Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! One of the reasons why I don’t usually tell people to simply shout a big amen and claim their prosperity and breakthrough is because what you claim will only sustain you, but what you create can be transferred. That is why anytime I see people praying for a car I feel uncomfortable. There is no big deal about cars! It’s not even an investment or asset that can be transferred after few years.
Bill Gates did not shout amen and suddenly became a billionaire. He became wealthy by investing over ten years in learning computer programming and software designing. Today, he is not bothered about the day-to-day running of Microsoft Cooperation because he has capable hands that are doing that. The organization is not only feeding him, the company is also feeding thousands of share holders. In fact, it is estimated that about 10,000 employees of Microsoft Corporation became millionaire as a result of their stock ownership in the firm. As at 2015, Microsoft Corporation has about 118,000 staff!
If I prophecy and you get a miracle house, nothing has changed around you. You’re still at the personal blessing level. But if you can creatively come up with an idea, an invention that will help humanity in a particular area, you have penned your epitaph with your exploits. The problem with an average African man is selfishness. Check our prayer points, everything is about ourselves. We want to get all we can, can all we get, and then sit on the can till we die.
Throughout last year, I spent quality time to explain the difference between having money and being wealthy. There are moneybags in our clime who are confused of what to do with their money. Money has become their god. It is not how much you have, or the number of cars in your garage that makes you a wealth person, it is the number of people that are working in your establishments! If you employ one hundreds individuals, you are indirectly feeding over four hundred people. Why? Because every individual you pay has at least four persons that depends on him or her. There are three major legacies you must bequeath to the next generation.
1. Values. No child woke up one day and decided to become a criminal or an armed robber. Somebody failed to inculcate some values into that child when he was young, and friends did the job outside. Values are principles or standards of behaviour, one’s judgement of what is important in life. So what are your values? It could be no man should hit a woman, dignity of labour, excellence, honesty, or contentment. One of my favourite verses in the Bible is; “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1.
There are children you will accuse of stealing in the village and elders will tell you that it’s not possible. Why? Because they know the kind of family he comes from. They know that his father was known for honesty and high integrity. Teach your children how to respect elders. In this part of the world we don’t just say “hi Dad,” or “hi Mum,” we great people in a respectful way. But if you decide that saying hi to elders is what you prefer, I don’t have any problem with that.
2. A Wealth Creation Platform. Great men think about the next generation, but selfish people think about themselves. The wise man said that, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22. What are you leaving for your children’s children? It’s unfortunate that most African businesses does not exceed one generation. The founders usually die with their businesses; but our generation must stop it.
Do you know that Hudson Bay Company was founded in 1670 ( 347 years). University of Oxford was founded in 1096 ( 921 years). Cambridge Universities was founded in 1209 ( 808years). Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1203 ( 813 years). Harvard University was founded by John Harvard in 1636 ( 381 years). John Pemberton founded Pemberton’s French Wine of Cola (CocaCola) in 1886 (131 years) etc. Why can’t we build organizations that can be transferred to your seventh generation? Order for my book, The Entrepreneur, and lean how to perpetuate your ideas.
3. Transfer Your Calling, Assignment or Skill To The Next Generation. Any aspiring minister of God that is genuine and serious about spiritual growth that comes around me knows that I don’t hide anything from them. Not that I know much, but the little I know, I consistently pass it on to others. If I die today I won’t need what I know in heaven. Candle losses nothing by lighting others.
A good lawyer must raise great lawyers. Am happy that Gain Fawehinmi raised other radical lawyers before he died. An accomplished businessperson should raise other accomplished business owners. An accomplished medical doctor should raise other accomplished medical doctors. A great servant of God should raise other great servants of God. For example, every well know priest in the catholic church in Nigeria today is directly or indirectly connected to the late Stephen Njoku. He poured himself into them before he died.
Kenneth Hagin raised David Oyedepo. David Oyedepo has raised well know voices like David Ibiyeomie, Dr. Paul Enenche, Poju Oyemade, David Abioye, and other well know ministers of God around the world. Whether you’re an architect, an engineer, a speaker, a dentist, a trader, or a banker, you must raise successors before you die. Don’t be selfish. If you refuse to transfer your assignment or calling to the next generation, you will dump it in the grave. Jesus could have fulfilled His ministry alone, but what would have happened to what He established when He went back to heaven?
Shannon L. Alder succinctly said; “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstone. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Ray Bradbury powerfully stated that “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. it doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardner is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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