Making friends is a gift from God, says Bukky Olaleye

Bukky Olaleye

Bukky Olaleye

Bukky Olaleye is a business owner from Liverpool. Here she tells us why she believes..

When did you first hear about Jesus?
I grew up in a Christian home, so I must have heard about Jesus at a very early age. I do, however, have two stories about how I came to accept Christ as my Lord and Saviour. One was at the age of 13, when a visiting relative made me kneel down, close my eyes, clasp my hands (in that order) and say the sinner’s prayer. I find it humorous today because I didn’t know what she was on about. I think her intentions were good even if her method was slightly misguided. The second time
I was older, and I definitely knew what I was doing when I made the conscious act of commitment.

Is there a particular Bible verse that is close to your heart?
I had a health challenge a couple of years ago and 2 Timothy 1:7 – ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ – framed the way I went through the experience.

My pastor had been teaching on faith versus fear, so when I got the diagnosis this was the Scripture I held on to. It helped me deal with making difficult decisions about my treatment. I think that was when I had the revelation that fear and faith could not coexist and that, with faith as my foundation, I couldn’t give any room to fear. Of course, this is a daily decision as there are many opportunities to fear or worry, but ultimately this Scripture keeps me rooted.

How does your faith affect the way you do business?
I try to conduct my business in much the same way as I conduct my life. I don’t feel you can really separate your faith life from your professional or business life. In my personal life, I have a lot of Christian friends, and I have many believers in my business. This wasn’t intentional; I think it’s just my life spilling into the business. I try to conduct myself with integrity at all times and give honour to God in my dealings.

What’s the most amazing thing God has done in your life?
No one could ever talk me out of the truth that there is a God for many reasons, one of which is the fact that he has surround- ed me with the most incredible family and friends. I am so grateful for their love, support and friendship. My family is won- derful and we always find something to laugh about, even in difficult times. Also, when I make new friends or meet up with old ones my faith in humanity is always strengthened. That, I believe, is a special gift from God.

Who is your favourite Christian speaker?
That’s a tough one. I think it depends on what I’m looking for at the time. I like TD Jakes’ teachings when I’m in the mood for something deep that I can chew over, gain revelation on and apply to my
life. I like Priscilla Shirer because, as a proficient Bible teacher, she is methodical in her approach to delivering the Word.

I also enjoy a good, rousing, pow-erful word from Paula White. I find she’s always great for a pick-me-up!

How would you explain your faith to someone who doesn’t believe?
My faith is a relationship. I think rela- tionship is something everyone can understand. I would define relationship as two people sharing a common bond, and both giving to the other in mutual partnership.

God gave his only Son for me so I could be saved and live an eternal life. In return, I get to tell others about him and bring people back into relationship with him. And because he is such a great God, there’s a lot to tell.

As far as I’m concerned, I feel like I get the most out of this relationship. But essentially that’s what my faith is: my relationship with God.

This article is from the November 2016 issue of iBelieve Magazine. Order your copy today…

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