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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Love your neighbour:Whose feet are U washing today?

Love your neighbour as you love yourself (Mark 12:31)

But we always ignore this first part of the verse and work hard to accomplish the” loving ourselves part “am not trying to attack anyone, just stating the facts. How many of us really know the people that live around us? It does not matter whether you live in a posh area, shared apartment, and town or in the village. Christian or no Christian, how many of us take the time to say Hi? Hello?  Or ask their neighbour how they are? Some people will claim they are conservative that is why they mind their own business. 

Friends we live in a selfish fast paced world where everything is about us-what do I want? Where do I want to live? How much money do I want to earn? How many kids do I want to have? What’s in it for me! I am sorry to say this-we have become too busy pursuing happiness and making money and getting Qualification’s after qualification’s but forget how to live life to the fullest!

Some people go to work in their posh cars with tinted windows, close themselves in their glass windowed office, ride back home in the evening to enjoy the comfort of our houses without as much as a hello to the gateman that opens your gate every morning, or a smile to the checkout assistance who scan and bag your goods when you went to the supermarket on your way home from work.

Some of us are so busy with life that we have no time for our own families, we are just “chasing the pounds “as my friends would call it. We go from one promotion to the next trying to beat everyone climbing the corporate ladder, but for what? So that you can seem better than other people? You want to be richer than the rest of your friend or family?

Oh, I don't live this kind of lifestyle, ok, I hear you, but even in that small flat of yours how many times have you passed your neighbour or neighbours kids without as much as a smile on their way, do you even know their names ?? Yet you call them neighbour… when I started living on my own, all I want was a room to call my own, so I work hard and get it and its exciting and beautiful, but after sometime I wanted something more because I just don't want to share toilet with anyone, I just want to live comfortable, so I started wishing for two bedroomed that I don't really need. I always told God that if he would give me a bigger place I would make it a place where people could come and feel at home and sheltered and cared for. God gave me my wish but I failed to keep this promises and God took it away from me to teach me lesson on (Giver 109) stuffs that will make me to see many good days. Friends the reason why we don't get much is because we don’t give much.

I see depressed people everyday chasing dreams getting frustrated with God. They pray, fast and calling the name of the Lord yet the answer He gave them 10 years ago is still there waiting to be acted upon, giving of your time, of your money, of your possessions, of yourself….next time before you pray and ask God how comes your life is messed up, serve other people and see the difference it makes in your life when you humble yourself by giving people your love, support and your time. The thing is; we live in a society where it’s more easier and acceptable to receive than to give.

I read a story about somebody who is getting married, but the partner did not know that the other person he/she is marrying is HIV positive; the dreadful part of it was that; there is someone close to both couple who knew one of them is HIV positive but she is not ready to tell because she feels it’s not her place to do so? One thing I know is that when two are joined together no one should separate but this two are not joined together yet, however, we find this kind /types of cases around us all the time and we decides to keep our mouths shut, not to interfere, we always claims its not in our places to tell or afraid of being the bad person…..please tell me when did we start handing over death sentences to people? When did we lose our moral responsibilities, when did we stop caring? When did we begin to give up on the human race forgetting that we are actually giving up on ourselves?? It’s always about me, yet your neighbour is about to faces death as you watch, yet their kids engage in sex and alcohol as you watch, yet life slips away from them as you watch….

This piece is especially for the ladies who live on their own…..too busy working, too busy with the ups and downs of life competing with so and so, to acquire this and that, I've asked myself this question- if I was living alone and I was to die in my sleep today who will find me first? People from work will call of course, my sister might think something is up but she wouldn't rush to my place first because she lives in Africa and I live in Europe,……my neighbour would go on with their lives until they discover that something is not smelling right……people let us not be selfish with our time, our money, our possessions….don't live life on the fast lane to acquire earthly goods that have no heavenly use, let’s not forget the greatest commandment of all, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or catholic….Love your neighbour as you love yourself. The greatest example we see of service and love is when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples…..so whose feet are you washing today??



Sunday, 1 February 2015

Dear February

 

With God by my side I take a step of faith into the unknown, a new month, a new canvas and a new exploits. I know I am a vessel to be used in this month, so as I enter into February with Grace, Favour and Mercy, I pray for strength, courage and obedience to keep the commands of the Lord in Jesus name. Amen!

So here are 20 things to know about me as we begin this new journey.

#1. If I were a time of day, I'd be evening; between 9pm-12 midnight I have a thing about late night calls, saying i love you and good night to those who melt my heart (like my sister)
#2. If I were a day of the week, I'd be Sunday eagerly waiting for the church second service and to catch up with friends in the evening at cells group, then later top it with a movie marathon on YouTube till the wee hours of Monday morning, it always sad to say goodbye to Sunday. 
#3. If I were a month, I'd be February because I was born in February; I always feel love, something new and fresh in this month and it so unique out of all the 12 month in the year because month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years. I am blessed and I know it.
#4. If I was a piece of furniture I would be a bed, I love my sleep, reading my bible and some interesting books  in the comfort of my big bed, knowing that that’s my space… spend most of my time there, dreaming, praying, chatting,  writing, planning and crying.
#5. If I were a direction I'd be south - western, if you live in Lagos then the lagoons and creeks are to die for, so relaxing, refreshing. I love my country.
#6. If I were a tree, I’d be two trees timber and aloe Vera. Timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the tree.  Aloe Vera is also called the miracle plant which can survive for years through stormy weather…the story of my life.
#7. If I were a musical instrument, I'd be the saxophone, for that’s how I would love to be loved and handled.
#8. If I were a kind of weather, I'd be the sunny weather after the rains; the cloud clears; the sun brightens the day which is a sign of hope.
#9. If I were a Colour, I'd be red, orange  and yellow always lighting up the room with my smile, giving hope to those in a storm that one day it will all be in the past, forgotten, forgiven, a clean slate, a new love, something new and flourishing.
#10. If I were an emotion I'd be compassion. It’s something beyond my control.
#11. If I were a sound, I’d be the sound of the bongo because I love to dance rumba.
#12. If I were a flower, I'd be a rose so delicate and protective with its thorns, I believe such is a love of a man to a woman. A rose is low in price and yet so rare to receive, I want my rose today not on my birthday or Valentine’s Day.
#13. If I were a fruit, I'd be a pineapple, Satsuma and strawberry.
#14. If I were a place, I'd be Paris, its rich culture, friendly people and quality cheese and food to die for !
#15. If I were a room in a house, I’d be the bathroom/toilet. It’s the only place I can run from the world and no one would follow me. In the bathroom, I do have my own quiet moment; I sing new song to my heavenly Lord especially when I am having my bath, I laugh at situation and talk to my heart. 
#16. If I were a scent, I'd be the smell of the earth when the raindrops hit the ground…its beautiful.
#17. If I were a body part, I’d be the heart, for through my heart I seek my God, feel all things and touches all things.
#18. If I were a song, I'd be Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) -It is a reminder to continue trusting THE LORD no matter what may come in life and we can always know that HE is watching over us.
#19. If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be gorgeous 4 inches stilettoes to show off my beautiful and wonderful made cat walking legs.
#20. If I were a story, I’d be a story of Love; For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have eternal life.

Happy New Month to all my blog readers. xx

Alaba Saliu