#6 Something We Can All Learn From

” Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”

_Groucho Marx


Well, there you have it. Ever since I was young, I have heard times and times again that experience is the best teacher but it just never convinced me. I believe that Experience is a teacher alright just not the best.

Looking at quote, I fell like shouting:” YESS” but I’m refraining myself!!😁 nevertheless, Groucho Marx hit the bull’s eye; we can’t go through life expecting to learn from our own experiences only. We gotta also read, listen to other people’s stories, watch and observe and learn from all that. Learning is a continuous process and it’s not done only through books but also from our entourage. I myself I am an observer, many a times I’ve been accused of staring too much or being shy whereas really all I’m doing is observing people, listening, paying attention to every detail, it’s just like a puzzle to me. But maybe that’s just my weirdness!!😅😅

I don’t know about you but for myself, i have avoided some very serious troubles by learning from others therefore I’m encouraging you to try this new way of learning, you won’t regret it. Also gotta keep in mind that no man’s an island.

If you’re faced with a problem, remember you’re not the first one to face it so before making a decision try to see and research how those that faced it overcame it or if they failed, why and how they failed.

What do you think about that quote? Agree or disagree? Feel free to comment your thoughts.


Much blessings!!

Next on Quote Dictionary: ” Problem Solving: Einsten’s Formula”


#5 Don’t Focus Only On Your Rearview Mirror

Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson not a life sentence.”

_Unknown


I don’t know who wrote this one but when I saw it, it spoke to me. It’s true that one’s past has a huge influence on the present and one may say that it shapes the person you later become; but let it not be a prison. Let us not hold on to the past hurts and tragedies. It’s true it was painful, dark and traumatising but we gotta look beyond that, see it as a life lesson and move forward to the future we desire not the one we fear.

Whatever’s happened to you, don’t let it hold you down, use it as a catapult to move forward. Don’t sit in the driving seat of your life and drive looking in the rearview mirror. I have had many times in my life when I thought that it was the end, that nothing good was ever going to happen; sometimes we find ourselves in that place between a rock and a hard place and you begin to think: “this is it, this is the end” isn’t it? Here’s the good news:
“No matter the length of the night, the morning will come and the sun will rise again.”

Looking at the past as a lesson not a life sentence is how you turn your scars into stars.



Thank you!! 

How does that quote strike you!? Please do share your opinion by commenting.

Much Blessings!!

Next on Quote Dictionary: “Something We Can All Learn From”

#4 Express yourself: You Are Unique

To the heart in you, don’t be afraid to feel

To the sun in you, don’t be afraid to shine
To the ocean in you, don’t be afraid to rage

To the silence in you, don’t be afraid to break.



Najwa Zebian


This speaks volume!! I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it.

What I see is: every person on earth is unique and particular. There are no photocopies, every person is original in his/her own way. No matter your position  and circumstances in life, you still have something to give. There’s someone out there who is in need of what you have, what you know, what you can do. 

So don’t be afraid to express yourself, let your heart feel, let your sun shine, let your ocean rage, break the silence!! Why?
Because there is no one and there’ll never anyone quite like you.


Feel free to express yourself by dropping one or two comments!! 

#3 Words Vs Actions

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”


James Baldwin


This right there, talks of real education. Being part of big family i have come to realise that my siblings aren’t really good at listening at all. For instance, I could tell my brother a thousand time to eat and he wouldn’t listen but when he sees me eating, he’d be like: ” hey make me something too”. But just not to blow my own trumpet even if it’s mine and i ought to be the one to blow it , I also behaved the same when I was his age.😅😅

This goes to show that when it comes to education, it is important to lead by example. Even research shows people remember most what they see than what they hear.

It’s actually true, there’s a another quote that says: “Action speak louder than voice.”  

 So, you got siblings, children, students, cousins, nieces, nephews, talk with your voice and your actions!!

What’re your thoughts on this?  

You’ll find me in the comment section!!

#2 This Is How You Know


You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”

Bob Hope


When I read this quote, the first thing that came to mind was: “voila!!” Second was: Can this even happen!?

Then I remembered my upcoming grandpa birthday, he will be reaching 100 years of age. Amazing right!? 

So, in his case, I believe that the candles will definitely be more expensive than the cake!!😂😂😂

How abouy you!? Whats ur take on this? Ur welcome to share by commenting!!

I dedicate this quote to all the elders and grandparents in the world!! Long life and Peace from God!!

#1 Thus It Begins: The Start Of Something Beyond Cool!

Hey guys!!

Shalom. Shalom!!

I had an idea a few weeks back to start a quote dictionary, basically it would be made of quotes that inspired me or that I liked enough to write them down.

Today, I’m starting  it right here!:)

I’ll be posting a quote everyday and we can all talk about it or reflect on it( if you want) in the comment section( I’m really looking forward to it).

There won’t be any special alphabetical order tho; it’ll be freestyle!!

Without further ado: Thus it begins:

Family isn’t about whose blood you have, It’s about who you care about.”

Trey parker and Mark Stone


Sunday’s Coming: After this you will never see Easter the same again!!

As you read this, I assure you that you will never see Easter the same again, just open your heart to see and understand what really happened on good friday and realize why Easter Sunday is a very special day, in fact it’s the most special day in all the history of mankind. It is written in the words of Pastor SM Lockridge:

 

It’s Friday

Jesus is praying

Peter’s a sleeping

Judas is betraying

But Sunday’s coming

It’s Friday

Pilate’s struggling

The council is conspiring

The crowd is vilifying

They don’t even know

That Sunday’s coming

It’s Friday

The disciples are running

Like sheep without a shepherd

Mary’s crying

Peter is denying

But they don’t know

That Sunday’s a coming’

It’s Friday

The Romans beat my Jesus

They robe him in scarlet

They crown him with thorns

But they don’t know

That Sunday’s coming’

It’s Friday

See Jesus walking to Calvary

His blood dripping

His body stumbling

And his spirit’s burdened

But you see, it’s only Friday

Sunday’s coming

It’s Friday

The world’s winning

People are sinning

And evil’s grinning

It’s Friday

The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands

To the cross

They nail my Savior’s feet

To the cross

And then they raise him up

Next to criminals

It’s Friday

But let me tell you something

Sunday’s coming

It’s Friday

The disciples are questioning

What has happened to their King

And the Pharisees are celebrating

That their scheming

Has been achieved

But they don’t know

It’s only Friday

Sunday’s coming

It’s Friday

He’s hanging on the cross

Feeling forsaken by his Father

Left alone and dying

Can nobody save him?

Ooooh

It’s Friday

But Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday

The earth trembles

The sky grows dark

My King yields his spirit

It’s Friday

Hope is lost

Death has won

Sin has conquered

and Satan’s just a laughing

It’s Friday

Jesus is buried

A soldier stands guard

And a rock is rolled into place

But it’s Friday

It is only Friday

Sunday is a coming

 

Happy Easter to everyone!! God Bless you

The Best Is Always Yet To Come

 

 

 

 

Funny Questions & Answers #3: This Will Crack You Up!!(Not Literally of course)

Where do computers go to relax?

  • The disco

How do you catch a vampire fish?

  • With bloodworms

What’s white and hard and prickly?

  • A skeleton that needs a shave

Why would one wish to have been born 200 years ago?

  • Because there wouldn’t have been so much history to learn at school !

What can you give a sickly robot?

  • Iron tablets

What’s the difference between someone in a hurry and someone wasteful?

  • One makes haste the other makes waste

Which part of the computer squeaks?

  • The mouse

Where do you take a sick bird?

  • To the casualty wing

How can you save a sick vampire?

  • Stick your neck out for him

Why do you have splinters on your hand?

  • I was leafing through the captain’s log

Why was Dracula kicked out of school?

  • He failed his end of term blood test

Why do wizards have fond memories of school?

  • They always come top in spelling

 

Teacher: “Why have you brought a fish into music?”

Student: “You said we were going to play scales today sir !”

 

Should you cycle to school on an empty stomach?

  • You could, but it would be easier on a bicycle

What happened to the man who discovered electricity?

  • He got a nasty shock

Did you hear about the cabbage whose neighbor won the lottery?

  • He was green with envy

Did you hear about the man who went to the doctor and told him he thought he was suitcase?

  • The doctor sent him packing

Did you hear about the burglar who was arrested in his shower?

  • He was trying to make a clean getaway

Why is it dangerous to tell jokes when you’re skating?

  • Because the ice might crack up

I would tell you the joke about the fence…

But I know you’d never get over it !

I would tell you the joke about the fruit bowl….

But you’d go bananas !

I would tell you the joke about the highly contagious disease….

But you’re sure to get it straight away !

 

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A Journey Into One’s Heart

Greetings!! Today we gonna take a journey into our very heart to discover our character.

So buckle up, it may be a bumpy ride. Let’s start:

What do I mean by character?

  • Character simply means that which does not change.
  • Character is a commitment to a set of values without compromise
  • Character is a dedication to a set of standards without wavering because it is those very standards that will create your character. For example; if you decide to be honest, then that will be your only policy, not your best policy as some business men say but your ONLY policy because character HAS to BE CONSISTENT and unchanging.

Consider the alphabet letter, they are called characters, why?  Because they don’t change; A is still A wherever you go, in America, Europe or anywhere; same with figures, 1 is still 1 whether it is used day or night, remains the same; same with principles they also don’t change.

  • Character is self-imposed discipline for the sake of moral conviction, in other words if you have character you don’t need someone always watching over your actions, you will police yourself, you will watch over your own actions.

The question now becomes, how often do you change? Are you the same person all the time? Are you consistent? Are you predictable? Who are you when you are alone and nobody is looking?

  • Character is the result of the integration of your words, deeds, actions into one. I mean, what you say, what you do and the actions you take becoming one. One without character will say one thing, do another and promise something else. In one word, character is integrity always and in everything.

To keep your character, you gotta be willing to sacrifice. Whether it is a relationship, time, money, resources because there will always be events and circumstances and people pulling you in all kinds of directions and in such cases, it will be your character or lack thereof that will keep determine what you choose.

It is important that one has character because it is what will make people to trust you; nobody wants to be around an unpredictable, volatile person. Character is the foundation of trust, that is why the bible says Love everyone but Trust only God because men are unpredictable and not trustworthy. In other words, if what you say, do and act is not consistent, uniform, one, then how can one trust you?

How can you trust a salesman who doesn’t use the products he is selling? I was discussing with a class mate one day, i was telling him about how a person can say one thing and do another and he said to me as an answer: “ Do what I say, Not What I do” and we laughed about it but later when I got home and thought about it, I was amazed to say the least. How can one teach or say one thing and do another, and expect people to trust what he is saying? If what he is saying is not working for him or helping him then why should he teach it to others? Why should it help others? I’d think that whatever it is, if it’s something to impart to someone else for their good, you’d start by using it on yourself.

Friends, this is not what the gospel of Jesus is about. Jesus practiced what he preached, even Apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 9:27:” But I discipline my body and bring it to subjection lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” Can you see that!! So we gotta practice what we preach, what we say, otherwise we are not qualified to preach or teach anybody because we simply can’t be trusted.

Some people would gladly sell their principles, character for money, fame, popularity, or any other possession; such don’t realise that our future is dependent on our character not on our charisma, gifts, talents, beauty, speaking skills, ability to inspire people and others; in other words, our life is the weight of our character.

How stable are you?  Are you the same irrespective of the happenings around you? Are you like Job who remained righteous in riches and poverty, good health and sickness?  Job 1: 1-22

Do you have character?

I have realized that for a lot of us people, our situation is what determines our reactions and actions; sometimes even how we pray. If you are sick, your prayer becomes:’ Lord, heal me heal me’; when you are poor, your prayer becomes:” Lord bless me bless me”. Yet the bible says in all things give thanks and praise the Lord, this does not mean that you cannot ask for whatever you need or talk to God about your challenges but let that not be your focus, let that not be all that your prayer is about, let that not be the reason you are praying, because if that is the case, you will only find yourself praying only when things get tough and difficult and such is not true Christianity because Christianity is a relationship with God, in good times and hard times.

If you read Job 1: 20:” Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped

After receiving the bad news of all his possession being stolen, his children’s dying, the bible says that Job didn’t lament, he didn’t accuse God, he didn’t ask questions, he didn’t begin to see God in a bad light; he simple fell to the ground, knelled down and Worshipped.

He remained faithful to God; he remained consistent in his relationship with God. Right there you see that:” Those who bless God in their troubles and hard times prove their sonship.”

Consistency is the very character of God; you see it in Hebrews 13:8:” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” This right there is consistency. See also James 1:17

It is God’s consistency that qualified Him to be trusted, relied upon, and depended on. I believe that’s why even Job remained faithful because he realized that even though he lost everything, he can still TRUST God because He is consistently good, loving, compassionate, reliable and dependable. Same with Abraham, when God asked him for Isaac, the bible says he trusted that God who gave him Isaac was able to resurrect him even from the dead. Hebrews 11:17-19.

Why is character so important to God? Because character is what will make your gift or talent to work and stay. Look at David, the reason he played the harp and the evil spirit in Saul was appeased wasn’t because he was the best harp player in the whole kingdom, it was because of his good character. If you read the whole of 1 Samuel 16:14-18, you will see how they describe David’s character: prudent in matters, a man of war, intelligent and The Lord is with him!! David was chosen because of his good character.Surely the palace already had many entertainers because there were no radios, dvds and tvs and these people also knew how to play music well, probably even better than David since it was their job of everyday. As David played the harp with his hands, the sound, the note entered into him and mixed with his character and integrity and that brought about the difference from what the other musicians of the palace played; when Saul heard that melody, the evil spirit left him. Think about it, do you think that if they had given the harp to someone else to play, would have the evil spirit departed from Saul? I think not! Because it was David’s character not harp that made the difference.

Right there you can see why you can’t just listen to any music you want because if David with his good character played music and evil spirits are leaving people, what will happen if a person with a bad character plays music!? Simple, demons will enter into people. Nowadays, the devil has distracted us with artists dressed nicely, unusual hairstyles, dances and choreographies and very well lit arenas that we don’t check the character of the singers and players. Realise today that its never about the quality of the music, the lyrics or anything else that matters but the character of the singer. Who is he/she? What is his/her life away from the stage? What inspires him/her to compose songs? Never be carried away and distracted by the gift but look for the character. If the character of the singer is corrupted then even his songs and music also will be contaminated. Check not what but whose music you listen to.

Unfortunately, most people are interested in and attracted by the gifts and talents but not the character whereas it is the character behind the scenes that makes it to stay and maintains it. You gotta be able to look at both the cup and the inside of the cup, in other words before you admire someone and take them as your role model, favorite artist, best friend, mentor; don’t only consider what you can see on the outside but also look at their inner person, that is their character.  Matthew 23:25

It is not wise to choose a role model, friend, mentor, business partner even wife or husband based only on appearances, social position, size of bank account, family background, or any other consideration but consider first their fruits, their works, their track record; all that so you can know what their character is, what makes them who they are. Look for consistency.

There’s a famous saying:” Power Corrupts”, I’m sure we all have heard of it yes? But it is not entirely true because it is not really power that corrupts but power reveals corruption. How? Because the Bible says in Matthew 7: 17-19:  that a good tree brings forth good fruit and a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit in other words, the person was already corrupt and when given power, the corruption manifested. I have had personally disapointments over disapointments  because i trusted people too fast, without waiting first to see the fruit and know what tree or what the character of the person is; and they ended up backstabbing and betraying my trust. So this is a very serious issue and I know I’m not the only victim.

After a person is dead and gone, it is their character that others will remember not necessarily their accomplishment, remember Tabitha in Acts 9:36-40.

After all is said and done, I mean at the end of the world, we will not be judged by the color of our skin, by the size of our bank accounts, but by the content of our character; Rev 3:15-16.

In a post titled: Check Up, I shared on some questions one could meditate upon and discover one’s character or state of heart. If you’re interested, you can find it here  and check yourself up so to speak.😁

Friends, let us work on our character, perfect your character, look at your life every time before you sleep and ask yourself: who am I when nobody is looking? What did I do? Why did I do that? And afterwards, work on that area the following day, improve yourself. As we do that, our life will be upward and forward; I mean we will start living a higher life with Jesus.

Let’s pray: Father in the name of Jesus, there is nothin that I can do on my own without your assistance, I ask today that you help me clean up my character. There are so many things that I have tried to hide from you and people, but nothing can be hidden from you, so many inconsistencies in my life; help me be consistent in my love for you, faithfullness to you, obedience to you. Help me to develop a holy and worthy character and give me a heart like that that was in Christ Jesus, in your precious name I pray!! Amen

God Bless You

The Best Is Always Yet To Come.✋

 

 

Funny Questions & Answers #2

What sort of dog would a vampire own?

  • A bloodhound

What do you call a teacher with earphones in?

  • Anything you like- he can’t hear you

What do you call a fish that tunes piano?

  • A piano Tuna

What do you call a teacher who falls asleep in the class?

  • Nothing! You don’t want to wake him up!

What do you call a ghost’s horse?

  • A Nightmare

What does the invisible man call his parents?

  • Trans-parents

What do you call the Gotham city superheroes after they have been run over by a steam roller?

  • Flatman and Ribbon

What do you call the hairstyle you get from sticking your head in an oven?

  • A Micro-wave

What would you call a band that your father joined?

  • A Pop Group

What do you call cattle thieves who wear tissue paper trousers?

  • Rustlers

What’s the history teacher’s favorite fruit?

  • Dates

Did you hear about the teacher who had to wear sunglasses in the classroom?

  • He had extremely bright pupils

What’s the best way to tell your maths teacher that you’ve forgotten to do your homework again?

  • From a great distance

What gets wetter as you get drier?

  • Bath towels

Why do swimming tutors like elephants?

  • Because they never forget their trunks

Why is the sky so high?

  • So birds don’t bump their heads

What lies at the bottom of the sea and shivers?

  • A nervous wreck

Why do bees hum?

  • Because they have forgotten the words

How do you know if an elephant has been in your fridge?

  • They leave footprints in the butter

What is yellow and very dangerous?

  • A laser powered banana

What does it mean if you find a set of horse shoes?

  • A horse is walking around in his socks

What is vampire’s favorite animal?

  • The giraffe- it has such a long neck !

What is the most valuable fish?

  • The goldfish !

What has one horn and gives fresh milk every day?

  • A milk lorry

What should you take if a monster invites you for dinner?

  • Someone who can’t run as fast as you !

Why do people employ skeletons?

  • Because they work their fingers to the bone !

Why are ghosts so bad at telling lies?

  • Because you can always see through them

Why did farmer send his cows to the gym twice a week?

  • He wanted low fat milk !

What do you do if a vampire bites your bottom?

  • I don’t know, but I wouldn’t recommend turning the other cheek !

 

 

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