• Korede Akintunde
  • March 13, 2024

By Olayinka Aboderin

This year’s Mothers’ Union and Young Wives Fellowship Quiet Day have been held with the Diocesan theme; Fight the Good Fight of Faith and the sub-theme; Overcoming Life’s Traps.

In his sermon, Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, the Rt. Rev. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji said the only weapon with which to overcome the world is to allow Jesus in our lives.

He emphasized that traps work where someone is weak, sorrowful, frustrated, and downcast; stressing the need to embrace self-development, spiritually and physically to overcome traps.

Also speaking on the Sub- Theme, ‘Overcoming Life’s Traps’, the Archdeacon of Isolo Archdeaconry, Ven. Kolawole Ayo Ariire said the issue of traps should be given serious concern and people should run away from any devilish device that can plunge them into satanic traps.

He listed some of the common traps to include, social, mental, financial, moral, parenting, and basic relationships.

The Venerable Ariire maintained that having a cordial and strong relationship with God, discovering one’s purpose in life, and daily striving to grow physically and spiritually among others are ways enumerated to overcome traps.

He also advised the gathering to embrace the rules and principles of Godliness with contentment which the Bible described as a great gain

Speaking further, a youth advocate and clergyman, Canon Bode Daramola opined that building young people’s self-esteem is an arduous task for parents and other concerned persons, especially mothers.

He described mothers as life moulders, hence their roles in building self-esteem can never be downplayed besides fathers and other significant family members.

Canon Daramola noted that changes in the family landscape, declining morals, and struggles with value-based parenting are the bane of 21st-century parenting.

According to him, to raise children with positive self-esteem, parents and caregivers must be deliberate in seeking relevant applicable knowledge.

Earlier, the wife of the Diocesan and Women’s Organization President, Dr. Mrs. Lydia Olukemi Odedeji charged the womenfolk to be open to learning, re-learn, and unlearning; stressing that the topics were chosen based on feedback gotten from a youth program.

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