DESTINY IS CUSTOMIZED !! I was thinking this morning..... about our speed in this race of life. Last Sunday, I was privileged to attend the wedding of the daughter of my good friend and former classmate in the College. As I sat as part of the guests at the reception, listening to the proud MOB (mother of the bride) giving her speech, I reflected on how far we've come as former classmates in school. I considered how her children are of marriage-able age (the youngest just turned 20), while mine are still teenagers. I recalled another classmate of ours whose son just graduated as a medical doctor, but mine just about entering the University. As I pondered on why it seems I am lagging behind! the face of another of our classmate flashed by and I was reminded that his children are still in Primary school! At this point, it dawned on me that though we were all classmates and graduated together in 1991 i.e class of 91' life has shuffled us and placed us in different classes today. We were classmates in school, but not classmates in life. Everyone has his unique class in life. I concluded that in the school of life there are no classmates, because Life is a class of one. Life is a class of one. Hmm!!! That conclusion held me down for a bit. Ten years after I got employed in my dream job, getting a second promotion became a prayer point. One day, a colleague that we came in together on same level walked up to me and said "Bro, na wao! We came in together and I have gotten three promotions and you, just one. Is there something you are not doing well?" Hmmmm I left him feeling bad but not for long because soon after, I realised that in the school of life there are no classmates. Life is a class of one. He is on his path while I am on mine Have you considered why, from the same branch of a tree you have both ripe and unripe fruits? The seeds were released same time, exposed to same nutrients and environmental conditions but yet some ripen before others. Identical twins that deliberately wait for each other to be in the same class, engage in the same business like P-Square (Peter and Paul Okoye) and even wed on the same day, will not get their wives pregnant on the same day* Life is a differentiator. My mind is made up that LIFE IS A CLASS OF ONE. It is true that in the school of LIFE THERE ARE NO CLASSMATES, BECAUSE LIFE IS A CLASS OF ONE, then WHY DO WE LOOK AT ANOTHER AND FEEL INADEQUATE, LIKE WE ARE NOT WHERE WE SHOULD BE ? *WHY WOULD SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN PRIVILEGED TO BE IN A SOMEWHAT LOFTY POSITION LOOK DOWN ON OTHERS LIKE HE IS SUPERIOR IN SOME WAY? Life is a class of one. I am in the class God wants me to be and you are in yours. DO NOT SWEAT OVER THE CLASS OTHERS ARE IN, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO CLASSMATES IN LIFE If you like, give yourself double promotion like we do in those days, life will eventually place you in the class you are meant to be. Do not compare yourself with anyone, because you are in a class of one.. There are no classmates in life.* No wonder 2nd Corinthians 10:12 says ' For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not WISE .' BE WISE! MY PERSONAL OPINION AND CONCLUSION!! I Have come to terms that I will never be intimidated by another person's success I can only be inspired and challenged! I can only rejoice with their successes, but will never feel sorry for myself on the account of another person's success . Success is relative and proportional! Even gifting and beauty in life are in portions. You may have what someone else don't have, but* don't forget you also lack certain things he has! The last thing I can ever suffer is inferiority complex! GOD forbids! Lastly I will never look down on any of my SCHOOL CLASSMATE because of my physical achievements that life has given me now over him or her for NOW.. I have discovered that TIDES DO CHANGE IN THE SCHOOL OF LIFE.