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IT WILL PASS – Kwasi James

Kwasi James

After the night comes the dawn of a new and fresh day. A brand new day full of opportunities and of course, challenges. A fetus in the womb would proceed into the visible world after several months in the belly. A toddler in a day care Centre would after some years emerge a graduate of a higher school of learning. One truth about life is that no situation, condition or circumstance is permanent. Life is in stages. Like a performer climbs the stage to do what he or she does best, so it is with life. Whatever stage you are in, play your role or do your thing to the best of your ability.

It is paramount not to be held back or down by your present situation. If it’s good (that is, your present status), could hinder you from attaining the “best” awaiting you ahead if you do not look beyond it and if it is bad or better still not favourable, you can be very sure you will “weather” it.

“The undoing of many is failure to look beyond their present status. Wherever a Man finds himself so long as he’s got a God-driven vision, it’s just a “moment”. It will pass.”

Life will throw many unpleasant things at you but with God on your side and as long as you keep your eyes on the purpose for which He created you (that’s if you really know it) and keep doing the things He ask you to do, You can’t be stranded in the affairs of life. Sometimes it gets hard and very unbearable but I have lived a little long on this planet to know that He makes everything beautiful in its time.

 

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”.

There is a light of joy, gladness and jubilation awaiting you at the end of the “tunnel” you are in right now. All those things you are seeing, hearing and perceiving will very soon be a thing of the past. You are passing it all and leaving it behind.

When life hit you, hit back. If you are knocked down, get up and move on. If you’ve made mistakes it is alright, do not let it mislead you. Never take a “no” for an answer. All things are possible to them that believe.

 

Kwasi James

CEO: IMOORG INT’L.

 imoorg@gmail.com

IDEDE Oseyande
IDEDE Oseyande

Nehemiah: Portrait of a Selfless Leader 7 – IDEDE Oseyande

 “A leader stands for Justice at all times, irrespective of whose toe (s) he has to step to achieve it”

The nobles, (the rich ruling elites) in Jerusalem, and in all Judah had been cooperating in the reformation project of Nehemiah. They had made their resources and enterprises available for the rebuilding project, and everything seemed to be going well until there was an outcry from among the people. What was the cry about?

“And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren (the rich and privileged elites), the Jews.

The cry was a petition against the nobles and rulers of Judah. They had increased the poverty in the land by lending money to the poor with interest, giving corn to the poor in exchange for their lands, and in some cases, made the sons and daughters of the poor into slaves, in exchange for corn or for money borrowed. The painful part was that the money was not mainly for leisure or for some enjoyable things. It was to pay for the King’s tributes (taxes). While the Persian King was extorting tributes from Judah, a conquered territory, the nobles of Judah were doubling the sorrows of their own people for selfish and greedy reasons. They ignored the fact that it was against Jewish laws to lend money with interest.

“Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury (interest), nor lend him thy victuals (substances) for increase”

Out of greed, those that were supposed to uphold the law were the ones breaking it. As long as the lawlessness helped their wicked enterprise to flourish, they were ready to maintain it and not return to status quo.

Howbeit, when Nehemiah heard about it, his hands were not weaken with the fact that these nobles held high stakes in the reformation agenda he had embarked on. As a leader, he did not waste time in seeking for justice for the poor and under- privileged; even at the risk of being threatened by those nobles in the continuation of the work.

“…and I was very angry when I heard their cry (petitions) and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, ye exact usury (interest), every one of his brother?…..”

Imagine the irony. Nehemiah was trying to free his people, (the Jews), from slavery, while his fellow Jews were enslaving the very people he was trying to set free. Still, they claimed to be his partners in the reformation project.

Comparing the above scene to our current political polity in Nigeria, you will agree with me that there are many similarities. Prior to 2015 elections, the campaign for “Change” came with a strong message to fight corruption and set the people free. The rallying point was Maj. Gen. M. Buhari (Rtd.) He rallied the elites and ruling class that were interested in the vision, from all over the country. These elites came with their followers too, (just as the nobles gave up their slaves and servants to support the vision of Nehemiah); and they got the needed number to cruise to victory. Not quite long, cries against these nobles, political, and economic elites, started to grow loud. Now, instead of the General to be brave enough to call these accused elites to give account based on the reports against them, he complained of a “faulty ear”. The people soon decided to stop crying and put their complaints in written forms, with the hope that if he can’t hear, he can at least read. Again they were denied Justice, when the president complained of “being poisoned, and too weak” to go through the pile of petitions in his office. The petitions were so many that “rats” had to help themselves to the debris.

What a leader?

And some persons are bent on forcing it down our throat, that he is the needed messiah.

“Quality considered: Boldness in the execution of Justice!”

…..to be continued.

 

IDEDE Oseyande

Thought Tutor

Whatsapp: 08035216938

Twitter: @officialOsesky

IDEDE Oseyande
IDEDE Oseyande

 

“Temptation (in this case, opposition), will definitely come, but Woe unto him through whom temptation will come”~ rephrased from the Bible.

Every condition in life, no matter how awful, is a blessing to someone else. As victims of war are crying for loved ones lost, properties destroyed, landlords rendered homeless; those making supplies for the execution of the war are smiling to the bank. They are busy counting their profits, and hoping the war never ends. To them, those suing for peace are enemies of progress. This might sound absurd, but it is the reality of life.

In this same vein, no matter how lofty your ideas, vision, and mission might be, as much as it alters a trend, status quo, or brings about a new order, it must attract opposition. Some might even oppose you for reasons as trivial as mere jealousy. They are in agreement that your vision is quite alright, but their ‘beef’ is that you are the one executing it, instead of them. So you shouldn’t be surprise if your “great idea” is being opposed.

“When Sanballat the Hornite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the Welfare of the children of Israel…..”

It will be self-deceit for any leader, idealist, or a reformer, to think that his/her vision or idea is too good to be opposed.

This is where many leaders justify failure. They keep saying, “I was about breaking even”, “it was almost a success before this or that spoilt it”. As a leader, your idea or vision is like pregnancy, and you must use all available legal means to defend it. Else, it will never come to fruition.

The reason is this, opposition must come; and in most cases, they might not come openly. They usually come in three phases.

First, they show it as mere jealousy or envy. This was displayed by Sanballat and Tobiah in the above quote.

Second, they will come will seemingly rational or legal advice, which you never solicited for.

.. “They laughed us to scorn, and despised us. And said, what is this that ye do? Will ye rebel against the King?”

Now tell me, which rebellion? When Nehemiah had made it public that he has already acquired the approval of the King.

Third, they will try to mock and trivialize your idea or vision, as if it is not worth the effort.

 

“now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stonewall….

And when you scale through these three phases unscathed, they will open their cover, and confront you openly.

*But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were wroth, and conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.”

This is where the proactive nature of the leader comes in. The vision must not be hindered by the opposition, as strategies must be in place to counter these offences from the enemies.

“And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the Spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons, and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah”

A proactive leader must anticipate opposition and make plans to protect the vision and those that are helping in achieving that vision. He doesn’t go about lamenting his inability to progress because of opposers.

He is focused in achieving the set goals, come what may!

*Quality considered: Proactive Mind!*

…to be continued.

IDEDE Oseyande

Thought Tutor

Whatsapp: 08035216938

Twitter: @officialOsesky

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