Inspired by the one who owns cattle
over a thousand hills When I read the word of God and I look at
the people He chose to do His work, I am amazed. Look at Noah,
when God told him to build the ark, the man was 600 years old (in
the current generation, this is not possible especially when you
consider that anyone above 100 years is extremely old). He was the
only one found righteous in the sight of God when God wanted to
finish the world because of its sin. Abraham, Moses, Joshua,
Joseph, Samson, David, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Job,
Esther, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Rahab, Mary and many more of these
great men and women.
None of them had anything to offer
the world and they have their names living until today because God
saw that they had the potential to do His great and mighty work.
Even they did not consider themselves worthy and capable of such
They just did what they did
average. But when they got the revelation of God, they stopped
being average and common; and what they then accomplished, was
more than anyone could imagine.
For each person who made a great
accomplishment in the bible, they had a personal meeting with God
where a divine revelation was made. None of them just woke up one
day and decided to do the great deed. There was a divine
assignment. For many of us today, we think that divine assignments
ended with the biblical times documented in the bible. But they
did not. They are still as alive as we are.
I keep asking one question every
time I find myself wondering if I will make it to be a successful
person who does the will of God and one who has a purpose and
destiny. The question is Ė if I worship and have faith unshaken
in the same God who made the waters of the Red Sea part ways for
the Israelites to cross over while escaping the Egyptians, what
makes me think that that same God cannot bring to pass that which
I am trusting Him for? It is good to know the bible stories and
the miracles that took place because then it reminds one that we
are not dealing with ďpowers that beĒ.
We are dealing with the Almighty
God, Creator of Heaven and Earth and Giver of Life. In our path to
success over what He has revealed to us and in what we are
pursuing, be it employment in a government office, self-employment
or philanthropic works, we need to remember that we need to rise
above mediocrity and perform at higher levels of excellence and
perfection. Even in our businesses, what is so special that
removes you away from the rest of the pack? It is time we stopped
doing business like everybody else.
Point of illustration Ė if you
keep going to sample services in different restaurants and you
find that out of five that are in the same lane or block they are
all offering the same standard of service, will you bother to go
back? Wonít you start diversifying out of that lane to see if
those further afield have something different and better to offer?
And that is where most of us lose our very dear customers. We get
too familiar with them and stop treating them as special, hoping
they will understand that thatís just the way things are. As one
preacher said, mediocrity creeps in when we believe that we have
Excellence in your business and
life should not be an achievement; it should be your character. A
reference point by which people can refer to or describe you. And
how do you achieve that level of perfection and Prime status?
1. Commit all to God. Prime to
everything else is the understanding that nothing is possible
without God. Failure to include God in all your plans and
committing them to God is a recipe for extremely slow movement to
your success, if not failure to get there. God gives us the
talents, gifts, and resources; by His grace, doors that would
previously be closed to you are opened. By committing our plans to
Him, His favor precedes us and we are able to achieve more than we
2. Work hard and smart. Ever
watched a wind vane, It is important as it gives us the direction
of the wind and that is why it is placed so high up with no
barriers. Unfortunately it just goes round the same pole, never
gets anywhere but it is seen to be working. Now a lot of us are
exactly the same. We are working so hard and not getting anywhere
because we have got no particular direction we are going to.
Working smart allows God the opportunity to answer the prayers we
make concerning our success and it allows us to utilize the gifts
and talents that God put in each one of His human creation.
3. Stop being afraid. I once heard
someone say that fear aborts Godís blessings for us and it also
keeps us away from Godís blessings. If Sir Richard Branson
(Virgin Group of companies) had been afraid to risk his life while
crossing the Atlantic airborne, that bit of history would probably
still be unwritten. Get out of your comfort zone and just worth
noting is that those who dared to be blessed by God dared to risk
everything they had and the rewards were beyond their imagination.
4. Donít be a cry baby. Just
because things donít work out, donít grumble or beat yourself
up about it to the extent that you think that you canít try
again. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving. Fall down, get
up, dust yourself off and walk again. Develop a spirit like that
of an alley cat. It goes out there fights for its rightful place,
it is scratched, hurt and bloodied. It then retreats to its corner
and nurses its wounds and before long, it is back there again. At
some point the rest of the cats just donít see the point of
fighting anymore with one who doesnít give up. Refuse to get
5. Love and appreciate yourself.
Personally I have accepted, I am not a party animal! Any gathering
beyond 10.00 p.m. can sure be better without me because my eyes
get a life of their own, they start acting droopy and the safest
place to be is my bed. That I have accepted. Anything to the
contrary is punishing myself and inconveniencing any company I may
be in at that hour.
Accepting what you are not is not a
weakness, it is a strength because it is in this acceptance that
one realizes what they are good at and they can develop it rather
than fighting a losing battle with what they are not.