JUNE 7: CHEERS TO BEING TWENTY-ONE

CHEERS TO BEING TWENTY-ONE
“A thousand times I fail, still your mercy remains
Should I stumble again, I’m caught by your grace”
Dear reader,
If this isn’t love, then I wonder what is
Isn’t it miraculous, just the way God can transform crap into something worthwhile
What haven’t I done?
Often times, I have reduced God, limiting him to my dimensions
Ascribing to him, my own reactions, responses and feelings
Forgetting that it is I who is made in his image and not other-wise
“MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NOR MY WAYS YOUR WAYS”
God’s nature of divine love is inscrutable, transcendent and manifestly unquestionable
Our limited and conditional love, multiplied and expanded is but a distant metaphor compared to his
I’ve lived a life of selfishness, selective and passive loving
A life of self-righteousness and pride
My opinions always had to be right, and my voice had to be heard
A couple of times, the sun have gone down on my anger
Even more, I have cursed those who curse me
The reality of God’s never ending love kept escaping me
I’ve shed stormy, scalding, steamy, heart-wrung tears
Staring helplessly confused, at this rail, the train of my life journeys on
I’ve appealed to the heavens in prayer so hopeless and agised, with my brittle frame, on my knees
That once I’d felt St. Peter slam the gates of the heavens shut
But one thing there is that I am constantly reminded of:
Romans 8:38 “NOTHING CAN EVER SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE”
Before the foundations of the world, he loved me
And even till now, he loves me
His love has got nothing to do with my blatant misdeeds, or palpable flaws
I am called to be completely irrelevant, having nothing to offer but my vulnerable self
So that the love of God might be revealed
For family and friends who are a part of my life as reflections or refractions of God’s eternal love
I cannot love you perfectly nor unconditionally
There is no human love that is not broken somewhere, somehow
My broken love is however a partial reflection of God’s perfect love for us all
As I celebrate being twenty-one this day, my heart is filled with so much appreciation
I’m indeed grateful for where God has brought me and where he is taking me to
Now to him who is able to keep me from falling and to present me faultless,
Before the presence of his glory with exceeding Joy:
I may yearn for roses and fields of amber grain, but if you choose lord,
I’ll live among the thorns and fields smothered with weeds
To Olayinka Ope, my first ever true and best friend, distance cant mar this love
Thank you for showing me what true love is like and even if I haven’t seen you for six years
I know our friendship will always wax stronger, I love you Nigress! (nigga + tigress) LOL!
Edmund Oseahon! I see ya
To Mofeoluwa and Vaughan
The new wine in the old skin of this stony heart God has made flesh
The earthly source of my strength and inspiration
The beautiful imperfection of your friendship has been a catalyst of positive change in my life
To obehi ehinmehn, I know I usually do not appreciate you enough, thank you love!
To Semidara Jones Pamoweih, you proud ass nigga, thank you for bearing with my incessant nagging and cruelty lol! may God give you the spirit of long-suffering to continue to accomodate me
To my LSS and SCM fam! You rock guys! Extra love to swaggertols and Tofo!
Beautiful Betha, Brazen Bolaji, Lovely Laide, Ngozi, Chef Nma, Ore Jumia, Ochuware! Awon temi ti Emerald, you guys are so amazing! Thank you.
To Slum2School Africa, for giving me a new purpose in life, thank you!
Law Class of ’15!!! We rock!!! Hell Yeah!

To everyone that i’ve come across in these past years, thank you! may God’s love never escape us, may every road we take lead us to fulfillment, and may we find the grace never to thread on lonely paths!
Most times I’m mean, grouchy and cold, but hey! Mummy Hilda loves y’all!.IMG04321-20120225-1634_1
CHEERS TO BEING 21! IT’S BEEN GOD ALL THE WAY!!! #TEAMGEMINIIkorudu-20130918-09131-001 IMG_14216001_1_edit_edit IMG04229-20120222-1305 - Copy team lawIMG-20131028-09947-001

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A PERSONAL TRIBUTE(ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA)

And so Madiba is gone. He’s done the best he could and he’s finally at peace. We all knew this day would come, we just didn’t expect it to be now. Tributes are going up everywhere around the world, flags are being flown at half-mast, the world literally is standing agog for this one man who has inspired millions of people across the globe. Being a ‘90s born, I do not know so much about his deeds apart from the things I’ve read about him which are in no way meagre. I bet there is lesson to learn from Madiba’s life, he stood for everything right and befitting. Indeed, it was a long walk to freedom. From his war against the apartheid system, to his incarceration, his ardent belief that every African child needed to be educated, and have access to adequate health care, his fiery passion to see every African free from abject poverty and squalor; dehumanization; disenfranchisement; and injustice of any sort to finally becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has proved to me and the entire world that one man can start a revolutionary change which can affect the lives of individuals in a positive way. The burden now falls on us to continue with this change. It is time for the next Generation to continue the struggle against social injustice, the future of humanity lies nowhere else but in our hands. From you I’ve learned to be myself, to use my every God given talent for the better good of humankind, to love those who love me and those who hate me as well, to forgive and let go of the hurt, to give until nothing else can be given. I will be among the millions who will keep your legacy living in my heart, believing that together we have the power to change the course of destiny, trying each and every single day to make Africa a better place. Thank you Madiba for being you, Rest In Peace!

                                                                                                                        Image   NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA

                                                                                                                                                      1918-2013