OUR FRIENDS IN LOWER PLACES

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.

 

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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

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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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THE DANGERS OF MURMURING

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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YOUR HATERS ARE YOUR BIGGEST BLESSING

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.

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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

 

THE BLOGGERS WHOSE WORK INSPIRED ME IN 2016

 

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.

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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: https://joseyphina.wordpress.com/.

#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:https://mimispassion.wordpress.com/

#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: https://ufuomaee.wordpress.com/

#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 https://unwalled.wordpress.com/

#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 https://gleaningthescriptures.wordpress.com/

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

 

 

Reflections:Lessons of 2016 –Part 2

This is the concluding part of the blog “Reflections :Lessons of 2016”

If you haven’t already read the part one, you can access it via this link: https://rolandoforispeaks.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/reflections-lessons-of-2016-part-one/

 

#Never Underestimate the Role of Family

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This year I happened to be away from my family for a couple of months due to international assignments. It created such a void nothing else was good enough to fill whilst I was away. It dawned on me that I needed my family as much as they needed me. I dreaded weekends whilst I was away from them, because it compounded that sense of loneliness.

When my assignment was over, I hastily returned home with a revived sense of commitment towards my family.

It is rare to find meaning and purpose in the work we do, though our work gets the best part of our energies and talents. You will therefore need a balance with family. Devote more time to family and let every moment you spend with them count. You can always get a new job but not family, so don’t take them for granted. Never assume they would always be there. Create amazing memories which you can look back and smile one day.

 

 #Follow Your Passion

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You are not complete until you find true expression for your passions. In many instances what we do for a living is entirely different from the things we are truly passionate about. It may not affect your effectiveness as a professional in any way. You may go on and become very successful in your career, but there will be a void left in you which no amount of appraisal and promotion can ever compensate.

It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stop your job entirely (for the bills got to be paid), but rather make time to develop avenues for expressing what you are truly passionate about.

I have a passion for writing which I had shelved for years. This year I decided to apply some consistency to expressing my passion. I therefore took to blogging and it’s been an exciting journey so far with commendations from high level quarters of society I never envisaged ever getting their attention with my works. I have also successfully completed my first book which will be launched early 2017.The joy and satisfaction I derive from writing is inexplicable.

So what are you truly passionate about? Is it music? Teaching? Kids? Helping the vulnerable? Ministry? Higher Education? Becoming a media personality? Developing expertise in a field totally contrary to what you are currently doing? It is never too late. Put your mind and energies to it and see them come into fruition. It is then that you have truly started living.

 

#Find True Meaning in God

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Life is meaningless without finding a place in God. He is the very foundation of our lives. For in Him we live and move and have our being. Don’t be deceived by all these people who put up appearance and pretend they have no need of God. All is not well with them, for such are slaves to all kinds of tendencies, with a sustained failed quest in finding solace in the creation instead of the creator.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:21-22

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Romans 1:25

You can become very successful in life and still pursue the things of God. The likes of Daniel, who was found ten times better than his colleague governors, still served God very effectively in his days

So continue to serve God without any apology, use all your gifts, talents and substance to serve Him and advance the cause of the gospel, and He will bless you more than you can ever imagine.

 

#Self Discovery can Be Daunting

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I had the opportunity to undergo an assessment by Young Samuel Chambers (YSC) as part my grooming for future leadership. This was to help me understand my strengths and development areas and to give me an idea of my natural tendencies as an individual

Overall my results were quite impressive and inspiring, but I was taken aback regarding some of the descriptions in line with my development areas. I felt scandalized and expressed my reservations to the assessor. After further deliberations I came to understand it was the true reflection of me.

Not so convinced, I gave the results to my wife for her independent assessment. It turns out that she also agreed at least 95% to what the assessment said about it.

As one of my directors puts it “The way you think you show up may be different from how people actually perceive you.

It is great to know others and build amazing relationships with them, but most importantly strive to know yourself. It can really be a daunting task.

This will involve getting feedback from all kinds of stakeholders (it should be a fair blend of those who like you and those who don’t like you much), having a mentor, undergoing psychometric tests (there are a couple of free ones on the internet if you can’t afford a paid service) and also seeing yourself in the mirror of God’s word.

Once you get all those feedbacks, do something about it, celebrate your strengths and improve on your development areas.

Most importantly be aware of your dark side and use wisdom to keep a lid on it. For it takes wisdom for the powerful Salt to avoid a swimming contest from the Shea butter.

 

#Nothing is Guaranteed, God is the Final Judge

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2016 has been characterized by events which defy human expertise and predictions. Just to name a few, there was the Brexit, and then Donald Trump, the unlikeliest of candidates got elected as President of the United States over a “more qualified” Hillary Clinton. In fact the defeat of Hillary was sudden and humiliating to the point that it triggered mass protests from supporters who were too sure that Hillary’s presidency was a done deal.

Then in Africa, Yahya Jammeh, the President of Gambia for the past 22 years got the shock of his life when he was beaten to pulp in their recent election. The dude is still bathing in an acidic cocktail of shock and denial he may never recover.

Finally there was the Mahama Shock in Ghana. I have never seen a ruling party so sure of victory than the Mahama administration, In fact they launched Campaigns big Multinationals in Ghana will struggle to match, with the face of our honorable President littered all over the country.

Some traditional chiefs even put their chieftaincy on the line and promised to step down if Mahama doesn’t win the election.

To them it wasn’t the question of whether they would win or not, but rather by what margin they were going to win. I for once doubted the chances of the opposition, but the NDC had a rude awakening by the 8th of December, when it was clear that they had suffered their greatest election defeat ever.

Fast forward, Nana Addo, at age 72, is now President Elect after 8 years of pursuit.

The lesson in all these is that God is the final judge of all flesh. He chooses to lift up one and puts down another. He shows mercy to whom he would show mercy and shows compassion to who he would.

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches. – Jeremiah 9:23

So in conclusion don’t judge, don’t condemn, don’t write anybody off, and don’t undermine anyone. You are not God, You are only a man. Treat everyone with respect and dignity, irrespective of their position in life today.

God bless you for your wonderful support in 2016. I wish you the best of this festive season

See you in 2017.

 

From the desk of ROL

 

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  Reflections: Lessons of 2016 -Part One

 

2016 has been a phenomenal year personally for me. A lot of doors and opportunities have come my way. Although not all things went the way I expected, overall I can say I am leaving 2016 more confident, more equipped, more exposed, and more progressive than I started it.

As I reflected on the year 2016, I gleaned a few lessons I would love to share with you, my loyal readers.

 

 

GOD DOESN’T FEEL COMPELLED TO EXPLAIN HIMSELF TO YOU

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. – John 13:7

This scripture was a classic encounter between Jesus and Peter. The latter wanting to understand why Jesus wanted to wash the feet of his disciples. Jesus didn’t see the need to explain himself to Peter. Instead he was blunt with him and said; well you would understand it one day.

Personally there have been a couple of times I have gone through experiences which were incoherent with my own  logic. I have dared a couple of times to question God “Why?” In most occasions I did not get any answers. But all in all I continue to keep faith, knowing that all things will eventually work together for my own good in the fullness of time.

Steve Jobs captures this in his own terms:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”

 

 

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PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE UNGRATEFUL

Ingratitude is a foul symptom of a false sense of entitlement which is nonexistent in many cases.

I have been amazed at the number of ungrateful people I have encountered in 2016.

As I pondered on this, I remembered the story of the ten lepers. It then dawned on me that there will always be the question “where are the other nine”

And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? – Luke 17:17 

People have no idea the extent to which others go to meet their demands, even if it is half way , and yet they see no reason to show any slight semblance of appreciation.

I remember I had to borrow money to sort out a Christian brother who was in tight situation with the assurance that he will reimburse me when all is said and done.I was so scandalized when this dude didn’t pick the phone to even say “thank you” after going out of my way to save his face, left alone making any attempt to pay back the money.

I later had to cough the money to pay off the person I borrowed from.

I can assure you that there are a lot of such people all over the place, in churches, mosques, workplaces etc. They are very educated and hence you expect them to know better but sadly they don’t.

The truth is that nobody owes you anything in life, not your parents, your spouse, friends etc. hence don’t take any favor someone shows you for granted.

 

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TRUE FRIENDS ARE THOSE WHO CAN HANDLE YOUR “NO”

I have had a couple of strained relationships this year because I told some people “NO”. They were so offended and couldn’t find a way past their blind-folding ego.

Truth be told, I am not God, I can’t meet all your needs. So are you. I therefore encourage you that let God be God and men be men.

Why should you be offended because someone could not meet your needs? Instead if you  direct the anger towards  fixing that problem, it will be gone in no time.

So get real. Never assume anything. There are people who push around four wheel drives and yet have no food to eat. That is what they prefer and enjoy satisfaction from, so if you go to ask money from such a person and he says he can’t help you, why should you be angry?

For me YES is an answer and “NO” is equally a good answer. The good book encourages us that we should we use both without fear or favor.

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.- Mathew 5:37

I have concluded that true friends are those who can take a ‘no’ from you and still stick around and not be offended.

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ALWAYS GIVE THE SUPERNATURAL A CHANCE IN YOUR LIFE

Ordinary life is boring and will make you sick. A part of man (his spirit) is supernatural and must be fed as such. You can’t afford to live a life where you have everything figured out, strictly according to your means.

The good book admonishes us that our sufficiency is not of ourselves but of God. It means we are not complete on our own but only complete in Him.

Therefore we need to be connected to God in all our dealings. Allow Him to direct your path. Train yourself to hear and obey his voice. Commit to studying His word, which is able to build you up and give you access to your inheritance in Christ Jesus.

Pray and fast to sharpen your senses. Give, not out of your abundance, but even out of the little you have, for that seed will trigger uncommon harvest.  Learn to tithe to amplify your antenna of expectations.

You can’t afford to operate in the realms of ordinariness. Take that step of faith now. Pursue that dream, for with God all things are possible.

 

BEWARE OF THE “DESERVE MATRIX”

In life there are opportunities you would come across, which you know that you are adequately qualified for and deserve, but someone less qualified in your estimation may end up getting that opportunity instead of you. There is the tendency for you to murmur and be bitter. Guard against it.

There will also be opportunities you don’t deserve, yet would be given to you. In such instances, don’t give room to self doubt or inferiority complex, for you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Lastly you would also get opportunities you absolutely deserve and are capable of handling. Make sure you don’t give room to pride and self conceit, touting how you prepared and worked hard for that opportunity.

Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. –Deuteronomy 8:17-18

 

Enjoy this festive season and remember that Christ is the reason for the season

 

Part 2 of this blog can be found via this link: https://rolandoforispeaks.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/reflections-lessons-of-2016-part-2/

 

From the desk of ROL.

LET NOTHING BE WASTED

Jesus showed us the secret to enduring wealth and prosperity by how he dealt with the feeding of the 5,000 men.

The first valuable lesson he showed us was to always focus on the solution and not the problem.

The problem was that 5,000 men besides women and children were very hungry and did not have anything available to eat. The solution was that a lad had some few loaves and fishes which meant for one child.

Whilst his disciples were frustrated by the sheer magnitude of the problem at hand, Jesus switched to solution mode. He ordered that the hungry men sit in groups and restored calm into the camp. The truth is that prosperity and increase cannot thrive in disorderliness. Show me a people who are poor, and I will show you a people who are disorderly.

The moment order and calm were restored, Jesus took the little resources and unleashed the divine catalyst of thanksgiving on it. The windows of heaven was instantly unleashed and the insignificant suddenly became significant.

He then ordered his disciplines to take the step of faith by sharing the little food in their hands.

Well, the sharing continued longer than they had envisaged. Hours passed and feasting continued. All of a sudden, there was more than enough, and the once hungry folks were struggling to catch their breath because of overeating.

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But this phenomenal miracle is not what caught my attention. It was what happens afterwards. Jesus gave an express instruction regarding the leftovers Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 

 

“So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.”

John 6:12-13 NKJV

To everyone’s utter amazement twelve basket full of bread were gathered!

The fragments did not look like much whilst they were scattered on the grounds. But the gathering revealed they were huge resources with the potential of going to waste without the intervention of Jesus.

The key lesson here is for us not to be wasteful in our various life endeavors. Wastage is the present cancer that eats up our future prosperity.

There is nothing too small to overlook, the few coins in your pocket, the drinks you buy for acquaintances. The fines you could have easily avoided and the unnecessary self gratifying “shows” are all the fragments which when given the chance can become monumental riches if they are gathered and invested.

For you will be poor tomorrow, not because you earn so little today, but because you had little regard for the crumbs which came your way.

Let us be frugal with any resources we have, especially those which belongs to others.

Be an agent of conservation of resources. Don’t leave the lights on in the office after work, close the taps well after using the washroom, and pay your bills on time to avoid extra fines. Do the right thing always and make sure you sink every cent you consider as leftover into some account and you will be glad you did in some few years to come.

 

God richly bless you

 

From the desk of ROL

 

 

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BEWARE OF  THE SEED EATERS

Every good farmer never gives away his seeds to be eaten. Instead he sows them and nurture them till they grow and bear fruits. He is then more than happy to share his fruits with his neighbors and those in need. If the farmer makes the mistake of giving away his seeds, both he and the seed eaters will go hungry the next day!

There are people who will put pressure on you to give away your seeds for them to eat. Such people are never satisfied. 


So ignore them for now, sow that seed and when it bears fruit in the future , you can share with them. I bet they will still be hungry by then.

May God help you to understand the difference between your seed and your harvest.
God bless you.
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ZACCHAEUS SECRETS OF SUCCESS

 

Zacchaeus was an amazing character by all standards. This was a guy who had everything going against him but yet managed to live a life of affluence and stamp his authority in his community.

You would expect a guy of his size to be bullied, intimidated and down trodden by his “normal size” neighbors. At best he should be a master of menial jobs and a clown who entertained the other privileged normal size colleagues.

But No! The dude was rich and powerful. So how did he build such wealth and affluence?

The narration about this peculiar character according to the book of Luke 19:2- 10 gives us glimpses of what made him such a success.

I must be quick to say that not all his methods were in line with the common moral good of humanity. It was clear from Luke 19: 8b that he might have cheated on some occasions to get what he had, but there ARE amazing positives about his life that legitimized his wealth and affluence.

 

HE HAD CLARITY OF PURPOSE

Zacchaeus had one aim in mind, to see Jesus. He was prepared to do all it took to meet Jesus and was very successful at the end and even had more than what he anticipated; hosting Jesus in his home and receiving the gift of salvation.

 

HE KNEW HIS STRENGTHS & SHORTCOMINGS

The man Zacchaeus knew that height was not one of his strengths. Although he had a compelling desire to see the face of the wonder in town called Jesus, it was virtually impossible because he was too short. However Zacchaeus assessed his chances and knew that he could overcome his permanent height disadvantage by leveraging on his tree climbing prowess. So though on the ground he was the shortest, but on the tree he was the tallest and well positioned to see the face of the man he sought with all his heart.

So before you complain about your disadvantages and why you cannot achieve that dream of yours, look out for your tree and your start climbing now and you will be amazed how close and easy your breakthrough will come to your doorsteps!

 

HE KNEW THE POWER OF PREPARATION

Preparation is the singular most important ingredient in the food of champions. If you prepare, doors will open to you. Nobody can stop a man who is well prepared. Destiny favors the course of those who prepare well. Zacchaeus knew this too well and did exactly that to make it possible to meet Jesus.

Zacchaeus first of all surveyed and identified the route Jesus will be using on that fateful day. He then scouted and identified the tree what will aide him to gain height advantage. He also set off early way ahead of the crowd and Jesus’s entourage.

So whilst others, at the mercy of the sun and nostrils filled with dust were struggling and shoving each other to get a glimpse of the Messiah, Zacchaeus was patiently enjoying the breeze and the shade offered by the tree branches and humming joyfully “Today is my day”

And indeed it was his day. Jesus stopped right where Zacchaeus was hiding, obviously impressed by the sheer amount of work and preparation the little man has put into just catching a glimpse of him and decided to give him more than he could ever bargained for.

Jesus recognized him and called Zacchaeus by name, he spent the rest of his evening with him to the jealousy of the rich and mighty who couldn’t get Jesus attention.

Obviously Zacchaeus found all this love from Jesus overwhelming and was prepared to bless the poor and restore to his victims what he had ever extorted.

This is such a beautiful story that should inspire anyone with the desire to succeed.

 

From the desk of ROL

 

 

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FOUR WAYS TO EARN MORE MONEY AS AN EMPLOYEE

You will hardly come across any employee who is content with his salary. It is generally accepted that never earning enough is a risk which comes with choosing to work for others instead of working for yourself.

The fact is that your employer may not know the expenses you have to incur in order to be an effective employee (the truth is that they are not interested in knowing).

A salary that looks good today will soon wane in the course of time simply because your expenses will always increase faster than the rate at which your salary is increased. This makes life nearly impossible without falling in debts for most of your corporate life.

So the question is “How then do you increase your earning power as an employee?

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GET AN EXTRA JOB

An extra job, whether formal or informal, will always guarantee extra income. The easiest options are to do something in line with the company you work for. For example if you work for an FMCG, starting a wholesale or retail business that deals in your products will not be out of place. If you are in the services industry, you can tailor your own services, targeting start ups and small & medium scale businesses. An extra two hours a day you will invest will go a long way to help sharpen your skills and make you better understand the needs of these clients. Above all you will be surprised how your earning power will take shape and provide you with financial freedom you never envisaged.

You can also sell home consumables to your colleagues at work. If you work for a corporation which has over 500 employees, you are sitting on a goldmine! There are basic amenities everyone needs in their homes- e.g. soap, diapers, dressed, perfumes etc.. Just invest your salary in purchasing them bulk and sell to your colleagues. There are a lot of applications like Whatsapp and Facebook you can employ to create awareness without being too overt and offending your employer.

If you can also secure an extra job over the weekends or in the nights, why not?

So start raking in the extra income now.

 

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PROMOTION

Promotion at work usually comes with increased earnings. You need to be clear with your boss if you work in a structured organization on what it takes for you to earn your next promotion. Once you are clear, work tirelessly with the support of your line manager, coaches and mentors and the promotion will come quicker than you envisaged.

Never assume that once you work hard, the promotion will come. Let your employers know that you have hunger and drive to take on bigger challenges and do well to back it up with diligence, stakeholder management and building the right relationships and I can assure you that the extra bucks will flow!

 

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GET A NEW JOB

Gone were the days when loyalty was such a big deal to the corporate world. Sticking with one corporation till retirement came with huge incentives and guaranteed progression. Today it means very little, if any. Employees who change jobs are likely to earn way more than those who stick to one job. This is because; the new employers are always willing to pay a premium, above the market average in order to attract experienced talents. The new enhanced salary now serves as the basis for negotiation if another employer comes knocking on your doors.

On the other hand if you choose to stay in your current job, you will receive those minimal increments, normally at par with inflation, therefore producing a zero sum game. You can be the best employee, but your colleague whom you may describe as only average will end up earning far more than you by just changing a couple of jobs. The sad thing is that even if your colleague chooses to come back to his former employer, he will be paid a higher salary than what he was previously earning, Meaning that he will still earn far more than you do.

Lastly those who change jobs are viewed by employers as having a wider breadth of experiences which should always come in handy when the dynamics of the business changes. They are also regarded as bold, confident and risk takers. These are leadership traits employers will pay more for.

So look sharp and weigh your options. But if you are happy with your nokofio, please don’t bother. Enjoy your monthly peanuts and wait for that glorious retirement, if only your employers will deem you useful enough to accommodate you for over thirty years!

 

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ASK FOR A SALARY INCREASE

The good book admonishes us to ask and it shall be given to us. Sometimes the only thing that stands in your way to earning more is just asking.

Be confident and engage your employer in a polite way if you feel your salary is woefully inadequate. The worse that can happen is for your employer to say no. But trust me, if you are very good at what you do, they will think of it and meet you at least halfway. During the annual salary review, you are likely to be given the upper range of increase.

Always go into such “ASK” conversations with facts about colleagues doing similar work within the company or even outside that earn considerably higher amounts than you. Be polite, don’t be confrontational, ask the right questions and enjoy watching the discomfort and guilt of your employer.

Also note that once you start asking for your fair share of the pie, you are seen as someone who the corporation is at risk of losing. Trust me; corporations don’t like to lose their top employees to others, especially to their competition. It casts a snare on their image especially when they are market leaders and tout themselves as the employer of choice.

So why don’t you take advantage of the corporate world’s basic instincts of pride and jealousy and get what you want?

So you now know. Do well to let me know your personal experiences as you apply the above.

 

From the desk of ROL