Not too long ago, I attended an event somewhere in Ikeja, Lagos, South – Western Nigeria. Being a youth-centric programme, I figured it’d be worth sacrificing my otherwise sacred weekend.
On arrival, something caught my eye.
I noticed military vehicles and uniformed, mean-looking men loitering around the entrance. At the entry gate, guests were being screened by men in dark suits and darker sunglasses.
The state governor, His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the day. The organizers thought it necessary to control who was allowed into the premises. Smart people.
Most times, I (almost subconsciously) find useful life lessons in otherwise normal events. What you’re about to read is what I found on that sunny Saturday.
Do you have any idea what it costs to hire professional bodyguards? That was my first thought as soon as I was cleared to go in (after presenting my proof of invitation and exposing the contents of my brown bag). I tried to come up with a sum but quickly gave up the self – imposed assignment .
One thing was clear though, it took some meticulous planning and effort to get those guys stationed at the gates, looking like the Teminator. All that coordination and logistics for one reason- to control access.
As I thought about this, Proverbs 4:23 made new meaning. Wondering what in the world is in Proverbs 4:23? Here
“guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (KJV)
‘Guard’ made deeper sense after that weekend. I had to ask a friend to send me various bible translations of this verse. Here’s what she came up with
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT)
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts” (MSG)
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (NKJV)
“Above all else guard your heart, it is where life comes from’ (NIRV)
That’s some heavy stuff. The word says your heart rules your life. It determines what you become. It’s your heart, dear reader, that creates your future. Not your background, not your connections, certificates, the economy or blind luck. Those play their role but your heart is the lead character. What goes on in there determines what happens out here.
Dear reader, do you have guards around your heart? Or is anything and anyone free to access it as they please? Do you have control over what you let yourself think? Think about your thoughts for a minute. Do you consciously channel them towards specific goals or are they licensed to roam wherever, whenever?
For some of us, this may sound like some psychological gibberish, but from personal experience and the stories of others, I have found this to be true- whatever you perpetually think about has a way of becoming reality in your life. It’s scary but I’ve actually proved this in my personal life. It really works. Now don’t get me wrong- I’m NOT saying right thinking ALONE will bring about the life changes you desire. But it’s a crucial part-it’s the foundation.
“What you think about, you bring about”
Can you see the importance of your thoughts? If they’re so important, that they shape your life, how much would you be willing to pay to have them shielded? Imagine if you could actually pay someone to guard your thoughts, what figure would you be willing to write on their paycheque? Could you afford the services of a ‘mindguard’?
Thankfully, we don’t have to pay anyone to do this for us. Neither do we need fearsome biceps, a mean face, dark sunglasses or skillful marksmanship. In the concluding part of this piece, I’ll be sharing some steps that I’ve personally proved that will help you become a professional ‘mindguard’.
But before then I’d like to hear from you: if you could pay someone else to guard your thoughts, how much would you be willing to write on their monthly paycheque? Think about it and do kindly share your figure in the comments section.
See ya in the comments!
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