This is wishing you happy New Year my dear child. We thank God that we are alive, hale and healthy. The immediate past year was interesting as I watch you grow into maturity spirit, soul and body. I am glad that you are growing in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and man. When you told me that you teacher called you and told you that he sees leadership traits in you, I was not surprised. I am joyous that you are living out to the witness of all, the principles I and your mother have continue to demonstrate to you.
You see, dear child, as we begin a New Year, It is becoming clearer to me more than ever before that I getting closer to the day of my departure. Do not be scared my child, I am not planning to die now and as a matter of fact I do not see death in the horizon at all. I just want you to know that it is a fact of life that we will one day depart this sinful world to rest in the bosom of our Lord. I think my number one responsibility is to prepare you to be able to live meaningfully without me after my departure either now or when I become aged. It is a popular saying among our people that the One, in whose hands are our days, meticulously number our days, but we forget that we will one day see Him face to face sooner or later.
I believe that the most enduring and priceless legacy I can leave in this world is a well-trained you, my dear child. Our people also say and I verily believe them that a child, who we do not train is the one, who squander the wealth we amass. I am also instructed by the Holy Writ that ‘a good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children…’ As I meditate on this injunction, I found another one in the Holy Writ, ‘choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.’ As I meditate on these two injunctions, it hits me that the most invaluable inheritance a good man must strive to leave for his children are good reputation and being held in high esteem.
My dear child, the question now is how does one leave a good name and being viewed in high esteem as an inheritance to his child? I think there are two ways to do that. The first is for me, your parent to be a model of good reputation and high esteem in all that I do. The second is to sit you down and share with you from time to time as you grow up, the principles to which I am committed spirit, soul and body to be reckoned a person of good reputation and high esteem. As part of the second effort, I must also share with you the processes of attaining the foregoing. I must let you see that the toga of good reputation, which put on you the upper toga of being held in high esteem is not an easy one to wear and sustain wearing. I need to let you see that it takes a lot of faith in God and self-discipline to wear this priceless toga and continue to wear it. I need to let you see that there are many times you will be misunderstood and considered an enemy of progress because you will not join to execute the seemingly profitable ventures of the majority. I must explain to you that when you wear this toga, you walk alone most of the time.
Lastly, I must let you know that it pays to be a man or woman of good reputation. Good reputation buys what money and position cannot buy. The first commodity it buys for you is high esteem. The currency of good reputation is favour and it never suffers any devaluation. Favour as a currency in the hands of a person with good reputation keeps going from appreciation to appreciation and again the one who has it is never broke. Favour as a currency is a universal instrument of exchange. Once you have it you can shop in any economy and get the best of deals.
Why do I need to teach you all these, I want you to be in a position to not only enjoy the inheritance I am leaving for you, I want you to sustain it and also leave it as an inheritance to your own children and beyond. You are the one that will push this inheritance from generation to generation.
It is in the light of this that I will share with you what I have titled, 12 Commandments For Your Difference in 2014. If you read them well, understand them and leave by them, your profiting will be seen by all men. I know you will my dear child. I believe so much in you. Concerning you, I have constant expectation of good and excellent things.
I think we should continue tomorrow, I would not want to bore you with many words. I will start with the first commandment tomorrow. Do have an INSPIRED Day.
There are 3 areas to grow, pursue that…Age does not necessarily speak wisdom…the area you do not grow will not grow.
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