by Bolaji Olusola Timothy
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Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go; keep her, for she is thy life . Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not I the way of evil men . avoid it, pass not by it , turn form it, and pass away. Prov. 4:13-15
The anticipated crowd were in serious yearning, waiting patiently in the stadium for the expected guest; it was so certain he was coming. He drove in with compiled entourage and pure silence was suddenly diluted until it went into perfect extinction for a while. It was difficult to restore such. This celebrated guest was accompanied to the prestigious seat and there he sat calmly and thoughtfully. After a brief introduction of the guest, he went forward into the podium and wave to the acknowledgement of their admiration. He beckoned for audience and when he had certified a relative silence, He gave a deep breath and blast out
“welcome” with deep husky voice., this thundered through the mammoth crowd and took them several minutes to reciprocate the gesture.
After he observed the diminishing tempo, he began his short address “I appreciate your presence and bring you greetings from my ends . Today, I shall love to bring across your mind the instructions and warnings in the word we have all used casually and virtually. It is always used in your day to day and also applicable in all languages. as I arrived, directly and indirectly, your minds were jostling with the word and really, I have used the same here today” he maintained a brief silence, and continued “it is the word “welcome” “welcome carries along with it, instructions and warnings, although this is not obvious to most mind, “
It is relatively and relevantly used where necessary; between parent and children, husband and wife, friends and colleagues, but there is one area we often ignore; the same welcome is a language of time . you may be in the gathering of new set of people who anticipated commencing a journey or peradventure you were there, but just went for a recess. Wither commencing a new and continuing after a recess, each moment you hear the word, “welcome” it is language of time having meaning, carrying warnings and instructions alike. It could be said in different ways. it could be pivoted by love or hatred. it could exit in love, liberty or hostile environment, whichever way this is said or whatever environment from which this is said, it carries these following instructions and warnings. It is just telling you what you need to know, do and pray about”.
“welcome” he pursed briefly , and continued “I shall love to use the letters in the word “welcome” to convey to you, the key instructions and warnings you need know and heed as you commence a new stage or continue an existing one.
“W-E-L-C-O-M-E” he spelt carefully,
w- “wisdom. my beloved audience, as you commence a new stage or come to continue the old one after a recess, consider this first letter of welcome “ w” it is simply the tool of wisdom. In proverb 4-5 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not , and she shall preserve thee: love her , and she shall keep thee. wisdom in the principal thing therefore get wisdom and with all YOURS getting get understanding
there is limitation in your experience, there are many unforeseen features in the journey you are about to commence or continue after this short recess, therefore friend, ultimately you will need wisdom to cross impeding features that may subsequently anticipate to give you hindrance. you will need God at this moment friend to obtain sound wisdom, they will take you through. without, I doubt if you will be happy at the end of the day to have commenced this journey!
E- Earnestness. It seems most of you really do not know what you want from the beginning. I am not surprise to meet many spending much on what they lack determination for . your earnestness will take you places. It is the measure of your commitment. you will be wasting great resources of time, money, properties and abilities for such endeavours like these, if you lack earnestness. whatsoever your hand finds to do, please do with all your mind.
L –“Learning and always learning from every situation .At the moment , you have your degree of ignorance even though you may have the pre-requisite to commence this journey. your ignorance is the first enemy to communicate its greetings. It is the attitude of fools to hate learning ; wisdom cannot resides within such mind. learn and learn and learn. Learn about God, your environment and your studies. You will be in a moment separated into grades by how quick you learn and retain knowledge, understanding and wisdom. However, the race is not to the swift!
C –Conviction, commitment and consideration! Seek to be sure of all you want or give your consent to. just a free world you are, it is the citadel of liberty and here is the ocean where many things can be harvested, but it depends on how you make your net and fix your bait. therefore its necessary, consider all instructions, counsellors, and suggestions. I love you to be master of good things!
O- Open and lock . Today, commencing this journey has given you opportunity to have keys in your hands, there are keys in your hand to open doors into eternity, wealth and wisdom and also to open or lock doors into regrets. wisdom will teach which keys to open and lock doors. You are welcomed here to learn and practice the opening of doors into fortune, peace and eternal joy if you may! How many of the good and bad doors you can is dependent on your ignorance!
M- Make and maintain! you are here to commence the making of identity, name and fuiture. “Good name is better than precious ointment” Ecc. 7:1 you will be presented in this area to make name and identity and these both shall determine what future you have in various fields: therefore, this wonderful opportunity is presented, make and maintain good name and worthy identity. this will speak for you in the palace of life and in eternity!
E- End. every thing on earth have an end . think about this always as you are starting today, it will be brought to an end one day and in the process, you must seek to determine your end at the beginning. So my beloved friends, think of your end how you’ ll end it with friends, studies and ultimately, with God? Think about the end of it all” this end the introductive speech by the celebrated guest called “ HONORABLE TIME”
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