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THE WISDOM OF THE SPIDER (THE SPIDERMAN PRINCIPLE)

“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: …….a lizard(spider) can be caught with the hand,yet it is found in kings’ palaces” Prov. 30:24,28

Please just make sure you read this to the end. I strongly believe that something would change about you after reading this.

What is it that man could learn from a Spider? What was it Agur, son of Jakeh saw that made him make this statement?  Some versions of the bible use spider why others use lizard. Either way, there is something there for man to learn.

Now the first point to note is – The weakness of the Spider: It could easily be killed.

The next point: – It overlooks this weakness: It is present even in King’s palaces.

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The wisdom here is that despite the weakness of the spider, it doesn’t confine or limit itself to the places it can be. It is found in King’s palaces! It may even be around you now if you check carefully.  This creature is indeed small and could easily be killed but then it just keeps acting as if it doesn’t even know or care. The weakness is present but yet the creature seems blind to it. If it looked at it’s weakness, then the spider may never exist on earth because even the wind could get it blown away! There is a lesson here for you and me:

“Don’t let your weaknesses determine your limits”

A lot of us today have remained where we are all because we focus so much on our weakness but the wisdom for today demands that you look beyond your weakness and build your strengths to achieve greater heights. If you must go far in life, you must be ready to overlook your weaknesses and build on your strengths.

“The greatest men today are not those that had no weaknesses but those that developed their strengths most”

If I ask you the weaknesses of President Obama today, you may never be able to state any but I believe you’d know a lot of his strengths.

If you want to be a musician, your weakness maybe that you think you really do not have a good voice, why not start by building your strength of writing songs?

If you want to be Public speaker, your weakness maybe that you are afraid of crowds, why not start by writing all you think you could speak of in a book?

If you want to be an evangelist, your weakness could be you really do not know how to start that conversation when you enter a bus, why not start by first distributing tracts?

If you want to be an engineer, your weakness maybe that you really do not get things fast, why not build on your strength of being able to read for longer hours so you could understand more?

If you want to become a global fashion designer, your weakness now maybe cash or the opportunities to sell abroad, why not start by getting all the information you need on fashion?

You cannot continue to look down on who you can be. If you talk to a successful man and an unsuccessful man today, you’d discover that they both had similar troubles or weaknesses but the successful man never allowed his weaknesses deter him. I’ve not seen a great man that has two heads, they all have one head or have you seen any? Ok let me give you another wisdom that is also true in life:

“Empty pockets have never stopped anyone, only empty heads and empty hearts”

How can you be a King and live like a servant if not for lack of wisdom? How can you be an ambassador of heaven and live like an ambassador of your earthly family if not for the fact that you keep looking at all the weaknesses around you and not the strength you could draw from above? You want to succeed in life but you keep filling your head with all the things you cannot do rather than all you could possibly do now. You keep looking for that glorious tomorrow and forget to start with the gift of today. One principle that is universally true and would help you in life:

“Developing your strengths would silence your weaknesses”

So I urge you my dear friend to overlook your weaknesses and take action to become who God has created you to be. God does not make inferior goods; He created you of the highest quality and deposited in you all you need to succeed in life. Go into life like a SPIDERMAN!

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ImageOnce upon a time, when we were primary school students, we wished we got into secondary school then that came and we had a new dream of becoming university students and later on to become graduates and the cycle just goes on and on. So also, the people we admire in our society today were once like us having hopes and dreaming having friends they discussed with and today they are at the top with their friends achieving dreams they once hoped for.

As you read this now, I know you got a lot of dreams in your head. It only takes time and you’d soon be there in that place that you are currently hoping for. As you hope, also move into taking action today. Mike Murdock once said “The secret to your future lies in your daily routine”. It only takes time before we’d be talking one day about the things we did now. On that day, would you be rejoicing or would you be regretting. It’s not only time that separates today from tomorrow, the work you put into today would also make a difference and determine how fast that tomorrow you always wanted would come. Imagine a boy that slept for maybe 24hrs while some other guy was reading and acquiring information for that same 24hrs of time. The first would wake up 24hrs later just being who he was before he went to bed except if maybe he gets a revelation in a dream which is most unlikely but the other becomes not just who he was before 24hrs but also “24hrs wiser” than the former boy. Time passes and we just age passively because we really can’t do anything about time but our growth and development towards our goals is an active process that we can do so much about now.
Sometimes we get weak because of our mistakes of yesterday or we get so carried away with fears of what tomorrow may bring or even just boasting about tomorrow. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come but tomorrow would only manifest the strength you put into today. Put your best in today’s assignment, enough of the day dreaming and all the blame games, let us decide today to take responsibility for what we’d become tomorrow. The truth is, some may not believe in your dreams but let time be your defender. Prove that you have a dream by bringing it alive in reality. It takes time, it takes time but that’s still just some time away from now.

Words are simple but it takes a lot of strength to truly be patient because when you talk of time then you need patience. Times may come that could make you no longer believe in your goal but develop that inner strength of patience that would make you say “I must make it wisely!”. The great men you see around today had times when they started small. You are no longer where you used to be yesterday and you won’t be where you are now tomorrow. A point to ponder though, that you must make it does not mean you become too desperate to achieve success and start looking for short cuts. Short cuts only cut life short, no success happens by accident or is sudden; Success comes by wise planning, understanding and patience.

I encourage you to keep doing right, take the life one step at a time, be strong, be patient, keep fighting for that goal because if you really put your heart into it, you’d never quit so easily!!!

Action Step:

Make another step today towards achieving your goal and be patient till you see your goal accomplished.