You Are a Person

Sometimes, all some people want is for you to be a role: husband, wife, father, boss, son or friend. And that’s all. They aren’t interested you, your likes or dislikes,and so on.

As far as you play your role like an actor following his or her lines, they are fine. They’ll reward you. After all, that’s why we have the Oscars.

But the problem is, because they don’t see you for who you really are, they lose a lot. And this is sad, both ways . It deprives you of the opportunity to be a blessing to them while depriving them of a similar opportunity to be blessed by you.

In many mentor-mentee relationships this is very common. Blinded by shortcomings, or the personal need to understand their own selves, some people leave when they should stay; run away when they should stick around; judge when they should pray. And all of that.

If you’ve been blighted by such a gaff in any of your relationships, it’s the tale of most of human existence; that all of us, somehow, want to be loved for who we are, and not for the roles we play; for being a person, not a colleague or a driver or a mother or a step son; that we get noticed for the haircut or the new dress or the freckles that are strewn on our faces; to know that we can connect with you in a visceral way when you ask, ‘How are you?’ It appears that when we know this, that you truly care, then we whip out the person that we are—good or bad.

And yet, when striking up a conversation with any person for the first time, we often clutch at platitudes for follow up questions like ‘What do you do?’ or ‘Where do you work?’and answers like, ‘Oh I am an accountant’ or ‘I am a house wife’ not mattering who asks… or who answers.

We quickly look past the person to what they do or rather, what they can do…for us; never really bothering what we can do for, with and through them.

It’s a shortsightedness that almost all of us have been socialized by; to look past a person to their the commercial, social or emotional benefit without thinking; to look past ourselves to what we do, more than who we are.

You are not what you do for me or her or anybody. You are a person–with an essence. And if you ever find someone who focuses on who you are–your worth– you should never let them go.

May your week be blessed with victories.

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How To Get Anything You Want


In Christ, you can have everything you have ever imagined; a beautiful family, happiness, health and wealth; and here is how:

By meditating on God’s Word about whatever it is that you want.

Trust me, the Word of God contains the anointing. And a quick definition of what the anointing is; is that it is a substance of God that destroys burdens and removes yokes (according to Isaiah 10:27) capable of delivering to you God’s intent in any situation, location or context. 

Sickness is a yoke, and so is debt, the inability to find a spouse or pay bills when they fall due. It is a burden to have to endure depression, business failure or failure in your marriage. Everyone knows this because of the pain that comes with such circumstances.

Now, the Lord Jesus Christ (the manifested Word of God) came for one purpose alone: that we who believe in Him should have His life and live it to the fullest (See John 10:10 and 1  John 3:8); and not be subject to pain of defeat.

That said, to meditate on God’s word in the Christian context means to ponder, mutter, devise, confess and shout it until your spirit is bubbling up with it in your prayer and general conduct. It is how you bring the anointing, that yoke destroying, burden removing substance into your affairs. 

So whatever you are faced with, get into the scriptures, make a list of what God’s anointed words say about it from the Bible and begin to meditate upon them.

In ending this piece, allow me to quote two scriptural references as the it is biblical rule that in the mouth of two or more witnesses, a matter is established (See 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matthew 18:16)

  1. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Everything you have ever wanted, if meditated on for long enough, will be manifested to you. Don’t struggle like the rest of the world. You are different. 

Take time to study Matthew 6: 31-33. Meditating is the way to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Shalom!

Effort is King


No matter how smart or talented you are, effort is king. You may not be gifted or talented and yet, you may become super successful, particularly if you make up your mind that no one would outwork you in your chosen vocation. 

Frankly,  most people would discard talent because it is no indicator of success. There are far more talented failures in the world than people willing to put in the time and effort that bring results. 

In my line of work, people are quick to praise results over effort forgetting that there could be no results without it.

Then, there’s religious confusion about effort and its value. In Christianity, there’s the ‘faith vs works’ debate which has let many people accuse Christians of being sloppy with their work–which in part, I can familiarize with. But this ought not to be. Part of being the light of world entails having an extraordinary work ethic. 

In his letter to the Corinthian church in the Bible Paul mentioned* how his extraordinary work ethic was a product of grace–labouring more than his contemporaries–and not the opposite. 

But today, certain people lazy around with the idea that God’s grace is some kind of gift that requires they do little to achieve a lot. Nothing could be more a departure from the truth as this.

Certain, effort, clarity and perseverance are parallel truths on the pathway to success but of the three, effort is king.

*1 Corinthians 15:10

Need-to-Have vs Want-to-Have


While I typically write for a select audience as you might realize, the ideas I write about are designed to help my readers, in any part of the world arrive at conclusions that help them live phenomenal lives. 

No matter the country you live in, some businesses are failure-proof with little or no need for go-to market strategies or promotional marketing.

These businesses deliver products and services that are ‘need-to-haves’ and by this, I mean things that are essentials like food and safety. Need to haves give you a sort of certainty that with little or no advertising, someone out there will need to eat or a place to stay that’s is affordable. Need-to-haves are your opportunity.

Want-to-haves however, are where most of the people venturing into business play. By ‘Want-to-haves’ I mean, things that are non-essential, things that people can actually do without like books, luxury goods and all-things that require some sort of advertising and promotional effort.

Now, the Bible says there is profit in all labor which for Christians is fantastic if you actually believe the Bible. So wouldn’t you rather start a business of ‘Need -to-haves’ than ‘Want-to-haves’?

I mean, if you started a diner in a place around a construction site or university campus, wouldn’t you be guaranteed business success almost instantly, particularly if your food is great and moderately priced?

Think about it:

Need-to-Have vs Want-to-Have

4 Classes of Assets Revisited

Assets are things that put money in your pocket while liabilities take money out. A typical example would be a car purchase. If you bought the  car for your personal use, it is a liability. It would take money out of your pocket for gas and maintenance from time to time. But if you converted the same car into a taxi, it would immediately become an asset. Why? Because your taxi would put money in your pocket from time to time. Simple…!

Now the money game that gets you to the place called financial freedom is played by owning more assets than liabilities.

Owning assets is therefore a strategy of the rich and here’s the four different classes of assets, that if properly harnessed, can make you financially free.

  1. Business: Owning a business is route to financial freedom in the sense that your business pulls in a certain income from it activities.  Facebook, Google and PayPal are businesses that started from scratch and have made its owners financial free. You might consider  starting a business.
  2. Investments: Owning an investment like shares in a company can be a lucrative way to financial freedom in that over time you can grow your return applying the concept of compounding interest. Compounding interest has been called the 8th wonder of the world and if you keenly devote yourself to learning about it, it will certainly make you rich.
  3. Real Estate: Owning commercial property is another major way out of financial bondage. For this, I would refer you to the game of Monopoly. As long as there are people, there will always be renters and cash flow from this asset class. Owning a house or more that you can let out to others has been an age long way to freedom. Though capital intensive in certain parts of the world, property owners have for over centuries been known among the world’s rich.
  4. Commodities: Owning commodities in form of oil, metals or agricultural produce is another avenue to financial freedom. Because of the value the world has come to place on commodities, owning them has simply become a must-have for people looking to make it out of the rat-race.

These asset classes require in depth personal study. Look at one or two that resonate with you and make a plan of action.

Cheers!