A little context first (it occured to me that the topic has a Nigerian flavour to it).
I grew up in a christian home. Yes, my parents were a part of the S.U. movement of the seventies. And they were in the academics- trained at the prestigious University College, Ibadan (now called UI=University of Ibadan). So growing up, the values I was taught were hardwork (which translated as school diligence) and serving God. That was what I really needed to lead a successful life.
I’m not sure if primary school children have any ethics but ‘hardwork and God only’ served me well in Secondary school. Again, I need to clarify. By ‘God only’, I’m referring to serving God from a mostly religious point of view. Yes I loved Him, but I also needed to ‘settle Him’ by doing all the right things. (Obviously I wasnt perfect but I tried reaalllyyy hard). Anyway, I got good grades throughout school, won a couple of humanitarian awards…
Great. The formula is working
University- ‘Hard work and God only ni o’. I made few friends outside those that had these same beliefs. I was a lot of fun when with ‘my people’ but once I was out of my comfort zone- LOCK DOWN. I didnt know how to relate with people ‘not like me’
Some of you are thinking: N-E-R-D. May God forgive you.
Finally, out of school. Into the real world.
What do I need to succeed? Hardwork and God only ni o.
But people say you need ‘connections’. Jesus is my only connection o.
And I had scriptures to back me: My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches in glory. Amen. Halleluyah
I can tell you I’ve hit so many brick walls since then and I have failed at some things more times than I care to recount. (And some were quite painful too)
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment
The Living Bible translation
I needed wisdom. And fast too.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Let’s just say the whole experience taught me about God, in a more practical way than I had ever known. First was that though God says He will supply all my needs, the ‘how’ was not in that verse.
So I had to learn that.
One of the ways God blesses people? Through other people!!!
Aka SOCIAL CAPITAL- literally the wealth which is stored in your relationships.
God will bless you- but he’ll use people. Even those people who did not obviously fit into my mold of ‘hard work and serves God’
Its sounds very spiritual to say God is my only connection- but I’m nt sure its an entirely right statement. God is my only source- YES. But why would He put me in the midst of billions of other people if there wasn’t potential value inherent in people.
‘I will look to God for my help, but I will make it easy should He decide to send my help through people’
Have a nice day and Stay Connected!
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