THE LID

Kobby was a graduate from Harvard with distinction, when returned to Ghana, landing a lucrative job with one of the Telco’s wasn’t difficult at all. Due to his depth of strategy and strong market insights, he quickly rose through the ranks and by his 5th year he was a director.

His father, popularly known as Uncle James, travelled to Accra to seek medical attention, so moved in to Kobby’s residence .In the three weeks he spent with his son, he noticed that Kobby always found an excuse not to go the church on Sundays. He would claim he had some key assignments to complete, a teleconference with some business partners or meeting the key industry players- of course on the golf pitches.

His father, knowing how Kobby had loved the Lord and was so committed to Jesus since his childhood days couldn’t help but confront Kobby.

It was one Saturday afternoon, Uncle James asked his son to have a quick word with him at the balcony.

The old man, who had chilled some fizzy drinks opened one for himself and did same for Kobby.

Just as Kobby was about to take a sip, Uncle James asked him to hold on. He took the bottle from his son and gave him another one. Kobby was quite curious and asked the father the reason for his action, the old man smiled and promised to explain in the evening at dinner. They had their usual father and son talks which included the ever unpopular subject of when Kobby will finally settle down with a wife.

Kobby went to town to take care of a few engagements and returned eagerly to his home to hear out the reasons behind James’s actions in the morning.

When he got home, he found his father at the balcony reading his bible. The moment the father saw him, he pulled a drink for himself and none for his son.

Kobby looking perplexed asked the old man to give him a bottle also. Uncle James giggled and told Kobby to look to the left corner of the balcony. There, Kobby realized the bottle his father opened for him but asked him not to drink was still sitting at the corner since morning. James then asked Kobby to rather drink the contents of opened bottle.

Kobby, who was visibly getting agitated, protested “No Way! I can’t drink from a bottle without a lid. This has been exposed to the elements since morning; it has lost its carbonation and will taste very bland. Who knows what the flies have deposited inside this dink?”

Uncle James couldn’t help but to laugh uncontrollably.

Kobby took the chance to grab a new bottle for him and then said to his father, can you stop this rude joke and tell me what is going on?

His father calmed down and with a sly look asked Kobby whether he could see any visible difference between the drink which had no lid and the ones which had lids?

Kobby replied, daddy, I am not a child, “you can’t see any difference but you can know they are not the same when you taste them”

The father replied, “good one there son. Now watch this” He pulled out another bottle with the lid on and placed it by the side of the opened bottle. He then shook the table and both drinks fell down.

Immediately the one without the lid spilled out all its contents, messing up the floor, but the one with a lid was still intact, with all its content.

The father said to his son, I just wanted to teach you a little lesson in life.

At this stage in your life, Christ may not seem as very important to you. You have all your networks, connections and very good at the job you do. I know you keep asking yourself, what do I need Christ for? Though you don’t say it with your lips, it is evident from the way you frequently neglect church service for golfing on Sundays. But one thing you must know is that Christ is just the lid that keeps all our contents together, protecting as from the evil elements in the world and most importantly, ensuring that when we fall down, we don’t lose who we are, but rather come back stronger. Do you remember how one of your friends committed suicide recently because he had lost huge money in some bad investments? It was because he didn’t have the lid on in his dark moments.

In conclusion, the father said, don’t take the lid of the bottle for granted. Though it is hardly recognized, without it, the contents of the bottle are useless.

Kobby couldn’t help the tears coming from his eyes, as he realized how he was slowly been separated from the things of God because of the success he was enjoying.

He knelt down and asked God to forgive me for taking him for granted.

The following day, he was the first to dress up for church. Kobby and his dad enjoyed a good service. When they returned, it was time to say good bye to his old man, who was due to return to the village.

Uncle James entered the bus to Kumasi, knowing that his son, Kobby will never take the lid for granted. 

That lid is Jesus Christ. Give your life to him now, and if you’ve already given your life to him, take your relationship with him serious.

 

God richly bless you

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YOU ARE NOT USELESS, IT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENT

The day that Kwame dreaded finally came. His boss ,Hayford called him to his office one Friday afternoon and after the usual pleasantries told him bluntly that he will be laid off due his non performance.
Kwame was dejected and stood speechless for over a minute. Of course he has given his all as a young sales executive in one of the FMCGs, just that the results haven’t favored him. He has failed to hit a single monthly target for the past one year. He was put on performance improvement plan 6 months ago, given the necessary coaching but to no avail. So per the company’s policy he had to go!

His boss put his hand around his shoulder and said to him” I am only freeing you up for greater things, you will thank me later for doing this”. The boss then invited Kwame to spend his Saturday with him. 

By 8am the next day, Kwame was at the house of his boss. They drove to the golf course to meet Hayford’s friends. Hayford then pulled out a tennis ball and asked his friends to use for the golfing that day. They all started ridiculing him and said that the work stress was getting to his head

One friend retorted, a tennis ball is completely useless in this environment. We will rather prefer an average golf ball to the best tennis ball here!Kwame couldn’t help but to also join in the giggling.

His boss later pulled out the golf balls and played a successful tournament with his friends.

After the tournament Hayford asked Kwame , “so what did you learn from my encounter with my friends this morning?”
Kwame replied, ” the best resource will still be seen as useless if it finds itself in the wrong environment”
Hayford grinned and said to Kwame, you are spot on, little brother. Now this is what I wanted to teach you. You have been laid off not because you don’t have the talents to be successful, but because this our environment is not suitable for you. Go out there keep searching till you discover the right environment for your talents.

Ten years down the line, Kwame is now a top investment banker in London, far richer than Hayford. The last time they met at a business forum, Kwame was full of gratitude to Hayford for getting rid of him at that stage of his life. He said to Hayford, “I am a superstar at my investment banking firm and handling multi billion deals across the world.

Kwame even booked a two-week all expense paid trip for Hayford and his family as a token of appreciation.

Lesson:

Never doubt yourself or your abilities for a second. There is nothing wrong with you. If you are not productive at this stage in your life, it is because you have not found the right environment to bring the best in you.

So don’t settle for an average life. Stop playing in shallow waters. Stop thriving in places where you are only tolerated .Keep searching for the right environment until you find yourself in circles where you are celebrated for the talents and gifts God has endowed you with.
Never give up on yourself. The world can’t wait to celebrate you. 

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Hard Work vs. Prayer- Which is the Most Important?

One day a young man walked to a godly rich man and asked him? If I want to succeed in life,which one is more important: Prayer or hard work?
The rich man smiled and asked the young man to follow him to his backyard garden. There he pointed to a young unhealthy plant and then fetched a cup of fertilizer. He then asked the young man, which of the two must I focus on in order to get bumper harvest from this plant in the future? The young man replied that he will need both the plant  and the fertilizer. He continued to explain that the plant was looking unhealthy because it lacked some essential nutrients and if the old man nurtures the ailing plant with the fertilizer, it will recover and blossom into full strength.

The old man then said, my son, you are right! As much as a plant requires fertilizer to provide the essential nutrients it lacks for it to fully blossom, hard work will also require prayer for it to fully pay off.

So you cannot substitute one for the other. Prayer without hard work is just a self tickling exercise. It will make you feel good but you will be unproductive and poor.If you pack loads of fertilizers without ever applying them to the plants, it will only occupy space.

On the other hand,hard work without prayer opens you up for the negative elements of this world to annul your efforts and limit your potential, just like the young tree which was not looking healthy because it was trying to depend on the scanty nutrients in its surroundings to grow.

So work with all your might and pray with all your heart.

Unleash the power of prayer unto the soil of your efforts and see God make something beautiful with your life.

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