies’. The veracity of this statement is unquestionable because humans are dependent on plants for a whole lot. Think about it; our food, medicine, furniture, and stationery are produced from plants. We even engage in gaseous exchange with plants when they release oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis. Humans would barely exist without plants and that’s why we say that humans would cease to exist without them. Have you ever considered what the world would be like if the last mother ceased to exist?

Have you ever considered what the world would be like if the last mother ceased to exist?

THE SENSES OF MOTHERHOOD

Before I continue with this blog, I’d like to clarify I would be considering motherhood in two senses. The first sense is what I would call biological motherhood and the other sense would be referred to as normative motherhood. A biological mother would refer to anyone that is a mother by childbirth. Any woman who has given birth to a child still in existence qualifies to be designated by the term ‘mother’ in a biological sense. By normative motherhood, I’m referring to the features that characterize anyone we can call a good mother. What is a mother supposed to look like? How does a mother treat the children around her whether she’s biologically related to them or not? Ideally, motherhood is not about being biologically related to those you take care of but about being a guide, a nurturer, a protector, a motivator, etc. Women do not have to be biologically capable of childbirth to be great mothers because true motherhood isn’t a biological feature. So back to our question, what would the world be without our nurturing, kind and motivating mothers.

  1. A WORLD OF EMOTIONAL TROUBLE

Scientists have emphasized how important it is for children to have their mothers emotionally and physically available to them in their first three years at least. Nania (2017) posits that a lot of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) didn’t have the presence of their mothers to help them with stress regulation. A lot of the psychological issues children face are a result of their mothers not being available to them. It is a fact that psychologically healthy children usually had their mothers providing them with the needed emotional and mental cushion. A world without caring mothers would be a world full of emotionally troubled individuals. Thank God that our societies are full of mothers who have provided and continue to provide the needed mental, emotional and physical support to their offspring.

  • A WORLD OF INDISCIPLINE

Have you ever been grounded or had your toys and video games confiscated because you did something wrong? Mothers are disciplinarians and their contributions have been immense in our journey to being responsible and godly individuals. Imagine that we didn’t have such training at the beginning of our lives. Most of us would’ve been liabilities to society if we did not have our mothers strictly enforcing their principles of morality in our lives. Mothers are extremely important because they are usually the ones who introduce us to society’s accepted norms, values, and moral standards.

  • A WORLD WITHOUT COMPASSION AND SELFLESSNESS

Mothers are just instinctively compassionate and selfless. Any woman who carried a child in her womb for nine months carried out a selfless act. Allowing another human being to reside in your body for nine months reveals a mother’s willingness to be in uncomfortable situations to help others flourish. Some mothers take leaves and quit their jobs to give their children the needed time and attention. Mothers can put their entire lives on hold just so we can be great men and women in the future.

LET’S CELEBRATE MOTHERS.

Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise and call her blessed;

 her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31:28 shows us that the virtuous woman deserves to receive praise from her husband and children. The fact that the Proverbs 31 woman has her children praising her implies that she was a great mother to them. From the scripture, we can see that her husband also praised her, this shows that she was a great wife as well. As mothers’ day fast approaches, we need to understand that our mothers deserve to be celebrated. They have been a blessing to us and they need to be blessed and celebrated not just on mothers’ day but every day. 

Reference

Nania R (2017, May 19) WTOP news. Why prioritizing motherhood in the first three years is critical.

CHALLENGES BUILD CHARACTER.

When Things Get Hard- It Is A Sign

Things do not always go smoothly. Sometimes life doesn’t go as we want it to. The unplanned and unexpected happen sometimes and we tend to lose hope, joy, and focus but that shouldn’t be the case. Quitting should not be an option when you are working on a short-term, long-term product, or a dream.

This blog post will talk about staying on track regardless of the challenges that come your way.

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand (NLT).

Starting a project can be extremely difficult and discouraging especially when you’re beginning from scratch. Beginning your journey in anything in itself is a challenge so you need to understand that things will get hard. Liken it to a building. Architects will tell you that the most important part of any building is the foundation and you need time and attention to construct a strong foundation.

The higher a building is meant to be, the deeper you need to dig when constructing its foundation. The way up is down therefore when starting anything, you need to get deeper into it before your fruits can be harvested. As you have begun your business, school project, diet, etc. always remember that it will be difficult before it becomes easy.

The fact that it is difficult at the start should let you know that it will always get easier.

CHALLENGES BUILD CHARACTER.

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