Ngee says… when I was younger, I drove frequently through a secondary school that had an inscription on it – may your road be rough!

I felt quite uncomfortable, each time I drove pass. Years have gone by and I realized that this was meant to be a great prayer. Exceptional great men and women seem to have a common story – the rough road, failing again and again, then becoming.

Just like Denzel Washington said in his speech a while ago – “Ease is a greater threat to progress, than hardship”. We usually pray that life may be easy but can we look differently at our pain, heartbreak, loss and disappointment. Maybe the rough road you are going through is the process of refining the treasure in you.

Rich says…

Greatness has only one path; the rough road. Are you going through a rough road now? Embrace it, learn the lesson thereof and become a better version of you. Congratulations, you are already on your path to greatness.

As I look back through my young years so far. I have come to realize that the most painful situations in my life seem to be defining moments I needed to become who I was created to be.

These are few foundational scriptures that keep me going:

  •  “Though I go through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4).
  •  Nothing can separate me from the love and plan of God for my life (Romans 8:38-39).
  •  My weakness/failures is a perfect opportunity for God’s love and power to be showcased (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Brace up people, life happens but anchor on God, who will use all these for our good and to the glory of His name.


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Ngee and Rich
(Dr. Richard and Ngozi Okonkwo)
Relationship Coach/Habit Instructors
Founders – Keeping Marriage Alive Initiative

“Will two people walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Amos 3:3