09.01.2021. We've had 9 days to try on 2021; the fit is not quite right - it chafes in places but we can't return it or ask for a refund. As we dip tentative toes into the year, I am reminded of lines from Chris Tomlin's song 'Whom Shall I Fear' "I know who goes … Continue reading The Offer of a Lifetime
I vividly remember a late preacher often referring to Francis Thompson's 182-line poem 'The Hound of Heaven' in his teachings. The heavy alliteration of the 'h' sound in the title literally pounded on my heart as it mimicked the footsteps of God chasing me down. Thompson brilliantly captures David's feeling of being hunted down and … Continue reading The Hound of Heaven
Recently, I was having a chat with a friend and of course we took the inevitable trip down dusty memory lanes to scenes in our history we are grateful are well tucked away in the past. In the aftermath of that conversation, I was left thinking about an article I read a few years ago … Continue reading What to do when you get dumped
One of my all-time favourite poems is Niyi Osundare’s ‘Not my Business.’ I know poetry can appear dry and extremely abstract but I think this piece by Osundare is an exception. Have a read: They picked Akanni up one morningBeat him soft like clayAnd stuffed him down the bellyOf a waiting jeep.What business of mine … Continue reading Put your yam down and ask questions.
Reflecting on the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman and watching the many YouTube videos of him speaking or others speaking about him, the one thread that stood out to me was just how much people were impacted by his role as King T'challa in Marvel's Black Panther. Personally, I didn't enjoy the movie - I … Continue reading On heroes and nobility: a tribute to Chadwick Boseman
Recently, I failed at something I thought I already had mastery over. Funny enough, I wasn't hit from the shadows. I could see failure approaching but was too frozen in place to move out of the way, so failure did what it knows how to do best - it ran me over big time and … Continue reading Three lessons failure taught me
If you follow English football (not soccer!), you'll be aware of a particular coach famous for his 'park the bus' philosophy. I'm not claiming to be the world's leading football analyst but I know that on several occasions where I've watched this coach's team play under this 'park the bus' strategy, it was mind-numbingly boring. … Continue reading Stay on the attack!
“You are the only you God made... God made you and broke the mould.” Max Lucado *WARNING: what you are about to read might come across as a rant, so proceed with caution 🙂 I taught English in secondary schools for over two years and one of the many things that used to grate on … Continue reading My very personal beef with ‘just’
What do you do when a change of guard looms and you are staring down the barrel of an unknown future? The book of Deuteronomy is sort of Moses’ last counselling session with the nation of Israel. He had led them for forty years and they were now on the verge of Jordan; Canaan was … Continue reading Transition in 3D
"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair..." 2Cor. 4:8,9 2020 strikes again, this time very close to home. My father in law, Daddy Olatoye, fell asleep and not even our loudest wailing could wake him up. Although he spent the last 22 years in a wheel … Continue reading How to live a limitless life – a tribute to my father-in-law