In my early days in secondary school, I used to answer English questions just the way I felt it rhymed in my ears, so I could pick just any answer even if I always spoke the sentence wrongly. So I picked my answers by chance and hoped it was correct. I got an English teacher later on who taught us that each question had a principle to answer it. For example for concords, a plural noun should be followed by a plural verb and I moved from a mere pass in English language to a distinction! when I wrote my Secondary School leaving Certificate examinations.

This is a similar scenario of how our life works today, life is not run by chance but by principles. To earn a distinction in life, you must be ready to learn how the system works. Some have given their lives in search of money and wealth but only very few have given their all for the search of the principles. Which is actually the real deal? Imagine a man that travelled all the way to Jerusalem in search of Solomon’s treasures but on getting to the door that separates him from the room of treasures, he gets there and starts turning the knob anti-clockwise. No matter how hard he tries, he would never enter that room except he understands the principle of turning that door knob clockwise to open it. Did you even imagine how much that man may have spent, all he would have done just to travel from where he was to get to that door? At the end of it all, only an important or rather simple principle as such separated him from his treasures. No great man today ever made it by accident, it was all a careful application of principles, there are so many books today, tapes and so much on the internet from which you can draw knowledge to guide you in getting the principles. There has never been a century armed with more information than ours. The sad story though is that a lot of us also ignore knowledge.

All our decisions in life must be based on principles. O! how I love the way Jesus dished out so many principles on the mountain and at the end of it all he said:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on a rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who builds his house on sand” – Mathew 7:24-26.

Seeking for the principles of how life works would surely put you on a solid foundation for life. Living a careless life would always result to nothing but a well principled life always results in great things. Seeking the principles involves asking right questions. The key to unlock the mysteries of life is to ask ‘questions’. One of such questions is for us to ask ourselves at every point in time is ‘What is expected of me?’ or ‘What should be the right thing for me to do now?’. When we know what is expected of us and we are willing to do that which is expected of us in every area of our lives then we are ready to achieve excellence.

Understanding and applying the principles would surely set you on the right foundation and make you outstanding in life. To excel in your education, seek the principles; to excel in your finance, seek the principles; to excel in your career, seek the principles. To excel in any area of your life at all, ask the right questions and seek the principles.

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