Thursday, September 02, 2010


‘There is no substitute for work, not even divine guidance, it is at best a complement’- David Abioye

‘Idleness is the father of poverty and the grand-father of slavery’- Olaniyi Soyinka

I must quickly start by saying that the journey to national development (change, greatness, success etc) begins with you and I. There are certain principles that I believe would aid this development and I have written on some which include: LOVE FACTOR, WE ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW, WAR AGAINST IGNORANCE...Do kindly take out time to read on my blog, ‘’ as well as other series I am run concurrently-BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS and HEARING GOD. In this note, I’ll like to draw our attention to another vital principle as we continue this journey on national transformation-the concept of work.

I want to take us quickly back to the beginning. It is interesting to note that one of the first things that characterized the creator (God) is work. He so worked that after 6 days it is said that He rested. Hmmmh.The earth was without form and void but He had to ‘work-it-out’. Our nation is in such a state (formless and void)-we must work-it-out. I wouldn’t want to leave the story of creation quickly. See, when God created His man, the first thing He (God) gave him was work. Yes, I know the first words man heard was to be fruitful, multiply, subdue, replenish and to have dominion. You call it the blessing, I call it work. You know why? When you go further, you will realize that God put Adam into the garden and said ‘dress and keep it’-that’s the concept of management but that’s not for today( you ‘n’ I are managers from the, our focus in this piece is on the concept of work. This is ‘revelational’-the first idea God introduced to man was the concept of work. Nothing works until we work. Even though God is a good creator/designer, see what happened; ‘In the day when the Lord God made earth and heaven there were no plants of the field on the earth, and no grass had come up: for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to do work on the land. (Genesis 2:5) Got that? The earth could not yield her fruit until man tilled (worked) it. What I am trying to establish is that there is no excuse for idleness. If from the beginning it existed, it will continue. There is dignity in labour. ‘No food for lazy man’-I concur absolutely. A man who cannot work/cannot provide for his household is worse than an infidel. Guys, if you don’t have work, never think of marriage (another day). Delay gratification, take that course, take up that job, make that investment. I think there is a proverb that goes; hard work doesn’t kill. No, it doesn’t and so let’s WORK!

I had someone say, if we want to exchange greetings with somebody, we ask, how is the family, then, how is work? Isn’t it? That shows how ‘key’ work is. Though in creation, work even came before the family. This is just to further establish the place of work. Very recently, I was chatting with one of my friends who work closely to a certain great man by any standard. I tried to ask how he had been coping/balancing cos I have always known that this man was a workaholic. My friend said he doesn’t spend up to 5 hrs in his house in the 24hrs he has in a day and that his phone should never go off. As I was chatting with him late in the night, he told me he was still working but he made a profound statement about this great man that kept me ‘sober’ n finking. He said ‘work is tired of this man’. What? I thought man is usually tired of work but the reverse is the case here. No wonder the faith tabernacle. I wonder why all the ‘erelus’ will not go to sleep/ keep shot. Well, that is not the subject here so I don’t get 'emotional' and OOP. What I my trying to drive @? When you become a worker, you become a wonder. You know what that talks about-development. Paul said I labour, no wonder the proofs. Possibly there is some one reading this and saying but where is the job. That's true especially when I see the current recruitment going on at the FRSC and the number of applicants, my heart skips. However, they say necessity is the mother of invention. Look within and do find time to read my piece, YOU MUST BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR.

I have said a bit about work without defining it. Work is to do something that involves physical or mental effort. ‘My physics’ says it is: ‘WORK=FORCE*DISTANCE’. That means asserting force in the right direction (the fulfilment of purpose). It means labour,

activity, effort, job, operation, transaction, business etc. What I mean is that, whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart. Are you a student, be diligent. Be the best. Are you a farmer, sow the right seeds. An engineer? Work well. Are you the one that has none yet? Find one. There is always something to do no matter how small. See, you must delay gratification. A great percentage of the great men we see around today started very small but you can never compare the results they have attained to when they were just starting. Now let’s look at the scripture I paraphrased earlier more closely-The Preacher 9:10:

‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest’ (KJV).

‘Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there's neither work to do nor thoughts to think in the company of the dead, where you're most certainly headed’ (MSG)

‘Work hard at whatever you do. You will soon go to the world of the dead where no one works or thinks or reasons or knows anything’ (CEV)

‘Whatever comes to your hand to do with all your power, do it because there is no work, or thought, or knowledge, or wisdom in the place of the dead to which you are going’ (BBE)

You see, while reading this scripture sometime ago, I realized that ‘hell’ or ‘dead’ do not have to be literal. What it means is that those who do not work or do it well will experience hell/death while still alive.

Let me draw our attention to something else. See, almost throughout the bible, God did select busy/working men to fulfil His mandate-Moses, Noah, David etc Of course, you know space will not allow me describe each. Going to Jesus, you’ll realize that almost all His disciples were chosen in the place of their work-fishermen, task collector etc. He also did say that he must be at His Father’s business (work) while it is day for the night comes where no man can. Great! Jesus’ work brought about a generational transformation and not just a national one. You work and mine will do same and more for/in our nation. Work, Work, Work is the word dear.

Dear friend, our nation is destined for greatness. We must strive to be the best, do our work (with excellence). Praying is not enough. Add to it love, study...I’ll keep bringing the keys as I’m ‘led’. To the Nigerian youth, remember, there is no future anywhere, the future ‘they’ talked about is already here. We are not the leaders of tomorrow. This is our time-this is our season. Anywhere we find ourselves, let us contribute our quota to national development. And to the NYSC members, do the ad-hoc duty that INEC will be enrolling you for in the right spirit and with utmost integrity and let’s have the freest and fairest election. We have suffered enough. Nigeria will be great. I so believe and submit.

Be all YOU CAN.

N.B: If you are in Kaduna or visiting, kindly join us at Fresh Word Bible Church, Kakuri this Sunday, 4th September, 2010 for the Economic Empowerment Summit with theme; God’s Survival Strategies for Hard Times. I’ll be speaking specifically on: WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? Time: 9.00am. You may book for your CD as well as make other enquiries on +234(0)7034570310. See you!!!