Which do you prefer? To be a lion or a sheep?

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.

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Hang in there

How hard it is to stick to it when you are not making any head way in your endeavours!

Giving up is easy and accounts for why many people don’t succeed as they aspire to.

It’s nothing new that people easily throw in the towel. And that is the crux of the problem.

You have to hang in there regardless of how many times you fail.

If there is a master key that unlocks the door of success, persistence is that key.

How do you win

How do you win?
Don’t get defeated by eyes;
The look of things
Doesn’t say it all;
It tells the story
Only in part;
If you want the full story,
You have to look beyond
The surface;
Dip your hand deeper,
To bring out what’s inside;
That’s how you win;
And if it’s the kind of fish
You don’t like,
Throw it back into the river.
And dig deeper;
And keep on digging
Until you get the right catch.
If you need to be told
A million times
That you will never win
By giving up,
I will do it;
You win by making sure
You stay on till you win.

Be wise and quit

We are told when we fail, to try and try again until we succeed.

I subscribe to this.

Winners never give up but keep on trying until they succeed.

Everybody ought to know this.

At the same time, wisdom calls us to know when to give up; and when to keep going.

It is not at all times you keep going.

It may be that which you want is not what God wants for you; and that may be why it is not coming despite your efforts.

You should be able to read the writing on the wall; read the signs of the times; and act accordingly.

That may be God at work.

You cannot ignore what God is telling you.

God speaks clearly to those who know His voice. But to those who don’t, what he says is noise.

Blessed are those who know their Master’s voice.

They are the ones who will gain the Master’s reward when they hear his voice and follow him.

So when its not coming because the Master wants you to quit rather than stay on, please do.

Never stop aim

I am still in the wilderness;
I have been there for years,
Trying to find my way,
But I haven’t done so yet;
Definitely, it’s no easy task;
It’s an uphill challenge;
Yet, my determination
Is not shaking;
I will remain steadfast,
Until I find my way.
Never stop aim,
When you have not hit target.
That is the pathway
To achievement.
Stay on till you get it.
Keep taking aim.

Rest and continue (Be inspired today 403 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

Finish whatever you start;
Do not start and quit
When you have not finished;
To do that is to become
A quitter;
And as we all know,
Quitters never win;
And winners never quit;
Quitters are losers;
Losers are quitters;
Don’t make yourself a loser;
Make yourself a winner;
Hence, if you start a thing,
Do not stop until you finish.
And if you must stop,
Do dol only to rest;
After which you continue;
Till you cross the winning line;
Or the final whistle goes.

Stick-to-iters (Be inspired today 372)

I love the stick-to-iters;
People who stick to it;
People who don’t give up;
People who stay committed
To their cause;
I love people who struggle;
People who let nothing
Turn them off their chosen path,
No matter the discouraging
Messages they may receive;
Such are the winners
Of the world;
If you want to win,
Join them;
Struggle;
Stick to it;
Be committed;
Be determined;
Stay on until you win.