Posts by Tolulope Moody

Posts by Tolulope Moody

Day 5- A Clarion Call To Audacity

Bible Reading: Acts 16:1-15 If you’re following the news about the build up to the general elections in Nigeria next year, there’s a trend you might have noticed among most politicians- nobody just gets up and decides to run for a political office. There’s seemingly an appropriate plot to follow. Here’s the typical narrative: you are not interested in the office or or even thinking about it until a group of youths starts to campaign for you and even use…

Day 4- Audacious, Not Proud

Bible Reading: Exodus 3: 1-22 If you’ve ever seen a soccer game go into a penalty shoot out, there’s sometimes this bitter-sweet moment that I like to see at the end: When one of the players of the team that eventually wins the game actually missed his own penalty during the shootout.  When everyone is celebrating at the end, there’s always that bitter-sweet feel- he’s celebrating as a champion, but he is well aware that if it were down to…

Day 3- Audacious, Like Jesus

Bible Reading: Acts 4: 1-31 Pressure can be a very intense thing. People can pressurise you. Systems and their demands can be very pressuring. In short, life can be full of pressure at varying degrees of intensity. But you know, when we are squeezed to our core, we bring out what is deep inside us. The outcomes in the room when I press on a perfume bottle is different from the outcomes when I press on an insecticide can. The…

Day 2-Audacious, Not Foolish

Bible Reading: Judges 16:4-23 You probably have that friend or colleague that has the tendency to totally miss the point of a conversation. Tell her a funny incident that happened with your mum, and then in two minutes you’re defending yourself about not being gender insensitive, or an ingrate for all your mum’s sacrifices over your life, and so on. Some people might seem extreme, but if we’re honest, we all have the tendency to miss the point of any…

Day 1 – Audacious, Against The Odds

Bible Reading:  Matthew 14:22-33 It’s one thing to have a drive in a direction, but it’s a totally new challenge when there are odds against you. Let’s be honest, to walk on water when the seas are calm and settled is totally audacious!  It’s a big miracle. But to walk on water when the winds and waves are raging and are against you is another thing entirely!  The truth is that in the world that we live in, it seems…

Day 21- Courage To Continue

Bible Reading: Genesis 26: 1-22 I’m always intrigued when I watch long distance races, especially at the Olympics or some other high profile competition. You would see this athlete, who seemed to be straining out his last bit of energy to cross the finishing line after running a 10 000 metres marathon- he would suddenly get a new strength when he breasts the tape and realises that he’s now a world champion. I don’t know what it is, but it’s…

Day 20- Courage to Live

Bible Reading: John 10:1-10; 1 John 5:11-12 In my first few days at the University, I found a few things fascinating. One of them was a then 200 Level political orator on campus. I remember how I would listen to him speak to groups of freshers so audaciously about the school we are now in, that I sometimes wondered whether he was one of the founding fathers of the University.  I remember hearing him warn guys against stealing, because when…

Day 19- Courage To Structure

Bible Reading: Exodus 18:13-23; Mark 6:30-44 It’s quite an interesting thought for me comparing the vibe of students when they finish writing an exam with the vibe when the results come out. You see students celebrating and rejoicing after an exam, telling you how the questions ‘played into their hands’ and all that; but when the results are released, the same students are quiet and hiding. In short, academic performance is not by whether we think what we’ve done is…

Day 18- Courage To Succeed

Bible Reading: Genesis 26:1-29 Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted something very badly- or so you thought- only that you didn’t know the full story? For example, you thought that you really wanted children, but after having them for a year and plenty sleepless nights, you’re wondering whether you were really ready for this; or you really thought that you wanted to live in a particular place, but after moving in and getting a bit of…

Day 17- Courage To Bring

Bible Reading: John 4:1-42 If you grew up with a typical African parent, there’s this conversation that would likely have happened at some point between you, when you wanted to go visiting at your friends. You would ask your mum for permission to go, and then she would stop you from going by saying something about how the friend has never come to your house. In truth though, maybe you are the one that didn’t even want the friend to…

Day 16- Courage To Speak

Bible Reading: Acts 4:1-31 Can you relate to that class moment when a question is asked, and then you felt you knew the answer, but you didn’t want to have to speak. Or maybe you were simply second guessing yourself. Then someone else speaks up and says the answer that you had in mind and is now receiving all the commendation from the teacher, while the rest of you in class are being strongly condemned and insulted.  Or again, sometimes,…

Day 15- Courage To Go 

Bible Reading: Exodus 3:1-22 There’s a way that a person’s level of involvement in anything can indicate how much of an insider they truly are. Whether it’s at a workplace, in a neighbourhood, or in a family. The question is what things pass over the person’s head? What things would the person be in the loop of and involved in? When you see a lady who is dating a guy and you want to know whether she’s really been accepted…