Sunday, April 24, 2011

An attitude to adopt this Easter!

Taking into consideration that this season signifies the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, Easter is a good time to reminisce about everything. With a thankful heart, we reflect on the gift of life, the small victories of everyday and the opportunity to grow and expand our sphere of influence. We also thank God for the failures.
Sometimes, we dwell too much on our failures and inadequacies. Forgetting that those things can also be our opportunities to excel. I mean, failing should not mean the end of the world. In fact, it can be used as an opportunity to try harder and excel. 
A young reader sent me an SMS last week, sharing how frustrated he/she was about the Nigeria education system. If you have written JAMB or WAEC more than once, you would be able to empathize with this person. Many young people are in the same position- fretting over the future, worrying about failing etc. This attitude can only add up to our problems. Worrying has never been said to bring victory.
This Easter, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we must remember to key into the victory. Jesus rose up victoriously from death. We must live life victoriously. Sometimes, when we look at the reality around us, it pays more to squat in self-pity and defeat than operate in victory. 
But Maryanne Williamson’s famous quote also used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech highlights some truth- “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
And so we MUST celebrate Easter with the knowledge that we are more than we are allowing ourselves to become, with the knowledge that we can live in victory and excel. Celebrate knowing we now have a new President elect- congratulation President Goodluck Jonathan! And that Nigeria’s democracy will not fall apart. We also celebrate Easter with our hearts reaching out to the families of many Nigerians who lost their lives in the Election violence in some areas and Post election riots in the North. No doubt, many agree that the violence was not needed.
Happy Easter celebration!

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