Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! No matter your achievements and position in the society, God positioned different ladders that helped to push you to the top. Unfortunately, when some of us got to the top, we pushed away the ladders because we believe we have arrived. When last did you remember that man or woman that brought you to the city, sheltered you, clothed you, fed you, and allowed you to use his or her name and influence to get to where you are today? An ungrateful person may not go far in life.
Dr. Myles Monroe said that the Pentecostals in Africa should be grateful to one man called Benson Idahosa. He said that Benson Idahosa single-handedly trained, sponsored and opened doors for every frontline Pentecostal preacher you know today across Africa, and pushed them to the world stage. Am happy that most of them are still celebrating him. In fact, Dr. Nicholas Duncan William said that anyday you say any negative stuff against Benson Idahosa, you will never be his friend any longer.
If you are a Catholic Charismatic Minister in Nigeria and you don’t honour and respect frontline generals like Elder Timothy Ofoegbu, Elder Jude Asogwa, Elder JohnCharles Orji, Elder Patrick Adebayo, Elder Geoffrey Okereke, Elder Tony Freedom Okeke, Elder Victor Newman, Elder I. G Newman and many others I may not remember for now, then you don’t actually know your root. These people are the pacesetters. Guess what? I have served these ministers I mentioned in one way or the other. I have picked or dropped them either at the airport, their houses or where they will board a vehicle, and they have all prophesied into my tiny ministry.
While watching a Christian television station last week, I saw how Dr. David Oyedepo introduced his secondary school principal to the church members. When the principal got to the platform, they embraced each other passionately. Then the principal said; “This is the highest honour someone has ever accorded me in my lifetime.”
Although Dr. David Oyedepo is known worldwide, but he did not forget that someone nurtured him in his formative years. Unfortunately, many people are now too big to associate with those who helped them when they were nobody. Those who pushed away the ladder that helped them to get to where they are presently might crashland one day. Your ladder may not be as educated as you are, but without him or her you wouldn’t have gotten to where you are right now.
Those of us from the South Eastern part of Nigeria who served as an apprentice, when last did you talk to your former boss or madam? Have you ever blessed them in any way? Have you ever prayed for them, visited them or just say hello to the family that brought you to the city?
You might say that the man didn’t settle you after serving him, but the biggest thing your Oga did for you is not actually the amount of money he gave you, but the secrets of a particulars kind of business he taught you for free. People are giving you goods on credit today because of the influence of your Oga which I think is more valuable than money.
I heard the story of a business man who trained his servants as if they were his children. He settled them very well according to his ability and equally prayed for all of them to succeed. Today, all those young men are every successful in their various businesses. One day, all of them went to their Oga’s house and did the following: they placed him on salary, started buying brand new cars for him every year, took over the children’s education and built a house for him. Those young men can never be poor in this life. They remembered the ladder that helped them when they were nobody.
As a professional, when last did you remember that man or woman that gave you the opportunity to gain experience in his or her establishment? When last did you at least call the person on the phone and say thank you for being a wonderful ladder? Whether we like it or not, most radical lawyers in Nigeria were trained by the late legal luminary, Gani Fawehinmi. I don’t know whether they are still connected to Gain’s family after his demise.
As a former househelp, have you ever called your former madam and thank her for giving you the opportunity to live with them? I know that she was difficult to please, but her attitude towards you made you a better person in life. Call her this Christmas season or even visit her and show little appreciation. Don’t push away the ladders that helped you to get to where you are in life.
One of the acts that made me love Saint Paul is the attitude of gratitude. At the end of his epistles, he usually thank those who assisted him or the church in one way or the other. This is an example; “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. Greet Mary, who labored much for us. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.
Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.” Romans 16:1-15.
Dear friend, kind emulate people like Saint Paul this season. Take a sheet of paper and write down the names of every person whom God used to play a part in your life, and show appreciation to them. It could be your teacher in the primary school, your neighbor who gave you food when you had nothing, you colleague in the office who pleaded with the management of your organization not to sack you, your boss or your mentor. The person can even be your spouse or your children. Just show appreciation this season and make somebody happy. Wisdom is profitable to direct! Keep soaring!
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