Month: November 2020

LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days! All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass on to someone else! Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance!
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed! Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear! So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away! It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end! It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant, even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant!
SO WHAT WILL MATTER?
How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built; not what you got but what you gave! What will matter is not your success but your significance! What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught! What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example!
What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you are gone! What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you! What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what!
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice!
Make that choice today! And choose to live a life that matters!

He that hath made his refuge God

“O that I knew where I might find Him!” Job 23:3
In Job’s uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father’s face. His first prayer is not “O that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!” nor even “O that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!” but the first and uppermost cry is, “O that I knew where I might find HIM, who is my God! that I might come even to His seat!” God’s children run home when the storm comes on. It is the heaven-born instinct of a gracious soul to seek shelter from all ills beneath the wings of Jehovah. “He that hath made his refuge God,” might serve as the title of a true believer. A hypocrite, when afflicted by God, resents the infliction, and, like a slave, would run from the Master who has scourged him; but not so the true heir of heaven, he kisses the hand which smote him, and seeks shelter from the rod in the bosom of the God who frowned upon him. Job’s desire to commune with God was intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation. The patriarch turned away from his sorry friends, and looked up to the celestial throne, just as a traveller turns from his empty skin bottle, and betakes himself with all speed to the well. He bids farewell to earth-born hopes, and cries, “O that I knew where I might find my God!” Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator, as when we learn the emptiness of all besides. Turning away with bitter scorn from earth’s hives, where we find no honey, but many sharp stings, we rejoice in Him whose faithful word is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. In every trouble we should first seek to realize God’s presence with us. Only let us enjoy His smile, and we can bear our daily cross with a willing heart for His dear sake.

U.S. consulate opens application for academy for women entrepreneurs

The United States Consulate General in Lagos on Tuesday announced a call for applications for the 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a US Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.

For the second annual AWE, 120 female entrepreneurs from across southern Nigeria would be selected to receive virtual and in-person training and mentoring.

The programme would also support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, including 20 female returnees.

The intensive programme is scheduled to run from November 2020 to March 2021.

All successful applicants would receive lessons on business management, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors, and learn the practical skills required to create and run successful and sustainable businesses.

United States Consulate Acting Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz, explained that the goal of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs was to teach women around the world to become successful entrepreneurs.

According to her, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, the US Consulate General aims to work with the AWE participants to develop their businesses.

“One of the US government’s goals is to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. Through the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, we are doing just that by giving ambitious businesswomen the skills they need to take their ventures to the next level. For this year’s program, we encourage motivated and self-driven female entrepreneurs to apply,” Foltz said.

Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the workshops. Also, participants will receive access to DreamBuilder, a blended business-training course developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

The US Consulate General has partnered with Ascend Studios Foundation to administer this program.

Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Studios Foundation, Inya Lawal, said, “We are excited that the US Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with us for the second time to implement this vital program tailored for women’s economic empowerment.

“With the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, a lot more women are looking for new ways to pivot their businesses, and AWE is on the lookout for such women.”

Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program can apply at no cost by filling out the application form via shorturl.at/bqGT6. Application closes on November 8, 2020.

The AWE is a component of the White House Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, designed to empower women worldwide to fulfil their economic potential, thereby creating conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all. The first edition of the program was held in Lagos in September 2019.