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WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU HAVE? TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR A GENERATIONAL IMPACT

WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU HAVE? TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR A GENERATIONAL IMPACT

What is an Excuse?
The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines “an excuse” as a reason, either true or invented, that you give to explain or defend your behavior. More than 90% of the excuse we make are not genuine but are invented to explain our failures; to neglect taking a particular kind of action, or simply as a means of negating responsibility. They are a means of placing the blame of an internal problem on an external behavior. Ask an average Nigerian youth why he is not successful and he will immediately find a way to blame the government. It is very easy to take the path of least resistance and make excuses, blaming somebody or something else for the outcome/result of our actions. We must however realize that, people who become great in life and greatly impact their generation are people who have realized that there is no excuse for failure. Even when they fail they take full responsibility for their failure and move on.

Reasons Why We Make Excuses
People make excuses for different reasons depending on what they are trying to avoid and not to take action for. Excuses come in different forms and we tend to make them in different ways, some of the common types of excuse we make and why we make them include;
There’s no time (A lack of desire or time-management skill)
There’s not enough money (Lack of strategy of ideas that could help you reach your financial objectives)
I don’t have an education (Lack of the desire to work harder than anyone else to achieve your desired goals and objectives)
I’m too old or young (Lack of understanding and or perspective to learn from your experiences and pay the price to become successful)
It’s not the right time (Lack of perspective, information and resources)
Other common types of excuse include, I have to plan thoroughly first; it won’t work; I can’t change, and so on. However, when we dig to the root of the reasons why people make excuses, the most common reason is because of fear. Fear is feeling we have when we do not know the outcome of something. To eliminate excuses from our lives we must first look at eliminating all the traces of fear in our lives. Some of the most common types of fear are
Fear of Failure
Fear of Embarrassment
Fear of Success
Fear of Change
Fear of Uncertainty
Fear of Responsibility
Fear of Making Mistakes
Perceived lack of confidence or resources
Fear traps and locks us away within our comfort zone. The feeling of fear usually comes when we lack understanding, information, resources, experience or perspective. If you lack all these things, you will naturally lack confidence, and as a result you will fail to take the action necessary to achieve your goals and objectives. Consequently you will tend to make excuses about your life and circumstances in order to help boost your self-worth. However, all you’re doing is creating the illusion of security. You’re simply masking the pain by taking a pain killer. The pain is still there, and will continue to persist until you finally overcome your fears.

Effect of Making Excuses
Fela Durotoye, a great motivational speaker once said that “because you can explain why you failed does not make your successful”. I have come to the realization that people are only interested in your results and not how you got the result. Benjamin Franklin once said that “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else”. Excuses will prevent you from reaching your potential, but they will also hold you back from recognizing opportunities, talents and skills you might have, to help you overcome your problems. People who make excuses are bound to become failures sooner or later in life. According to George Washington, majority of failures come from the habit of making excuses.
Your self-esteem as a person is tired to the results you are able to produce in life, and people who take responsibility in life have a high level of confidence. If you keep on making excuses, you will definitely become a mediocre in life and people will not value or respect you because you have nothing to offer.
There is a common saying that “excuse is a lazy man’s language.” It is easy to find excuse because it is cheap and common but you must discipline yourself to be responsible and take the necessary action when you have to, to avoid putting yourself in positions where you’re compelled to make excuses.

Overcoming Excuse and Making a Generational Impact
I once watched a video clip on YouTube of a woman who had no hands yet she drove herself to work every day, she fed her baby, ate meals and did so many other things that some people would term impossible considering her situation. She was able to achieve all these things using her feet. It would have been easy and natural for her to make or come up with excuses, but she decided to be responsible and do what she had to do to live a normal life.
What would have happened if Abraham had found an excuse not to obey God and take Isaac to the land of Mo-r’iah to offer as a burnt offering? It could have been easy for Abraham to say to God, “why should I sacrifice the only son that you gave me” or he would have come up with a flimsy excuse to explain why he cannot sacrifice Isaac, but the bible records in Genesis 22:3 that “Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him”. He didn’t wait around to cook up excuses of why he cannot obey God, he obeyed God promptly. If we must impact our generation we must realize that we don’t have the luxury of time to make excuses. Remember, nobody wants to listen to why you failed, people are interested only in the results you produce.
To overcome your excuses you must first admit that you are making them in the first place. Change only truly comes when we realize that there is a need for change. Make a little survey of the common excuses you make on a daily basis and discipline yourself not to make them again regardless of the situation. Learn to be responsible for your failures and successes in life and practice this consistently until it becomes a habit.

Emmanuel A. Ahmadu.

WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU HAVE? BY OLAWADE DAVID B.
Nigeria’s population is said to have reached about 167 million people in 2012 (National Bureau of Statistics). The National Population Commission (NPoC, 2013) state about half of the population is made up of youth population grows, so does the unemployment rate. In fact, unemployed youth numbered about 11.1 million in 2012.
Oh! Many might have read the statistics above and consider to add it to their shelf of excuses for not making an impact. The rate at which youth complain and give excuses for their failure is increasing day by day. They put blame on the government, their background and the environment. We live in a generation where youths see reasons to fail than succeed.
As a growing up teenager some years ago, considering the environment I lived, it appears to many of us that succeeding in that harsh environment would be a mirage. This situation is also cumbered with less support from parent.
Before I made my decision of swimming against the tides, I observed that other youths and teenagers around are always giving excuses to make their failures appear pleasing. I hear them say; “youths can’t make it in this country”, “I am here on the street because my parents are not concern about me” and so on. Each time I try to consider this, something in me gave me answers like; “youths are making it here despite the circumstances”, ‘I should be more concern about my life than my parents’.
I see youths roaming the streets and bathing in immoralities. It’s amazing that it is those who are supposed to be busy due to their inabilities that are found misbehaving. They took their limitations as a yardstick to misbehave by giving in to smoking, alcoholism, prostitution, internet fraud, gambling and so on. They complain about the government, the big question is, ‘did the government offer anyone gambling, smoking and alcoholism’. They complain about the inability of their parents, the big question is; ‘how many parents taught their son or daughter; smoking, prostitution internet fraud and so on’.
The limitation of government, environment and parents should be a propelling force for young people to get busy and not misbehave. Youths should start thinking of what they can do to effect a change and how they can improve their lives.

WHAT ARE YOU BUSY AT?
In terms of age, younger youth struggle even more to find jobs: at least two thirds of unemployed youths are between 15 and 24 years of age. And, in terms of gender, available statistics show that a majority of unemployed youth are female.
My beloved friend “Emmanuel A. Ahmadu ”who is also contributing to this article enlightened me on getting busy some time ago. He said “only say you are busy when what you are doing at a given period of time is of higher priority to what you are supposed to do (paraphrased)”. Many make the statement “I am busy” when they are engaged with unreasonable and unnecessary activities.
Get busy at something reasonable. Invest in things and engagements that will change your life for better.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOU?
We might not be responsible for what is happening in us but we are definitely responsible for what is happening in us.
Circumstances around us due to parent, government and environment might throw a blow at us. The question is; “how do you react to it?”, “what runs through your mind?”, “are you pessimistic or optimistic about situations”, “are you seeing yourself succeeding or failing?”. It’s a choice you make from within; no one can make it for you. Begin to consider what you can do in those situations that will improve your life and set you on the track of excelling.
Stop catching toads in the ocean of life, there are bigger fishes to catch. Spread forth your net with determination and desperation, don’t settle for less.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

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BIRTHDAY WISH TO DR. BIEN SUFFICIENT

Over the years, I keep on appreciating God for bringing you my way. Knowing you wasn’t an accident but ordained by God. You made me realized that I don’t have excuse for not making a generational impact. You showed me the way from your lifestyle, words, messages and encouragements. You taught me that greatness and excellence is not deterrent to age, colour or sex as you operate in it with proven track records.
I sincerely appreciate your love, care and concern over my life as you took me as a friend, brother and son. You awoke the giant in me, set me upon my feet despite the challenges, paced me on the track of greatness and ignited my passion for the kingdom.
Join me as I celebrate this great woman of faith and grace, an icon to behold, a pacesetter, impact maker, trailblazer, prolific author and a mother of nations.

MY BIRTHDAY WISH TO DR. BIEN:
As you look back on yesterday, may your memories be warm ones. As you celebrate today, may your heart be filled with happiness and joy. As you look ahead to tomorrow, may your deepest hopes and dreams come true for you!
Birthdays are a new start, a fresh beginning, and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with confidence and courage. You’re a very special person. May today and all of your days be amazing!

ABOUT DR. BIEN SUFFICIENT.
Dr. Bien Sufficient is a medical doctor, pastor, public speaker, motivation/inspirational speaker. She is the pioneer/president of Dominion Virgin Foundation (aimed at raising young people of integrity and right values with high priority on sexual purity). She is also the pioneer/president of Kingdom Lifestyle Movement (with a mission of bringing healing, health and wholeness to humanity and its environment through the enforcement of the values of the kingdom).
Bien Sufficient is passionate about reaching out to the less privilege and offering a lending hand to poor masses. She is also passionate about sexual priority and promoting the values of the kingdom in the society.
She is a lover of the Holy Ghost. She is born to the family of Rev/Mrs. P.S.N Bien. The fifth child of the family of seven. She gave her life to Christ when she was 5 years old and received the Holy Ghost baptism after was in the same year.
She started her first public (massive) ministration at the age of 10 and continued till date. She had her first open air crusade at 20. She has being a pastor for over 8 years now even though she is more of an evangelist by calling. She has travelled to different places on ministration.

READ ARTICLES BY Dr. Bien Sufficient on the links below:
https://masterpieceph.com/2015/12/22/be-a-life-speaker-speak-to-a-life-today-co-authored-by-olawade-david-and-dr-bien-sufficient/
https://masterpieceph.com/2015/12/20/are-you-a-feminist-by-dr-bien-sufficient/

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

Shout Message Of Emmanuel A. Ahmadu For Editorial and Publishing Community Development Service Election as President

Shout out to all pacesetters for your contribution thus far of making Editorial and publishing CDS an impactful family.
I appreciate the outgoing executive tenure viz-a-viz the notable evidences of success observed in transforming our CDS. I also appreciate all intending aspirants for conceiving transformational measures, visions and strategies in making our CDS better, and for your courage of making it known to all and sundry.

When purpose is known, then a leader is born. Life will not give us what we deserve but what we demand. We are all product of our choices. We made choices and our choices made us, we made decisions and our decisions made us.

The making of another history is at our disposal again, let us choose wisely. “Every election is determined by the people who show up in making choices- Larry J. Sabato” . I, Emmanuel A. Ahmadu desires your support as President as we make history together and continue in our quest of setting the pace. Vision and mission- to spearhead an impactful transformation through effectiveness and love among the members and executives that will ipso facto affect the environment positive in diversity.
Love you all.
Yours in service,
Emmanuel A. Ahmadu a.k.a, “Myles”.

Read articles by Emmanuel A. Ahmadu on the links below:
The five level leadership: https://masterpieceph.com/2016/02/16/the-five-levels-of-leadership/
UNDERSTANDING THE GRAPH OF LIFE – https://masterpieceph.com/2016/02/13/understanding-the-graph-of-life/
The power of listening: https://masterpieceph.com/2016/02/09/the-power-of-listening/
How successful people think: https://masterpieceph.com/2016/02/06/how-successful-people-think/
HAVING A RIGHT ATTITUDE: https://masterpieceph.com/2016/02/05/having-the-right-attitude-your-obstacle-can-become-a-ladder/

About Emmanuel A. Ahmadu :
Emmanuel A. Ahmadu is the founder of Leaders Manna; an enterprise that is focused on leadership and entrepreneurial development. He is a spirit filled Christian and a serving corps member in Benue State. He is a writer, speaker, and a graphic and web designer currently the pioneer and brain behind Seed Designs, a graphic design firm. He has written numerous inspiring and motivational articles published on leadersmanna.com that have reached and blessed lives.
His vision is to use influence as tool in reshaping the mindset and ideologies of people to become better leaders and exercise their God-given dominion. He believes that to achieve his vision, he must continuously grow in wisdom, stature and favor through diligence and persistence until he becomes an effective agent of change.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PASTOR ANDRIY KUKSENKO

Masterpiece Publishing House International celebrates today, Pastor Andriy Kuksenko on his 40th birthday. God bless you for yielding to the call of God in transforming this generation as we observed proven track records over the years in reaching out to the nations with notable evidences.
Happy birthday, Man of Valour. Wish you more years to come and more of God in this new season.
Yours in Christ,
Olawade David B.
CEO/President, Masterpiece Publishing House Int’l.
Masterpieceph.com

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

FITTING IN OR STANDING OUT Co-authored by Olawade David and Blessing Sunday

FITTING IN OR STANDING OUT BY BLESSING SUNDAY.
There is a popular saying that has grown deeply into every average Nigerian and the Nigeria economy as a whole, it says; “IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM, YOU JOIN THEM”. The question is; “What are you joining? Could it be positive or negative?. On the second thought, must you join them to do what they do irrespective of whether it is good or bad?
We are all born with different unique features just like the different individual’s thumb print. This invariably implies that we can stand out of the crowd when we maximize every potential(s) of ours into making a difference in what we do.
On the other hand, the world is not hungry for mediocrity. The world longs for professionals, masters of different fields and of course, every individual is supposed to build themselves in the capacity of where they hope to occupy in life. Some people desire to be great but are not ready to pay the sacrifice for being great. This makes me wonder, why then were we born with different giftings?, if we must settle with the status quo and not make a change.
A man once told me that; “if a rich man tells a poor man what it takes to be rich, he would prefer to remain poor”.
One thing is common to either fit in or stand out; it is “A Little Extra Sacrifice (ALES). This will bring a change.

FITTING IN OR STANDING OUT BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE.
SQUARED SHAPED WATER MELON PRODUCED BY SQUARE PEG CUBES;
According to Nikki Phipps; “the idea of growing square water melons began in Japan. Japanese farmers needed to find a way to work out the issue of traditionally round water melons being too awkward by rolling around or taking too much space in the refrigerator. After playing around with ideas, they finally came up with one that worked- a water melon grown square.
So how did they get the square shaped fruits to grow this way? Simple. The square water melons are grown in glass boxes, which encourage the cubed shape. To solve the issue or having them too big, growers remove the fruit from the container once it reaches about 19 square centimeters. Then they simply package and ship them for sale”.
Like the square watermelons, many have given in by fitting into the status quo neglecting the fact that they are change agents. The glass cube box dictated the outcome of the watermelon forgetting the true identity of the watermelon of being traditionally round. In the same vein, many have allowed circumstances, environment and challenges dictate the outcome of their lives as they sign agreement with mediocrity.

YOU CAN’T STAND OUT FROM A THING YOU ARE FITTING INTO;
The watermelon could not stand due to the fact that it has pledged allegiance of fitting into the square glass cube. What are the square glass cubes that you are fitting into that makes you feel you can’t stand out and challenge the status quo?
You need to stand out, the status quo needs challengers in all spheres. You can’t stand out by doing what others are doing. You can only be an example because of the specifics in you. Have you come to realize those things in you that others don’t have? Have you discover those values and virtues in you that others need and can’t do without? Search them out and engage them.
Examine yourself today; are you standing out among your peers? Or you are fitting into the way they think and their approach to life?. Daniel from the scriptures didn’t fit into the same orientation with the other boys that were taken to Babylon.
Take that responsibility today; stand out among your equals. Do beyond the expectation of the people around. Get ready to inscribe an indelible mark in the sound of time for this generation.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

Meet our guest: Blessing Sunday on the article “FITTING IN OR STANDING OUT”, coming soon.

Meet our guest on the article “FITTING IN OR STANDING OUT” Coming soon on
masterpieceph.com.
About Blessing Sunday:
Sunday Blessing is a passionate motivational speaker who discovered her oratory ability
from her secondary school days and decided to make a career out of it. She has
touched and impacted so many lives by virtue of the invitations she gets to speak to
students in secondary schools and some youth gatherings.
By grace she has a large number of people under her mentorship.
She is a B.A holder from the premier university: university of Ibadan where she studied
English.
She has published about 10 articles on different areas of inspiration.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee,
was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was   beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.