17th December, 2010
We are blessed, so blessed to be among those privileged to see the end of 2010. AllÂ over the world people are dying every second, but I pray you march victoriously intoÂ 2011; you and your household.
It has been a good year; full of victories and challenges, however in the midst ofÂ all the wonderful testimonies, there are numerous episodes of regrets. You enteredÂ 2010 with a truck load of expectations; you had great plans for the things youÂ wanted to achieve in 2010. In your quiet moment, you wrote out your New YearÂ resolutions.Â Did you realise your goals? Did you live up to your resolutions?
Just like you do in business, I want you to take stock of your life in 2010. I wantÂ you to bring out your list of resolutions for 2010 and go through it again. How manyÂ of your resolutions came to manifestation? I want to be a facilitator to help youÂ with stock-taking as we considerÂ some of the areas in your life which, I am sure,Â you may have wanted to see changes in.
This is the most important aspect of our lives, but unfortunately it is often theÂ most ignored. What was it like walking with your creator this year? How much of yourÂ time did you dedicate to His service? Are you one of those men who feel there is noÂ point giving your time to God? I want to tell you what a friend said today duringÂ our discussion; Life is good with God at the centre. The earlier you recognise GodÂ as the â€œIndispensableâ€ ingredient in your life, the better your life will be inÂ 2011.
Oga Pastor, how many homes did you break this year with your false prophesies andÂ visionless visions? â€œWoe to him who says thus says the Lord when He has not spoken?â€Â The members of your congregation spent 2010 putting stickers of different kinds onÂ their vehicles because they believed their pastors received a message from God.Â Â Dear pastors, did you really hear from God this year?
If you are one of those pastors who no longer preach the gospel of salvation, butÂ that of politics and prosperity, get ready because more of you will be exposed comeÂ 2011. I can only advise you to quit your evil ways now. If you donâ€™t have any otherÂ job, go back to your village or better still, make use of the little you haveÂ fraudulently obtained
Some of these pastors use information they have received about you as the content ofÂ their fake prophecies.Â After all the vigils, family liberation and cleansing, whatÂ has happened to your life? They have suddenly brought enmity between you and yourÂ brothers through their antics. Did you allow these so called pastors to use you andÂ extort money from you only to enrich themselves? Make up your mind to have aÂ personal relationship with God in 2011.
What was your family life like this 2010? Can your wife stand boldly to say you didÂ wonderfully well? Were you the supportive husband who stood by your wife andÂ encouraged her this year? Because of the floods of text messages I receive from myÂ fellow women, I can confidently say that a good number of Nigerian men are yet to beÂ the supportive husband.Â Are you one of such men whose wives and entire householdÂ run for cover each time they hear the sound of their vehicle entering the compound?
What about your children? Are you that daddy who is too busy to give his childrenÂ some time? Did you spend time in 2010 building castles and mansions for yourÂ generations unborn that you totally ignored your responsibilities to the onesÂ living? Pastors and religious leaders, did you move from one country to the otherÂ winning souls and affecting other peopleâ€™s children while your own children receiveÂ no spiritual impartation from you? Oga politician, what percentage of your time didÂ you spend with your children? Remember the words of ex American president JimmyÂ Carter: â€œBuild your cathedral, but if you fail to build your children, they willÂ tear down the cathedral.â€ If you are guilty of any of these things, you failed as aÂ father in 2010.
CAREER AND BUSINESS:
Are you an employer of labour? You have been reading my articles and maybe you readÂ the ones on the employerâ€™s relationship with his employees. How did you treat yourÂ employees this year, 2010? Did you make them feel used and uncared for?
You the employee, how committed were you to your job in 2010? How many times did youÂ find yourself grumbling against your boss? I want to tell you that the worst you canÂ do is go ahead with your side talks against him. Backbiters are always behind whileÂ those they backbite move on.Â â€œTo thyself be true.â€ How many times did you lie aboutÂ your absence at work? How many days were you late to work and hurriedly left early.Â My Bible says: â€œHave you seen a man diligent in his work, he will sit with kings…â€Â Â How many tasks were you able to complete this year? Are you one of those people whoÂ did everything possible to frustrate or undermine the immediate boss in order toÂ take his position?Â Remember we are only taking stock…
How many times did you find yourself sitting in a beer parlour this year? What kindÂ of life did you live this 2010? Were you all over the place partying with girls yourÂ aides arrange for you? Remember, your daughter will one day grow up to become aÂ woman and somebody else will do that to her. Did you find yourself in 2010 notÂ minding your own business? How many people did you help in 2010? How many facesÂ smiled and are still going to smile because of you? If your resolution in 2010 wasÂ to quit smoking or drinking, did you fulfil your resolution?
Think deeply about this article as you end 2010 and before you come up with anotherÂ wonderful resolution for 2011. This is my last article for the year 2010. I trustÂ God for the grace to move into 2011 with great blessing for all. Thank you for beingÂ a part of me in 2010.
In your celebration, please donâ€™t forget the story of the Rich Fool who believed heÂ made it by his own strength. Show appreciation to God through your giving to God andÂ a life of thanksgiving.
Merry Christmas. See you in 2011.