I heard my name being called and instantly I jumped up from my bed with the speed of light.
I staggered for few seconds before I could get hold of myself. The rays of light from the window beamed across my face and my eyes became wide opened….
Jesus!!! I screamed as I checked the time only to found out it’s already 7a.m.
I had planned to wake up by 4 to solve the mathematics assignments given by my teacher for 2 weeks.
“You this Jonah, for how long will you keep sleeping. This is 7:00 a.m and you are still on your bed.
I pray this sleep won’t lead you to……..”. My mum ranted as I quickly dashed out of my room and ran into the bathroom.
Trust me, I couldn’t have my bath. I only brushed my teeth and washed my face and legs.
Getting to school won’t take me nothing less than 15 minutes and as well have to submit my assignment on or before 7:30am.
Mojola!!!….I heard my name the third time. That’s my mum calling my name furiously.
I couldn’t even wait to answer her as I hurried out of the house.
Running as fast as my leg could carry me, I got to school exactly 7.15am.
Don’t be surprised at how I could make it up within 15minutes. I just had to rush down to school.
“Tunmininu, please, let me just copy your assignment”, I pleaded with my best friend.
“Mojola, for goodness sake, I won’t allow you. Mr Teju gave us two weeks to work on the assignment and you couldn’t even solve the questions”, my friend blurted.
“I tried solving the equations but wasn’t getting the solutions”, I replied. Within me, I knew that was a blatant lie.
I actually kept procrastinating and was so lazy to do my assignment.
I thought two weeks is a very much available time for me.
At the long run, she allowed me copied her assignment.
And to make it easier, I know how to write as fast as possible so I was able to meet up with the deadline.
Mr Teju(the mathematics teacher) came to the class with the record of our results the following day.
The whole class was tensed as everyone awaits his/her result.
“I am so disappointed in you all.I gave you ample time to work over the assignment but still flopped up. Only 2 boys got above average and you know this assignment is to be used as your continuous assessment record”, Mr Teju lamented.
Does that means I didn’t get up to 15? But why?
I became drenched in my own sweat as I started panicking…
Mojola…….(I heard my teacher called my name).
Sir, I stood up immediately and ran to the front.
What happened to you? You are a very bright student, why do you have to get so low a mark? I am highly disappointed in you. Going through your work, I discovered you made exactly the same silly mistakes Tunmininu did. How did that happen because the values I gave you differ?
The values differ?? I never knew the questions we were given differ at all, I just copied her solutions.
I fumbled with my beret as I couldn’t find the right word to justify my poor marks…
Sir, I was being lazy to do my assignments. I wasted my time watching movie and I forgot we were given any assignment. I couldn’t have time to work the equations when I finally remembered I have an assignment. I had no choice than to copy Tunmininu”, I explained amidst tears.
Dear You, can you relate this little and common story to life?
Just like Mojola and Tunmininu, their purpose of the assignments is to have good performance,yet, their assignments differ.
We are on earth for the same purpose but with various assignments. We have different abilities, capacities, ambitions, works, etc no matter the similarities
Talking from the spiritual aspect, some are called to be pastors, some are to be evangelists, prophets, teachers, etc. But all work together for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Yes, different assignments but one purpose.
When a pastor begins to function as a prophet, he might not be effective as God want such a one to be.
As a student, we all have different courses we are studying. Yes, that’s our different form of assignments we are working on.
When a lawyer begins to work as an engineer, then poor performance set in.
Even those that study the same courses still have differences.
For instance, not all teachers will teach in a public school and not all teachers will be in the primary school section.
As vocational workers, we have different areas of works as well.
Not all can be bakers and not all can be photographers.
Even as for fashion designers, we have various forms of fashion designing.
One might specialize in making only suits, another specializes in wedding gowns, another specializes in school uniforms, etc.
In conclusion, be rest assured that you have your own unique assignment in any aspect of life be it spiritual, academics, profession or whatsoever.
God has specially given you the assignment you can work with.
To fulfil your God given assignment, you have to:
1) Know your assignment on earth. What do His want you to do.
What is His purpose for you?
Which area does He want you to work in church?
What course does He want you to study?
What trade will He want you to learn?
2) Be content with whatever God has placed in your hand.
Never think your ability is useless.
Never look down on yourself.
Never think the assignment God gave you is either too simple or complex.
3) Work diligently on the assignment you have.
Put in all your efforts to achieve the main purpose of that assignment.
Stop being lazy.
Stop the lackadaisical attitude.
Stop loitering around.
Be determined, disciplined and diligent.
4) Never copy other people’s assignment.
If you do, you might end up being unfulfilled.
You will even copy their particular mistakes and fail woefully.
Your assignment is peculiar and unique, work on it.