By Tolulope A. Adegoke
“It is the ‘assurance of life’ that guarantees you a ‘living’… It is not to please nor oppress others, but to please God Almighty (The Maker) and grants you ‘fulfilment’ alongside divine blessings in these ‘appearance’ and ‘plain’ called ‘life’!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke
Having discussed the facts about discovering your Zero, working on your Zero, harnessing your Zeros towards emerging a HERO in my earlier articles, it was observed from feedbacks across the globe that some people may not really want to embrace new challenges, they do not want to risk losing that little piece of cake in their hands; they do not want to leave their comfort zones towards getting better and brighter opportunities…They want everything on a platter of gold which is not always so in reality. “There is no free lunch in Freetown, everything comes with a cost!” Get that straight
Many people lack the capacity to evaluate options and maximize chances (opportunities); while most people that emerged a HERO today rose up through the storm which came as a blessing in disguise to them, thereby compelling them to effect and accept change in reality! One thing that we must understand here is that vision is not blurred, it can never be hidden but most of the times, we only refuse not to see clearly due to our ignorance, shallow thoughts (mentality), negligence and other factors that limits us. Many, therefore, become frustrated when they do not see or understand their visions; hence, they become ungrateful to God Almighty.
In all honesty, everything we need has been encrypted into us in the forms of talents, potentials, so also, in the storm which is often blessings in disguise as our training ground to unleashing these natural endowments of ours! We need the sixth sense to discover what God has in stock for us as individuals, as an organization (Corporates) and as nations at large. Having discovered these facts, you must play your part of the deal by empowering these gifts, peoples, strengthen your weak areas so as not to drown in the pits of regrets, but emerge a HERO in your generation(s) by harnessing your ‘Empowered Zeros’ in your specific areas of calling. Your gifts/potentials comes (raw) as ‘Zero’ at first, but has the tendency to develop, advance and appreciate when empowered…. Even your storm connotes ‘Zero’, because it is an unpalatable situation (challenge), but can be solved or surmounted through empowerment strategies such as Latent Capacity Building, Understanding and Engaging Divine Wisdom, Appreciating and Engaging the Ultimate Gifts among others. After empowering your ‘Zeros’ to getting the best out of (refining) yourself and life situations, you must then go further to harnessing your ‘Empowered Zeros’ through diverse measures into solving life events, then you naturally emerge a HERO. I, therefore, illuminated further in those articles by ripping some carefully selected individuals/persons in a bid to help us know that it is applicable in true life issues (reality). These ones emerged from the levels of Zero to HERO! We must therefore note these blatant facts that:
Talents are useless until we put them to usage,
Seeds are useless until we cast them into the ground, not just any ground, but fertile ground(s).
You are useless (as ‘nobody’) no matter how gifted you may be, until you show case your gifts/talents…
You are not alive because you are smart, but because of what you have been called and chosen to do by the Almighty!
Every seed, talents or potentials in you are for specific purposes!
Therefore, you must understand your purpose (calling) and deliver your gifts to your world through positive impacts of lives, corporates and nations! What the world wants to hear are your breakthroughs (testimonies of possibilities), and not mere stories.
You are Heaven on Earth…Your gifts and talents are heavenly deposits inside your earthen vessel. (2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God and not of us).
Empowering them all gives you full access into reigning (Heaven) on Earth…You are not of this world, neither are your potentials; but you must be on this Earth (i.e. stay alive) for your talents to function, for them to function as ‘you’, they are packaged in a body called MAN…Your true identity is not your body but the heavenly gifts that the body carries! You are the full identity of the power of God in action. And that is the basis and the peak of all Leadership!
It is your gifts that results to excellence, which attracts success when empowered (worked upon), then leads to the greatness that comes with posterity, while your earthen vessel(s) would decay as a result of the expiration of its existence on Earth.
The ‘Hero’ in you speaks for you even while you are gone! For by their fruits (deeds/levels of impacts) we shall know them!
Do not quit empowering your ‘Zeros’, they might end up becoming your ‘Heroes’ (strengths)!
Here are the powerful words of Edgar A. Guest:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must-but don’t you quit…!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had struck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow-
You might succeed with another blow…
Success is failure turned inside out-
the silver tint of the cloud of doubt-
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to fight when you are hardest hit-
It’s when things get worse that you must not quit!”
Dr. Robert Schuller further added his own bit:
“Don’t trust the clouds- trust the sunshine.
Don’t set your compass by the flash of lightning-
Set it by the starts. Trust the sun-don’t trust the shadows.
Believe in your dreams-don’t believe in your despairing thoughts.
Have faith in your faith-and doubt your doubts.
Trust your hopes- never trust your hurts. And you will on eventually, effectively, inspiringly to faith’s final phase which is the Crowning Stage.”
It is only the potential that is consistently worked upon that (is transformed) delivers a sellable product…which would eventually command blank cheques. Even God Almighty did not wait for man to be perfect before He could love and empower him. God loved us, even when we were unlovable, in our weaknesses, in our sins, so he had to sacrifice His ‘best’ i.e. Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (John3:16) for us to be saved (Empowered), for us to be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ in God Almighty, The Father! In spite of all of our weaknesses, God sees HOPE in us and He always ready to bless us to making better our FUTURE in Him. He gave us Jesus Christ (His Word, Empowerment, sacrifice) that we may dwell in Him and He in us (Christ in us, the HOPE of Glory) to be forever embodiments i.e. carriers of God’s glory, splendours and majesty. “for our body(s) is the temple of God!” God is always seeing a HERO in a Zero! And always ready to help (empower, bless) every “Zero” that submits to Him and subjects themselves to His ruler-ship for them to reign on Earth as kings (Heroes). He turns us into an attraction empire and global evidences of supernatural breakthroughs. He turns dusts into gold!
We can only achieve or attain greatness by wisdom, and wisdom itself is in levels: According to James3:15-17“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and evil work. 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in-treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (KJV)”. James1:5 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (KJV).” Job28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding (KJV).” To acquire wisdom, we must avoid being defiled by the king’s meat just as Daniel and his friends did. Biblical character such as Joseph, Solomon, and Daniel among others, were definitions of divine wisdom which enabled them to live a life of impacts in their generations.
If you do not understand your calling, you cannot appreciate your gifting. Always remember that your gifting is your anointing! And your anointing is the presence of God in you, which must keep flowing to the world through you!
That’s what you owe your MAKER (God Almighty) all the days of your life. Therefore, do not abuse your gifting, they are sacred and must dished out with utmost humility and sanity! It is the ‘assurance of life’ that guarantees you a ‘living’… It is not to please nor oppress others but to please God Almighty (The Maker) and grants you ‘fulfilment’ alongside divine blessings in these ‘appearance’ and ‘plain’ called ‘life’!
Learn, Apply & Share.
Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (From Zero to HERO) by Tolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.
Court Slams N50m Fine on Senator Abbo for Assaulting Woman at Sex-Toy Shop
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Monday, awarded N50m damages against the senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, to be paid as compensation to a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, Osimibibra Warmate, whom he assaulted.
Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.
The video clip of the alleged assault of the woman by the senator had gone viral.
The police had in 2019 charged before a magistrate court in Zuba, Abuja with one count of assaulting Warmate at a sex-toy shop in Abuja.
But the presiding magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, had dismissed the case after upholding the no-case submission filed by the senator.
Warmate, through her legal team including Esosa Omo-Usoh and Nelson Onuoha, went on to sue Abbo in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before the FCT High Court and marked FCT/CV/2393/19.
Justice Bature upheld the plaintiff’s case in a judgment on Monday by ordering the senator to pay N50m to the applicant.
Boko Haram Ambushes Zulum’s Convoy, Kills 15 Officers
At least 15 security personnel comprising eight policemen, three soldiers and four Civilian-JTF personnel died today after suspected Boko Haram gunmen ambushed a convoy of Borno officials travelling to Baga town.
The attacked officials, according to sources familiar with the attack, were heading to Baga town ahead of government’s planned return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri to the camps.
A battery of armed soldiers and police officers, as well as Civilian-JTF personnel, were deployed to provide escort to the officials.
The convoy ran into an ambush by Boko Haram at a spot called Korochara, which is about 2km away from the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force on the way to Baga from Monguno.
“Seven policemen, four C-JTF members and three soldiers died instantly as the insurgents rained bullets on the unsuspecting members of the convoy,” an official of the Borno state government who wouldn’t want to be named told our reporter.
The source said the attack happened at about 2 pm
Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, who is expected to supervise the arrival of the IDPs at Baga, had left Maiduguri earlier in the day via a military chopper.
The Borno State government and the security agencies whose personnel were affected are yet to officially comment on the attack.
The attack happened four days after a colonel, D.C. Bako, died after another ambush by Boko Haram terrorists.
Mr Bako was until his death the commander of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa. He died in a military hospital where he was receiving treatment after the ambush.
Food for Living: Listen to Your Inner Voice
By Henry Ukazu
In today’s contemporary world, we have many interests battling for our attention, especially with the advent of social media. Staying focused can therefore, be a challenge. As rational minds, we all have different thoughts and feelings, but what makes the difference is what we see and hear in our inner minds. For example, we all sit in the same classroom, but our level of comprehension and articulation is different. As a team working on a mission, your vision might be different from what others see, some might be there just to get paid while others might be there to transform the world. Even pain has a different feeling, some people might scream when they feel pain while another person might endure.
As a progressive on a journey to transform the world with your ideas, innovations, and personality, it might be difficult to get a team that believe in not only you, but also in your vision. Whether you are an entrepreneur, politician, student, religious leader, etc., you can challenge and change the status quo. Changing the world is not easy, in fact, it is not easy to change the world; it takes a lot to change a tradition that has been in place for decades, but it is interesting to know that it is easier to influence people than to change them, this is because human beings generally are resistant to change.
Question: Do you have a dream, vision, idea, or plan to bring a change in the society or government? Please bear in mind that it is not going to be easy. However, your concern should be on focusing on the reason it should work and not why it is not going to work. You may be wondering how you’ll achieve this feat when faced with glaring challenges. A great way to remain focused in the face of adversity is to listen to the still small voice in your inner mind. Your inner voice is the greatest strength you can muster when all other options fail. For instance, if you have a strong belief in your network, mentor, friend, parent, associate, or relation to support your work and they disappoint you, what will you do? Will you perish your idea?
Again, you may have strong networks, but they may not see hope in what you are doing. What then will you do? If you strongly feel the vibe and urge to continue in your vision, please listen to your inner voice. A good way to know if your voice is leading you aright is the presence of peace of mind.
For instance, if you need to make a decision at the moment, but can’t figure out what to do, take a moment to take a deep breath, relax and meditate on the pros and cons of the idea. It’s called the law of mental transformation. Success is not a product of what you do alone, it is as a result of who you are becoming than what you are doing. True success is a product of who you are. It should be noted that the mind is like a garden. A garden won’t stay fallow. It either grows flowers and vegetables or weeds, depending on the seeds you sow on it. Your mind will either manifest success or failure depending on the thoughts you feed with it.
Furthermore, it is normal to complain when the line doesn’t add up. For instance, when you lose your biggest clients; feel cheated in business, or even lose a loved one, there are many voices that will give you cogent reasons you shouldn’t continue in that line of business or see the loss of the loved as the end of your vision, especially if the person serves as your biggest supporter or inspiration. But if you are able to think out of the box, you may realise that there are forces or circumstances that may work in your favour without you knowing due to the demise of the person.
Let me share a personal experience with you; three years ago, I quit a good job with no prospect of another job insight because I felt the urge to see my late grandmother, promote my book and get married. Amongst these three reasons, my grandmother has a bigger role and influence because I constantly see her in my dream pleading with me to see her. I didn’t know why, but maybe because I was one of her favourite grandchildren if not the most favourite grandchild. I took the bull by the horn and resigned and traveled to see her, not only did she bless me, she prayed for my book and professional career. I have no iota of doubt that her blessings and prayers have continued to play a huge role in my life. There is a saying that when you lose a loved one, don’t grief much because they have gone to prepare a better opportunity for you. In fact, they are seen as guardian angels.
In conclusion, just so you know, just like your greatest supporter can be your family member, friend, network or stranger, in the same way, they can serve as detractors. Your primary concern is how you can listen to your inner voice and dare to succeed.
Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of gloemi.com. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org