July is an important month because I got married in July. I am blessed to be married for 8 years now to a lovely, beautiful woman who completes me and is truly my helper in every sense of the word. My life would be too chaotic without her. Ibironke is a blessing.
July is also special because I was born in July. As I remember my natural birth, I cannot but think of my spiritual rebirth. I have lived for several years, as a man born to Femi and Modupe Ilesanmi, who grew up in Ilorin, Nigeria, with six siblings (Bunmi, Lola, Gbenga, Tosin, Tobi and Busayo), educated in Nigeria (Sokoto, Ilorin, Ile-Ife), worked in Nigeria (Lagos, Port Harcourt), got married to Ibironke, emigrated to Canada, attended business school in Canada, began to express my entrepreneurial nature in Canada and lately was blessed with beautiful Oluwatofunmi. This is my human existence.
On this day, I am thinking seriously about the fact that I am not just human, born 24/7 but spirit, reborn, according to scriptures, on a certain day, not according to bloods nor from physical impulse but of God. My spiritual birth is no less real than my natural birth but there is a native tendency to live solely as a human being belonging to a human genealogy rather than a spirit being, who is God’s own offspring, possessing God’s nature.
I think living as a reborn spirit rather than just a natural human being adds color and beauty to existence. Aside from the fact that a reborn spirit has eternal life right now, a reborn spirit is not subject to the same limitations as a natural human being. A reborn spirit being has tendencies that transcend those of ordinary human existence. A reborn spirit being has a love nature because that is the nature of the Father from whom it originated. A reborn spirit being is naturally peaceful despite external turbulence, is patient, gentle, benevolent, full of faith, humble and temperate. Like Jesus Christ, a reborn spirit being is not dominated by circumstances and storms of life but can actually have its way despite the winds and the waves.
Life is just more fulfilling if I live as a reborn spirit being. The world not only enables me to easily live as a human being but actually attempts to keep me from living as a spirit being. But I know that abundant life is possible only if I live as a reborn spirit. This does not mean my humanity is suppressed but actually elevated. It is my natural birthday today and my desire is to live from henceforth as a reborn spirit.
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