Maduku Mamata was born on a tiny speck of land in the Solomon Islands, a pacific archipelago that is known as much for its desperate financial state as its outstanding natural beauty. From growing up and helping his parents with their subsistence farming, to losing them at a young age and attending school to make sure he would be able to make his own way in the world, Maduku weaves an intricate story of how he ended up in Brisbane, attending college there to better his life. Deported Into Destiny is a story of hardship, a desperation to make things better for one’s self and for others, as well as lessons learned the hard way. But it is also an enduring story of love and of doors opening when you least expect them to. This is a story of salvation amidst the wreckage of a single mistake and of hope triumphing eventually over adversity.
Having a vision is like a billboard. Years ago when I attended high school, I used to walk to school. And I walked past this patch of bush. Trees, rocks. Some time went by, I walked past the patch and chainsaws and a bulldozer was clearing the place. Few weeks later, I walked past the place and their was a billboard with apartments, the landscape with parking lot finished, with little people standing underneath the shade. And on the top were these words "COMING SOON!!!". And on the bottom was written, "NOW RENTING," you can call, and they put the contact details there. This is awesome! This is amazing! That is what a vision is like. They got the end finished in mind, then they back up and start building. Why did they build? Because they already got the end finished on the billboard. Why most young people, or even some adults couldn't build? Because they haven't finished yet in their mind. There is no finished billboard put on the walls of their heart. You cannot build until you finished. I'm almost finished with something for our young men and women who drop out of Primary school, high school or even college. Do you have a billboard? Those with kids?
I work in the horticulture industry, and work with a lot of people from different backgrounds and walks of life. Some backpackers, some students and some married folks. And I sort of curious why they look sad, grumpy, stress most of the time. So in my conversations with them, I ask them what is their vision for living? And I was amazed at what I discovered, that most didn't really have a personal vision for their lives. And it's worst in the "overwhelming information age" that we are living in. I asked a co-worker we work together, " brother, what is your vision for your family? Like, where are you taking your family to?" He smiled and didn't say nothing. He complained about bills to pay, the new baby cost a lot of money for daycare etc...Just yesterday, someone asked me for money to pay for his child's school fee. And in my mind I was like, "this guy wanted to get married, and have kids, and never prepared to support them financially!" If you ain't ready to support it, don't have it. I'm working on something for young people to save them the time from repeating these mistakes. At least they know what they're doing after primary and high school.
When writing this, I remember a friend who blew 16K on ice cream and fish chips for his friends. This money was loaned to him by a generous lady. It's intention was for raising chicken for meat and sell to restaurants. This friend wants to build a training school. His mismanagement made me question whether he really had the dream in the first place? Imagine had he utilized that money wisely, how much money he would earn, and make his dream a reality? My personal experience; I turned $80 into $3400 in few months through selling kerosene in the village. I earned the money from picking bottles on the street after working as a driveway attendant at a fuel station in town. I want to go into partnership with my brother in-law in selling petrol. He's jealous and not want other people to succeed or excel in life. What's my point? How can we instill stewardship in our young people? How can we teach them early on to be good stewards of the resources life has entrusted to them? If we cannot manage little, how can we manage big? Have a look at what Maduku did with the assistance he was given.
Maduku's aunt knows very well that giving opportunity and a lift to one person is actually giving lift and opportunity to generations. Because in that one person's loins is a toddler, a teenager, a youth, an adult, a husband and a grandparent etc...they all trapped in that one person. So helping one person is helping generations. When I help one person, I look beyond the person that I help, and see the generations inside of him that is going to benefit from my help. So who are we touching today? Who are we impacting today with the resources that we have? We are only here for so long. Have a peep and see the influence that Yagayo had on his friends through the opportunity and lift offered by Maduku and his aunt.
True fulfillment in life is not found in our jobs but in our calling in solving problems. Our jobs should be a means to an end. Our calling will make us unhappy and uncomfortable in our jobs.Use this as a measure. Until we discover our calling, we will live miserable and unfulfilled lives. Nehemiah in the book of Scriptures (chapters 1and 2) presents a good case. He had a good and safe secure job as a cupbearer for king Artaxerxes. His countenance failed when he heard from his brother that Jerusalem laid in ruins. He eventually left his job to fulfil the task in his heart with resources supplied. Queen Esther (4:14) was told by her uncle Mordecai to act for the deliverance of her people. In other words, they were born exactly to address the situations presented to them. Do we find fulfilment in our jobs? Use our jobs to find our calling in life. History remembers problem solvers. And problem solvers always get promoted.
What is life telling you to do something about? Is there a particular situation that life is drawing and calling your attention to? Find out what was the situation that life was drawing the character's attention to.
Do you have a fear of life? This may sound like some silly notion. But basically, the fear of life has to do with "living a bold life." Find out what happens when he determined to face his fear of being a failure head on.
He had a dream for his community. Have a peek and find out what was the dream for his community.
Have a peek and find out what was the boy's meeting with destiny about. He showed up at a certain place, and the rest was history.
During our lifetime on this planet, we collect and amass a lot of treasures. Some of us amass more than others. We enjoy them but we will eventually leave them behind someday. Have a peek about the generational treasures this sister intends to leave behind when she's gone someday;)
The death rate for human beings is 100%. We ARE going to die someday! None of us know when that's going to happen. But physical death is not the worst kind of death; they say the worst kind of death is what dies within us while we live. So imagine or picture your dream, idea or vision to an apple seed. Inside an apple seed is an apple tree, the tree is trapped within the apple seed. So the apple seed has an apple tree, with apple fruits with apple seeds with apple trees with apple seeds etc...The multiplication is inherent. So the death of an apple seed, is the death of an apple farm. In like manner, the death of boy or girl in the womb is the death of a generation. This kind of conversation is necessary for us to have with friends, relatives, co-workers, acquaintances. More like an awakening kind of conversation; it wakes people up from sleeping through life, and get to work on delivering their baby before they go to the graveyard. I think the graveyard is a good motivator. It reminds us that we are only here for so long. The death of a seed, is the death of a forest.
I believe each and every one of us have discovered something that makes life worth living. That very something has given us incredible and undying energy to wake up every morning and keep moving. We love living because we discovered something bigger than our own private ambitions. When we come to that discovery, then life begins to do business with us. Let us continue to stay on course on the task that life has mandated us to do.
The motivation behind everything that I'm doing is the graveyard. I don't want to die with the ideas, dreams, visions, inventions that life has given me. And I've found out early that, in order for me to do that, I had to find one thing that would serve as my 'ripple', and dedicate and devote time and energy and resources into that one thing. So that when that one thing drops in the water, it will affect everything that I want to achieve in the surrounding environment. If I don't found that one thing, then it would be a waste of time and energy to achieve everything other thing that I want to achieve. So discovering that brain child is vitally important. And I believe it helps to simplify life too. I hope that we will discover our brain child, and share with family and friends to discover their brain child too. If we don't discover our brain child, then we would be procrastinating. What a tragedy!
All along, I thought death is physical ; when a person dies and was buried in the cemetery, that is death to me. But the book of scriptures tells us about one kind of death, and its' called 'visionary death'- Prove 29:18a NIV. It goes on to state that without vision, the people cast of restraint. Restraint here means discipline. The people cast off discipline. Without vision, there is no discipline. Discipline and vision are cousins. We apply discipline in the food we eat, what we drink, what we listen to, what we watch, the company and associations we keep etc...Very interesting and loaded verse of scripture. We cannot have discipline without vision. I love what Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." It is possible to be alive and breathing and be blind or dead.
I believe each and every one of us has discovered something that makes life worth living. Something that is bigger than our own private ambitions. And that something is the very reason why we can't wait for the Sun to rise in the morning, so we could get started again. That something got us stirred up, given us incredible-undying energy to sometimes forget about knock off time and lunch. That something that we have discovered makes us hate sleep...We don't want long night sleeps, we just want to keep going, we just want to keep squeezing ourselves like the sponge, squeezing all the potential and goodness in us, and allow the grave to get an empty carcass when we die. I hope we have discovered the motivation for our existence.
We all go through situations that are not of our choosing or without our consent. That's life. But if we chose to remain positive and keep hope alive, and do not grow weary in well-doing, we will reap if we fain't not. I had been through a similar situation, and I chose the higher road, the higher way to remain hopeful and positive. Keep doing good in volunteering, in my opinion, helping others in what they need helping with, without expecting anything in return. Then one day, it all changed for me. You know what, the scripture says, "..he will give you the desires of your heart"~Ps 37:4b. The creator has a covenant promise with the desires of your heart. Take a peek and find out what hope had in store for her;)
Every manufacturer has a manual about their product- it's features and operational instructions. The book of scriptures is no different. It's a manual about the creator's product and his project for the product as found in Gen 1:26-27. I experimented with a product once, because I ignored the manual lol. Lesson learned. If it's a product, I must read the manual. The manual is the maker's mind in print of how to use and treat the product. I found that verbal expression of appreciation is scriptural in the manual to a woman: Prov 31: 28-29 "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." I grew up and lived with few different families. I talked with some sisters who were frustrated and unappreciated; they low on fuel to keep running for the brothers. We have a lot of good literature on the market now. There is no excuse for ignorance in this day and age. Information about how to use a product saves time and simplifies life.
When we document the vision in our heart, we're giving it substance. One of my favorite verse of scriptures is Habakkuk 2:2..."Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it" KJV. When we write down our vision on paper, the universe is sending messengers our way to run with it. And they cannot run with an empty sheet of paper. I remember a missed opportunity. A businessman wanted to fun one organisation. He asked for the budget, but there wasn't any. The organisation missed out on the opportunity. Why? Because a budget is a 'statement of faith.' And you cannot have a budget without a vision. The messenger was ready to run, but the sheet of paper was empty. I have met many a person, too. I asked them for their vision for living, and they don't have any. I told them that, they're only existing! Write down your vision, you never know. Don't be like the organisation I mentioned. The universe is working on your behalf behind the scenes. Until it's written, it's not a vision.
This verse of scripture is one of my motivation for learning and sharing of information-especially to and with young people: Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have 'ignored' the law of your God, I will ignore your children." This verse is loaded with truth(s) that is capsulized. A priest is a spiritual representative between the creator and the people. Because of the priest's ignorance of the commands of the creator, it affects the children. A priest in the home is the father. Information flows from the creator through the father to the children. If the father is ignorant of vital information necessary for living, and he teaches his children what he knows, then the children are just as smart as the father. So when a father is learning and possessing vital information, he is learning for his children and his unborn grandchildren. A father's ignorance is generational. "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children..."Prov 13:22. Knowledge is one of those inheritances.
I usually find inspirational stories in the book of scriptures to keep me moving forward. It's a good textbook. An account of one of them stories can be found in Genesis 37: 12-28. This is about Joseph. His destination was Dothan. He wandered in between in the fields looking for his brothers. They moved to Dothan. A 'certain man' appeared and gave him the address, map, direction, information of how to get to Dothan. The man did not travel with him. Next, his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites who gone into Egypt. What's the point in this story? When we're given a dream, and pursue that dream, we might seem confused and lost. This is where the universe is making arrangements for people and resources to meet us-a defining moment when it feels and seems like all hope is gone. Sometimes, life has to test the authenticity of the dream, to see whether we really believe in the dream from the outset. If we give up, turned back and went home, then we don't really had the dream at the first place. Keep moving; a man and a caravan are on the way.
When I was growing up, parents strive to protect their names in private and in public through their child's behaviour in respect to discipline.There's rehearsal during every meal times about the importance of abiding by the rules set out for their children to follow. They did this through constant repetition until it's registered in the brain. Discipline is like the traffic lights. When a child wants to oversteps the boundaries, the red light turns on. Let us not grow weary in reminding the little ones about the traffic light's vital role in traffic; because they are the future.We all know that running through a red light causes accidents and an infringement letter in the mailbox, and losing some points lol.
I live long enough to witness many young people falling through the cracks, and going down the drain because of lack of good information and role models to stir and guide them in their life's journey. We are living in a time and age that there shouldn't be an excuse for bettering and developing oneself to be an asset, especially young people in terms of information and good books. I grew up in the village; no television and no internet like what we are having in the twentieth century. My mum told me to be diligent in my school work. Study and work hard. Because my future is in my hands. My elders told me to prepare and ready to look after someone's daughter if I'm thinking of settling down some day. The emphasis is on bettering oneself to be an asset. They said that marriage won't run away lol. I make it my mission to try and influence and be a model to my generation before I leave the planet some day. What are your thoughts?
I believe, in order to achieve something of lasting significance, that thing must first overtake our whole life, our whole consciousness. It's like a chicken brooding over her eggs day in day out until they hatch. We are living in an age and time where we are bombarded with information more than ever before. We need to filter information. We can only filter information if we know where and what we are going and doing-being clear of our life's purpose. And if we are not careful, we would be distracted from pursuing the very thing that is like fire in our bones-which is our vision. I also believe we are born to do only just one thing. And when we focus on that one thing, fire is the outcome. Think of focusing a magnifying lens on a cardboard or dead grass when the sun hits it, what's the outcome? Fire. Fire is the outcome. I hope we have found and discovered that very thing that is like fire in our bones.
We produce after our own kind. And after we be gone someday, our children will continue to carry our names, exhibiting the values we instilled in them. And those values are called 'Philosophy.' This verse of scripture seems to perfectly described what I try to bring out here: 2 Timothy 1:5-"I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." It's generational. What we believe in becomes our philosophy, and philosophy shapes one's behavior. The believe or philosophy was first lived out by the grandmother, then the daughter, and now is in the son, the offspring. We are not just living for ourselves. We are living for others. Keep shining and changing your world through your philosophy.
I believe we want the best for our children, and would endeavor and strive to do everything in our power to give them a better future and also for them to say to people or someone that " I am what and who I am today because of what my parents did." I am a work in progress and I am sharing from personal experience. My mom is my greatest hero, she passed away now. What she taught and instilled in me guided me over the years: Hard work, self-discipline and respect for oneself and for one's fellow neighbor. I intend to pass on these values to the generation after me. I believe that if ALL we know eventually dies with us, we are a failure, a generational one. I hope that we will begin to identify someone that we would begin to transfer, mentor and pour ourselves into to rob the graveyard of our treasure(s)
When the universe impregnated our minds with a noble idea or thought, often times we fail to pay attention to allow the thought to conceive and develop, so we employ some activities to suppress or silence the nagging or recurring thought with maybe alcohol, loud music, watching a movie, turning on the television or ring up friends for a meaningless chat to avoid the cries of our inner child. Some of these activities are toxic and not healthy for the conception of our brain child. We want to numb the inner voice from bothering and nagging us. Spending time listening to our inner child is a sign of self-love. It shows that we care and love ourselves so much by falling in love with our own thoughts speaking to us. We must remember that we are dignified beings and to work in partnership with the universe to give birth to a solution in the earth is an awesome privilege. Our mind is like a factory, a mental factory. We must safeguard our minds to bring about noble products of hope and healing to our world.
When a recurring idea or thought keeps coming back or visiting us, it is simply because we fail to pay attention to it when it emerges at certain stages and moments during our life's journey. That recurring idea or thought or dream or vision is really what we were born and suppose to do. That is our brainchild. When a problem or a certain situation needed solution or improvement arises in the earth, a human cooperation is essential. Thus, the universe goes seeking for a human mind to impregnate with the solution. So the human mind is a womb, and a sperm is an idea or thought. So the universe wants to impregnate the human mind to bring about the desired outcome. So the idea or thought will keep visiting or keeps tormenting and haunting us until we do something about it. If we stubborn and not paying attention when it visits during our prime, it will visits us again when we lay on our dead beds, ready to be crossed over, staring at us with large angry eyes saying," We came to you, and only YOU could have given us life. But now, we must die with you forever. So if we die today, what dreams, ideas, will die with us because of procrastination and laziness? DON'T DIE PREGNANT
I believe we all born or came to this earth because there is something needed to be done that requires our birth. We are not a biological mishap or accident. We were chosen or handpicked by the creator out of millions of sperms to solve a specific problem in the earth. When life shows a problem or a particular situation that needs improvement, it is life's way of telling us to find a solution for the problem, because we're the one who sees the problem. We are responsible or obligated to find a way to improve or make the situation better. Once we see the problem or situation that needs improvement, we are responsible because we see it. So what do we see that makes us obligated or responsible? What do we see in the world that makes us angry in a positive manner? What do we lose sleep over at night? What makes us want to get up early in the morning to find a solution(s) for? Remember, EVERYBODY is a problem solver! What a privilege and honor to work in partnership with the creator/universe to solve a problem or make a particular situation better in the earth. We were born because there is a problem that needs fixing in the earth. YOU ARE NECESSARY
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