Everything, Everything

Let me start by saying I’m not a movie critic neither do I do movie reviews, but I believe we learn from every single thing around us if we pay close attention to details. We can learn from people we meet and everything around us including movies. Two of my previous posts were inspired by movies, Titanic and Hacksaw Ridge. But I must say I’m a sucker for movies themed after the US Army and love. And I’m not referring to Zeeworld or Telemundo. I am in fact referring to the likes of The fault in our stars, Warm bodies etc.

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You must have guessed by now that today’s post is about a movie about love I saw a while back. What else could be “everything, everything”, if not love? Well, Everything, Everything is about Madeline “Maddy” Whittier (Amandla Stenberg), a young girl suffering from SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency), an immuno-deficiency disease that prevents her from leaving her home and interacting with others. Her mother, Pauline Whittier, takes care of her with the help of her nurse Carla, who has been taking care of Madeline for 15 years. Only Pauline, Carla and Carla’s daughter, Rosa, are allowed in the home. Maddy yearns to see the world, particularly the ocean. What a weird life I must confess. What would you do if you were asked to stay indoor for years with no option of going to the movies, making friends, having contact with people or even taking a stroll to get fresh air? I leave that to you to answer.

For 17 years Maddy was confined in her home. Really the house was super cool, but nothing beats freedom. However, things took a new turn when a new family moves next door, shortly after  Maddy’s 18th birthday. The neighbour’s son, who is Maddy’s age, catches her eye, and interestingly, the windows of both teenagers are opposite each other. Later, the boy writes his number on his window for Maddy to see, and they begin texting. He introduces himself as Olly, and they text for a while, getting to know each other and eventually growing very fond of each other. And you know how stupidly we take decisions when in love, she did take a very seemingly stupid decision. Ok, as if going outside wasn’t harmful enough, Maddy buys two plane tickets to Hawaii, and convinces Olly to travel there with her. In Hawaii, they share a romantic and life-changing experience together.

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I know you would be wondering how she survived. Don’t get your hopes too high; she did not survive unscathed. On the second day, she passes out! Tragic? Definitely. The lesson is simple: don’t do silly things because of love. However, the movie continues and she wakes up on her bed at home connected to a life support machine. Luckily she survived and after a couple of days she recovered fully. A doctor from the hospital in Hawaii calls Maddy and informs her that she does not have something as severe as SCID! Yes, you read right. She was free from SCID. So it turns out that it was her mum’s remedy of protecting Maddy after she lost her dad and brother when she was just one year old. Her own mum imprisoned her mind into thinking she was plagued with a deadly virus, and for 17 years she lived her entirely life inside the house. Isn’t this wickedness of the highest order?

For 17 years Maddy was trapped in her mind till the force of love came through for her. This is actually where I begin to draw my lessons. There’s a saying that “we are a product of our thoughts”. So we are either free or slaves by our thinking. For someone reading this post, the same force that rescued Maddy might just be what you need to embrace. You probably have been heartbroken by some Yoruba demon and therefore categorised all guys as Yoruba demons; even our Hausa and Igbo brethren. Maybe it’s time you let go and love that guy pouring out his love towards you. For someone else, all you might need is courage to break free from that prison in your mind. The thought telling you it can’t work is lying. Ever heard the phrase “do it afraid!”? Yes just do it! Launch out that business idea, start that project, you’d be surprised at the progress you’d make by this time next year. For someone else reading this, I feel it might be inferiority complex; the feeling of not being adequate, good enough or substandard. To start with, what’s your standard? Is it other people or yourself? Take a look at the mirror and whoever looks back at you is your standard; that’s your competition. And for some, it might be your attachment to that loved one or supposing friend that has held you down. Not all relationships are compulsory, there are some you have to break free from.  It could also be an abusive relationship. Trust me, you can do without that person. You’d be just fine.

Whatever it is that would break you free from that prison in your mind, do it. Don’t dare live life with regrets of things you could have done. Rather like Maddy take bold steps today and walk free because indeed you are free! And then we also mustn’t forget, love really is everything. So love yourself and love your purpose. Remember this: your life is like a colouring book handed to you by your creator. You either admire the pictures without colours or get to work and start colouring!

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HACKSAW RIDGE

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Please Lord help me get one more!

Those were the words that Pfc. Desmond Doss kept repeating as he rescued his fellow soldiers behind enemy lines. Doss enlisted as a soldier during World War II but was ostracized by his colleagues due to his pacifist beliefs and stance. He later went on to earn the respect of his colleagues and superiors for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour—America’s highest award for courage under fire.

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GUILTY

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Yes, I am guilty as charged.

I wonder how many readers of this blog have asked themselves if I live what I preach. And like Paul too, I pray daily that I would not be a cast away after preaching to people. This becomes very important because the Bible makes us understand that many would be cast away on the last day after they have raised the dead, healed the sick, and did all sorts in God’s name. Isn’t that tragic? Continue reading

Best friends forever (BFF)

A boy once wrote a girl a love letter and it read, “You are my sunshine, my inspiration, the reason for my existence. I would climb the highest mountain to be with you, swim the red sea, dead sea and even the Bermuda triangle just to see you smile, I would fight the toughest army to defend you.” And then he concluded by saying, “see you tonight if it doesn’t rain”. Really? If it doesn’t rain? Now this is someone who is willing to swim the dead sea and the rain seems like a barrier. Well, that determines the love he has for her. Conditional love.
. Aristotle stated that no man is an island. Hence the need for relationship and friendships. In the course of relating with people we find some particular people very endearing than the others, these people we call friends and some or one that totally syncs with us, that we call our best friend or friends. Some of these friendships grow from childhood to adulthood and get better like fine wine.
Change they say is inevitable. Only God never changes, that’s why we call Him the unchangeable changer. But every other person or thing is subject to change. At times our feelings towards something or someone changes, our best friend suddenly changes and stabs us in the back. Someone you expected much from ends up disappointing you and you feel terrible about it. But in all this, there’s a friend that sticks with you all the way. Proverbs 18:24 calls Him the friend that sticks closer than a brother. He isn’t just a friend but a BFF cause His friendship never expires here on earth. He sticks with you through thick and thin and even in eternity.
Two hymns explain it all. One by Joseph M. Scriven

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee
thou wilt find a solace there.

And the other by Johnson Oatman Jr.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our souls diseases
No, not one! No, not one!

Refrain:
Jesus knows all about our struggles
He will guide till the day is done
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly
No, not one! No, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Jesus, no not one. Having friends isn’t bad but we have to understand that even the best of friends may let you down or even disappoint you in your hour of need. They could be unavailable when you need them the most, they could lack the right words to say when you hurt, not because they want to be mean or let you down but because human beings have limitations. However, Jesus is the only friend that would never fail, disappoint or give up on you. He will never get tired of you. He has the wisdom and ability to see you through the most difficult situations.
Do you have a relationship with Jesus? He longs to have one with you today.

In case you’ve never had a relationship with Jesus, all you have to do is invite Him now by saying this prayer aloud from your heart:

Dear father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I ask Jesus to come into my heart to be Lord of my life. I receive eternal life into my spirit. I declare that I am now saved; I am born again; I am a child of God!