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

From the desk of ROL


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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.


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. 

From the desk of ROL

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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.

From the desk of ROL

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Imagine you just bought a new cab, went ahead and handed it over to a driver. Your expectation is that this cab will generate revenue and at least you will reap the investment you made in a couple of years .

So this cab driver starts working, all seems to be going on very well, he enjoys the bragging rights of having the latest cab in town and is making good money.

But then after a while the cab starts developing problems, the driver  in the spirit of ownership and responsibility, tries to solve the car problems on his own. After all he feels it is his own, he drives it anywhere he wants and takes care of it according to his own terms.

After a while, the taxi driver realizes that he does not have the capacity to deal with the problems the car keeps throwing at him. So he decides to end it all- set fire to the cab and burns it all to ashes. After all, No cab, no trouble.


How will you feel as the cab owner, when you get to know that the asset you invested in has been burnt to ashes by the person you hired to take care of it?

I guess you will be so much incensed and demand that the driver pay back your asset in full. The cab driver is likely to find himself behind bars for such unpardonable offense.

Bottom line is the fact that, though he drives and keeps the car most of the times, that doesn’t make it his own, so he has no right whatsoever to decide to destroy the car  no matter his “genuine” reasons.

In the same vein, our lives does not belong to us, we are mere stewards of the body and life God has bestowed unto us.  The good book is very emphatic about this:

You are not your own; You were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.… I Corinthians 6:19c-20

The least you could do if you encounter challenges is to go back to the one who gave you the privilege of life and admit that you don’t know what to do with the very gift he has given to you. I can assure you that He will help you and make something beautiful out of it.

So lets stop this pathetic illusion that we are in charge of our own lives. We are absolutely not.

 We are in the era of “Self” where you hear phrases like “self made”. This breeds a sense of pseudo control, craving to be able to make everything go our own way. But as you grow, you will discover that this is far from the truth.



There is nothing wrong for you to strive for a progressive, happy and perfect life, but if things don’t seem to work out and you feel you are overwhelmed with the cocktail of disappointments life throws at you, just run to the master for a bail out.

Even giant corporations often run to the Government for a bailout when they have hit rock bottom. Obama did same for the Auto Industry in the United States of America during the recent  economic recession.

Huge banks in Europe, who are supposed to be experts with money, end up falling flat on the canvas of economic uncertainties once in a while, and are only revived through bailouts from their Government.

Why would the Government be willing to sustain such industries who mess up? It is because the Government takes pride and glory in such entities- at least they provide jobs for the citizens and pay their taxes to Government.

Similarly, Gods greatest desire is for us to glorify Him with our lives and is always prepared to rescue us when we mess up it all up.

I remember that in my early 20’s I went through one of my darkest moments in life. I was depressed, hear-broken and suffered rejection when I needed those I called my friends the most. I couldn’t think straight. Thoughts of ending it all kept playing in my mind. I remember one time I was walking by the banks of the Volta ,I saw the river flowing with such gusto, and I thought to myself, just one jump and I would be free from my sorrows. But somehow, I just walked past it and returned to my closet. I even wanted to resort to alcohol and other vices to help ease my pain, but deep within me, I kept hearing a voice that I am more than these things.  I decided to turn my sleepless nights into prayer and meditating the word of God. It took longer than I thought, but I was completely healed, set free and had my right frame of mind back.


Looking back it would be the most stupid decision I could have taken. I just smile and wonder what was wrong with me at that time. It wasn’t worth me losing a hair, much more my life.

I would encourage anyone going through bouts of depression and mental instability to seek counsel, talk to someone experienced who can identify with your pain. Also use that pain to build a renewed stronger connection with God. Pour out your heart to Him. There is no need to pretend you are on top when you know you are sinking. It won’t be easy, but gradually you would come out of it.

May God strengthen and give you the understanding that the life he has given you is full of His glory, and that no matter what you are going through, He is your ever present help.

So don’t ever think of ending something that does not belong to you in the first place,  go to the owner of your life in prayer and gladly accept your bailout package.


From the desk of ROL



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I once encountered a brother who was so irate about his work. He believed his employers didn’t have his interest at heart. After 10 years of doing the same role, there isn’t any clear indication of promotion happening for him any time soon. To make matters worse, he had a terrible boss, who does not care about the well being of his staff.

Those who seemed to progress according to him were the politicians and bootlickers, pouncing on the patronage nature of his working environment to advance their parochial interest, often to the detriment of the overall business.

This brother came across as one of the good guys, diligent and faithful at his job., except that recently he finds work meaningless and is getting increasingly frustrated as a result.

After listening to his narration, I just asked one question? “What is the most valuable thing in your life?” He quickly replied that it was his family, he then with the speed of lightning took out his phone out of his pocket and showed me a picture of his beautiful wife and two adorable daughters. It was obvious they meant a lot to him.

I went ahead to ask him, “what gives you the greatest joy?” He again answered gleefully that it was his ability to adequately provide for his family , support his local church and caring for the needy.

I replied, that is great. So does your work help  you in anyway to achieve these things that gives you joy?

He nodded in affirmation. Of course, I am well paid, and I can afford a comfortable life and care for the needy because I have a stable income from my workplace.


Beautiful woman resting on the grass in a park



I then said to him. I think you have been looking for fulfillment in the wrong places all these while, and that is why you feel frustrated and demoralized. You have  been expecting fulfillment to come from your workplace, but the truth is that it rarely happens, especially when you are employed by someone else.

But the truth is that in many instances, our jobs serve as means to enable us afford and maintain the most valuable things to us in life, in your case, it is your family. So see work as means to an end, and not an end itself.

He quickly wore a bright smile of relief and nodded  his bald head endlessly. He caught the revelation after all, that all this while, he had sought fulfillment in the wrong places.

I will urge you, my reader to reflect on this and ensure that going forward, you will see your work as something that enables you to pursue the things that truly matter in life.

Corporations come and go, some fold up, lay employees off  or gets acquired by fierce is great if you find joy and fulfilment at your workplace, but that is not the real deal.




The uncertainties and pressures at work is so unbearable that if you don’t guard your heart, it can get to you and steal your joy from you.

Never allow that to happen, whatever your hands find doing, do it with all your might , stop the murmur and complaining and make sure that you make time for the things that matters most to you in life.

Have a blessed day.
From the desk of ROL

TIME NO DEY: Eulogy to Eugene Arthur

“For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more”

Psalm 103:14-16

Events in the past days has made me gone blank, finding it extremely difficult to process it all. It is like trying to restart a faulty computer over and over without any success.

It doesn’t add up in any way, and I find it very difficult to attribute to it to God’s will, because I know that it is not his will for anyone to die in his or her prime.

It’ been just over seven years ago since we met as the proud finalists among many applicants for the Diageo Management Trainee programme in 2010. We instantly struck a chord of friendship, you being quite amazed at my choice of words in articulating my views, whilst I found your condor and “plain plain” approach to dealing with issues quite fascinating

We have all matured into playing key roles for our employer over the years. We got married around the same period and all have amazing kids we can’t stop talking about.

There is always a calmness in your approach to solving difficult issues. There have been several occasions I walked to your desk in my full elements, vividly agitated by some payment issues but you always made the problem look easier than I thought and always found a solution.

I, on the other hand have always been a culprit of the numerous POLO requirements. I am a regular receipient of those emails. You walked to my desk just a few days ago to resolve a particular outstanding issue when you realized I wasn’t forthcoming with its closure.

There are too much memories between us, which time won’t permit me to outline.

Friday 3rd March was the internal launch of “Osagyefo”. You were  so full of life and vibrant that you started your celebration way before you set off to the workplace. At the end of the day, there  was the usual “thank God for the long weekend” and “Chaley  we go crush next  week”, “Greetings to the family” chats.

Little did I know that it would be the last time we saw each other.

In all these I ask myself, so who bears the brunt of your demise most?

Your employer has lost a true gem, but the truth is that big multinationals are wired to survive irrespective of what happens, so I guess work will still go on without any visible interruption.

We your friends are devastated and totally broken, no words can describe how we feel, but we will try and move on as the weeks go by.

It is your family who will suffer the most, to some you were a true son, a big brother and an inspiration. Your name surfaced anytime the old men and women gathered, talking about their children who have brought honor to the Arthurs’ family name.

As for your wife and daughter, I can’t find words to describe what they are going through at this stage. The mere fact that your little princess will be patiently waiting every weekend by the windows to hear the screeching sound of Daddy’s car, the embrace of your warm hands and for her to tirelessly narrate all what she has done throughout the week to your patient ears, only to be told that Daddy is not coming is devastating enough.

I pray God give your wife the courage and strength needed  and protect your family, so that whatever you might have loved to do for them will come to pass in greater folds.

Your death has given me a renewed urge to question myself again about why I  am here, how I spend my time and the choices I make going forward. One thing is obvious, Time No Dey. Our lives are just too fragile to procrastinate on our dreams, hate or fight each other. We must let every moment count and love each other.

May your soul rest in Perfect Peace, Eugene Wiabo- Arthur and May the Good Lord keep you till we meet again.




From the desk of ROL 


Dedicated to everyone who has encouraged me in my blogging journey- I really apprciate your kind words.


There is that innate desire for every rational human to want to progress in life. One key determinant factor of how far we can progress in life is dependent on the people in our lives. – Who you know and who knows you.

Interestingly our quest to build the right relationships tends to be very lopsided, always focusing our time and attention on men and women of influence who have what we desire and can easily be a blessing to us. I refer to them as friends in higher places.

However, God has a crude sense of humor, where our best is brought forth only when we also relate well to those who are below us in the social ladder and most of the times may be dependent on us for their very survival in one form or another.

I want us to examine the extraordinary biblical account of the Syrian Army Commander by name Naaman. This man was the envy of his colleagues in the field of combat, wealth and accolades. He was astute, influential and very powerful in his days. Unfortunately he had a nagging issue which stole his joy and made him feel insecure and incomplete on the inside. I suspect he felt that his achievements would compensate for his shortfall, but the more he progressed, the more he realized that this was far from the truth.

I am sure you can also relate Naaman’s issue to your personal life. Perhaps there is this one thing you are believing God for a miracle for years and despite all your achievements and promotions in life you still feel miserable on the inside because of that one thing. It could be a difficult marriage or spouse, a wayward child, a sick parent, weakness et childlessness, etc. that tends to mar all what you have achieved in life.




People too are cruel, they won’t hesitate to remind you of that particular weakness and would even describe you as “that man with the wayward son” or the “woman with the runaway husband”. In a way it makes them feel good but ends up devastating your very being. But such is life.

In the case of Naaman, it was that lingering leprosy, though hidden from many, continued to eat him up both physically and emotionally. He had come to accept it that he couldn’t have it all in life and something must always give in.

But such thoughts are contrary to the purposes and intents of God. For God does not delight in our deficiencies. What joy will a good father get from a suffering child? In fact the bible clearly declares that God delights in the prosperity of his children and He indeed wants us to have it all.

So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, – 1Corinthians 3:21

Naaman with all his wisdom, wealth and power was ignorant about the fact that he could have it all! It took a poor Jewish maidservant, who happened to chance on her master’s predicament to inform his wife that her master could be delivered from that bondage of leprosy.

And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy

2 Kings 5:2-3

Once Naaman got wind of this information from the Jewish servant, he took the steps to meet the prophet Elisha, and the rest is history. In the end he ended up with a superior skin than he could ever envisage.


In the end, Naaman was not delivered from his leprosy because of the influential people he knew, but because a poor servant who depended on him for her livelihood. I can also bet that the girl had empathy for her master, because Naaman and his wife were good to her and treated her with respect and dignity, albeit she was just a common maidservant.

So I will encourage you to treat people very well, especially those who seemingly don’t have much to give to you. For you never know. You will never know where your next breakthrough will come from. And perhaps, that nagging limitation in that particular area of your life, which seems to get worse, the more you try to break free from it will be healed by virtue of one recommendation from a friend in lower places.


Stay blessed and Keep Winning in Jesus name


From the desk of ROL


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Anytime  I complainedI complicated my pain

The sense of helplessness drove me insane

Then I decided never to complain

And my energy surged like a train

Felt the refreshing of the rain

Alas, I am no longer slain

by the sword of of my complaints

Lo,the mountains have become a plain

My fear goes down the drain

The winds of praise scatter them like grains

I lift my eyes, with confidence and faith

And all of a sudden I can see, there is so much to gain.

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You have to love your haters. When Jesus said this, he wasn’t messing around with his disciples but meant every word!

It took me a very long while to appreciate this phenomenal statement from our Lord and Master.

Now here s the catch:

Haters are only indicators of your blessings. They serve as the aroma of the blessings God has prepared for you.


Interestingly haters have the rare ability to sense your blessings before you do, and most of the times without any provocation; they will come at you with all they have.

But your job is not to fight back and start hating on them as well. After all what will you get trying to trap the aroma of a food?

Instead have a renewed sense of curiosity to search and locate the blessings coming your way.

So appreciate your haters, for they will always bring to your attention whatever blessing is happening in your blind side.


Remember the favourite Psalm?

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Psalm 23:5a

Yeah! Your table will always attract your enemies. So don’t lose sleep over your enemies, don’t lose your appetite, for you’ve got some good food at your table to take care of.


What can I say? Bon appetite and see you at the top


God bless you.

From the desk of ROL




Its been a year since I took to blogging . Its been a awesome and fulfilling journey on a personal level. 2017 will bigger and better  as I continually seek to provoke and inspire people for their  personal development in every facet of their lives through my writings.


Before I share my first blog in 2017, I feel the need to acknowledge a few bloggers in whose work I have found inspiration in 2016.

#1  Josephine Amoako, a graduate of University of Ghana of  who in her own words is Born to Write, On a Mission to Inspire” I believe she fulfils her mission quite well. Thanks for being a blessing in so many ways to me in my blogging journey. You can access her blog via the link:

#2  Wilhemina Mawuenam Agbozo, an IT support engineer who enjoys reading, writing, singing and dancing. Mimi believes that you must “Love what you do”. Her passion can be felt though her works. Thanks for always finding the time to review my blogs and commenting. Just to let you know that you commented the most on my blogs in 2016. I really appreciate it. Check out Mimi’s blog  via:

#3 Ufuoma is a young professional, a social entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Fair Life Africa Foundation.  Motivated by her passion for God, she has chosen to give back to the less privileged, through social care initiatives run by Fair Life Africa. Thanks for your inspired blogs which are full of Godly insight and depth. Check out her beautiful blog via:

#4 Kim Sweeting, a  minister of the word and a professional coach ,resident at the Bahamas who love to communicate with people in ways that help them to grow spiritually, develop personally, and live effectively, i.e., according to God’s purpose, plans, and principles in all areas of their lives.Her concise posts are such a blessing to me. Visit her blog at

#5 My latest addition is Gleaning the Scriptures .A blog dedicated to bring the word of God to life in a practical and personal way in the lives of believers. You can check out the blog at

May you all receive greater insights and continue to be a blessing to myself and others  who will be fortunate to discover the treasures you have.

Have a prosperous 2017 and God richly bless you all


From the desk of ROL