What Are You Grateful For?

There is a saying in Nigeria that if you look carefully within or around you, you will definitely find something to be thankful for.

In other words, everyone has one reason or another to feel some sense of gratitude.

Look within you or around you.  Look back over the course of your life… l believe you should find some reasons to be grateful.

I dare say that it would not be correct for you to say there is nothing about you to be grateful for. So please don’t even go there…

Recently on my Facebook page, I asked this simple question:

Victor Uyanwanne asks a question on gratitude

The responses I received to that question are what I present to you in this post, with the hope that you too will join in the conservation aimed at identifying the things you are most grateful for in your life.

Interestingly, I didn’t have this post in mind when I asked that question. But as I examined the feedback I received, I began to feel the need to use them as basis to write this post.

The following points are the feedback I received from 4 respondents as the things they are grateful for:

1. My salvation. My parents for being there in my formative years. And many other things;

2. For God’s elaborate salvation plan that included me.

3. My salvation, and other priceless gifts too numerous to mention!

4. The legacy bequeathed me by my dad and mom.

All the responses came from very mature people (all of them over 50 years of age each). I would take that to mean that they know what they were talking about.

From the responses of these friends on Facebook, I was able to see that there are majorly two things they are grateful for:

1. For the salvation they have;

2. For the roles their parents played in their lives.

If necessary, I will explore this two reasons in subsequent blog posts. But here, let us just continue the conversation by having you identify what you are grateful for in life.


See also: What is your greatest joy in life?


Are you ready? Let me set the ball rolling.

Just like the above respondents, I am grateful to God for the salvation of my soul. But I’m more grateful that it happened early enough in life for me.

I gave my heart to God before my fourtheenth birthday. This has helped me in so many ways…

It helped me to form my values based on the word of God, shapened and steered my character – as a teenager then – in the right directions.

With my heart already dedicated to God, I found it easier to overcome peer pressure and other teenage vices that would have certainly led me in the wrong direction in life – away from God.

The core values that were instilled in me at that stage of life, have continually proved very useful in my adult life. For that I’m very grateful.

Let me not make this post about me only. It should be about all of us. So permit me to ask you the same question:

Looking back over your life these past years, what are the things you are most grateful for?

Kindly provide your answer in the comment section and thank you in advance for participating.


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Echoes From My Heart 2

1. If what you hold so dear to your heart is taken away from you, will your centre still hold?

2. If you have not made peace with your Creator, nothing on earth will truly satisfy you.

3. You may not know what is in someone’s heart until you hear him or her speak.

4. Good counsel can sometimes come from unexpected sources.

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5. Understand that sometimes, your friends may not give you the best advice.

6. My life is not floating. It is anchored on God.

7. Without God, life doesn’t make a complete sense.

8. The prosperity in the church of God is a welcome development. The devil and his cohorts can continue to be pained.

9. If you have lost hope in life, please get it back.

10. God is bigger than all your problems. Focus on Him and not on your problems.

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The Spotlight Is On You

Every day, you watch other people do their thing. They get the applause. They get rewarded or awarded…

They are the cynosure of all eyes. No one seems to have  noticed you. And you wonder –

When am I going to be on the centre stage?

The truth is that right now, you are already on the centre stage of life. Believe it!

The Spotlight is on you, now –  whether you realise it or not.

And even if no one seems to be watching you, remember God is watching.

All eyes may not be on you, but God’s eyes are on you

Act well…

This life is your one chance to leave a positive mark. You cannot live it twice.

Make the most of it.

No compromises. Do your best and be your best.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, the spotlight is always on you because God is always watching you.

 

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Every One Has A Story And Yours Is Not The Worst

Everyone has challenges, yours is not the worst.

You look around you and it appears everyone you see are wearing smiling faces, except you.

That may not always be true, because just like you, the people out there have challenges too.

Therefore, no matter what you face in your life, just remember this: Everyone has a story, and yours is not the worst.

Everyone has challenges



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Life Is Tough

Life is Tough
Picture credits: Pinterest

Life is tough, no doubt
You can see it roundabout.
Despite the obvious pains
There are possibilities of gains.

Some experiences you may wish to forget
And there are some you had to regret
But there are also great days to remember
Some good memories to cherish forever.

Everyone knows life is tough
And the journey through it, rough.
But it is full of lessons to learn.
And many opportunities to earn.

Life is tough, not only here
But over there and everywhere.
You don’t have to complain.
Life is not a simple plane.

 

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Share A Smile With Me

Birthday party
Victor Uyanwanne

It is my birthday.
I thought you should know.
I have come a long way.
But much more to go.

I was born for a purpose
There is no doubt about it.
No matter what life & time propose.
I will never ever quit.

It is my special day
Share a smile with me.
I know you can find a way.
To be as nice as you want to be.

 

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A Broken Piece of Heart

Shattered piece of heart

You said you loved me dearly.
I thought you meant it truly.
So I gave you my heart wholly.
But you had it broken in pieces.

It was almost getting too late
Before I knew you were not so different
From the many others before you:
Self-seeking, lustful and deceitful.

You did me more harm than good
You left me worse than you met me
With scars so wide and so deep
Till I became a shadow of myself.

For many years, I went about my life
With a broken piece of heart, bleeding.
No one could fill the great void I felt
Or mend the awfully shattered part of me.

But then I met the greatest Friend and Lover
Who truly loved me as I am, unconditionally.
The One who gave up His life for me
And gave me a brand new heart too.

 

Photo credits: Crosscards.com

 

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6 Startling Questions I Would Love To Ask You

Written by Victor Uyanwanne

Questions and more questions

Have you ever asked yourself some serious questions? Has anyone ever dared to ask you any question that unnerved you?

Are you making the best sense of your life now?

Are you satisfied with the status quo you found yourself in?

Can the answers you get by asking yourself some unusual questions help improve your lot in life?

Has any question ever challenged you to seeking better ways of leading a happier, healthier and even wealthier life?

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The Things You Know Can Radically Change Your Life

YOU KNOW

radically change your life

You know you have potentials
But You are not doing enough to develop them.
What is the use of a vibrant energy,
That remains largely buried and untapped?

You know the future is bright
But you keep living in the past!
How can you ever enjoy the future,
If you don’t ever leave the past behind?

You know your life could be better
But you hesitate to do what it takes to improve on it.
Why are you waiting and delaying?
The room for improvement is never filled up!

You know you are not so perfect!
But you fail to work on your obvious weaknesses!
Can a dirty china become clean,
If it has not been washed at all?

You know you don’t like to be criticized
But you never cease from criticizing others.
What makes you think you would be likable,
When your words ache like pain?

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You know you like being appreciated
But you think others don’t deserve the same.
Don’t you think if you want appreciation to come round,
You ought to start giving it first to others?

You know you ought to make more progress in life
But you fear to take the necessary steps forward.
How can you get to where you want to be
If you don’t dare to leave where you are?

You know you crave for love and forgiveness
But you yourself are never generous with such.
How can you be so very surprised, that
You don’t get often loved and forgiven by others as you want?

You know you want respect and admiration from others
But you are less concerned about your self-respect
Why then are you so bothered that you don’t get so respected,
As much as you think you deserve?

You know how good it feels to be warmly welcomed
But you don’t always spread your hands to welcome others
Yet you wonder why people don’t always warm up to you
Like the insect to the nectar in a scenting flower.

You know you are not without blemish
But you are always quick to cast the stone on others
Why don’t you treat other people with grace,
As you want to be treated?

You know Rome was not built in a day
But you cry and worry over every little slip.
With your heart filled with so much worry,
How can you enjoy a deep sleep at night?

How can you get to where you want to be
If you don’t dare to leave where you are?

You know you shouldn’t go to bed with the roof on fire.
But you pretend it’s just a little flick of flame.
Why then do you wonder and cry aloud,
When all you have is burnt to ashes?

You know every seed produces after its own kind.
But somehow you sow corn and expect a harvest of yam.
Who would be ever so disappointed,
As much as someone like that would be?

You know you should say ‘I am sorry’ sometimes
But your pride keeps you from saying so.
Doesn’t it matter to you that your friends and family are hurt,
When you fail to say “I am sorry, please forgive me”?

You know it’s good for you to give generously.
But you hoard the things you ought to share with others.
Have you forgotten the Master’s golden rule?
“Give and it shall be given unto you.”

You know you should give thanks in all things.
But you complain that all things are not okay
Are you now wiser than the Master,
Who said in his Word “give thanks in all things”?

 

 

P.S. Adapted from WE KNOW, the very first post published on this blog. It has been one year since this blog was started.

Photo Source: Quotesgram[dot]com

 

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USE YOUR IMAGINATION

USE YOUR IMAGINATION
By Victor Uyanwanne

Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com
Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com

Use your imagination
It is the world of no limitation
When you get your thoughts limited
You get yourself really cheated.

Use your imagination
It’s a free world of no nation
You don’t need a visa to get in
Neither a permit to work therein.

 
 
 

LOGIC will get you from A to B. IMAGINATION will take you EVERYWHERE – Albert Einstein

Use your imagination
Subject all negatives to incineration
In your mind begin to form the picture
Of your earnestly desired future.

Use your imagination
Let it be your decision
To think better of yourself
Than an old book on a shelf.

Live out of your life imagination, not your history – Steve Covey

Use your imagination
To the point of combustion
So you can produce the energy
That gives you life’s synergy.

Use your imagination
Clear out all the confusion
Reach for the happiness of life
Eliminate all manner of strife.

Use your imagination
Don’t be under compulsion
Learn to use it willingly
You’ll get the benefits steadily.

…If we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless –Jamie Paolinetti

Use your imagination
Change your life beyond comprehension
It doesn’t happen overnight
But it is the beginning of the good fight.

Use your imagination
See yourself, in life, change position
You know you can hardly feature
In the future you don’t picture.

The man who has no imagination has no wings – Mohammed Ali

Use your imagination
You may experience some interruption
But don’t give up
Do your best to stay up.

Use your imagination
Bring yourself out of seclusion
Experience the world called ‘wonderful’
And begin to live life to the full.

Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com

 

 

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