Arsenal my one true love won and all the other title contenders lost in this weekend’s round of matches. I’m on cloud nine writing this post with my ears plugged listening to some music by Linkin Park. Surely I’ve reached my peak. It can’t get better than this can it? I’m thinking what to talk about now. Well that’s my only worry in life at the moment. Let’s see, some time ago I wanted to discuss one of the most interesting characters I came across while reading the bible (hahaha…yes I’ve started reading my bible again).
Most of us know Pontius Pilate as the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion. But who really is this guy? As a kid growing up reading and watching movies based on the life of Christ, I always seemed confused by the Pilate character. To me at the time all those against Jesus were cast into the bad category and those for him good. That’s how I reasoned as a child, but for some reason I couldn’t fit this Pilate guy into either group. He seemed stuck in the middle somehow shifting toward the good side.
Before any of you jump on me let me explain my reasoning behind this thinking; Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea under the Roman Empire which made him a Roman and not Jew. So when the chief priests sent Jesus to him, Pilate wasn’t keen on interfering in the affairs of the Jews and tried to pass Jesus off to be judged under the Jewish law but the Jews were adamant Pilate tried Jesus because he was the only one who could give the death penalty they so wanted (John 18:31).
So then Jesus was questioned by Pilate and when Pilate was done with his interrogations, it seemed to him that there was no basis for sending Jesus to die and he tried to set Christ free but the Jews as insistent as they were finally made him crucify. But reading the bible again it is Pilate’s chats with Jesus that I find very intriguing. First of all we established him not being a Jew so he shouldn’t really be interested in this stuff but the more he questions Jesus you realize the more he believes (John 18:33-40 through to John 19:1-12).
“Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘the king of the Jews’, but that this man claimed to be the king of the Jews”. Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”” John 19:19-22.
I guess I should be rounding up as I’ve started yawning already – been a long day – but what is evident is that Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and believed Jesus but he was afraid to do what was he knew was the right thing to do just like how most of us live today. And I’m a massive culprit at this. We know what is right but are afraid to act fearing how others would react to us.
What is popular isn’t always right and what is right isn’t always popular. May God grant us that courage and vim to stand for Him under all situations without thinking about what the world may think of us. Amen
So now where does Pilate stand with me? I dunno but I guess all these are made available for us to learn from them and try to ask God to make us better people.
Much has been made and said about the word love. Right from the beginning the world was set in love. Sin tried to come between this eternal bond between man and his creator. Jesus’ mission on earth was made complete by the crucifixion and ascension to heaven.
Surely this isn’t a new topic for us to discuss but then again the attributes and characteristics of this four letter word is rather too much for our brains to ponder on. What is love then? Personally, I don’t believe there’s just a sentence to define love. It is an emotion that cripples and overwhelms the recipient.
I am writing this not attempting to explain anything or unravel any hidden mysteries on the word. Rather this piece is written to just babble over something as amazingly beautiful. Love is a feeling when felt, lights up the darkest of tunnel. Love is light and light is God, for he sent his only begotten son to come and die for sinners and devourers of his holy name. Love is when Abraham, provided with a miracle of a child still listened to and obeyed his Maker when asked to kill this very son.
1Chorinthians 13 doesn’t in my opinion do justice to the word as the simple term ‘agape love’. Imaging ticking all the points made about love in that passage. OH WHAT A FEELING!!! And God our father ticks all these and a trillion times more than we could fathom. Love can’t do wrong; it is a force of nature that is in to stay. And we are encouraged to love thy neighbor as thine selves. What I find interesting is that the bible’s report didn’t say like but instead love. So now let’s make reference to the incomplete list made in Corinthians and see if we project such feelings to our selves. Do we love ourselves or has saying this sacred word already become a cliché. If we don’t agree that we love ourselves that much how could we replicate this(whatever this enigmatic feeling entails) towards others. Have we truly felt love, then why would we not want to share this happiness *another understatement* with our fellows? Let’s fix our selves before we could move to our neighbors. I trust that God open our minds to make us ask for the greater gifts(faith, hope)and the greatest of them all – imagine that – love.
It’s been long since I last put something up… Well, two days I think, I’ve been a little consistent this week given my previous lazy attitude towards writing(yeah..I know, why did I create a blog then?). I recently find myself in a bit of a pickle faith wise. Life is full of challenges and how we deal or not deal with such tests defines us as human beings. I am writing this to not express the strength of my faith but rather my lack of it.
Sometimes when I hear stories regarding faith it seems so simple to achieve yet it’s not that easy and yet it is. What on earth am I saying here. Forgive my babbling, but I guess what I’m trying to put across is that the higher we go in life the higher the problems we face and as such the higher our level of faith. Hebrews 11 describes faith as being sure of what one hopes for and certain of what is unseen. A further read of the whole chapter guides us through faith as a verb and how each person who practiced this was rewarded accordingly. Which is where I find most important ‘according to their faith’, this tells us that faith is based on the individual who practices it and as such the more you believe the more you be rewarded.
So as I was saying, my faith has somewhat diminished these past days. Reason for this? Only one thing that hinders our faith. Fear. That feeling of ‘what if’ has been playing on my mind throughout when I needn’t entertain it but for some reason I can’t completely banish it from my subconscious, it’s always lurking somewhere inside waiting for the moment of faith and then it pops out to cripple my belief. It’s like Jay Z raps about in Forever Young: hoping for the best yet expecting the worst. That tiny bit of doubt is pulling me back from achieving what it is I want. Prayer becomes a session of questioning and doubting God, thankfulness becomes worry and joy turns to sorrow.
That’s where I find my self at the moment. But then again i know this is just a short phase which I’ll put an end to with the last full stop of this post. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
Been trying for a while now to read my bible since it has been ages I last read it. Anytime I decide to pick it up, something suddenly comes up hence postponing my return to the bible. Yea, I know it doesn’t sound good and there’s no possible excuse to give that’ll make it look better but I’m sure with time I’ll finally get back to studying the word again(amen to that).
Come to think of it, my supposed laziness in studying God’s word isn’t sorely bible related, in fact I think what I’m experiencing is a recent dip towards reading altogether. I use the word dip because that’s what it is. I’m sure with time it’ll go away. Hopefully.
So a little while ago before my disinterest towards books, I was reading this amazing book on the laws of attraction, titled: Ask and it is Given written by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
I can’t go into it all as I’ve not even completed it yet, but I was going through some stuff and I found notes worth sharing that I wrote down while reading this book a while back. So without further I do let’s get the ball rolling…(drumroll😬😬)
1. “It is our powerful desire that you be pleased with where you are right now, in this moment—no matter where you are.
We want you to remember that there is nothing that you cannot be, do, or have, and we want to assist you in achieving that. But we love where you are right now, even if you do not”
2. “The Basis Of Your Life Is Absolute Freedom”
3. “It is our desire that you become one who is happy with that which you are and with that which you have—while at the same time being eager for more. That is the optimal creative vantage point: To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation—with no feeling of impatience, doubt, or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it—that is the Science of Deliberate Creation at its best.”
4. “The Stream of Well-Being flows even if you do not understand that it does, but when you consciously become aligned with it, your creative endeavors become so much more satisfying, for then you discover that there is absolutely nothing that you desire that you cannot achieve.”
5. “You Get What You Think About, Whether You Want It or Not”
Well folks that’s about it for today, It is my hope that we learn to make our lives worth living with peace and joy in our hearts.
Let me apologize to begin with. A mate of mine asked for a loan of money and I gave it without hesitation given that he promised to pay me back in a weeks time. Payment is due and he starts giving excuses and just refunds a third of what I loaned out to him until he gets the rest. Now I don’t mind at first, he’s my dude and I’m not really in need of the money but another week goes by and I hear nothing from my guy. At least tell me what the delay in payment is? But he ignores me and I do same. We continue to hang and occasionally when I ask about the money he has an excuse to give so I stop asking altogether and decide to move on. But I can’t just move on like that can I? And as the bigger man I claim to be, I forgave him and everything seems casual.
Let me apologize for my behavior once more. I receive a text from him another time asking me for some financial help again. I thought to myself ‘how could he be so thoughtless to come back to ask me for money?’. For someone who claims to have forgiven his comrade this isn’t looking good. I text him back reminding him of the last time he took money from me. Apparently he thinks he settled all his debts and I vehemently refutes his claims, he says he would pay me what I say he owes – can u believe this guy? What I say he owes – in addition to what he’s asking for presently. Now since I claimed to forgive him I said he shouldn’t worry about the last time ( Ikr..why did I bring it up then?) and come for the the money. Hahaha… You guessed wrong, he paid me in full the following day much to my surprise/ disgrace.
Isn’t that how we all live our lives? Finding it difficult to forgive when we claimed to have been wronged by our fellows. Sometimes we truly believe we’ve forgiven those who wrong us but at the same time can’t forget what they did to us. Lol..How hypocritical of us, we feel so let down that we possibly couldn’t fully trust that person like how we used to at first. Pride sets in and we start looking for words to justify our actions like ‘what if he/she does it again’ or ‘fool me once, shame on you but fool me twice,shame on me.’ Again how hypocritical of us after we wake up and recite various prayers to God asking him to forgive us our sins but omitting the other aspect of the prayer by asking Him to help us forgive those who we say have wronged us. We all have that pride which pulls us back from fully forgiving and trusting after we’ve been wronged, let’s try to do away with it for if we ask and God forgives us who are we to even say we are forgiving others how much more doing it halfway. It is my prayer that we put pride aside and live in harmony with one another, for if you can’t fully forgive someone who is with you today how can we ask forgiveness from the God we do not see yet claim to believe in? Where’s the faith in that. I hope my apology is accepted.
I woke up this morning forgetting what I dreamt of last night. But this is not a story about my night fantasies.
We all have our dreams, not our songs to sing unfortunately. Ever question what brought about your dream? Could it be based on fear since most our ambitions are anti failure related. But then again who wants to be a failure? How do we determine failure of others if we all are different in what we bring to the table of life? I guess only God could judge us huh? Ah…well I think u got me, who am I fooling here. We become numb to our thoughts of dreams…are we sure we could achieve what we dream to be or are we just dreaming cos everybody should dream? We wake up, put on our clothes and get on living our lives.
Do we chase our visions with each passing day or we just go along with the status quo. Dreamt of being a marine engineer when I was a kid cos that was my dad’s profession and I looked up to him. Fast forward 15 years and my aspirations have completely shifted to being peaceful in life. Don’t judge me in those courtroom brains of yours where you sit high and mighty in your judgement seats with no jury to rule but yourselves. I guess growing up and seeing things influenced my change of dream. So after your hopes become reality wats next for you? How do we juggle success and all the baggage that comes with it? Or are we not even thinking that far? Feeling like jigga right now…this is some visionary ish. Asked mom what her dreams were as a kid and she said she couldn’t really remember them. Hmm..strange…so what changed? Ain’t that why we came here?….if not why do we bother.
Dreams are often juxtaposed to wishful thinking which are usually just as attainable as meeting a mirage..but some do achieve their dreams. Jesus Christ came to the world with a dream that through him we may be closer to the Father than never before. God created the world with a dream that man and God may live in close relationship..then man ate from the forbidden fruit and got loose, thus the son of man’s incarnate form on earth to rewrite man’s wrongs. At the end of it all Jesus achieved his hope. What message am I putting across to us? I dunno…well you be the judge of that. May the best of our today’s be the worst of our tomorrow’s. Let’s think that far.