Something Fresh: Times of Refreshing! – by Ike Amadi
“…for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17, The Bible.
If God needed a refreshing, that shows we need it much more.
A friend of mine, Prince Dare Aliu, who recently graduated with a Masters Degree from the prestigious Moscow Power Engineering Institute (National Research Institute), mentioned that I should join Instagram. I asked a question, ‘Is that going to bring me money?’ to which I got this reaction from his elder brother known as FLS who also flew in to mark Dare’s graduation:
‘You guys always talk about money, money, money. When you are young, you have time, energy, but no money. You grow up and have money, energy, but no time. Finally, you grow old and if you worked hard and are lucky, you have money, time but no energy. When do you get time to actually live? Friends, live!’
That truly inspired me and strengthened my resolve to go home for the summer holidays in Nigeria in order to be refreshed.
I really feel the need to rest. Working without resting is like using a car time after time without servicing her.
There is always a need to service your spirit, soul and body. The world throws so much dirt on us that we must take time out to wash ourselves clean, either via consistent prayers or consciously resting with the view of being refreshed.
Several of us love to be in company, and truly, company is good. It is usually inspiring to be in company. Solitude, however, is the place of renewal.
Show me a great man and I will show you a man who spends time with God and of course, himself.
When you are left alone and are refreshed, you are creative, as all the tiredness and baggage that hitherto blurred your vision are lifted.
When you are on your own, refreshed and renewed, you have time to think through the major decisions we seek to pursue.
This summer is a defining one for me. The way I handle the next half of this year will greatly affect my future and destiny. I will be making and taking the biggest of decisions with the accompanying risks. It is therefore wisdom for me to spend time on my own, get refreshed, balance up, and begin to do something fresh.
Persons who are in the daily business of doing something understand the need to be refreshed. Once you complete something major, you realize that your power – brain power or emotional power – has been depleted.
Friend, Live! Find time to relax. Find time to renew your strength. Find time to do the things that do not come off as ‘work’. Take some time out and review the events of the day, week, month or the months already spent in this year.
When I make a decision when I am not fully rested, awake and alive, it is usually a very bad decision.
I believe someone, who has observed that his productivity has declined successively, might need to actually take a break.
I am going to Nigeria. And when I am told, ‘Ike, but there’s not enough power supply there, how do you intend to power up all your gadgets?’ I answer, ‘True, and that is why I am going!’ I need time out from the hustle and bustle of city life. I need time out from having to cook the food I need to eat. I want to eat fresh food, breathe fresh air, and catch fresh fire!
Let’s go get refreshed!
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