“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

I was posted as a security officer to a company for two days. One of my assignments is to monitor six security system-monitoring screens. Each of the monitoring screens except one has 16 cameras attached to it. The remaining one screen is the central, which shows a close-up of all the cameras from any of the other 5 screens. There is a system controller, which connects to all the monitoring screens; it controls the whole security system.

The first day I worked at this company, the central monitor was working normally and was responding to the controller. Two hours after I had resumed for duty, I lost control of the security system; the central screen was not responding to the controller. I did not know what was wrong, whether I mistakenly press a wrong button, I cannot just figure out. I tried all could by pressing all the buttons on the controller, but there was no response.

At the end of my shift, my reliever who is a regular worker at that site took over from me. I reported the problem I encountered with the security system to him. Unfortunately, he has no knowledge of how to put the system in order. Two officers changed shift before I resume for duty the second day, still none of them was able to rectify the problem.

When I resume for duty the second day, I began to work on how to put this system to work. If there had been a manual for the system in the site, I would have been able to read through and probably get the solution to rectify the problem. After much trial, cracking my brain and putting ideas together, I was able to rectify the problem and got the system working normally.

The Bible says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). The problem was caused by pressing a wrong button on the controller. The solution also came by pressing a button, which I have no clue to what button I pressed.

 

Lesson to learn

The whole idea thought me a lesson, ‘never to give up’. I did not give up in try to find a solution to a problem. The fact that those officer attached to that site, who worked every day at that site did not know how to rectify the problem with the system should not put me off.

The fact that many people are not successful in certain undertakings does not mean you will not make it in that same undertaking. The fact that not many people passed in an examination is not an indices that you will not pass it. The fact that something is hard does not mean you cannot have a breakthrough. It all depends on the individual to decide whether to say ‘I will make it’ or ‘I cannot make it’. Your choice will attract you.

What really matters as far as achieving something in life is concern is determination to embark, pursue and not giving up.

I was curious not only to rectify the problem, but also to know and gain more knowledge. I want to understand the system. Who knows, finding a solution to the problem might earn me a promotion.

 

It is not finish until it is finished

Do not give up when you are finding a solution to a problem until you think you have gotten to the end of the road. The Lord said to Joshua concern the Israelites, “there remained very much land yet to be possessed” (Jos. 13:1). What the Lord was telling Joshua here is that, you must keep on fighting and possess more land until you have finish conquering. It also means you should not assumed you have accomplished when there are still more areas to cover.

The Bible says we should keep asking until our joy is full. In the days of David, the Israelites warred against Benjamin and Gibeah. Israelites fell two times before Benjamin, despite the fact that they inquired of the Lord. However, they did not give up. They went the third time to enquire of the Lord and they defeated the Benjamites.

I attended a middle school function “Kids and Cadets” at Hubbard Middle School, Plainfield NJ. The function was packed with interesting activities, among which are, armed Trick Demonstration, Poetry recitation, Lift Ev’ry voice and sing, “Hip-Hop” dancing and among others.

However, the one which interest me most was a student who came to the stage to recite her poem. Her recitation was smooth and dramatic, which caught the attention of everybody. But before she finished, she forgot the last sentence of her poem and she became nervous. However, because of her early brilliant performance, there was a round of applause for her.

That applause does not go well with her teacher; she was not certified with that performance, so she told the student to recite her poem all over again. The student did not get it right until the fourth attempt when she cooled down and started all over again. Finally, she recited the poem smoothly like the first time she was on the stage.

Surprisingly, despite her mistake, her last performance was more impressing. She won the prize for that function. Don’t give up. Do it again until you get it right.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

 

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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