The only thing life owes you is the opportunity to be the best you can be! If you fail, don’t look for anybody to blame for it instead, get back up and try again until you succeed.

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Making the right decision and succeeding in life is a function of your choices. Whether you succeed or fail has everything to do with you and nothing to do with the devil. The story of the preacher and an atheist emphasizes the importance of your decisions and outcome. One day a preacher and an atheist barber were walking through the city slum. The barber said to the preacher, “This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No I can’t believe in a God who permits these things.” The minister was silent until they met an unkempt and filthy man. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch stubble on his face. Said the minister. “You must not be a very good barber because you won’t permit a man like that to continue living in this neighbourhood without a haircut and shave.” Indignantly the atheist barber answered, “Why blame me for that man’s condition? I can’t help it that’s he is like that. He has never come into my shop; I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!”  Looking at the barber intently, the minister said “Then don’t blame God for allowing people to continue in their evil ways, when He’s constantly inviting them to be saved.” The right decision at the right time makes you a champion over the affairs of life! Decide what you want to be in life, a failure or a success!

The choice to be or not to be lies with you. You are the chief architect of your life and decisions. God will only come to your aid at your invitation. The best gift you need to succeed is the gift of life, and you have it. Those in the graves are not thinking of success but are silent forever. Everybody is created somebody, you’re not a nobody! Discover what you are good at, gather the relevant knowledge and reach out to people who have succeeded in your area of interest to be your mentor. No individual can succeed alone!  You need relevant people and God to be your guide and instructor.

Most of the successful people we know today were not born great, they achieved greatness through sheer determination, diligence and positive attitude. The most important thing is to be engaged in something. Refuse idleness and the excuse of lack of education, tribe, family background, past failure or your age as the reason for your failure. Success is a function of man’s ability to think and meet a need!

Eleanor Powell rightly said “What we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.” Remember, God didn’t waste time creating a nobody! You were made in His image with special talents and ability to think, create and offer solution to life’s challenges. You are the best of His creation! Don’t belittle yourself and what you can achieve if only you are willing to try just one more time.


Life lesson: A product cannot function outside the manufacturer’s instructions. God is your creator and He knows what you need to succeed. Reach out to Him, and be determined to be the best you can possibly be in life.

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