Dust To Dazzle: Jenny’s Story


483772_4924571869959_1673007953_nMy sister, Obiageli had always wanted to be a Medical Doctor. She was not like most kids (I for instance) who changed their careers as they changed their shoe sizes or maybe dress sizes…

When she was graduating from Nursery  school, she won the ‘Most Humane’ award, which meant she was compassionate and could take care of people. Along the line, she read Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands and that really did it for her.
Fast forward to several years later, she had made straight A’s in her Junior WAEC and was topping her class in Senior Secondary School but I guess her life seemed to lack very serious challenges so two of her teachers came together and gave her a very daunting task- To prepare the Skeletal Structure of a Rabbit and submit it for the Children’s Day Science Competition in her school. School Teachers sef!
Anyways, she bought the Rabbit, killed it carefully (Animal Rights Activists where una dey?) cooked it carefully, skinned it carefully, ate it carefully (with her friends though) and finally got through to the bones which she had to preserve with chemicals.
IMG_20150813_134021As the day of the competition drew nearer, her heart beat faster  as she had started quite late (fire brigade things). One day to the competition, some bones get missing (arrow from the village?) but she kept going and finally got the structure up. Did she win the competition? Sure thing! That’s how we roll…
Well, to Oby (now known as Jennifer a.k.a Jenny) she thought it would be easy to get admission to study Medicine in school, after all, she was a star student but the opposite was her story. She didn’t make Medicine in the University here in Nigeria, she did however get another admission in Ghana but instead of getting Medicine, she ended up studying Medical Radiography. That didn’t deter her though as she kept faith, grew in her relationship with God and dusted the course. 1456512_10201450760848782_101209448_n
After her graduation and internship, she kept saying she wanted to go in for Medicine. She kept at it though, without being distracted and a few months later, it came through for her! She finally got admission to study Medicine in a University abroad. WOW!
I remember dropping her off at the airport when she was leaving, I was really inspired by her dedication in pursuing her dreams against all odds. She was not discouraged by the many seemingly disappointments she faced, all things worked out for her good and soon she will be inducted as Dr. Jenny…
Wow! So what’s that dream you have? What has God put in your heart to do? It might be taking like forever but don’t give up! Keep the fire burning, continue in pursuit and keep praying. Whatever it is, will definitely come through for you.
The Storytela

Have you been in a Pressure Pot before?

ImageYes, that’s exactly my question. Have you ever been put in a Pressure Cooker, spiced up  and cooked nicely till you are all soft and ready to eat?

If your answer is ‘No’ then you need to get someone to put you into a Pressure Cooker and get you cooked and done nicely.

This is because you are not going to really get far in life if you do not go through pressures that will bring out the best in you. Ever heard of the Refiner’s fire?

So instead of feeling discouraged, feeling low, feeling de-motivated or feeling down because of the things you are going through, you ought to stand up! Shake yourself up and move forward! It’s time to make progress! It’s time to make advancement and it all begins with your mind.

You’ve got to change your thoughts, don’t think victim, rather think victory. Instead of seeing your environment as an obstacle, see it as a stepping stone. Think how you can make things better.

See, a car is made to run irrespective of the environment it finds itself. Whether in New York City or in Haiti, a Rolls Royce would move, this is because it is wired to move from inside and not from the ‘poshness’ of it’s environs.

Take a moment to do this, bring out a currency note, what is the value of the note in your hand? Throw it on the floor and step on it. Pick it up again and crumple it in your hand (currency abuse you are thinking, right?) Bring it out and look at it again. Has the value changed?

The answer is NO! A hundred dollar bill is a hundred dollar bill no matter what you do to it. It would actually appreciate in value if taken to some environments.

What does that say about you? You are not an ordinary person, there’s more to you than the flesh and blood that everyone sees. It’s the inner man. That inner man does not depreciate in value ever!

You’ve got to make up your mind never to be discouraged or de-motivated for one more second! Don’t waste your energy being angry with the system. The system was created by men like you, look for ways you can increase in relevance and very soon you would have opportunities to positively impact the system.

Whatever you do in life, you are really doing for yourself.

Think about that for a moment and decide if you want to continue on the paths you’ve chosen.

If you decide to make a change for the better, then do so now! Stop the procrastination because the Clock is moving and so is the time.

What’s in it for you?

ImageWhy are you where you are at the moment? Yes, why are you doing that job? Why are you running that business? Why are you involved in that activity? Why do you attend that Church? Why do you have those friends? In general, why are you living the way you are living? WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU?

When I ask that question, I’m not referring to material benefits; rather I’m referring to PURPOSE.

What is the purpose for your job? Are you doing it for the money? Why do you go to Church? Is it because you want God to bless you? Why do you do the things you do? Defining the reason you are involved in something would help you do more and also derive fulfillment from it. That way, no amount of discouragement would stop you and derail you; you would keep at it because you have a purpose which is beyond material benefits.

The fact that you may not have a definite purpose, a definite reason or a raison d’etre does not mean that you should quit or resign. Rather, it means that you should ask yourself questions. Prayerfully consider matters, talk with your mentors or spiritual leaders and keep your mind open as the Spirit of God will bring to your heart, the reason you are involved in that particular thing. For some other situations, you might need to re-align yourself and change directions.

Why do I blog? Is it because I want to be known as a blogger? No! Absolutely not! I once started blogging but when it dawned on me that I hadn’t defined the purpose for my blogging, I stopped. Things started without a lasting purpose would definitely die a natural death. It took me about three years to define the purpose for my writing and to also develop a direction and message. When the time came, I knew because I had the purpose and I had the message.

What about you? Couples divorce because they have not aligned the purpose of their marriage to God’s purpose for marriages. People quit because they do not find a meaning in what they do. Thousands commit suicide because their lives don’t have a meaning.

Don’t wait till you are forty, fifty or seventy to find a purpose in your life. Make up your mind to find it today! How? Turn to God; he made you in the first place so he knows the exact reasons for the things that have to do with you. Also, look beyond material benefits to IMPACT! Are you impacting someone? Making someone’s life better? Are you extending the vision of your organization?

Finally, the bible says ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’ (Colossians 3:23). That is a purpose for ANYTHING you do. Look beyond your boss, or your spouse, or your colleagues or the Government or whoever, just do it and do it for God.