Hello FAM!

Time, they say is money and as Christians, we are not to manage our time the same way the world manages theirs.

We must make sure that we seek God in everything that we do.
We are to organize our time and plan wisely for the future.

God’s Word advises us to use our time wisely because He knows that there are many things in life that can distract us from what truly matters.
Do not waste your time so that you do not look back with regret – you don’t know what tomorrow holds!

Start at the Top; plan:
You definitely can’t do everything, right? But you can do the most important things.
Set aside some time to plan your daily schedule.
A clear plan allows you to make good use of available time and resources.
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Prioritize; Be organized:
Once you have your plan in place, it is essential that you stick to it! In order to guide against forgetting the basic or primary schedules, appointments or things to do per time, you need adequate planning and this is easily achievable using a phone calendar or day planner.
You need something to help you keep a detailed schedule of all of your assignments, appointments and responsibilities—as well as an up-to-date list of important phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
A phone calendar or day planner will help keep you from double-booking; it will also help keep you from losing assignments and important phone numbers.
Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

Be Nice to Yourself:
With all the things you have to do, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your body. Don’t let that happen!
To utilize your day maximally, it is vital that your mind and body get enough rest. Get a good eight hours of sleep to rejuvenate yourself.
When you’re healthy and well rested, you feel better and you usually end up making the best use of the time you have.
Ephesians 5:15-17 “So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Assert yourself:
Being firm and saying no is very important. Respect your time as well as that of others. Every day is the hiding place for small spaces of time.
Search them out and put them to work.

Do not take up more than what you can handle. It just slows you down.
Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
Time is perhaps the one most valuable thing that has been gifted equally to every human being.
Make sure you invest in time wisely, so you have no regrets and live a fruitful life.

Hello Friend,
Have you ever been on WhatsApp and a broadcast message comes in with a very emotional message and just when you are approaching the end, still basking in the euphoria of the ‘deep’ heartfelt message, you stop dead in your tracks when the last few words read “forward to 10 people in 20mins if not you will experience failure for seven days’’?

Yes!

I am sure we have at one time or the other.
It becomes more hilarious when some people actually repost these messages.

There and then, these questions pop up on my mind:
“Where do your blessings truly lie?”
“Are they resident in someone’s utterance?”
“What effects do these pronunciations have; do they even have any at all?”
“Should such messages even be condoned in the first place?”
and then,
“What does the Bible say about such?”

To answer these questions, I went through the Bible and oh boy!
Look what I found:

Lamentations 3
37 “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?”

Ezekiel 13
3 “Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!”

Romans 8
1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

What do these tell us in essence?
In as much as it might be important to rebroadcast these messages, you are not under any obligation to!
It is your sole decision to either repost these messages or not to.
Therefore, all ye broadcast ‘guilt trippers’, you need not and all ye that live in fear of these threats, Jesus has you covered!

There was a time in the Holy Book when a group of seven deacons were commissioned to handle the equal distribution of welfare and to form the administrative body of the church in the early days. The interesting part is that this was all because there were serious conflicts in the church at the time.

In those days, there were only disciples and then came along the deacons but today, the offices and titles have multiplied extensively. We now have Most reverends, Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, His Pre-eminence, Deacons, provincial Pastors, General Overseers, Bishops, HODs… and the list goes on.

Thinking through it all, I begin to wonder, are these offices created for the sole purpose of maintaining peace and order and for giving the people directions based on the doctrines of Christ or are they all political posts?

This train of thoughts are borne out of various experiences where these offices have been used to influence various forms of agendas, political, financial, ideologies, marriages etc.

You would also agree with me that most of these people have become gods in their various seats that people have to worship, revere and serve as against the initial Agenda of service which they entered into via oath and anointing.

This is not to undermine or call out various officers but rather to point out the essence and value of service, which is in the real sense of it, the primary purpose offices.

Christ came to the world as a leader with a mandate to liberate the world but in form of a servant.

He was known to break and serve bread to His disciples, He was also known to have washed the feet of His disciples amongst so many other things that He did in service; this is the life that we should emulate.

Finally, let us always bear in mind that service and responsibility is the purpose of religious ordination, therefore, we have a responsibility to serve with all our hearts and humility, as Christ would have done.

“For only in service can true Leadership be expressed”

– The Elite Minstrel