Terror, Attack, Chaos, Confusion, Depression………. Daily this is what we constantly hear from news reporters, around the world globally. We are constantly bombarded by news that brings fear and intimidation to hearts of people. Despite, all that’s going on there are change agents rising. Truly, I believe that light will continue to shine brighter as darkness gets thicker. My World Needs You. There’s a deep cry in the hearts of men to bring transformation, hope to the lost, direction to the confused mind and vision to the person who can’t see the future. It’s time for you to arise and be the light people look up too. Every superhero doesn’t transform in the public eye but rather in private. Once they transform in private, the world sees their heroic traits and discover who they truly are. Many are living their normal lives unknown to them that there is a superhero inside of them. Goodbye Clark Ken and Hello Superman.
Inasmuch, we need to see heroic people in our world, we must be sensitive to the needs of people. Living life to the maximum will not be possible, unless people become aware of their nuclear surroundings. When I say, “My World Needs You”, I mean they need someone who will demonstrate genuine love, good ethics, and values, a person of integrity, credible leadership, embrace relationships and friendships etc. God has placed us in this world to be light bearers and salt influencers.
“You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 NCV
Today’s worldview has been tainted with vigorous negativity, which beclouds our viewpoint to see possibilities. As we hope to see a better world, let us be the change we want to see in our world. The change starts with us. Let us look at the few tips our world needs.
Firstly, our world needs to know God’s love and His relevance to humanity. The human mind cannot comprehend nor fathom the depth of God’s wisdom nor His unconditional love for the fallen nature of man. Our minds can only handle a microcosm of God because science has tried to explain God and even prove His existence. He is real, alive and relevant to mankind in the 21st century. Yes, you may ask “If God loves us, why is there evil and what is His relevance to me?” The answer is His relevance is vital, yes there’s evil in the world, that is due to man’s sinful nature and free will given to man to choose – good or evil. God extends His love towards us in various ways – through His Son Jesus Christ, creation, humans, intellect etc. making humanity come to the realisation of a supreme God whose relevance is needed in our day to day lives. It takes a loving God to dispense by demonstrating His relevance in our world
Secondly, we see the need for good ethics, values, and integrity. Ethics, Values, and Integrity. Three words, which echo louder than words but rather more in action. They are major in the role of moral principles – which is the main essence of this point. The values you hold, reveals the ethics you live which is portrayed by the level of integrity you have as an individual. Ethics is defined as, “moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity”. Principles that govern your life must be built on solid foundations that will cause you to soar in life. Ethics and Values go hand in hand as they help you to live a life of integrity – be true to yourself. The ability to be true to one’s self, is scarce today which has resulted in people living in photoshopped worlds and embracing fake lives. So the need for good values in our world is critical. The principles we hold reveals our personal integrity which is portrayed by the ethics we hold.
Thirdly, Quality Relationships & Friendships. No man is an island, yet the notion of friendship and relationship is a query on the hearts and minds of people. Today’s generation has lost the true essence of friendship – what it means to have a friend and to have healthy relationships. We constantly see news of wrecked and shattered relationships and friendship. The media industry has turned this into reality tv entertainment, which then has a negative effect on today’s youth and millennials. As technology advances, we notice the reduction of quality friendships and relationship – now everyone has a cyber friend. My question is can you talk to a cloud? Quality friendships stem from a kind, genuine and pure heart. If you want to have friends, be friendly.
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24 NIV
Quality friendships are rare to find. Friendship isn’t an add or poke on Facebook or a quick like on Instagram. Friendship is a journey. Friendship is often based on mutual respect or interest but over time they evolve and become long-lasting. The test of every friendship and relationship is how well they built their foundation. Friendship gives you the ability to be a pillar of support to someone. Quality relationships allow you to help, discover, refrain and package your skills, talents, and giftings. Quality friendships and relationship opens the door for improvement.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17 NLT
Unconditionally love is the basis of quality friendships and relationship. Profaned love is toxic and can ruin friendships. Instruction, Correction, and Reproof are part of the package if you want to have a friend. A friend that can lie in your face, is not worth sharing your secrets too.
“It is better to correct someone openly than to have love and not show it.” – Proverbs 27:5 NCV
Out of love you protect your friend. Truly faithful are the wounds of a friend.
“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” – Proverbs 27:6 NLT
Beware of friends whose truths are lies and whose knives are rather bullets. Quality friendships and relationship helps breaks isolation and moments of being or feeling alone. Never do the journey of life alone, you need people – the right people. Every relationship or friendship must flow out of a heart of genuine love for one another – without partiality and hypocrisy. When you have the right friendships and relationships around you nothing can break it. Whoever said, three is a crowd is a lie because a threefold cord is not easily broken ( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
The words you speak in friendship and in your relationship, must edify and bring sweetness. A word from you friend must uplift and bring calmness to storms in your life. Let your words become sweet fragrances that bring a smile their faces.
“The sweet smell of perfume and oils is pleasant, and so is good advice from a friend.” – Proverbs 27:9 NCV
Pray to have quality friends, destiny helping friendship and long-lasting relationship.
Fourthly, Good Leadership. Our world is in a leadership crisis. Leaders have risen highly and fallen greatly. Presidents have come and gone. Prime Ministers have come and gone. People we’ve esteemed in high places have failed us greatly. No amount of UN, G8, WEF meetings can replace the leadership crisis our world is facing today. First of all, let me start by saying leadership isn’t a positional vocation – it’s a functioning one. Many people who have risen to leadership only rose to the title, not the function. A title doesn’t mean anything if there aren’t any results that follow afterward. Leaders are results-oriented. Leaders take on the burden of the people and ensure that there is a provided solution to difficult challenges. Leadership is a journey, a process, a lifetime. No man or woman fully arrives at the place of fulfilment in leadership. Leadership is an ever-learning process. Good leadership starts with yourself. You cannot lead anyone until you can lead yourself. You must be able to stir the ship of your life in order to lead your life. Personal leadership is the premise and the beginning of all leadership. Good leadership starts with when you awaken the gifts dormant inside of you. Good leaders create more leaders rather than followers. Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today is the premise of good leadership. Leadership is my personal passion and life’s mission.
Lead with THREE things in mind:
- LEAD YOURSELF.
- LEAD IN THE PRESENT.
- LEAD FOR THE FUTURE.
I encourage you to purchase books on leadership and my favourites are as follows ‘ Developing the Leader within you’ by John C Maxwell, ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins and ‘The 5 levels of leadership’ by John C Maxwell.
Finally, Solution Providers. The world needs solution providers. Times have changed and seasons are shifting. There was a time where people acknowledged an attempt to prevent an issue or a problem. In today’s world of rapid innovation and high technology, problem acknowledgment isn’t enough. Solution providers are the game changers now. Providing solutions to daily problems is a major asset in today’s job and business market. Being solution-oriented means that you not only prevent a futuristic problem but you dissolve the crisis and worries people face on a daily basis. Uber is a solution provider. Apple is a solution provider. Microsoft is a solution provider. Google is a solution provider. All the social media platforms are solution providers (just don’t abuse the platform for evil as some do already). Breaking the mould that life puts you is what causes solution providers to arise. Reinventing the wheel in most cases isn’t the solution to solve problems. However, use the wheel and finding a creative way to change the way people do things is a result of providing solutions. Blockbusters went bust because it failed to keep up with current trends, technology allowed the likes of Netflix to make watching films and tv shows earlier than rentals. Solution providers arise when problems arise. You must be a solution provider. Create, Package, Market, Money. Don’t feel inferior nor intimidated by people who are making money by solving people’s problems. Stay focused on your unique role in life. Everyone’s path is different. An idea will come to you that will change a generation. The ounce is for you to look out for opportunities. If they don’t come create it and you will be rewarded for it.
My World Needs You. Yes, it really does. Average won’t do it. Ordinary won’t do it. My World Needs God. My World Needs Good Ethics, Values and Integrity. My World Needs Quality Friendships and Relationship. My World Needs Good Leadership. My World Needs Solution Providers. My World Ultimately Needs You. You are an extension of God on earth. Let society see the light in you, through you and by you. Let’s Go Get Em
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