Reading. If you read today, it’ll show tomorrow. A reader today, a leader tomorrow. Poor leadership in Africa is traceable to poor reading. My people here would say, “someone who does not sit cannot become the leader.” Meaning that only those who sit at their work become leaders.
Impact. Life isn’t about occupying a seat; it’s about actualizing a feat. It isn’t about your position; it’s about your contribution. It isn’t about your possession; it is about your distribution. It isn’t about what you take; it’s about what you give. Jesus Christ, our perfect example, came for the people. If your business (or career) isn’t adding value to people, it’s irrelevant.
Opportunities. Opportunities are building blocks of which destinies are built. The highway of life is dotted with blocks of opportunity. Yesterday is gone forever. No rewind. No replay. Every shell that you don’t pick at the seashore goes back to the sea. Opportunity lost may never be regained. The best way to maximize opportunity is to make a timely move.
Serve God. Every opportunity to serve God is an opportunity to get blessed. God isn’t a user of men; He blesses people. You’re not working for God; you’re working with God (you are partnering with God). In an earthly partnership, every active partner is entitled to a dividend; in the same vein, kingdom partnership guarantees you supernatural rewards. Serving God does not reduce people but expands them. Nothing remains worse serving God and the interest of His kingdom.
“And behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according to his work shall be” – Revelation.22:12
Choice. Life’s a choice. Your choice in life determines your lot. We live in a kingdom of choices, not chances (life is practical, not mystical). Your choice is your right in this kingdom. Constitutionally, there’s freedom of choice. Nobody can choose for you – the aces are in your hands. Everyone is responsible for the outcome of his life. Don’t blame God; blame yourself. Don’t question God; question yourself. If you point one finger to your parents or brothers, the remaining four fingers point to you.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” – Deut. 30:19
Understand your identity. Nobody knows you better than yourself. No matter natural men opinion about you, their view is their view. Your true picture can be found in the scripture. You are a special breed and peculiar being. “But ye are a chose generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1Peter.2:9). You belong to a royal family which is the family of Christ. You are a glorious son and daughter of God. You are not meant to be pitied; you are meant to be envied. Stop living pitifully; start looking beautiful. Your destiny in Christ is an envious destiny. God has predestined your destiny for glorification.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans. 8:29-30)
“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” (Gen. 26:14)
Therefore, I don’t care what a mortal man said about you, your true identity is rooted in the scripture. you’re a glorious child of God; you’re beautifully and wonderfully made. Your destiny is an envious destiny. “When men are casting down, we shall be saying there is lifting up.” When men are cast down, then thou shall say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person,” (Job.22:29)
Godliness. According to a common proverbial statement, If you can’t beat them, join them. That statement is satanic. You can’t beat them by joining them. otherwise, you’ll remain under them. choose to be different.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” – Dr. Seuss
By choice, Daniel and Joseph reigned. Daniel would rather die than defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat. Joseph had already seen himself on the throne, and he wouldn’t allow his destiny to be trashed in Potiphar’s house; he knew that the house of Potiphar was only a passage. Your journey to greatness begins with Godliness.
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