LESSONS FROM MY TOOTHPASTE
This morning, I used a close-up toothpaste to brush my teeth for the first time in a very long time. I’ve been using a different brand all the while. At the very moment my taste buds caught the taste of close-up a sudden nostalgic feeling gripped me. It was obviously a familiar taste. As you know, a greater percentage of Nigerian kids were raised with close-up toothpaste, not now we have lots of other competitive brands. The smell and taste of close-up suddenly took me down memory lane when I used to eat and swallow it as a kid, it also reminded me back in the days when we used to clean the burnt surface of electric iron with close-up, the smell of the fumes. (I don’t know if people still do that)
While I was still in my bathroom, basking in the close-up toothpaste nostalgia, it suddenly dawned on me that in same manner, when my name is mentioned on the tongue of people, after so many years they haven’t seen or heard from me, sudden nostalgia must strike in. When old school or childhood friends & acquaintances meet and gist leads to gist and my name is mentioned, they must have something either positive or negative to remember me for. The big question is what exactly do people remember you for? Over the years what impression have you created about yourself in the minds of people?
Personally, I have made lots of mistakes in my life time that I’m not proud of. I have hurt people, broken people’s hearts, I’ve cheated and lied and have even made some regret knowing me. Yes I have made huge mistakes, even though I can confidently say I have in no small ways, put smiles on the faces of lots of people too.
Perhaps, we share same story. You’ve done terrible things in the past, that each time you or other people remember, the nostalgia that follows is often not pleasant. I have got very good news for you.
Here’s what Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
The beauty of life is that every day you wake up is a new and huge opportunity to rewrite your history, to create a better impression of yourself. To create a more positive and exciting nostalgia on the minds of people 5-10 years from now. Every day is a brand new opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face, to chart a better and more worthy course. To live more selflessly and pour your life into others. To make someone testify and say “…I am a success today because of you”
Excerpts from one of my favorite hymns says
“… thus shall we pass from the earth and it’s toiling, only remembered by what we have done”
On the day you will be laid in state at your funeral, what will people say about you? Pause and ponder. Selah!
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