I borrowed the title above from Liberian president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s memoir depicting the remarkable life of Africa’s first woman president. In the thought provoking memoir,she bares it all revealing snippets of her childhood, experiences with abuse, her meteoric rise to power against all odds. By penning down this stirring read, Sirleaf seeks to fan the flame inside everyone that with perseverance and hope,we can change our world.
I decided to start this blog,albeit with alot of apprehension initially. I was afraid to pour out myself; the raw emotions, the pain, the confusion (yes! am still trying to come to terms with it all). But the Lord impressed upon me that my pain is not mine alone. It is meant to encourage and build up; inspire and ignite hope to so many. Pain has led to my purpose;brokenness to my beauty in an endeavor to face my fear and finding my freedom. And i want you to journey with me.
It is exactly 9 months today since the gun man’s bullet fractured my spine. 9 months as a prisoner bound to this wheelchair (which i remind everyday of how much i hate it huh!). It has not been easy, not by a long shot. And i’ll be sharing by the grace of God my checkered experiences on this blog.
But through it all ive learnt many lessons.It is said that there is no education like adversity. Revelation 3:21 encourages us that,”to him who overcomes,I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my father on His throne.”
Life is too precious, do not allow worry run rampant in your life, learn to believe that what does not kill you makes you stronger. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. Circumstances mean nothing, limitations mean nothing. That’s my philosophy. Because guess what?obstacles are something that we have to overcome,and when all is said and done its where you’re going not where you currently are.
So yes! This child will be great. Am coming out of this bolder, better and unbowed.
But before then my prayer remains, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” (Francis of Assisi).