‘PB, is my brain a blessing or a pain? I wish I could remember less.’ said a young lady to me recently. This question was a conflict in heart based on the issue of continually remembering hurts and pains. She wanted to know the best way to deal with past hurts.

The response to this question comes in the story of two friends which I will share below:

“There were two friends who went on a walk through a desert. During the journey, they got into an argument, and it got so heated that one of the friends raised his hands and slapped the other. (I am completely against any form of violence, by the way.)

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything he walked forward and wrote a statement in the sand. The statement was, ‘Today my best friend slapped me in the face.’

The two friends kept on walking after this incident until they found an oasis, where they decided to have a wash. Not long after, the friend who had been slapped got stuck in a swamp. He then started drowning, but his friend saved him. After he had recovered from his shock, he wrote on a stone, ‘Today my best friend saved my life.’

The friend who slapped and saved his best friend asked him, ‘After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write in stone, why?’

The other friend replied, ‘When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.’” 

This is a clear-cut direction and helpful analogy on what to forget and what to remember. Remember less of hurt and more of the good done to us.


The word of God says

‘Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’  Ephesians 4:32 (Check out the Message version here)

There are times that we will feel upset by actions of others, but the bible gives us the direction to forgive. Choose to remember less of the hurt and focus more on the good that happens to you. Forgiveness is a choice; so, choose right.

There is so much God has for you, never allow any hurt stop you from enjoying God’s plan for you.

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It was an interesting run at the Parkrun on Saturday when a kid finished stronger.

As we started the run, I noticed a boy of about 5 or 6 who was in the group with his dad. I was wondering who would bring a 6-year-old boy out to a 5 km run. I expected that he would crumble at some point during the race.

As we started the race, I saw the kid shoot forward and heard his dad calling out to him to slow down. Throughout the race, I noticed the kid would stop a bit at the insistence of his dad and then continue his race. I was amazed that after passing the halfway mark, he was still in the race and going strong!

The last lap saw me run past him and his dad then I started my homerun. My brother and running coach Min Ayo Olusanya  (  came to run alongside me and started mumbling, ‘common push harder and don’t let him pass you’. This statement made me look over my shoulder. I was certain there was no one within reach as I gave a good amount of margin to the set I passed.


I felt even more comfortable in my run. I got this! The finish line was now less than 10 seconds away and there was a big cheer. There are usually several encouragers who cheer at the finish line; but this cheer was much more than usual. As I got to the end, I noticed that there was a little shadow run ahead of me! The little boy had finished stronger and got a place ahead of me. When I looked over my shoulder, I didn’t notice him because he was too small to be in my view.

As the boy ran ahead of me and finished, I collapsed into laughter as it was such a funny scenario. I thought I had overtaken the boy and his dad, yet the kid had this strength to push and finish stronger. His pressing on to the finish line reminded me of the scripture that says


‘I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’ Philippians 3:14


‘Pressing on to reach the end of the race to receive a prize’ took on a new meaning for me. This got me thinking about our Christian race and the need for us to always be vigilant as well as push all the way to the end to not just finish but to receive the prize that our God has for us.

In all honesty, if I had seen the little boy, I would surely have pushed a bit harder to finish ahead of him. I know that sounds wrong…but I am honest and competitive enough to identify the fact that I could do that.

Finally, on a more serious note, God has a prize ahead of you, do not get too tired nor let any distraction take you away from what God has planned for you. So, receive grace and keep at it.


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