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

FREE?

A lot of people are familiar with the saying “knowledge is power”. But I’m yet to hear that a biology textbook cured headache, or even the Bible raise the dead. In essence, , ownership of books do not  guarantee power or victory. What guarantees victory or power is the application of the information in these books. That’s why a pauper can pass an examination reading borrowed  books while a prince who has owns  the same books would  fail the same exam. Ownership isn’t key, application is!

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LIFE IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

Apart from the fact that the music videos we have today are filled with vulgarism and explicit scenes, materialism seems to be the new sexy. Everyone is singing about cars, money, booze and lavish lifestyles. And all these are displayed in full HD on our TVs at no extra charge. Firstly, this goes against the 1st and 2nd commandments that says God only is our master and that we should not worship any graven image. (Exodus 20:4-5 KJV) Continue reading

YOLO

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When hashtag Y-O-L-O trended I was caught up in the frenzy and lived my life to the fullest since there was only one to live. The words crept into my subconscious that I didn’t mind anything again and so I hustled to earn a living, make money so I could just enjoy it all. “Nothing else mattered anymore”, not even church services or my fellowship. Why waste time at those quiet and “sane” places when I could spend time partying and hanging out with friends. I had better take all the risk today because I might be gone tomorrow. Besides only God knows those that would make it to heaven! Continue reading

Titanic

Screenshot_2015-11-01-20-57-47-1What comes to mind when you hear TITANIC? A very large ship? The movie itself? The romance? The sinking of the ship? Well, read on. Just before the Titanic sailed off on its maiden voyage the builders made a boast which newspapers headlines carried and it read, “THIS SHIP IS UNSINKABLE, EVEN GOD HIMSELF CAN’T SINK IT!”. Unfortunately the Titanic ended up as a great tragedy, not even after several voyages but on its first! It was sunk, not by God “himself” but an iceberg! Pride they say goes before a fall, for Titanic pride went before the sink.
When men said the Titanic couldn’t be sunk by God, it revealed pride and arrogance against God. Pride is a negative spirit and sets one up for destruction. And the Bible clearly states that God resists the proud (James 4:6). The more a proud person tries to rise or forge ahead in life, the more God exerts Himself in opposition against him. Little wonder some people, in spite of their great abilities, aren’t making much progress in their lives.
Screenshot_2015-11-01-20-58-12-1 When the builders of Titanic made that arrogant statement, one would have expected God to come down in His great terribleness, sending lightning and thunder or even a storm but rather He used an ICED BLOCK to bring down great Titanic. That proved 1 Corinthians 1:27-29. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in His presence”. Now that’s how God rolls. That proud MD had better be careful cos that secretary he keeps nagging at would soon replace him. You have never given God the glory for your gp? Maybe you said where you have gotten to today is by your parent’s power. Maybe God has just been merciful, maybe He wants you to have a rethink. Titanic never had a second voyage, it sank on its first voyage!
The bigger the pride, the bigger the fall. Am sure you can’t compare falling off a chair and falling off a cliff. Choose humility today, its the pathway to greatness. Pride precedes a fall but humility precedes promotion. You are long overdue for that promotion. Your case would never be like the Titanic in Jesus name!