EVEN THE SNAIL MADE IT

EVEN THE SNAIL MADE IT

Even the snail made it…

So then, it is not of him that wills nor of him that runs but it is of God that shows mercy.  Rom. 9:16

The biblical story of Noah and the Ark is quite a profound one. If you are like me, you would probably have asked questions like:

‘Was the ant also in the ark?’ ‘Did the ark accommodate the cockroach?’ ‘How were those unpalatable days with the parrot and mosquito like inside the Ark if at all they existed at that time?’ ‘How did the fishes survive for 150 days without a fish pond?’

Well, while we still find out these answers, let’s just have fun together around a profound principle I esteem in much regard, also assuming that there was such a slow mollusk as the snail in that same ark.

Yes, the snail!

I’m sure you’ve seen a snail before. Imagine if the snail were to be your friend who doesn’t understand what ‘Please hurry up! We are running late’ means.

Also assume that you and your closest friend, the snail  were in the face of an attack  and you’ve made real efforts to escape only that you can’t leave your friend who seems to come last in everything behind.

Before I even go uncontrollably far, can I ask a question:

Who would love the snail as a friend?

Maybe none, reasons being that he is too slow for anything. He comes last in every race. You can’t walk/work with him and not slow down to carry him along.

My goal here is to point you to the fact that even the snail made it-either through Noah’s assistance and patience  (excellent leadership investment) or through his (the snail’s) dogged persistence.

In any way, the snail made it!

Yes, the snail made it to the same destination the horse got to in few gallops. The snail couldn’t compete with the fastest Lion, but he too made it ultimately to the ark with his slow but steady steps. He might have been the last but it mattered little as long as he also kissed the inner courts of the ark.

In this life, nobody is to be written off no matter how his/her weaknesses are boldly written all over him. Anybody can spring a surprise. I’ve seen the dull guys of yesterday taking over the world of influence today. Rise up and help others get better results in life. Get ready to exude patience as a virtue. Imagine if Noah had kicked off the snail, so we would have missed snails in our delicacies today?images

It’s not your fault that God created you in a particular way but it is your fault if you can’t coordinate your life with a sound decision to make it in life even when “the Noahs” around you are too impatient to attend to you alone.

You may not have wings like a dove. You may not push in faster and forcefully like the Lions. You may not be as tall as a giraffe or as smart as the tortoise. You don’t need the feet of a horse to make it in life when God created you uniquely different from them. Simply identify and celebrate your make-up from divinity. As harmless as a snail, you can still sit with Kings and not mean men.

Your problem is not that you are an African. The problem is that you are in love with competition and imitation and you disqualify yourself quickly if the task is more demanding than you are willing to stretch yourself to achieve.

The poison sounds like these:

“I can’t make it!”

“Please, reserve it for people more talented and more qualified than I”

“Please, I’m not ready to be involved in anything that will cost me so much sacrifices”.

Your background is not your problem. Turn weaknesses to advantages.

There are powerful lessons to learn from the snail in our present age:

(1) Don’t rest yet even when the Lion is resting. He has the speed you don’t have to get to his destination long before you. Rather, rise up early and get started in the journey.

(2) Nobody is poor enough to be eternally rejected by prosperity. Don’t be deceived by that man that already has a strong family affluence and wealth in his coffers. Start the journey to greatness. If the snail made it, God can still suspend the flood till you are rescued. Only diligent hands will bear rule (Prov. 12:24).

“A step everyday can mean many steps covered when you look at how you’ve come this far from the top”

Written by Godwin Kalu (Captain)


Godwin Kalu (CAPTAIN) is adept to writing and public speaking. He shares deep wisdom insight on issues of leadership, Relationship, personal development and motivational. He is the host of LEADERSHIP, PURPOSE AND CAREER CONFERENCE; an annual conference which hosts youths, students, entrepreneurs, career persons in hundreds. He shares broadcast messages on WhatsApp and plays host to several online conferences. Contact him on +2348067499014.

It’s Okay To Fail …Sometimes

It’s Okay To Fail …Sometimes

For the righteous falls seven times and rises again. (Prov. 24:16)

It’s okay to fail…sometimes.

I was once invited for a job test for which I traveled about 3 hours to get to the examination venue. I vaguely remember that it was computerized.  I think there were mathematical, abstract and/or psychometric aspects. But long story cut short, my results popped up after I submitted and it was below 40%. *lol, yea* And to make matters worse, my classmate told me after the test that he made a whopping over-70%. images-3You know that feeling of, ‘Wow, girl what were you doing? Sleeping or drooling through the test? That test wasn’t so difficult! Blablabla.’ I have had my fair share of stumbles and slips, failed tests and poor decisions.  I do not know if you also have? But it can be a good thing.

It takes the bitter taste of failure to truly appreciate success and excellence. Every great man can tell you that climbing is an uphill task. You must remember Thomas Edison, the founder of electric bulb. One of my teachers said that the great scientist worked on the electric bulb countless times before it eventually lit. The same goes for other ancient and contemporary scientists, philosophers and artists the world over. The important thing however is that they ALL LEARNED FROM THEIR FAILURE. Let us take only three (3) quick benefits of failing:

1. It keeps us humble (The Bending Effect)

Ah! Humility is key. And an occasional failure has a bending effect which will help you navigate life’s narrow path as well as keep you sensitive of others’ situations and predicaments. We are all that we are by the grace of God. Failing, like the thorn in Apostle Paul’s flesh, helps us to fall on our knees and connect to the Ultimate Source of all grace and help Himself- God. And guess what? This form of bending is true treasure because the arm of flesh will always fail but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and soar like eagles!

2. It lends us some reevaluation period (The Braking Effect)

Sometimes, we all do need to take a break. Of course! Even cars have brakes that help them to take emergency stops and avoid crashing. When we fail, we gain the opportunity to pause and think through what caused the failure, why we failed, if we should continue on the present path or we should change directions. This is gold, believe me, to have God’s direction and leading per time. Life is not about how fast we go but about how well. A time came for the children of Israel under Joshua’s leadership when they went to war against the land of Ai and they were beaten soundly with loss of lives. They went back and sought the face of the Lord, repented of their sins and confessed their total dependence on God, securing His leadership. Then, they regrouped. The next time they fought against Ai, they rejoiced back to their land in victory. 

3. It gives us bounce-back energy (The Bouncing Effect)

Have you seen a springboard? Or a bouncing tennis ball? That’s exactly what failure can do with a man. cartoon-businessman-jumping-springboard-illustration-progress-concept-41144580It lends you a fresh force, propels you with a new form of speed. After a student fails a test, he suddenly realizes that there is so much more that he needs to learn. Then, he sits down for tutorials and burns the midnight oil. But here comes the difference between a wise student and an unwise. The unwise may develop the erroneous idea that his failure defines him. That is when you hear things like ‘I’m not good at Mathematics’,  ‘I’m not an intelligent or fast person’ and so on. But the wise knows that his source is God who can inspire him to excel and abound. He counts on God’s promise that ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ and several others in the Bible. Then the student works hard, practices, submits to tutors and wins with God’s help.

Your story does not end simply because you failed. You see, my own story didn’t end with that unsuccessful job test. No, not at all. I went for other tests and succeeded by God’s grace! I got settled in something better. And guess what? My story has not ended and neither has yours. As long as He lives, we remain victorious. And He is going to live for a very long time – forever.

So, the next time you have a setback, among other things it will be good that you remember to bend, apply your brake and then bounce back under God.

We are what we are by the grace of God (I Cor. 15:10)

Even the youth shall faint and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

Lord, cause every reader to see the treasure in the occasional slips You allow on our paths. Grant grace to us all to bend towards You, take a much needed break to reassess and gain Your leadership during our periods of confusion and to bounce back, propelled by the wings of Your spirit. Shed light on every lie that we were made to believe about ourselves and let this truth set us free. Take all the glory and may Your kingdom continue to expand in our world in Jesus name, Amen.

The Experience 2: Decisions, Actions and Reactions

The Experience 2: Decisions, Actions and Reactions

… Choose you this day…

Last time I shared my experience about “Believe” and how it was one key element of my successful college sojourn. But as I said, belief is not enough. It needs action to make it work. These actions are born out of decisions taken as a result of believing. If you simply fold your hands after believing, then you must have slept, slumbered and the poverty of success as in Proverb 6:10-11 will surely be thy greatest companion. images-17

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

One major decision I made in school was that of life – Eternal Life. I knew little about the university but I have been told of the immense freedom being enjoyed by all and sundry. Freedom can be misused and it is usually misused in higher institutions. To help myself, I joined a fellowship that could act as a guardian to my acts. It was a strict fellowship and they were known for condoning little or no nonsense. I took that decision long before I got my admission and I acted in line with it after resumption.

The fellowship you are associated with can make or mar you. It could hinder or enhance your life. It can misinform or under-inform you. You can be misled or properly led. The opportunities are numerous but the choice can be made by consulting the Alpha. Just as you cannot count the number of denominations in Nigeria, there are numerous in the campus. So how do you choose? Which do you join? You have to decide.

Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend – Proverb 27:17

After my life and relationship with God, I focused on my course of study. I had to make decisions about the department and course. I decided I will attend all lecture and ensure that I am not late for any. I decided that I will do all of my assignments and made sure I never missed any test or practical. For a technology school, tests and practicals were key and absence can result in an outright failure even if you get 100% in the exam.

I took actions to make the above decisions a reality but it was not perfect. I missed a couple of classes for reasons ranging from ill health to lack of interest. But I reacted to my failed actions by making sure I was up to date with what I missed from those classes. I missed a test which dented my first year record. I was ill and believed the lecturer for saying that she will not give us a test. Lo and behold, there was a test that Thursday.

Respect the Lord and make careful decisions, for the Lord our God disapproves of injustice, partiality, and bribery. – II Chronicles 19:7 NET

I also made a couple of heady decision. I decided not to buy any past question in school. I had been discouraged by the accuracy of the ones I saw around. Questions were answered wrongly and I was bold to tell one of the vendors that his answers were wrong. He didn’t take it likely but I was scared that many people will buy and follow the wrong steps. That influenced my decision. But I had to get a couple of past questions after writing my first 200 level test. It was Engineering Thermodynamics. I was lost. I couldn’t answer more than one question out of four. It was disastrous. I had no option than to bury my head in the past question throughout the 3 months strike period.

Making the most of your time, because the days are evil – Ephesians 5:16 images-28

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? – II Corinthians 13:5

An unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

I had series of personal examination. I had to adjust to avoid sinking my ship by myself. I had to hearken to the advice of the experienced ones to excel at that point. If I was to achieve the goal of getting a 70 in every course, I must adjust my sail and tap in to the wind properly. I got 70 in that course to my surprise.

I decided I will not attend night class nor pay for tutorials, but I will be attentive in class, try examples, use the library, and ask colleagues for help if in difficulty. I tried to read ahead in courses that I had the textbook or knew the pattern of the lecturer. It was a complex society of which I needed to maximize every advantage. I fled from social nights and parties, but had an eye on the politics of the department. I wanted to get it right.

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17

Enough of my narrations now. The point is that you must take a stand, act towards it, see the consequences, bear the consequences and if possible make adjustments. The man that is open to change will learn faster but our God is unchangeable and thus his values cannot be compromised.

Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. – Romans 12:11

Be wise and choose your path. It may not be like mine. Let Jesus order your steps and choices and you will not regret it. We work towards perfection daily. Don’t hesitate to run to Him when you have stumbled. Pick up yourself and surge on.

 

Written by Chibuzor Amos


 

Chibuzor Amos is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri and currently a technical professional in an oil firm. He blogs at Soccergunz and Amoscp’s blog.