Adventures Of A Big Mouth.

I used to have such a big mouth in primary school. Kusi would tell me about a wet dream he had of Maame, then later when Maame and I were hanging out I’d say “Doooooo yyoooouuuu knooowwww wwhoooooo haaasss been naughty with you without your permission?”

One time in class 6, just when adolescence had started touching all my classmates and biology was more visible and practical than all the other sciences, I was minding my own business on the verandah in front of my class when I noticed the girls playing ampe. I would have gone on to buy the cheap but insanely aromatic waakye sold under the tree nearby if it wasn’t Belinda on a row. She was getting all the ‘ostraatiis’ and okondors’ right, but it wasn’t that that caught my eye. I noticed that her chest was exceptionally…wobbly when she jumped.

Hmmm” I thought “This’ rather interesting.

So I stood and observed her chest doing the Harlem shake for quite a while, concealing the pleasure my eyes obtained with a disdainful look. When my friend Yaw sprung up on me and asked “Hey! What are you looking at like that?” my big mouth was activated and I answered “See Belinda, when she jumps, her boobs jump wildly, don’t you think she should tell her mum to get her bras?”

I don’t think Yaw got that the question was rhetoric so he actually went to Belinda later to tell her “Ben says you should tell your mum to buy you bras because your boobs jump around when you play.”

O! o na wo b3 ka.

shy little boy hiding
Thiiss iissntt haappenning!

Belinda was angry, hurt and embarrassed and run straight to her very strict Pentecostal mum. The woman was so ticked off she accompanied her daughter to school on Monday to report to Miss. Yamba and inquire which naughty boy was poking his nose in the wrong places. Chaaiii! That was the first time I prayed for the good Lord to send an earth quake my way “Shend it naaw Fada! Shend it nnaaawww!!”

It took a few more instances over the years to learn that it’s not everything you see that you say oo. That’s how come now I walk around with the dark secrets of a thousand people locked up in my head. Don’t get it twisted, it’s not that the size of my mouth has reduced oo (in fact it’s grown bigger), but just as the spirit of the prophet is under his control, the spirit of the big mouthed is also under his control, though much more difficult.

What I do now is, I do big mouth things about what I’m passionate about. About the love God spoils me with, about the amazing things he’s itching to do in the lives of everyone reading this, about the untellable, incredible plans he has for you –that’s the whole idea with this blog. When the internet came around and I discovered blogging, I was like “O Goodness! This is proper big mouth rehabilitation.” Yes, every now and then I succumb to saying “ffung! This your top is stuffy papa!” or hinting Maame about a dream Kusi had, but I rise aggaaaiiinnn! lol

It’s funny, but if you look a little closely you’ll find a much better, nobler use for every possible skill set you have. Imagine Napoleon’s Charisma, Ghadaffi’s vision, Hitler’s resilience, Michael Jackson’s talent all used to glorify God. Imagine all the things you’re capable of doing being channeled to the master’s vineyard.

I think we should get to the point where we make decisions based on lives impacted. ‘Impacted lives’ should become the determiner of what to do next or what to do with what. “How many lives will be impacted if I become Ghana’s leading banker or lawyer. Does this conversation have any connection –if even remotely- with an edified life? When we think in that way it’s easy to find great ways to turn scheming, party-organizing, manipulative, argumentative, dramatic and every other skill or tendency into something impactful. See where my big mouth has landed us 😉

We should dream in a way that gives other people the audacity to dream. We should achieve so that the doubtful would see that it’s possible. We should pioneer so that the door is opened for many others. We should note and share our mistakes so that others don’t need to repeat them. We should be relentless in finding ways to connect our plans and aspirations to the well-being of other people; that’s where fulfillment resides.

So I challenge you to take that big mouth of yours, that overly analytical mind, that luscious body, that awesome chatting skill, that pile of intense pickup lines, that energy overdose in your groin, that appetite for staying out late, that urge to be in a clique or squad and find a way to put it to Godly use, in a way that countless others will always be grateful to you for. That’s wassup.

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19 Comments

  1. Cara Siskova said:

    The story is too funny, you are an awesome storyteller, Ben! God bless.

    July 29, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      And youuuuuu just make me blush Cara dear. Staallllpit 🙂

      July 30, 2015
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  2. Ferdie said:

    Thnx for ur advice Bro..God richly bless u..

    July 29, 2015
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  3. Ephy said:

    Awesome,this your anobokiti is a wonder.The advice from it will be adhered to,God bless you bro.

    July 24, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      Bless you too bro. Makes a big difference that you read and commented…seeing how very busy you are 😀

      July 27, 2015
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  4. Barbielove said:

    Miss Yamba will be proud of you now. Great advice. I’m going to do just that with my big mouth as well.

    July 24, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      That just made me smile Barbie; picturing Miss. Yamba proud. Thank you.

      July 27, 2015
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  5. Constante said:

    Oh God…the tears from laughing so hard, are still fresh on my cheek. Hum…gotta go make a list and put this advice to good use. Father, help me always remember Ben’s advice when in such situations

    July 24, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      I just love reading from you Cee. Let me see your list some ok? lol

      July 27, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      Lol, like me like you Ama, or?

      July 24, 2015
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  6. Nanama said:

    I’m taking on this challenge!

    July 23, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      Yeyeeee!!! let’s do this!

      July 24, 2015
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  7. Shishi said:

    this spoke to me on levels I am yet to comprehend

    July 23, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      So glad Shishi, so glad 🙂

      July 24, 2015
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  8. Love it! Hehe, this your big mouth eh? It is still doing wonders

    July 23, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      lol, wonderful to you?

      July 24, 2015
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  9. Priscilla said:

    Lovely…. Interestingly my quiet time spoke on exactly that. God bless you dear.

    July 23, 2015
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    • BenJ said:

      Aaaammeenn! I ‘reshive’ the blessings. 🙂

      July 24, 2015
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