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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

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STORMS OF LIFE.

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When you seek a miracle, even the most puerile thing will appeal to you. You will seek the miracle in the belly of the rocks, the murmurings of the trees of the forest will deliver divine meanings to you, and the proof of common sense will lack validity. The laying of hands will come with a new dimension, you will yearn for the trappings of spirits in another man finding interpretation from men enshrined in deep meanings of the spirit realm, and every superstitious belief will be a sign of omniscient vision. You will find mystic powers in oil and handkerchief. Your resolve to self communicate to your God will dissipate, and like the dews of the earth, your faith will evaporate.

I come from that part of the world where a miracle is the only chance for survival; where your craze is not for fashion, the fastest cars, or desires that run deep but in religion. My people are lazy God worshippers but are an overzealous pastor slave. Many have transferred their symbol of faith into the powers of the men of God to deliver regardless of its source. It does not matter that God says when you call on me, I will answer; all that counts is the prophetic words sown into their lives. They are quick to quote that one should not despise prophesies but forget to say that whatever is asked in faith will be received. They find an inconvenient truth from their state of denial. They believe more in fables than seeking God.

Well, this is not about religion. It is about the impatience of my people to wither through the storms of life. It is not about condemnation of religion but it is about denunciation of our ways of worship through hypocrisy. This is not about castigating anyone but it is about attacking our reasons for seeking God. Many only want to worship because of the abundance of blessings they want, which is not a bad thing. This is ludicrous when no one wants to pay the prize by surviving the mandatory storms. All we seek is a safe passage through pronouncements of blessings and fortunes from the pulpit backed with scriptural promises that skip the conditions for achieving it.

It is a mockery of faith to seek instant accomplishment without finding it through the proper channels and realising that there is a 'wait period.' Nothing is magical about responses to needs of human no matter how desperately they are wanted. It is neither automatic nor encourages lethargy and it never hypnotises when it comes to granting requests. It is not magical. It takes an activation of faith through dedicated hard work and consistent prayers and by admonishing each other to remain steadfast through the storms of life; realising that the storms help to identify priorities by staying focussed on the ultimate, which is guarding our dreams regardless of how life tosses us during the storms, we must realise that there are no shortcuts to success especially not by spending working hours at places of worship expecting a deliverer to dictate our appointed time and a helper.

Indeed, hard work is the pride of life and it is what we sow that we reap. We must begin to see the storms we face as transitory and purely mundane; no storm lasts forever. What they do is to motivate us to digging deep to finding the inner strength to surviving the storms and appreciating the value of the seed we carry. It is amusing when we carry the challenges we face at work or in relationship to spending endless hours on various mountaintops shouting at the top of our voices to prayer points that magnify every problem without working on ourselves. If only we could take time out to study the book a little more, will we realise that we need to feed on the words too. However, how are we to know when we do not find but only depend on what we are spoon-fed and how will we ever know when all hours are spent on requesting and little or none on teaching?

No one man succeeds without completely overcoming his battles and from each picking the elements of pain to survive the next. Only a battle won makes a man value the magnanimity of the success and to take in the enormity of the battle. It took the storm of Goliath to shoot David to royalty, the storms of slavery and false accusation of rape to make Joseph the prime minister in a strange land after discovering his gift of dream interpretation. If not for the storm of the sea, which caused Peter to sight Jesus on water, he would never know he could walk on water. If not for the storm of crucifixion, our Lord Jesus will not overcome death.

In other words, as human, it is the challenges we face and the hurdles we overcome, the obstacles we step on coupled with grace and perseverance that helps to define a man after his abilities tested to know his capacity.

My point here is whatever your faith is and whichever way you are inclined to finding it, do not be a slave to your religion not only because it is overly an ineptitude on your part but because it is an exaggerated way of seeking divinity. I am of the opinion that you should love God with all your heart and seek him diligently by being a slave to your love for him and embracing the storms of life diligently.

ADEKANYE ADEYINKA .O.