Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa is a Latin term for ‘blank slate‘ or ‘clean slate‘ and it is typically used to refer to the human mind and condition at birth.

The start of a new year usually ushers in a wave of hope, anticipation, excitement and eagerness for the year ahead. Especially given the type of year we had last year, it seems things ended for a lot of people in unexpected and strange ways. Either because traditions were different or because certain yearly expectations and goals were not met. Either way we are firmly in a new year and new month now and this signals the start of something new. It means wiping the slate of our minds clean and starting afresh.

One of the difficult lessons I learnt last year was the hindrance I placed on myself by getting ahead of myself. There were times where I thought I had things all figured out and would get ahead of myself. God taught me to slow down and not get ahead of His plans and purpose. The idea of a ‘clean slate‘ can contradict a world that tells us to keep pushing forward and to always be on the go. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says

Even if the world, yourself and human logic would condemn us we must learn to humble ourselves as children and overcome this sense of pride that fears coming across as a fool or a nomad pertaining to the direction of our lives. The funny thing is when we surrender to Christ, we no longer live under the same obligations that everyone else in the world does. Still, with our purest intentions we can sabotage the things God has planned for us because it doesn’t fit our ideal of success or what we want out lives to look like. John Locke’s theory of ‘Tabula Rasa’ states that the mind is blank when a baby is born but through learning and experiences from the environment, the child assimilates to the present culture. New born babies don’t necessarily have a say in what they eat, wear or drink. They are at the mercy of their parents and their mother. Whatever mother deems fit is what the baby eats, wears and drinks. No loving mother would give their baby anything that is harmful or that would not stunt the growth of the baby. The ultimate goal of that mother is to nurture the baby to grow in good health and to grow strong. Same with us as “babies” of God. He watches over us and leads and guides us to be transformed and perfected into the image of His son; Jesus Christ. That is our end goal and our growth model.

That is the beauty of the message of Jesus Christ and something that as Christ followers we can tap into.

Tabula rasa in modern psychology has become the idea that we are born with a blank slate and all our behaviors are influenced by our environment. If you’re reading this then I can safely assume that you do not have a blank mind or that you were not born yesterday. So, why refer to the term in the first post for 2021? That is because to me this means we have a new start, a fresh beginning. The bible verse in 2 Corinthians 5:16 reminds me of a change in perspective and mindset.

This isn’t just a one and done phenomenon. Rather, it requires a daily renewing of our minds. Unlearning and relearning certain things and letting go of our human limitations of a God that cannot be quantified or understood by our human minds. We cannot save our interaction and fervency for God only for a new year. God constantly and consistently has a word for us for every season of life. He always wants to draw closer to us and He wants us most especially to draw closer to Him. That is to say there isn’t anything bad in having new year resolutions but we have to be careful that we do not limit God to being a new year alone resolution God. He desires more from us. More of our time, our devotion, our dedication and our love. That is the beauty of accepting Christ in a childlike manner. We do claim to know more than we do, rather we trust God the all knowing Father. A child asks their parents’ questions to better understand life, situations and to see things from the perspective of someone who is knowledgeable. The questions children ask are inquisitive, to gain more understanding and depth on a topic and never because they doubt their parent or because they believe that their parent would lead them astray. As children of God we are called to live our lives by constantly recommitting to God and allowing the Holy Spirit cleanse us and help us re-evaluate our attitudes, our hearts and the direction of our lives. January is always know for making resolutions and having fresh starts and things haven’t changed in 2021. But what should change is allowing the past frustrations, failures and shortcomings to somehow limit and affect our trajectory in the new year.

To Vision Board or Not?

One of the ‘new things’ I have engaged in for 2021 was making a vision board!

For the first time ever this year I actually made a vision board! It’s so funny that I had discussed with one of my friends 3 years ago about making one. (Check out her tutoring business and the amazing things she’s been up to!) Actually, I think she was even the first person that made the idea accessible to me. I had heard of vision boards before and knew about them theoretically, you know like one of those things ‘other’ people seem to do. It never seemed like something I would be interested or even have the energy to do. basically it just seemed like a lot of work that I didn’t think I really needed to do at the time. Fast forward to 2021, and I finally decided after being prompted by an assignment to make one myself. Surprisingly, it really was more of an enjoyable experience than I thought it would be. Honestly, it took a while but not too long. It was an exercise in taking time to just breathe, be still and allow my mind to wander and the possibilities to flow. I allowed my hopes, dreams and thoughts for the year to flow out. I entrusted my year, my plans and dreams into the hands of God.

It’s an assignment in having childlike faith. Placing my requests before God and entrusting my hopes, desires and wishes into the able hands of God.

I am not bound by the board but rather I place my requests before my Father like a daughter leaving her Christmas list for her parents. These are not demands and neither are they points of contention between me and God. Rather, this is a father daughter relationship. I am requesting for my father’s card and I am providing him with the shopping list of items would like to purchase this 2021. But guess what? My father is hands on and won’t just give me access to his card. Nope, rather he’s going to vet my list, review the items listed and determine the urgency and importance of each before granting me unrestricted access to the card. Some things on the list will be modified as time goes on and as I mature and learn how to become more responsible. However, due to the father-daughter relationship I stay in close relationship with my father throughout the year. I am not a leech who preys on the goodness of my father and after being given what I want, forget my father and not fill him on how things are going in my life. No, we carry God along and update Him.

Perhaps, this year is a time to do things different. It is time to go back to having the childlike menatlity and comraderie with God.

2021 is about developing the ability of being still and trusting God through it all. We can choose to start a new and afresh no matter how last year might have looked or even the first few weeks in this new year. There is always grace to continually seek God as children and specifically as His children.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

~ Mark 10:15

#SeekGod

Mo 🙂

Carrot Banana Bread

What is the perfect food/dessert flavour to eat during these winter months?? Carrot cake of course! Everyone else seems to love pumpkin spice but I am lowkey a bigger fan of the carrot cake taste during these colder months. Here is a quick and easy recipe !

First, mix all your dry ingredients together;

1.5 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 0.5 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Shred 1-2 carrots and dice 1 whole banana

Then, mix your wet ingredients;

0.5 cups of salted butter (100ml), 2 large eggs, 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract, 0.25 cup of milk, 2/3 cups of sugar

Add 1 cup of sweetened chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a baking tray and bake at 350 F for 55-60mins.

Voila! Carrot Cake is ready

What is your favorite baking recipe?

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Guess what I spent a lot of my quarantine time doing? Baking like everybody else of course! One of my go to recipes is this quick and easy banana bread recipe, because I am all for quick and easy recipes.

Mix your dry ingredients

1.5 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda,

Mix your wet ingredients

Melt 0.5 cups of butter (~115ml) and add 2/3(~0.67)cups of sugar, 2 large eggs, 3 whole bananas crushed, 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the mixing bowl

Add 0.5 cups of milk to the mixture

Prepare your baking tray/mixture

Spray your baking tray/pan so to prevent cake from sticking to the tray!

Pour out mixture on a baking pan. Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on the surface

Bake at 365 F for 55mins. Check that cake is done by sticking a knife in to check that it isn’t moist.

Cut cake and serve!

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Be Audacious!

So I am sure when you read the title you thought of Barack Obama’s 2004 book ‘The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream‘ which detailed his climb into American politics and the humble beginnings he came out from. Well, in this latter part of the year 2020 I have been reminding myself to be audacious, especially in light of all that has been occurring in our world.

The Audacity

The definition of audacious that is employed in the context of this blog is ‘showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.’ Therefore to be audacious is to take bold risks and to be daring in one’s pursuits.

As we are firmly in the last quarter of the year 2020 I find myself thinking back to the very first days and all the hopes and dreams of the year. I think the death of Chadwick Boseman also showed me what it means to live audaciously. For a man with stage 3 colon cancer to have worked consistently for four years like Mr Boseman did is extremely bold and audacious. He was out here working hard, pursuing purpose, using his talents and gifts, serving his community and being of service to others. I mean, imagine the sheer audacity of it! He refused to succumb to a debilitating disease that most likely caused him so much pain, yet he was ensuring to inspire a new generation of young black achievers.

Dare to be Revolutionary

What if 2020 was meant to uncover the foundations of the status quo? What if the revolutions that was supposed to happen this year was meant to start from each and everyone of us? Rather than stay apathetic to the whole situation I found myself getting informed, having discussions and trying to find out how I could positively contribute to positive and effective change. We can dare to be audacious by contributing to revolutionary change.

There have been a number of protests occurring in the continent of Africa to tackle oppression and bad governance in the constitutions of various countries. Recent protests in Nigeria with the #EndSars, #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria movements has shown that we are living in a generation that dares to be audacious! The term ‘Soro soke‘ is a Yoruba term (Tribe in Western Nigeria) that means ‘Speak Up!’. It is basically a call to action. It dares you to lend your voice to a worthy cause and stand for the rights of those that are treated unjustly and brutalized under the abuse of power. No longer will we stand for injustice and settle for living under mediocre standards.

To survive COVID and a global pandemic, we deserve better than this as a human race. We must strive to do better, be better and live better. The history of Nigeria highlights that generations previously have been audacious in striving to advocate for a better standard of living for all Nigerians. I came across the story on the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the 8 other members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). MOSOP was a group that organized nonviolent protests in 1993 to challenge the influence of Shell in the Niger Delta area. Shell had been operating in the Niger Delta area since the 1930’s but had sabotaged the living conditions for the half-million Ogoni people who were residents of the Niger Delta area due to oil spills polluting the water and surrounding area. This audacious spirit is evident in the recent uprising against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian police which was set up in 1992 as non-uniform wearing undercover officers, that would target individuals involved in crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and fraud. Therefore, it is a shame that the unit that was created to tackle crimes such as this in recent years has become notoriously known for inflicting pain on the citizens they are meant to be protecting by engaging in bribery, torture and several other human right violations.

This is the actions of a country that celebrated 60 years of independence from British colonial rule on the 1st October 2020. Yet, the actions even after all this time does not represent a nation walking in true freedom, but of one that has transferred the mantle of oppression from a foreign party to a more familiar one. What was most shocking was the Lekki tollgate massacre (October 20th 2020), when the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful protestors on a narrow bridge. How a constitution that was created to protect and serve its citizens had become an image of oppression really startled me. Yet, one thing that stood out to me was the passion and drive of the young adults on the road peacefully protesting, organizing, rallying support and resources.

Militant in Prayer

One of the greatest lessons I have learnt his year and especially in light of the protests in Nigeria has been the importance of staying Militant in Prayer.

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize]”

Matthew 11: 12 (amp)

Our audacity starts from having a fervent prayer life. This year has done all sorts to our mental, physical and emotional fortitude. But, in order to maintain our strength and stamina we must rely on God’s help, His guidance and wisdom in all things. There is no point in being audacious and not being strategic. No point in utilizing manpower if it isn’t backed by heaven and by God. We do our part and times when we can’t even muster strength to do our part, we turn to God. We stay militant in prayer. We have our prayer-wall shield up at all times and we do not lose sight of the greater picture.

Have the audacity to live boldly for Christ. Even at times when you are burnt out, we turn back to God. Be audacious in your prayer life and watch God turn things around to His glory!

Personal Feats of Audacity

To me, this means that in whatever area I find myself I have to first of all start by being the change I hope and envision to see in my world.

I want to live a purposeful life like Chadwick then I strive through the battles and struggles everyday brings like a warrior like Mr. Boseman did through his cancer struggle. I want to be a champion against brutality and oppression to defend the rights of others while also ensuring I am not abusing my own positions of power and influence.

In my own personal life, I dare to be audacious by;

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

A Present Help

In today’s world many fears and anxieties can fill our minds and our thoughts, most especially with the added layer of living and surviving through a pandemic, but we must be rest assured that we have a Present Help.

Next Month is World Mental Health Day (October 10th), and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), this day was initiated ‘with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

We are all glad for physical health during these times, however we must also safeguard over our mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Of recent I had been reading a lot on Psalm 46. It was credited to the sons of Korah written in commemoration of King David’s defeat of his surrounding enemies.

The first lines of the chapter are quite popular within Christian circles and states;

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

This means God is ready and available for us to run to as a refuge and He is able to grant us the external strength and internal wisdom we need to navigate troubling times. We sometimes battle the enemy within as well as the enemy outside. Even though “the earth be removed” and “the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea”, we are reminded that “The Lord of hosts is with us“.

Our minds can at times be a battlefield with all sorts of anxieties and worries directing our thoughts and informing our actions and behaviors but learning to lean on the truth of the word of God and using that to counteract the negative can truly help to retune our minds.

One of my favorite verses states;

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Romans 12: 2 (NKJV)

The renewal of our minds is very important. Allowing words of truth to fill our minds rather than what the outside world says. Now, I do not mean we disregard all we are told, but rather we pass it through the filter of the word of God.

We should learn to “Be still, and know that He is God; He will be exalted among the nations, he will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

The end of Psalm 46 simply states;

“The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge”

PSALM 46:11

Let us be rest assured that when our hearts are overwhelmed, we can go to a rock (an immovable, steady foundation) that is higher than us and that can help us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

Check out your local area for detailed info if it’s needed but you can also check out the WHO’s resources here.

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Easy Meat Pie Recipe

Dough Recipe

Mix together dry ingredients for dough recipe:

3 (1/2) cups of all-purpose flour; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1 tablespoon sugar

Cube your butter (200g ~ 200ml cold butter) and add to the flour mixture and mix together using your fingers. Texture of the flour should change and become breadcrumb-like.

Crack and add 2 eggs to the center of the flour mixture and mix in with a fork, eventually using your hands to ensure dough forms nicely. Add about 1/2 cup of cold water (or as needed) until dough begins to form.

Cover your dough and place in the fridge for about 45 – 60mins at least.

Meat Filling

Fry onions until translucent. Add habanero peppers (if you like spice!) and allow to fry until soft.

Add meat filling of choice, in this case, turkey beef was used. Fry meat and allow o cook thoroughly (nobody wants any form of food poisoning!).

Prepare your veggies by washing and cubing your veggies including carrots and irish potatoes(sweet potatoes are my favorite type to add), which are commonly added to Nigerian meat pies.

Add water to cover up the meat and veggie mixture an allow to cook until half of the water content remains in the pot and the veggies are cooked but not too soft.

Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the mixture to thicken and stir well and allow to cook together. This prevents a flour after taste from being present in your meat pie.

Meat Pie Assembly: Roll Out That Dough!

Cut your dough into four equal sections and then divide each chunk into three more sections.

Use a rolling pin to roll and flatten your dough and using a circular plate/bowl to cut out shapes for your meat pie.

Scoop two tablespoons of meat filling on the center of the dough and cover over and use a fork to press down the edges to seal in your meat pie

Crack 1 egg and use it to glaze the meat pe and use fork to make three indentations on tope of meat pie to allow steam out and for meat pie to cook evenly inside.

Bake meat pie at 375 C in the oven for 40-45mins!

Voila! Easy, peasy Meat pie recipe. A yummy and delicious snack for the weekdays and maybe weekends too!

To celebrate ‘World Gratitude Day’ these are some of my favorite things; the ability to eat and enjoy food! What are some of your favorite foods??

Shout out to allnigerianrecipes for breaking things down and for the recipe!

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Be Grateful!

This September, I’m taking notes from Kierra Sheard’s song ‘Grateful’ which states;

“And it’s simple
It ain’t even really that deep
I’m just grateful
Don’t make it harder than it needs to be
Be grateful”

Kierra (2020) ‘grateful’ LYRICS

By the way if you haven’t already go check out my review of her Kierra (2020) album!

It’s in the simple things that we show gratitude. It isn’t until something grand happens that we can be thankful to God for life. And even when grand things happen we must always ascribe all glory back to God!

For me and my household, I am grateful to God to see the last quarter of the year, grateful for life, grateful for health, grateful for family, friends and community! Grateful for social media and the opportunities created through connecting through social media and the power of networking.

A Heart of Gratitude

Grateful to ALL the amazing guest writers that shared their thoughts in the Let’s Talk About It series (If you haven’t yet go check out the various topics ranging from Social issues, Single life, Manhood, Christian creativity, Adulting!). Don’t forget to check out the resources they shared and also see what they are up to in their different platforms!

If you need a greater initiative to be thankful going into the rest of this year, here are some verses to help sensitize the spirit 🙂

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

PSALMS 90:12

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

ZEPHANIAH 3:17

“With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!”

ISAIAH 12:3

“I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.”

PSALMS 143:5

Monday 21st September 2020 is World Gratitude Day and a few things you could do to celebrate that day is ponder on the verses listed or more, keep a gratitude journal from now till then (and beyond should you wish!), give back to your community or spend time with family and friends in a grateful state.

Mo’s playlist for Gratitude
Comment below your own songs of gratitude!

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Let’s Talk About It…Adulting

We have come to the end of this awesome series and so many gems and insights have been shared! As the month of August comes to an end we remember that God has called us to be influential and impactful in our world in all our different realms of influence.

‘There are different ministries, but the same Lord.’ – 1 Corinthians 12:5

We cannot do that without knowledge and wisdom on how to navigate this season of life well, especially as young adults.

‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ – Romans 12:2

Check it out the last of the series and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Anthony and check out ‘Adulting with T‘ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Adulting
1. What is your definition of ‘Adulting’? 

Adulting to me is about learning and unlearning to grow into my most authentic self. A self that has dedicated time and energy into removing ignorance and filling myself with wisdom; the application of knowledge. The definition is holistic, benefitting my spirit, mind, heart, soul, body and community.

2. What are some of your biggest milestones in the adulting process? 

Reading and becoming vulnerable with God has become my gateway to spiritual healing. Reading broadened my perspective on what I was going through during challenging time, for example coming to terms with my new-identity post university (being a adult outside of full time education). I was able to have a clearer idea about the value and opportunity I had ahead of me in my twenties. Hence why I started my Podcast Adulting With T Podcast the day after my 23rd Birthday; a platform to keep me and others accountable to the best version of ourselves we envision through honest conversations on adulting. 

3. What have been your biggest lessons and tests during the adulting process?

Learning to be patient and being humbled by challenging experiences. I have learned that I can have an idea of something working within a certain time frame, but it’s okay if things don’t happen as planned. I should never forsake the blessings I have in life in the midst of such situations. This goes for jobs I applied for and did not get, relationships I pursed with beautiful women than didn’t amount to much, and finally personal growth I didn’t see straight away. Good things take time and that includes ME and the lifestyle I dream to one day live. So act according and live life like a marathon and not a sprint.

4. How has your faith impacted how you adult in everyday life?

I start and finish my day with prayer and thanks. Faith, the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence in the unseen” (Hebrews 11:1)  has a huge impact on my world view. Despite experiencing social anxiety, imposter syndrome etc, I know that I can overcome all of this with my faith in God. This makes me an optimistic person who sees value in people and myself.

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Let’s Talk About It…Christian creatives

In today’s society the term ‘creative’ and ‘influencer’ have become buzzwords among the young adult population and especially in the Christian realm. What exactly does it really mean though? We have the awesome Olamide from ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast to shed some light on this topics and share her thoughts.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Olamide and check out ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Being a Christian creative

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1. How would you define the term ‘Christian creative’ ?

I define a “Christian Creative” as a person who has a gifting that is common to man, but relies on God to be inspired, empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to really reach their full potential. A creative that uses their gift to glorify God in whatever arena they are called to.

2. What are some of the ways you think you embody this in your own personal life? How do you feel you embody the ‘Christian Creative’ label?

I remember when “Christian Creative” was a big thing with artist like Lecrae and SPZRKT saying that they aren’t Christian Artists. I didn’t get what the big deal was with them denouncing the title. But now I get it. People assume a Christian Creative only operates in the realm of the church and only creates for the benefit of the body. But that’s not true. For me, I embody a Christian Creative by intersecting my gifts and my faith. The two are not mutually exclusive. There is a synergy between them.

3. What are some of your biggest achievements as a Christian Creative?

I think one of my biggest achievement as a Christian Creative is landing marketing jobs and clients despite having a Public Health background. It’s literally one of my biggest finesse. Everything I learned has been through the power of God and Google’s search engine. Hallelujah! Another achievement as a Christian Creative is starting to two brands (Urban Disciple and Naija Girl Talks) that have impacted believers and unbelievers. The fact that I yielded myself past my doubt and insecurities to be used by God to influence my generation is something I hold dear to me.

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4. What are some of your struggles as a Christian creative?

The same as everyone: Comparison

Continue reading “Let’s Talk About It…Christian creatives”

In today’s society the term ‘creative’ and ‘influencer’ have become buzzwords among the young adult population and especially in the Christian realm. What exactly does it really mean though? We have the awesome Olamide from ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast to shed some light on this topics and share her thoughts.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Olamide and check out ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Being a Christian creative

Let's Talk About It (5)

 

1. How would you define the term ‘Christian creative’ ?

I define a “Christian Creative” as a person who has a gifting that is common to man, but relies on God to be inspired, empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to really reach their full potential. A creative that uses their gift to glorify God in whatever arena they are called to.

2. What are some of the ways you think you embody this in your own personal life? How do you feel you embody the ‘Christian Creative’ label?

I remember when “Christian Creative” was a big thing with artist like Lecrae and SPZRKT saying that they aren’t Christian Artists. I didn’t get what the big deal was with them denouncing the title. But now I get it. People assume a Christian Creative only operates in the realm of the church and only creates for the benefit of the body. But that’s not true. For me, I embody a Christian Creative by intersecting my gifts and my faith. The two are not mutually exclusive. There is a synergy between them.

3. What are some of your biggest achievements as a Christian Creative?

I think one of my biggest achievement as a Christian Creative is landing marketing jobs and clients despite having a Public Health background. It’s literally one of my biggest finesse. Everything I learned has been through the power of God and Google’s search engine. Hallelujah! Another achievement as a Christian Creative is starting to two brands (Urban Disciple and Naija Girl Talks) that have impacted believers and unbelievers. The fact that I yielded myself past my doubt and insecurities to be used by God to influence my generation is something I hold dear to me.

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4. What are some of your struggles as a Christian creative?

The same as everyone: Comparison

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Let’s Talk About It…The Men

Continuing off from last week’s topic on ‘The Single Life’ this week we are focusing more specifically on the men aka the mandem. Over time, I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of visible resources that is targeted specifically to young women to help them become all that God has ordained them to be. But, then one wonders what about the young men? It seems women are more primed and encouraged to work on themselves whilst the men are usually just taught that ‘boys will be boys’. Well, in today’s society one cannot get away with that mentality anymore. I have been actively trying to learn about how men think coming from a family of men; in my father, brothers, uncles, guy friends and now seeing young nephews growing up, this makes me wonder  ‘What does it mean to be a man?‘ Gabe from Project 3:30 and  ‘The Greater Podcast’ gives us some amazing insight into this topic.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment and share your thoughts! Also, connect with Gabe and the guys at Project 3:30 and The Greater podcast!

This week’s topic is on ‘Boyz to Men’

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1. What does the term ‘manhood’ mean to you? 
 
I think manhood describes the life journey of becoming older as a male. Whatever these experiences include.
 
2. How do you personally measure transition from a child into a young man? What are the tell-tale signs ?
 
I think maturity and the handling of responsibility are the measures. I wouldn’t say actual accolades or accomplishments dictate the transition because some people’s paces are different than others, I really think it is about how you handle what you face.
 
3. In light of the current social climate and police brutality and racism in the Western world towards young black men in particular, how have you navigated through these issues personally?
 
For me, I have tried my best to not only stay informed but stay connected and supportive. I have experienced the hate that comes from police brutality and racism but I understand it may not be to the same degree as others. It is important to me to stand in unity when fighting against the system that oppresses black people as a whole. I have spent time talking to those close to me and contributing to causes that bring change.
 
4. What does biblical manhood mean to you? How does it differ from the worldly view of being a man?
 
I think it all goes to responsibility and stewardship, I look at a lot of the stories in the bible that surround the men and a lot of it alludes to them being responsible for something, whether it was their family or craft. Obedience was a big theme. 
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5. What have been some of your highlights and lowlights of transitioning into young adulthood as a man? 
 
I think the lowlights have been really facing circumstances that were bigger than me. The ones I couldn’t just manipulate and even learn from hard conversations and experiences involving others. Realizing that I had to learn to love and communicate for effective relationships was hard but self-development may have been hardest.
 

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