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Remembering My Primary School Poems (II)

By Revd Dr. Idowu Ibitoye
d. 7,8 Lay them straight – This stage in life is a pedestal where you begin to lay down your achievement straight one after the other. Ages under this category falls between 29-60 years. At this junction you must have married with children, having a good job, this is the time when you can count your blessings one after the other and see what the Lord has done. It is the most active stage, when you are contributing your quota to the progress of the society. Periods when you have many achievements to lay down. You must be a blessing to your immediate community and not a nuisance. Can you lay straight your achievements and give glory to God? As you count your enablement in life always return the glory to God and don’t be like “Jeshurun grew fat and kicked, filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them and rejected the rock their saviour” Deut. 32:15.This category also fall when one has retired from active service, it is a time to use wealth of experience already gained to guide the younger generation in a godly manner and be useful unto the Lord.
Lessons drawn for personal growth from the Poems
There are many lessons learnt from old school days poems, folk-tales and folklores, which later became meaningful later in life. Considering one of the poems in Yoruba being taught in primary school; Ise logun Isee… this is one of the thought provoking poems in Yoruba usually to arouse the younger ones for positive characters. There are many other lessons from these poems which include:
I. Wisdom is profitable in everything- Wisdom is simply the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment, it is the quality of being wise which everyone must possess and always exhibit for daily life. Solomon requested for wisdom and it was granted to him and God added unto him wealth and honour (I King 3:12-13). Throughout Solomon’s reign as King no war was recorded because he applied wisdom in his daily governance. In whatever you are doing in life let the wisdom of God always guide and direct your path.
II. Developing personal principles of life – This is very necessary so as to always guide one in daily life’ affairs. Some of these principles can be; truthfulness in all things, never give room for lies or dishonesty in your life, associate yourself with friends who are honest. Also, you can develop the principle of hardwork being industrious, don’t be lazy and never allow laziness in your daily affair, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” Eccl. 9:10. Also, the principle of transparency will earn you the trust of others and trust worthiness. Let your personal devotion with God be a daily principle that nothing can stand between you and your God. Diligence at the place of work will grant you promotion and unprecedented achievement you may never imagine. Develop godly principles today and move on in life.
III. Never despise the day of a little beginning – Never look down on yourself most especially when you are venturing out on a new assignments. “who dares despise the day of small things…” Zach. 4:10. Never allow fears to truncate your moving forward. “The Lord said to Moses, why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on” Ex. 14:14.
IV. Never trust anybody absolutely-The reason is not far fetch the person you put your total trust in may turn to stab you at the back. If Judas Iscariot can betray Jesus Christ, such can happen to anyone in life, Jesus said “…Behold, the hand of him that betray me is with me on the table” Lk. 22:21. However, put your total trust on God. “Put not your trust in princes nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help” Psalm 146:3.
V. Ensure you leave behind positive legacy – Everyone of us is on the stage now presenting his/her own drama on the sand of time, it is crystal clear that people will remember you on the type of memory/ legacy you live behind you. Be kind to everyone around you, be a channel of blessings and be upright in your characters. “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous” Prov. 13:22.
VI. Serve God and serve your generation – It is very imperative that you serve God faithfully and diligently during your life time. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might …” Eccl. 9:10. Be actively involved in Kingdom tasks. Likewise, be a blessing to your generation, serve humanity with your profession and let your chosen career be a channel of blessing to your contemporary world. The bible affirmed “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his generation, he fell asleep…” Acts 13:36. Know that you are in this world with a mandate and divine purpose to fulfill and you have a limited time to carry-out the assignment God had commissioned you to do. Be a problem solver and never a problem to this world.
Conclusion
Poems recited during primary schools days are very inspiring and thought provoking that is guiding individual later in life’s journey. Everyone must learn to imbibe the principles taught through these poems and ensure that Holy Spirit take total control in administering and directing daily affairs.

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