Irenonsen Uddin

Inspiration for a Balanced & Successful Life
Keep a Clean Sheet

I look forward to those moments when my biological children will ask me precise questions. *smiles*

In such moments of straight talks, I look forward to answer them with all pleasure and sincerity. Being their father means I must answer all questions, no matter how “unintelligent” it may seem. I was good at this. Thank God, my Dad lived up to my expectations.

From the foregoing, it behoves me to keep a clean sheet in my dealings with family, friends and loved ones. Not just because I want to give those perfect answers to my children but first because I FEAR GOD. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding – Job 28:28.

More so, fathers are expected not to provoke their children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and ADMONITION of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). How best can I admonish my children if not by keeping a clean sheet?

In the game of football, goal keepers and defenders know the value of keeping a clean sheet. With respect to life and parenting I know its value as well. How about you?

As a young man, woman, boy or girl, the pressure to compromise may be biting hard but please do well to keep a clean sheet.

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When offered an advice in love don’t rebuff by saying this is my life. I don’t need you to tell me what is ideal. It may not be palatable which is the case most times. Nonetheless, make meaning out of it and see that loving counsel as an admonition to keep a clean sheet.

The value of keeping a clean sheet, out ways the ignominy that may result from throwing caution to the wind. You may have lost the first game of a season in your life. That does not mean you should keep losing.

How can you keep a clean sheet?

1 – Ask God for help

2 – Reorganize your defence

3 – Change your game formation

4 – Encourage yourself, stand tall, shoulders high

5 – Be resolute! I won’t lose another game neither will I let another ball get past me again

Keep that sheet clean!

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