Make an impact in your world today (Nation Building)

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MAKE AN IMPACT IN YOUR WORLD TODAY (NATION BUILDING)

So David prevailed
over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine,
and slew him, but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran,
and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the
sheath therefore, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the
Philistine saw their champion was dead, they fled (! Samuel 17:50-51).

Nation-building, national progress and infrastructural
development is not a task for the government alone, but our collective
responsibility. We all are to make our impact felt in our respective spheres of
contact. It may be in your community, place of work, city or nation at large;
look out for a need, and reach out to meet that need.

Imagine if David had joined the rest of his kinfolks to
merely lament and muse over the terror unleashed on the Israelites by Goliath.
Rather, he rose to the challenge. He saw a need and reached out to meet the
need. When his brothers tried to talk him down he asked them, “Is there not a cause?” (1 Samuel
17:29). David wasn’t in the army, yet he was moved by the plight of his people
and chose to make an impact. He recognized he could do something that could
change the destiny of his people.

Also, Moses became the deliverer of the children of Israel
from the severe oppression mounted by Pharaoh and his taskmasters. He didn’t
sit in an “arm chair” to merely criticize Pharaoh for his wickedness. Rather,
he was spurred to action by the desire to liberate the children of Israel from
the deplorable conditions under which they lived in Egypt. What about Esther? She
too changed the destiny of her people by rescuing the Jews from mass
annihilation plotted by Haman.

These ones stood up for the salvation of others and made
tremendous impact in the world of their time. Their individual victory brought
overall victory to the nation; it’s your turn to do the same. Take your civic
and social responsibilities towards the nation seriously. Look out for a human
need around you and reach out to meet that need.

Make an impact in your world today. Have a personal
commitment to serve, as several opportunities for service abound around us. Let
there be a strong motivation, an inner drive, and a powerful propensity to see
to it that the lives of those around you are improved through your actions. Be
challenged and motivated by the desire to impact your world and give back to
society.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father!
I thank You for opening doors of opportunities for me to be a blessing to my
world today. By Your Spirit, and through Your Wisdom, I identify and carry out
those things you’ve ordained me to do that’ll better my world and bring glory
to Your Name, in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria
and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

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Fight for what is right

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FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

Learn to do right!
Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, and correct the oppressor. Defend the
fatherless, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:17 AMP).

As a country, we’ve been very fortunate to have achieved
many things on a platter of gold. Our independence from colonial masters for
example, was attained on a relatively peaceful note, unlike some nations that
had to fight to gain theirs. For this reason, not many in our country know what
it means to fight for a cause.

Fighting here doesn’t connote the hostile meeting of
opposing forces. Rather, it more aptly refers to the continuous, vigorous, and
obtrusive exertion of an individual or group to gain an end or engage in a
crusade for a certain cause or person. As a nation, we need to learn to fight
for what’s right! Some are fighting but are unwittingly engaged in the wrong
fight. An example is when people passionately canvass for their ethnic groups, forgetting
that there’s a bigger picture: NIGERIA!

We’ll all be fighting for what’s right when we’re more
concerned about the entire country, rather than just our ethic groups. We have
to be interested in the future of our nation. But we must accommodate our
differences. We have to engage legally, the activities of those who have taken
on the mission of hindering the preaching of the Gospel. We can’t afford to be
quiet; we have to take a stand for what’s right and speak out now or forever
hold our peace!

Never forget that you have the right to self-determination;
the right to determine your own destiny. That means life becomes for you what
you decide it to be. So be bold and learn to challenge the status quo when you
have to.

CONFESSION

Dear Lord, I thank
You for Your Wisdom that’s at work in me always to determine what’s right, and
the fortitude to stand for the truth at all times. I pray for Your country
Nigeria, and Your Children of noble character that you’ve blessed her with;
that these will know to stand for that which is right and beneficial to the
nation, in Jesus Christ Name! Amen!

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May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria
and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

 

We can make a difference in our community

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WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

If you keep quiet at a
time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they be saved, but
you will die and your father’s family will come to an end. Yet who knows –
maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen! (Esther 4:14)

Some people believe the only way they can be heard is by
being restive and protecting violently in public. This is wrong! We have to
learn the value, precipitation, and process of non-violent protests. God has
given us power to effect any change we desire (Acts 1:80), but we have to know
how to wisely present our cases before those in positions of authority to get
the desired results.

Sometime ago, a certain musicians gathered world leaders
together to make a decision. He wasn’t a president; he wasn’t even a politician,
yet he was able to pull this off. How? He recognized himself as somebody
special and took advantage of it. That’s the way we ought to think; let’s see
ourselves as special people, a man or woman of influence that can effect a
change. We have what it takes to make all the needed difference in our country.
From where you are, for example, you can write – letters, articles, and online
posts-anything constructive that can make a difference!

History is replete with stories of men and women who
inspired revolutions through their writings. This doesn’t mean writing
malicious things about people just to berate them, but penning constructive
suggestions that can improve the society and the country as a whole!

Perhaps you occupy a high position from where you can
influence major decisions, don’t hold back. Let no one intimidate you. Rather,
think like Esther, who through her position of influence circumspectly
presented her case before the king, and by so doing, delivered the children of Israel
from annihilation (Esther 4-5). By acting this way, you’ll not only stand for
the common good of others, but will also be inspiring godly example for
generations to follow.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You for granting me the wisdom, inspiration, motivation and ability to
conceive and execute divine ideas that’ll make Your country Nigeria a better
place. I thank You for making me a blessing and a giver, for You’ve granted
  me the grace to lift others high, in Jesus
Christ Name! Amen!

 

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May Our God The Almighty prosper
Nigeria and Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name,
Amen!

 

Taking Initiative

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Taking  Initiative

Initiative is the motivation to direct  effort toward achieving challenging goals and remain determined even when  things get difficult.

Here are some ways any employee can take  greater initiative in his or her job. It’s one thing to tell your employees to  take greater initiative, but another to provide them with easy and clear ways  to do it.

Ways  To Take More Initiative In Your Job 

Innovationthinking outside the box–is  the spark that keeps organizations moving ever onward and upward. To think  outside the box, you must think differently.

Tips On Thinking Differently

  • Look for new combinations.
  • Ask “what if?” or develop  “what-if” scenarios.
  • Consider approaches you’ve never thought  about before.
  • Brainstorm with others.
  • Be a champion of new ideas — the old ways  aren’t always the best ways. Without innovation, new products, new services,  new ways of doing business would never emerge, and most organizations would be  forever stuck doing the same old things the same old way.


Taking  Action–Capitalizing on Opportunities

Taking action can often be a scary  proposition. It would be much easier to wait for your boss to make the decision  and take the responsibility to tell you what to do and when to do it. However,  progressive companies realize that they need employees at all levels that are  willing and encouraged to take chances and to make decisions–and be willing to  take responsibility for their actions.

Doing Your Homework

Preparation is often the  key to success in any endeavour. You will be more successful in convincing  others that what you believe is the right thing, if you are armed and ready with the  facts. Taking the initiative to do your homework means doing the basic research  necessary to back up your claims, such as obtaining necessary information,  determining costs and benefits, making calculations, and/or gaining buy-in from  others who will be affected.

Making Improvements

One of the easiest–and most  effective–ways for employees to take initiative is to be on the lookout for  ways to improve the work processes, products, services, and systems that are a  vital part of how the organization does its business. In fact, the closer you  are to an organization’s actual product, the greater the chance is that you  have more daily contact with its real business–its customers, clients,  products, and services–than do those who are higher up the ladder.

Perseverance and Persistence

Employees who excel at taking initiative  usually must also persist in the support of the ideas and actions in which they  believe. This type of initiative can, at times, include overcoming the  resistance of higher-ups or of entrenched policies and systems that work to  ensure the maintenance of the status quo.

Unleashing  Creativity In Others

Anyone can unleash the untapped innovation  and creativity in others by applying the following principles:

  • Take the mystery out of creativity by  teaching them what you know.
  • Discover how creative they are and  encourage them.
  • Define specific challenges for them.
  • Minimize in them, the fear of failure.
  • Take personal responsibility for their  actions.
  • Encourage active communications between  you and them.
  • Enhance your own creative skills and  behaviour to set an example.

This is how a leader or an employer ought  to provoke or encourage initiative in others.

You are the saviour of the masses.

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IF YOU LIVED ON THE
WORLD’S TERMS, THE WORLD WOULD LOVE YOU AS ONE OF ITS OWN. BUT SINCE I PICKED
YOU TO LIVE ON GOD’S TERMS AND NO LONGER ON THE WORLD’S TERM, THE WORLD IS
GOING TO HATE YOU. (JOHN 15:19 MSG)

Most people
think of what their country can do for them and not what they can do for their
country. Such people are known as the masses. “I don’t understand why we have
bad roads in our country; there is no water and electricity” or “The Government
is not doing enough” they say. You’ll always hear them complain and grumble.

As a child
of God, it’s important you realize that you don’t belong to the masses. The Lord
Jesus testified concerning us that we are not of the masses. You were called out of the masses to save the masses. The moment you
start thinking or talking like the masses, it means you’ve already classed
yourself with them, and society will be more than willing to treat you as such.

When Jesus
brings His Word to you, He locates you among the masses and saves your soul. He
then gives you the Holy Ghost, which automatically separates you from the
masses, to become a saviour of
the masses. Become challenged by the pain and suffering of the other people. When
you see those in need, don’t say, “why doesn’t the government help them”;
rather, think of what you can do to help. Ask yourself, “What can I do?” for
you can do a lot. The Bible shows us that throughout Joseph’s ordeal and pain
which he suffered in the hands of his siblings and boss, he never stopped
helping. This attitude distinguished him from other people and brought him before
Pharaoh. Through his wisdom, the Egyptian empire was preserved during the
famine (Genesis 41:55). Be a helper today; God is counting on you.

You’re the
solution to the problems of the suffering masses of the world. If you would
only become help – conscious, supply to you will never be a problem, God will
channel His grace towards you and you’ll be able to help more and more people
in need. You must distinguish yourself by your way of thinking.

CONFESSION

I am not of the world. I am a citizen
of Zion, called to be a saviour and a solution to the cries of the masses all
over the world. I wake up to my responsibility today, and I declare that my
ability to help others increases everyday in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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