Life is a school where we learn and gather experience. This enables us to grow.
What have you learned from what is happening around you? I guess so many lessons.
As for me, I have learned and continue to learn a lot from what is happening around me.
I like to share a lesson I have learned about the irrelevance of size to some one who is determined and courageous. In pidgin English, we say, “Small no bi sick.” Bob Sanders tells us, “Size doesn’t matter. It’s all about the heart.”
This is what I want to talk about. You don’t have to be huge to be powerful. You don’t have to be a giant to become a champion. You don’t have to be a heavy weight to become a hero. What matters is how determined and courageous you are not how huge you are.
This truth about life has been repeated countless times. But, as a Greek proverb goes, “Repetition is the mother of learning.”
A small person can beat a huge one hands down in a dwell. Think for a moment of the tiny mosquito. Who is that General in the army who is not scared of it, tiny as it is? Many great men have been pulled down by this apparently insignificant creature.
What defines us humans is not our size but our values. Among these values is courage. Life challenges us to live courageously; to fight for what is ours else another takes it from us without blinking.
The era of survival of the fittest is not yet over. If you close your eyes, you are knocked down; and someone takes what belongs to you.
Benito Mussolini said something which is indelibly registered in my mind. Talking about the need to live courageously, he said, “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
Life demands courage. You cannot go far without courage to dare; without the courage to claim your right. Nobody will look at you, like you or feel sorry for you and hand to you what is your due. Instead, when you are soft. the world will swallow you.
With courage, many things are possible.
I see young people who display tremendous amounts of courage in the world around me. I doff my heart to them.
If God has not blessed you with a huge size, let courage and wisdom play the trick for you. Like David in the bible, fear not to face Goliath, the giant. With God fighting on your side, tiny as you may be, you will emerge victorious from the battle.
If you are passing through a precarious situation, let courage and wisdom feature among your weapons.
To courage and wisdom, add a good dose of persistence.
Winston Churchill left us many great and uplifting words but what he said about persistence particularly caught my attention:
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
He insisted that we must never give up.
As Matt Brandi puts it, “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
Calvin Coolidge made what I consider one of the greatest statements about persistence. Take time to ponder on his words:
” Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Persist. Stick to it. Hold fast to your dream. Jesus Christ was very clear on the necessity to hold fast to our dreams.
In Luke 9:26, he states: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
If you want to win, to enter the kingdom, and you should, pay attention to these words corroborated by Langston Hughes:
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
Life is a broken winged bird,
That cannot fly.” (Langston Hughes).
When I see people sticking to their dreams, I feel very elated and encouraged because that is a sign they. Know what it takes to triumph in life.
As the old saying goes, “the winner never quits and the quitter never wins.”
No matter how dark the sky might look, stay and wait for the rain. A lot of times in life, things look like they are going wrong when in actual fact, they are going right.
As you go into your day everyday, always remember that we live in a highly competitive world; a world where the best prizes go to those with big, lion hearts not chicken hearts.
Be a lion even if you live only for one day rather than a sheep because you want to live for 100 years.
Always draw inspiration from the greatest man who ever lived, Jesus Christ. He was a man of unmatched courage. He knew the fate that awaited him; that he would go through untold suffering, and end in death, but he was ready for it. He did not coward out.
Because of his great courage he died at the tender age of 33 but what he accomplished, no other human being has or will ever do.
He knew his mission, lived for it unwaveringly, stood for the truth unto his death.
In courageously dying for the truth, in dying for what is right, in dying for a noble cause, many people have inscribed their names indelibly in history.
Are you pursuing any dream at this moment? Are you pursuing any cause, be courageous; be strong; be a lion; be as courageous as Jesus Christ. Your golden crown of victory awaits you.