Getting Out Of The Rabbit Hole

Easter for Christians is a time to reflect on the death of Christ, our sins and the salvation that resulted. For others it’s a time where the Easter Bunny comes out and plays a game with chicken eggs or chocolate eggs.

Whilst I don’t subscribe to the Easter Bunny, it reminds me of the rabbit hole that Alice in the story, Alice in Wonderland went through. Though she followed the rabbit out of curiosity, just like Alice, we find ourselves in our own rabbit holes. Places we don’t want to be but due to some error on our part or someone.

I sort of liken this to where people are before they find Christ. However, not everyone is a Christian. It is usually the story of Christ’s death and resurrection that gets one into becoming a Christian.

Romans 3 tells us that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That our righteousness or good deeds are like filthy rags to the Almighty. Not everyone connects with this line of thought nor the concept of Heaven and Hell. However, regarding the concept of being broken, I believe we all can connect.

There is a point in life where you are going to do something, right or wrong, that will either embarrass, bring pain, loss, or result in you being broken in spirit, in need of encouragement or hope.

Sometimes we are lost. We think we know why we on a certain path only to realize that it doesn’t quite lead to where we thought it would. Unfortunately this lost feeling can lead us further down the rabbit hole, leave us stuck in the hole or find us climbing out.

One can only climb out with hope of a better tomorrow. Unfortunately, not all find hope easy to come by. Those stuck in the rabbit hole choose to stay there or plunge further below because it sounds like an easier way to deal with the humiliation. No one after all likes mockery or an “I told you so” moment.

No one in my opinion has suffered the shame and humiliation that Jesus faced in his journey down the rabbit hole. A man who rode into Jerusalem a week ago to praises and celebration as a king to be arrested on false charges and mocked for being a king a week after. Beaten and traded for a criminal with the people, some of who said praise him now shouting “crucify him”.

All this occurred to show us that we should not fret when similar situations befall us.

Jesus performed powerful miracles, raised many from the dead and made powerful declarations. At the cross however, it seemed the man who had all this power and authority could do nothing to save himself. Even one of the men He was crucified with mocked Him.

It sort of reminds me of Hulk in the Avengers Infinity War movie. Bruce throughout the movie struggled to bring Hulk out and it was perceived that was because of fear or wounded pride on the part of Hulk due to his defeat during the fight he had with Thanos in the opening scene. It was rather because Hulk was tired of only being called out when Bruce needed saving or needed to be a hero.

Jesus could save Himself but chose not to because in His death, He gave us the greatest gift of all, Salvation. Jesus went down the rabbit hole to get us out. After all the pain, mockery and suffering he took on, he was raised on the third day. He achieved more than waking up from the dead. He conquered death, made it possible for us to connect with God more directly, freed us from the clutches of sin and gave us power to become better people to make the world a better place.

It was only once these things were achieved that He came out of the rabbit hole and showed us how we too can get out.

People may be seeing you the wrong way. Deep down you are person who wants to live right. Circumstances find you living a life you don’t want to live but don’t know how to change.

We have the hope through Jesus that we can change. No matter how many times we fall or plunge into the hole of shame we have in us the capacity to rise up and rise up victoriously. This hope is available to ALL.

As a Christian, I invite you today to share in this hope. I am not inviting you to be religious. I am inviting you to have peace. You are not a failure and can rise like Jesus out of whatever situation you find yourself in. No situation you are in is exempt from the hope that Jesus provides.

People use stories and movies as inspiration. Today I am offering something similar, only true and with a precious promise should you be willing to believe and accept.

Jesus went through all that suffering for you and I. He rose to prove to us that he is the way, the truth and the life. If you are in need of hope look no further. Keep it One Hondred and come to Jesus. He and the Easter Bunny May be the same after all.

Wink wink

Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic immunity in lay man’s term is an individual’s “you can’t touch me” card. It is sometimes used in conjunction with M.C Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This” hit single to make situations the more irritating.

People with diplomatic immunity are usually foreigners. They are in a land other than theirs and are not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution because they are diplomats.

You may have seen the term floating around the news or in tv shows and sometimes wonder why it even exists. I am no lawyer to explain the reasoning behind diplomatic immunity but I know it is important, just sometimes abused.

Yesterday at church, the preacher touched on God’s assurance of protection. In my spirit what resonated in me was diplomatic immunity.

Are you aware that Christians have access to diplomatic immunity?

If you view it as we are foreigners here on earth, then as ambassadors for Christ, we have diplomatic immunity.

Psalm 91 amongst other bible verses speaks about the protection God’s children/ambassadors have access to.

To access this protection Psalm 91:14-16 states this:

““If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!””

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

These are amazing words of assurance. Way better than what a Government can provide. We all have the opportunity to take hold of this assurance for we are all God’s children.

However, only those who hold on to him or take Christ as their Lord and personal savior have access to this. It’s similar to how only the family of diplomats have diplomatic immunity. You have to join the family to enjoy the benefits.

This is not to say that God doesn’t love those who are not Christian. Rather, it’s Him stretching His hand out to help all enjoy the protection he offers.

Some Christians may question whether this actually works. I humbly ask that we all look into our faith and ask whether we truly believe that God is in our lives.

Have you really let go of your burdens?

Is Jesus your Lord and personal savior?

These are simple yet heavy questions that draw the line between being a Christian and being a person of the world.

All I am asking is for us to reflect on our relationship with God and be sure that His is with us. For many claim to be Christians and yet don’t act like Christ.

And while that’s a tough act to follow and we all fall short, we do not seem to trust God and His ability to change our ways.

We live in a world where no one is safe. One could be struck with illness, cancer a tumor or die suddenly. An accident could occur and no human or insurance company can assure you of prevention.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to ensure you have God’s assurance that He has you and your family’s best interests?

Read Psalm 91 to get a full grasp of what God is offering. I prefer reading it in the Message version. Try and read it as often as you can to strengthen your faith in the Lord.

As long as you are holding onto God and believe this scripture I believe you will live a blessed life.

Keep it One Hondred!

Be Optimistic Like The Red Devils

I am a proud die hard Manchester United fan. By die hard I don’t mean I watch every game, enter arguments or get THAT emotional when things go bad for the team. After all I am not getting paid like the players but I will support the team in good times and bad times. I guess you could call it a marraige.

I decided to become a Manchester United fan in 1999. It was a couple of days before the UEFA finals that year and there was a lot of talk in school about whether Manchester United would beat Bayern Munich.

People were taking sides and at that time I didn’t have a clue of what was going on or the history that the two teams had built for themselves.

I am not really a soccer person but it felt wrong to not be bothered about this game and the ticket to participate in the discussions, arguments or pride talks was to choose a side.

Manchester, I believe by the UEFA finals had already won the Premier League and the FA Cup and were in route to obtain the UEFA cup making it a treble. I on the other hand had no clue about this and did not utilize this as a reason to choose Manchester.

I only leaned in the direction of Bayern Munich for patriotic reasons or so I thought. Samuel Kuffour, was a Ghanaian defender on the Bayern Munich squad so my thoughts initially were in favor of Bayern.

I did not make a decision till the day of the match. My younger brother was a Manchester fan and I guess on the day I decided to trust in the colour red and trust in my brothers tastes. We had sibling rivalry like any other normal family and I didn’t think soccer would have been a good reason for us to fight. So I went with Manchester.

Bayern were the first to score that day and I remember asking myself in thought whether I had made the right decision. But I stuck to my red colour.

In the closing minutes of the match I did think of announcing my divorce from Manchester. After all, this was my first match as a fan. I felt the rules would permit me to leave as a fan and move to Bayern as long as the match is not over……..but I stuck with Manchester.

In extra time miracles occurred. In quick succession, two substitutes that came in before extra time delivered the saving goals that saw Manchester win the treble and saw me become a fan for life. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were the substitute players who saved the day to the shock of the Bayern players and fans who believed they had won.

Fast forward almost 20 years later, Manchester find themselves in similar waters in the UEFA cup. Honestly, I didn’t watch the match between Manchester and PSG but followed the highlights. I wasn’t surprised by the performance of the club. Such optimism hasn’t been felt in Manchester for a while but when the manger leading the team on is no other than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, an individual who has seen the team persevere time and time and again and has a spirit of hope, anything is possible.

I won’t bore you by breaking down how Manchester we’re victorious that night but rather shift the tone of the conversation a bit.

Part of the reason why I am a Manchester United fan is because on and off the pitch the team has a never say die attitude that has seen it become the most valuable soccer team.

This is a team that almost went bankrupt; had a fair share of financial problems; had its stadium bombed during the world war and lost an entire football squad in a plane crash amongst other disappointments. That coupled with their battles on the field which sometimes prove difficult make them a team that gels with my spirit of optimism.

If you are going to be optimistic then you have to have unshifting faith. Had I at the last moment moved as a fan to Bayern Munich, I would not be able to revel in the joy celebrated in victory minutes later.

Sometimes we have fought or struggled towards a goal always believing that things will change; only to give up at the very minute that things were about to change for good.

The question is how do you know when that change is coming? My answer is you don’t. However, the benefits of hanging on to what you believe outweigh giving up. (If you’re fighting for a good thing)

Things may be bad for you and yes, it may seem as if you are destined for failure. Nevertheless, you have to believe in yourself and keep fighting on.

This is always easier in my opinion if you have Jesus with you. He always knows how to provide the right word or send a person your way to encourage you.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of Life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

So don’t give up. It’s easy to think that the successful are successful because they’ve always had it all but that’s not the case. Everyone started from somewhere including great Manchester United.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

You too can accomplish the mission deemed impossible. As long as your intentions are pure and you are right with the Lord. It’s just cooler when you are a Manchester fan and more importantly believe in Jesus.

Keep it ONE HONDRED!

Being Gay Is Unnatural But So Is Walking On Water

“Homosexuality is unnatural..” says this book, where snakes talk, apples set an eternal curse, people come back from the dead, a guy walks on water, and a virgin has a baby!


I saw this post on social media and I must applaud whoever came up with this argument. Its well crafted (just next time give the Bible the respect it deserves and call it out instead of referring to it as “this book”).
I say its well crafted because for a second there, the logic within seems to cement the idea that natural is right and unnatural is wrong. (Thank God that only lasts a second)
As a Christian I realize that such posts have a tendency to ruffle the feathers of Christians throwing us into a so called frenzy of name calling and bashing with phrases like “God save you”, “Burn in hell” and the likes. 
I always get embarrassed when I see such online simply because Jesus would not act like that. 
So How Will Jesus Act?

In other words what will I do as an ambassador for Christ. Well, I have acknowledged the statement and complimented its craftiness. What I am about to do is point out why its a weak argument to justify homosexuality.
Is Natural Good?
The post seems to suggest that unnatural as a concept runs throughout the Bible and that some unnatural events are seen as good so how come homosexuality is not seen in that light? 
Great use of logic. Unfortunately if I flip the argument around it renders the original argument as weak.
Lying is natural to someone that needs to get out of a tight spot. Adultery, premarital sex or any sort of sexual interaction outside marriage is natural. Even eating more than you need to consume is natural. Does this mean all these are good? All these natural acts according to God is sin.
There are natural and unnatural things that are considered sin and natural and unnatural things that are not considered sin.
There are unnatural things that are cool to view such as someone flying or walking on water. We even see these when magicians pull tricks and create illusions. Its all perceived as unnatural yet not a ‘no go area’ concept. (Thats not to say the miracles and unnatural Godly events was a magic show) 
The idea of homosexuality however, is disturbing and unnatural. Especially the idea of two members of the same sex mating (for females its more understandable though still wrong) .
But sin is sin. Be it natural or unnatural, understandable or not, right is right and wrong is wrong. 
As a Christian, Homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes. The same goes for adultery, rape, lying and a host of others acts. Each of us is dealing with ourselves to become better people. 
So lets call a spade a spade and also realize that none of us is perfect. In our journey towards perfection as humans, it is important to do your part and focus on being a better person and not worry about whether someone is living a moral life or not. 
The Bible summarizes this well
““Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬
If you are not a Christian and interested or curious about the path to Christ, just message me and I will hit you up for a chat. It doesn’t matter how bad or off the moral map you have gone. God accepts all kinds and I am proof of that.
Keep it One HONDRED!

Are You A Winner Or A Loser?

Just because you win doesn’t mean you are a winner. 
In life one gets faced with competition. Whether it’s sports, debates, fighting for that cute guy or girl or to become the President of a country, there is a competition that ensues that chews opponents and subjects them to the beauty and ugliness of battle and spits out a victor.
However just because you win doesn’t mean you are a winner. Same goes for those who lose.
In my poem “The Pursuit of Happiness” the concluding lines say this:
“You are not born to be a winner
You are not born to be a loser
If you think about it carefully
You are born to be a chooser
If you end up being a loser, it’s because you chose not to win
And that my friends is my definition of sin”
Winning is more than coming in first, aquiring the most votes and picking that trophy. It’s a choice, a state of mind and a life style.
Winners choose to enter competitions to grow and evolve their skill set. They do it ultimately because it makes them better. If they win that’s an achievement, an accolade to showcase their success. 
Coming in second, third or at the bottom for that matter doesn’t mean you are a loser. It could mean so many things. It could mean you need to get better in a certain area, need better strategy, you need to start from scratch, health is getting in the way, whatever it means you wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t participated in the challenge.
That’s knowledge. Knowledge about yourself and your abilities that could be capitalized on to bring victory. You only learn this by pushing yourself into competitions.
The only time you become a loser is when you choose not to learn anything from the battle. The value gained from this is far greater than being called the winner. If you won that’s awesome but if you won and didn’t learn from it then that’s sad. Equally sad is losing and not learning a thing from the loss. That’s the ultimate loser mentality. That lack of knowledge is detrimental.

For Lack of Knowledge My People Perish. Hosea 4:6
Hosea 4:6

Your desire to become a better person is why you push yourself. You do it because you believe in yourself and your abilities. You do it because you feel the cause or reason for you fighting is worthwhile. As long as you believe in that fight, go hard and make it count.
Hillary Clinton in her speech after the recent American elections touched on the point of fighting for what you believe in.
“And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this. I have, as Tim said, spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks, sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers.
You will have successes and setbacks, too. This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. Nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”
That’s a winner mentality. Keep your head up no matter what comes. There will be pain and there will be joy. In both cases always remember to be a winner.
A winner mentality is a decision. A decision to become better. As long as you are becoming better you are winning. Win at your own pace and be sure your goals for pushing yourself are worthwhile. 
A true winner understands that winning is not everything. 
As a Christian I know Jesus had to die in order to win my soul. I became a Christian not by doing something glorious but by acknowledging that I was losing and that I needed help. I was losing before I started winning. Sometimes I lose but I don’t allow it to set me back. I am loading my perfection and due to that I can relate to others who I believe go through challenges and setbacks.
We are all champions in the making. You just have to go out there and grab what’s yours.
Stay winning and keep it One HONDRED!☝️ 

The Customer is Never Right

Let me start by just saying that customer service is Ghana is poor. Dirt, cheap, one sugar cube left in the fridge poor. (In fact that’s a great way of looking at it.)
The standard is supposed to be a full blue box of sugar cubes (that lion brand). Rich and sweet but often, many of us receive a piss poor excuse for customer service. Makes you wonder how the country prides itself on Christianity. 
“Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.””
Mark‬ ‭12:29-31‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Love your Neighbour as yourself is the second most important commandment in the Bible according to Jesus. Yet, it seems that passage was never translated into a business lesson. 
There are many ways to look at this problem but today I want to focus on one of the fundamental rules of customer service that front end staff of the retail and service industry must live by.
THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT.
This is where sometimes even established businesses who pride them selves at customer service get it wrong.
Yesterday I was at a cafe and a couple was making an order. The attendant at the till repeated the order after the couple was done to find out that the order according to the couple was incorrect. (This is where unfortunately, customer service reduced to one sugar cube)
Instead of the attendant apologizing and correcting the order, she decided to stage a mini debate of “but that’s what you ordered”. 
WHO CARES?
Let’s even assume the error was the customer’s. IT DOES’NT MATTER!
What matters is that THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. So you apologize for the error, smile and correct it. 
Did she do that? No!
She kept going on about how the lady ordered what she said she didn’t order and her facial expression was clearly not pleasant. She had that “I am doing you a favor and you are pissing me off” look. Clearly not the look you want other customers to see. 
The order ended up being changed but to me the service deserved a big minus. That was service with a pound of salt and not something you want your clientele remembering.
Whether you are Christian or not treating others the way you want to be treated is the best thing to do. When serving people you put your issues aside and serve each person like they are royalty.
God serves us each day with oxygen, sun, gravity and time regardless of whether we deserve it or not. How far are we willing to go for a paying customer?
Let’s treat each other better. Not for business goals but for peace of mind and harmony. 
Keep it ONE HONDRED!