GENERATIONS

I have really wise friends
I have really smart friends
And then I have these other friends. These ones I don’t know how to classify them.

For when you hear their thought process, you will wonder if this part of the body called a brain is vestigial in some animals.
When they utter words, you automatically want an occupation with hammers for every thing they say make you want to break their head.

But then I got to thinking;
6 years,
10 years;
200 years from now and these same ‘not so senseless’, poor in making decisions, and utterly tiring friends of mine would be known as ‘the ancestors’
A status men will begin to idolize.

I see us use a whole lot of our mind’s compartment to believe things that were told to us by people who couldn’t figure out simple things, I mean, some of the very learned of them actually argued that the earth was flat, like a table.

Hollup!

I am not even talking about the unlearned ones from your villages that birthed those you now call grandpa. Just imagine it.

They told you to pour drinks on the floor for the ancestors and you agree, well it’s *Omenala, so it can’t be broken.
They said a woman should be shorn when her husband dies and well, who are we to not obey the voices of ignorance passed down to us?

We carry knowledge like tentacles on a snail’s head but still slip back into the cave of ignorance we use to shell whatever good we can make of life, just because we have been told to ‘stand on the wisdom of the elders’,
Now guess who said that? ‘THE ELDERS’

I feel this is rigged.

Then our faith, love, strength, and even humanity is subject to a broken past called tradition,
Something that might have been suggested by a ‘not so smart’ old man who was only opportune to live before us.

So I take a stand today.
I will relate with the rules of the ancestors like they were still alive now
I will weigh their wisdom based on how wise it is, NOW!
I will not waste my time in their myth, only to satisfy their dead bones long gone with the sands of time.

I will make decisions now and then advice younger generations to learn from my words, but before I go from this earth;

I will let them know I wasn’t the wisest
I wasn’t the smartest
I was as man as man can be

And most of all;
As they grow, and find better ways to do what I said couldn’t be done,

They shouldn’t be afraid to discard my letters and fly the plane of their imaginations to outer space and back.

For no matter how sacred we decide to treat the scrolls of heroes past,
And bend always to their judgments on matters, using them as the ultimate yardstick to measure life.

I dare say that many of them were also as confused as we are at some points of important decisions,
And to crown it all, some chose wrongly.

Which only goes to say that we with them were all normal humans.

And if I won’t let another man dictate what I do and decide I run my life, I’m including the great ancestors too.

 

*Omenala is the Igbo(Nigerian Language) word that means tradition

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Penspeak 2017: The Definition

There are so many ways to tell this story, but looking back now, I am so glad I lived it.

When a man meets a good idea, he knows he is set for a world of benefits but when a man meets a God idea, he knows, it will only take God to accomplish it. Penspeak was borne for the writer and his audience, a time to experience the sweet romance between words and the message they carry, between the dexterity of the pen and the Spirit from which it flows. It is a time envisioned to cause a definite change to birth something new or revive what is dying; One stage, One mic, One Spirit and for those glorious hours, nothing else matters but the truth and it sure does set one free.

Every year it has been a blessing to the team and the audience of Nsukka to see what God can do with what an untrained mind would call “mere words”, yet again in less than a month we are yet to experience much more, inexplicably more what God is set to wrought through this massive vision. To say in specific words what one could expect is to belittle the awe, God is preparing for the expectant heart, so I am going to just say this…

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for details
Cause they are coming…

And when they do, be kind enough to tell a friend, any friend

Because one thing is certain
There is no way any one would leave that hall without a specific blessing

Grace.

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HAPPY JULY

In this month of July we will be celebrating Christ for all He has done for us and through us.

We really do hope you join in the praise!

Also,
Be sure to not miss out on any of our now fully functional weeklies.

Mondays-  Transforming Word Series(TWS)
Wednesdays-  Wednesday With Funmi (WWF)
Fridays-  Meat and Milk (M&M)

Now our video team have been hard at work and in this month of July, we will be releasing for the first time, the videos from Penspeak 2016:INVASION starting today on our YouTube and Facebook platforms and of course, right here. Please be sure to like, share and comment as you enjoy.

We are all happy we made it this far together and it is our pleasure to bring you more soul lifting and inspiring truths everyday.

See you soon!

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Chief Editor
The Christapoet Team

Grace

i GOT skillz! … (so WHAT!)

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Hey there bloggers, writers and all who follow and support this blog. I do hope you’ve been having a swell time on the blog cos if you haven’t we’ll so much appreciate it if you could drop a little comment question or suggestion on our FAQ’s page. Anyways lets drive this nail in!
First thing, I hardly ever write like this but this topic has really changed my point view on so much and I hope I’ll be able to communicate this passion to you then just maybe you’ll get exactly what you need to move up the ever-manipulative ladder of success.

Now I know its no more news to say every single person on this planet is in one way or the other blessed with a natural talent. It is possible that these talents may have not found expression but it does not mean they are not there and while we are still on this , I would like to say that talents are not only expressed in the arts or sports. It is possible to have a very special gift in making things and this in more fancier words is referred to as invention of which we all know that the inventors of the past generations laid foundations on which our so much globalized world is structured. So, get over high-profiling one talent over the other, even if its not known anywhere in the world, consider yourself a trail blazer. Lets proceed!
A talent in my own definition is anything (absolutely anything) that you can do innately even without getting any prior training (this only applies in some cases). The only thing that distinguishes a talent from a curse is CHOICE. There is no such thing as a “bad” talent. We only choose to use our talents in bad ways.
Having stated that out, I’ll like to emphasize that whatever talent(s) you are gifted with has two ultimate purposes which include to further better our world and to bring glory to God(Revelations 4:11;Romans 8:19). Now this does not make your gift any better than the man next door doing otherwise, it only means you are at a better place to express the fullness of your gift, get better satisfaction and further transform this world we live in. Remember also that this is not a restriction but a stage!(this means instead of just gratifying your selfish desires which will never be satisfied you are given an opportunity to join in a project that transforms the world! So these purposes I mentioned are not meant to restrict your freedom of expression but to direct it).
Many people have however made this decision to fully pursue in this direction but they seem to lack the satisfaction and fulfillment my words seem to promise and that’s why you’ve got to read on.

The decision to glorify God and better our world through your talent is only a start in a long journey which would most definitely lead to total satisfaction, fulfillment and all that comes with that. Its just like the decision to get an education, if you don’t do all that is necessary you won’t be awarded a degree on graduation day! So here’s the problem, SO MANY PEOPLE (both Christians and otherwise) HAVE MADE A DECISION HAVE CHOSEN TO USE THEIR TALENTS FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS BUT HAVE FAILED TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH WHAT THAT DECISION ENTAILS.
So what!!! You got skills. That makes no difference in this world we are in. the very important question is “What have you done with it?” Lemme put this straight, No one likes gold in its raw form! SHOCKER!! (just kidding but you know its true). For those that don’t understand, permit me to give some details. Your talent has no value at all if you do not develop it. This is true and certain on every level and it is the ignorance of this truth that actually distinguishes men of similar talents. Now, you can always have the “once-in-a-while” inspiration burst but you’ll always remain mediocre if you don’t learn the tricks of the trade and practice hard at it. Lemme put it this way, a friend once said “In the battle of altars only the stronger altar wins, no matter if its good or evil, old or new” (paraphrased). This is very true in the topic of altars as well as that of talents and its high-time you started paying attention.

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The good thing is, you discovered your talent and I do hope you have decided to set it on the right stage. With that in place, you have got to know what things you can do to make yourself the best at what you do and start working. (Note: I don’t mean copy other people because they are successful and then lose your originality). You can be the best at what you do when you give it the attention it deserves just like a little plant and when you do the fundamental things required in your field of gifting you could exceed being good to be great and you could even extend to becoming phenomenal. I may not have beat that enough but I will have to proceed to the next step to actualizing the full manifestation of your talent in the next episode. Take care and God bless!

-Ezeonyeka Godswill