Valued Added Type

Every product on the shelf in any grocery store is valued based on the pice and the Value Added Tax placed on it. Comparatively, every life on this earth is valued based on the price and the VAT added to it. Well, unlike the Value Added Tax from the unwelcomed tax man, mine is rather a “Value Added Type“.

The price you place on your life and the type of value you add to it depends entirely on you. As the saying goes, “how you dress is how you are addressed”; how you project your life is how the world will perceive it. Nobody is a mind reader, hence, we only react based on how you act.

If the price you place on your life is based on the notions of low esteem, low self confidence, not worth more than a farthing, just getting by, living by the penny till the next pay date, just an average person, just an ordinary fella, got nothing to give, etc. then, the type of value you will add to it will be next to nothing. You may have great talents and potentials but if you don’t see your life as worth something, you will see nothing to fight for and will lose the battle even before the war actually started.

On the contrary, if the price you place on your life is worth more than a thousand diamonds, if you know that you are unique and special, that’s there’s only one you on this whole earth, you’re the only original God made and there’s no fake or duplicates anywhere, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, that you are beautiful, that you can change your community and your world, that you can make a difference in someone’s life, that someone’s victorious song depends on you, that you are a hope, a hero and an inspiration to someone; then you will make every effort to add to it the type of value it sure deserves. If you know this, you will get up and fight for your life, for your love, for your passion, for your dreams and aspirations.

By the time you have added all the necessary quality values to your life, you will become someone people love, look forward to see and to hear, someone they aspire to be like. You will have something to give back to your community, to your world. You will be a beacon of hope, of light, of courage, of faith, of love, of perseverance and of encouragement.
20 years after you’ve gone, your name would have become indelible in the sands of time and more importantly, you would still be remembered, you would still be making a great difference in the lifes of many.

Think about your life: what’s your price? What’s your Value Added Type?

Daily Prompt: Value

Light vs Darkness

Genesis 1:2-5
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” – This is exactly what the world is facing right now. Darkness is everywhere; corruption, perverseness, inordinate affection and lust as never known before is the order of the day. Sin and darkness plagues every facet of human existence. Molestations, cruel abuses and breach of trust, dishonesty and lies, wars and WMD unleashed, terrorism and suicide bombings on every soil. Humanity is on the brink of anarchy.

“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”– Amidst all these, God is still there. His seemingly silence does not mean acceptance but rather “patience not willing that any should perish but that all should coume to repentance.” The Spirit of God is watching, to see what believers will do. Watching to see who will go on their knees and intercede for the nations till revival comes.

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.- God dispelled the darkness by speaking forth. His Word was the answer and is the answer to the darkness we face today. His Word, His Son (John 1:1-2). Jesus is the answer for the world, the only Way that darkness and flee from our lives and all that pertains to us. He is the Light of this world. The only way, the only solution to all these headaches and heartaches we face is Jesus. When we invite and allow Him to take lead us day by day through His word, then darkness surely will flee.

“And God saw the light, that it was good:” -God saw the Light was good. Light is always good. Jesus is the true epitome of Light for He is light and in Him dwells no darkness at all. Hence he will surely be good. He only does and makes things good. No matter how the world in its perverseness tries to portray Him, He is still good. That is His nature, and when we follow in His footsteps, goodness flows through us like a river. If all the world follows Him, darkness and evil will disappear for good will surely triumph.

“And God divided the light from the darkness” – God divided the two because there’s no friendship, no connection, no relationship between light and darkness, between God and Satan. You either have one or the other. Both cannot exist in your life. You cannot serve both God the Light and Satan the father of darkness. At each point, one is always your Master. Trying to have both is to deceive ourselves. So let us as children of the Light live according to our profession.

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night– Note the capital letters. These are not just times of the day, they are personalities one must not trivial with. Jesus is the Light, the Day and Satan is the Darkness, the Night. We must reckon with this and be careful how we live our lifes, be careful who we obey and heed to. We are either servants to the Light or slaves to the Darkness, the choice is ours.

Who rules your life, who you obey is who your master is. May we be in word, in truth and in deed children of the Light; for the world will become a better place when all mankind submit their lifes and their hearts to the Light, to Christ.

Darkness

Darkness

Darkness creeps in like a thief
Subtle, sneaky like a snake
Luring gullible minds away from the light
Blinded and lost in a deep dark world
They grope about like three blind mice

But lo, the cry of a Saviour they hear
Embrace His light to free your minds
His light shines clear for you to thrive
Your sight he restores in a flick of a wave
Bid farewell to darkness and welcome The Light

Daily prompt: Darkness

Yellow Sun

Radiant sun, Oh yellow beam
Scorching rays and golden glows
Brighter, fairer, illuminating
Faster than the speed of sound
When you come, men rise to tasks
When your go, men fall to slumbers
Blazing down with scorching heat
Or behind the clouds you hide
Sought after by many and all
Yet alone you dwell up high
Till time is no more
Amazed, awed, astounded, I am

Daily Prompt: AweYellow

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City of Lights

City of Lights
There are dreamers of glitter, with aspirations for gold
Show them the way
To honestly earn their gold

City of Lights
There are humble workers of lowly meagre earnings
Teach them to know
Contentment in their earnings

City of Lights
There are dwellers and owners living in grand palaces
Help them to show
Generosity through their palaces

City of Lights
There are sleepers in alleys, the homeless in dire hunger
Aid them to find
A home, a feast to fill their hunger

City of Lights
There are aggressors with hatred and terror to mankind
Teach them to know
Your love and peace for mankind

City of Lights
There are believers of God teaching men to depart from sin
Aid them to resist
Every temptation to sin

City of Lights
Radiating in heaven with the Presence of the Most High God
Help us to radiate
Through our lives the light of God

Daily Prompt: City

 

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Light Has Come!

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Deep in the tunnels of rage
Bound in the chains of hate
Darkness surrounding like a gate
Hear the voice of the Holy One-
Light has come!

Drowning in the oceans of sin
Buried in its seabed within
Lust enslaving like a gin
Hear the voice of the Holy One-
Light has come!

Crouching in the corners of guilt
Ashamed with the depth of your filth
Hiding in the covers of your quilt
Hear the voice of the Holy One-
Light has come!

Wallowing in wounds of the past
Vowing to avenge with a blast
Pining with emotions of downcast
Hear the voice of the Holy One-
Light has come!

May the Light of the gospel shine into our hearts and draw us nearer to the Lord, Amen.

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My African Experience

Yes, I’m an African, no need to bore you with the details
But when I think of chaos, my lovely country comes to mind.

Imagine this-
43°C hot scorching sun burning and bearing down on your skin,
Leaving you clammy, soaked and almost drowning in your sweat
Car horns blaring your ears to deafness;
Traffic signs and lights broken down completely
With no hope for repairs,
Hence, cars blaring their way through traffic
With one traffic warden directing traffic on a cross-road??
Two or more drivers arguing with one another
Over who is at fault for the accident that just occurred,
With no insurance cover, anything can happen;
While too many public transport bikes popularly called “Okada”
Zoom past traffic so noisily, with some meandering manoeuvres

Public buses crammed with the sweaty and smelly;
Food hawkers calling out for some patronage;
Sirens blaring down the road demanding cars give way-
Sirens of the governor’s entourage not the emergency services;
People crossing roads at different angles and sides
Irrespective of the apparently busy road;
Bus conductors screaming bus stops names,
Shouting on passengersto board or alight,
As well as screaming the bus fare in their ears;
Refuse and dirt lying about here and there;
Electric generators humming outside every house and office
Due to no electric power supply, emitting poisonous gases;
Endless queues of cars and jerrycans at the petrol station
Due to shortage, scarcity and even hoarding of petrol;
Taxi driver and passenger on one corner in a heated argument
Over over-priced fare and non-payment of stipulated fare;
Now, that’s Chaos!

Some towns have achieved a certain 3rd grade sanity,
But others are still victims with no hope in sight.
Chaos!

Nevertheless, I still love my country warts and all
For there’s no place like home sweet home

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Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows-
Sinister, engulfing
Seemingly overpowering
Distorting objects all around you
Sending ripples through your veins
Even the lamp stand becomes an alien
You quaver and shiver under your thick quilt
With fleeting nightmares and eerie imaginations
Your heart pounding, bursting through your chest
But… the flick of the light switch said to the dark shadows
“Begone!”

…In response to our daily post word: Shadow

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