The secret of prosperity (2)

Prosperity does not just mean wealth in abundance. Prosperity is also seen in the quality of wealth. The quality of wealth is what the wealth means to you, what you can do with it, how you got it, etc. The quality of wealth is often what gives you social capital. And there are some entries that only social capital can give you. Plan to be prosperous, not just to have excess money. The first thing with being prosperous is learning to put money in its place. If you haven’t read the first part of this post, you should now (before going further).

The second thing you need is to live according to what you learn in the new life. This includes things so diverse that it cannot be expressed in written form like this. But I’ll show you some patterns in that line of thought. Your decisions are going to start going against conventional wisdom. You’ll be making stand alone decisions; decisions that separates you from the crowd. You’ll need to be and you’ll have to be so crazily patient. Let no man deceive you, prosperity does not come by hardwork. Some even make it sound nice that hardwork in the right direction is what produces prosperity. But that is just as wrong. Hardwork is a word that goes with poverty and being average (that is, striving to make ends meet). Hardwork is not something that is enjoyed but something endured. That cannot be the way to prosperity. The way to prosperity is relevance. And the concepts that go along with relevance are right association, opportunities, favour. These are the lines into the life of prosperity. Follow this way and make your life that of ease. 

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The secret of prosperity (1)

There are many ways to get wealth. Myriads of people have used many ways through the years that we have seen. Some of them have chronicled their methods to enlighten others. But there’s something that I’ve noticed; all wealth are not the same. There is wealth that takes away the health of a man. There is wealth that takes away a man’s sanity. There is wealth that literally drives a man wild and makes him (or her, of course) lose focus of the important things in life. There is wealth that breeds anxiety. There is wealth that conditions the life of a man to continuous struggle. There is wealth that takes away the value and respect of a man. There is wealth that reduces a man’s life to a game of hide and seek. When the world makes you wealthy, it takes something more important away from you (like what is listed above or other variants of it). And for me, the purpose of wealth is lost if you lose a vital part of yourself in getting it.

Many do not know that it’s possible to be very wealthy and free because of the way they’ve been made to see the society. Let me tell you today, it is very possible to be very wealthy without losing any important part of your life. There are two things involved. The first is breaking away from the lordship of the god of this age. And that includes accepting the lordship of another master. Fortunately, there is only one true source; the living God revealed in the man Jesus. Why Jesus? Because he has a life for you to live. Money seems to be the god of this age. People go to places they don’t like to do what they hate just because of money. How money exercises lordship over people’s lives! The only way to break out of that cycle is to embrace one who has a better life to offer you. And not just identify with him but sit to learn what he really has to offer. And then, the lordship of money will gradually lose a foothold in your mind. When money cannot push you here or there anymore, then you are ready to prosper God’s way. 

The city, the monument and lessons from Babel (Part 3; Conclusion)

There you have it. The tower to the sky to stand as a monument and the city built around it. The only difference this time is; it doesn’t include everybody in the world, there has been an explosion of knowledge making each and every person free to make their own choices, and there is freedom of movement (at least to a large extent). The major problem with Babel is the impact it was going have on the people, especially the future generation. In today’s world however, lack of proper education concerning matters pertaining to life brings the Babel effect into people’s lives.

Living in a small town is very different from living in the city. You can live your life anyhow in a small town and look like a genius. But if you take that same thinking to the city, your life can be shattered beyond arrangement. The city has a completely different structure to life and many lack that understanding. They go to the city expecting it to be like a small town and it is not. Sometimes people are angry and protest (because of democracy) about the conditions of the city. Thoughtful people however look inwards and address their ignorance. There are things the city is not conducive for. But many don’t want to accept that.

If you live in a big city, I strongly advice you to have another house in a town not too far away. Even if you don’t have the means now, keep it in perspective. You may not be able to grasp the reason for that in this short post but you will as time goes on. That advice is very important especially if you have a family. The city is just not conducive for certain things that are vital to a well rounded life. It’s just an advice; you are free to make your own choice. If you recall the part 2 of this post, I ended by saying that it is necessary to detach from the city. There are some things you can never see clearly from within the city. You need to look from the outside to get a proper perspective of what is going on. The city life incorporates a certain hypnosis that deludes people such that they spend their lives over empty and useless things. You want to see people who waste their life, go to the city. The street beggar in the city would definitely live a more productive life in the town or village. He could be a farmer, he can be engaged in local woodwork, he can be a hunter, or even builder. But he is in the city. He has nothing to offer the city and the fact is that the city has nothing to offer him. Hence, he is at the mercy of nice people with some extra money.

The way the towns and villages are structured is very unique. They are small enough to incorporate a new person into their midst and can even help the person up in relevance. But the city is too big and too transaction-minded for that. That was the other wrong issue with Babel, the world of people at that time was not ready for a city. There is a time for everything and there are orders for every event. You don’t go ahead to build a nuclear reactor when you have not yet understood the basic laws of electricity.

In conclusion, Babel got it all wrong. The idea was not sound, the timing (of the idea)  was wrong, the motive was very selfish, the purpose was in the inverse direction of truth, the people were not ready, the stakes were too high, the method was zero. This is many years after Babel and I can only talk to you; don’t make Babel’s errors in your own life. The city and the monument exist today as many places in the world, there is a way life is supposed to be in those places. There are things the city is cool for but there are vital things it plays down. Be wise and make good choices for your own life. The city will never make any good choice for you. Embrace wisdom. Selah

**The photograph above was taken by Pedro Lastra

The city, the monument and lessons from Babel (Part 2)

This is how it looks. Or maybe how it must have really looked. Just that this time it wasn’t destroyed by natural causes over time, but it was discontinued far before completion. The project now lies in ruins and everyone involved in it has dispersed; each one going his own way. It is not a picture of failure, rather it is a picture of the end point of all wrong turns. Some may want to call it an end but it was a good starting point. It reminds me of a verse in the bible; many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

This is the story of Babel, popularly known as the tower of Babel. First of all, it was called Babel after the whole incident happened. The project didn’t have a name when it was under construction. And if you have read the first part of this post, you will understand that they were building a city and a tower. Many see the tower part but they don’t see the city part. What is wrong about building a city and having a monument? The main question is, what is the purpose of the construction of the city?

The last time we saw how the city makes people imprisoned in life and keeps them that way. And that is the way it is for most places in the world. Can you say you own your country? I’d rather not guess. But can it be said that your country owns you? Think about it. The world is gyrating towards something. I sense there’s about to be another starting point in the next couple of years. Hopefully it will not accompany violence but you can’t stop those who have a death wish and those who would rather die than see a change. Did someone die during the construction of the city and tower of Babel? There was no record. But if the construction got to a reasonable point, it’s almost a certainty that someone must have died. Maybe a number of people have already died. Imagine if the city was complete and the monument stands proud into the sky, it would be said that the city was built on the sweat and blood of certain people. Yes, they gave their lives to the project. But why did they do it? Anybody can give any reason after the whole thing was completed. But will somebody please seek to understand the dead?

What is this place to you? What is earth to you? Was man made for the earth or the earth was made for man? If man was made for the earth, then it means earth owns man. And that means the natural order would be for places to own people. It means that people will be owned and judged by where they were born. Which is what we see in today’s world. But if the earth was made for man, then it means man is in charge of earth. It means man is supposed to dictate for the earth not vice versa. And this means that people are supposed to own and control places not vice versa. I’m made to understand now that most cities in the world don’t like people paying up for properties all at once. They prefer people being in debt one way or the other. It’s good for the city, and the monument stands up for it but what is it doing to people?

I know many people love the way they are owned by places. They love their prison and would even chase away anything that wants to free them. That’s because they’ve become poisoned by information. And it is a rule that whoever has the prevailing information makes the rules. So unless people wake up and wise up, the end won’t be anything good. But this is to the liberty of the person reading; detach from the city.

[To be continued]

P.S. Published a piece of writing as an ebook about how government and economy concerns people. It’s short, easy to read and enlightening; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5GIU82

**The photograph above was taken by Russ McCabe

The City, the monument and lessons from Babel (Part 1)

When you look at pictures like this, what comes to your mind? Wealth? Prosperity? Relevance? Or maybe injustice? Bully? Gamblers? I wrote a post not too long ago titled ‘an example for life’, where I took a story from the bible as a case study. This time, I want to focus more on the story and squeeze out the important lessons for life from it. The information is needed now more than ever. And I hope you will learn a great deal from it. I decided to add a city’s picture in this post to produce an accurate mental assimilation. Don’t see it as something negative or get preconceived notions of evil but stay clear to understand the point. It is important for you get my point nice and clear and I hope you don’t misunderstand me.

The story is often called ‘the tower of Babel’ but it is much more than that. Let’s explore the background a little before we dive into the meat of the story. This event happened after the flood. You remember the flood during the time of Noah. Now the children of Noah began their families and people began to fill the earth once again. Exactly how many generations it was after Noah was not that clear. Although there seems to be some pointer but it’s subjective. But the population, I believe, was more than a hundred if not over a thousand. The population then got to the point where concerns began to grow about the future.

God has a plan for creating people. I believe he does. And if he created people, he knows what he created more than the creation. Remember what he said to Noah and his family when they came out of the ark (after the flood). The earth was theirs. They were to manage and care for it. Not just the earth itself but also everything that lives on the earth. There was a responsibility, there was a task, there was a life, and there was an adventure. So what happened? The years came and passed by. When the population was large enough to move out in batches to explore the world, they decided to build a city to avoid them from scattering around. And also a monument which is a tower to show their greatness.

We have discussed the selfish part in the previous post. Now I want to deal with the physical issue. What’s wrong with building a city? What’s wrong with having a monument? What is wrong about the tower? In the picture above, you see a number of towers. Probably similar to what those people in this story had in mind. If we have those now, have we gone in the direction that God didn’t want those people then to go?

There is something I notice about cities around the world today. The concept and idea of the city is lovely. The pictures and videos seems very nice. But in real life, they carry the worst people. It’s almost like in every city, the city sucks the essence of life out of people. And it seems the more people are submerged in the city, the worse person they become. It’s there you find it normal and common to see broken homes. City people seem to have a lot of options and provisions that normally should make them live happier and more effective lives. But you know the reality, people who live in towns and villages seems to have a much more richer life in story. Cities of the world are getting more and more unfriendly to raise kids with a proper sense of honour, responsibility and life. What’s wrong with building a city?

If those people of Babel had built a city, history would have been different. It was so dangerous then because everybody on the face of the earth was involved and everybody would have been affected by the repercussions. Remember, even after the split up, when God decided to have a friend among people, he chose Abram but he made him a traveller first. Abram (later changed to Abraham) lived in tents and moved from place to place. Why? There is something about the city and the monument. Why was God so against it? First, it begins as a fancy project. Then it grows into a genuine responsibility. Then it becomes an art. Then, it grows into a pride. Then it becomes an obsession. And then, it graduates to a bondage. From a bondage it turns into a maximum prison. From a maximum prison it becomes a burning hell where people are trapped.

[To be continued]

P.S. Just published an educative piece as an ebook recently. If you are curious to know more about the world especially regarding the government and the economy, it’s something worth reading. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5GIU82     (US)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M5GIU82    (UK)

An example for life

There is an interesting story in the bible. It happened when people were beginning to multiply on the face of the earth. The people came together and purposed to build a tower that will go high up into the heavens, as a monument of greatness. I believe you’ve heard the story one way or the other before. But in case you haven’t, the people spoke one language and used the same words. After they began building, God saw what they were doing and he disapproves it. So God scattered the people such that they could not understand themselves anymore and the construction has to stop. That is the traditional story. Now let’s burst the myths of the story.

First point; they were trying to build a city and a tower. Many forget the city part. Second, everybody in the earth at that time was there together. Third, they all spoke the same language and expressed their thoughts in one way only. You know, while growing up we heard that they wanted to build until they got to heaven. Now we know that is impossible. But contextual study makes it clear that their target was the sky. And the reason for that tower is for it to stand as a monument. They don’t want to be scattered across the earth. It was going to be a one world government and the people were determined to have it.

In traditional Christian circles, many believe that God saw the project as a threat to his sovereignty. They think God scattered them because they want to do something that will expose him to mankind. But that is not true when you sit to study it. The first part that caught my attention in that portion was that God came down to consider what they were doing. That’s so touching. Meaning that God saw it from heaven’s perspective and it’s really nothing significant. But because of his interest, he came down to look at what was really happening. And what did he see?

God is the creator, the visionary of mankind. If that is true, then he must know man more than man knows himself. When God came to see, he noticed something. We can know what he saw and thought by his verdict on the project. First, the people were united (in thought and purpose). Second, they spoke one language. Now, the project they chose to embark on is this city and tower. As long as the people are united (in thought) and speak the same language, the project will definitely be successful. And then, God says for the project not to be successful, let us confound their language so they will not understand each other.

Why did God want the project to fail? Before that did you notice that all God did was to add variety and diversity into their midst. Also did you notice that God didn’t say to confound their language so that they cease to understand each other. No, they didn’t really understand each other initially, the problem was that they had no basis for disagreement. Imagine a language where there is only ‘yes’ and ‘no’. There is no ‘that’s subjective’, ‘let’s think about it’, ‘why?’, ‘not quite’ etc. When God came down to check them, he realized their communication was so narrow and limited, hence easily deceived. Their motive was wrong. Their purpose was wrong. The idea was not even wise (considering the level of technology at that time) and nobody was thinking otherwise. Those fools were going to kill themselves. And remember, there was nobody on the face of the earth that wasn’t among them. They were going to stage their own apocalypse. They weren’t going to give up which means they will all die trying. God had to intervene.

One of the beautiful things about the world we live in today is diversity. If you understand more than one language, you will notice that there are some words in one language that doesn’t have an exact interpretation in the other language. You’ll need to explain it properly for you to really convey the thought of those words. Dynamic growth is a product of diversity. The most developed cities in the world have the most diverse population. God scattered their language to show them they didn’t really understand themselves. You know the interesting thing, they all dispersed and became scattered around the world. That’s how much they disagreed. My point in the story however is the wrong motive of the people. That motive is responsible for the hard life people make for themselves today.

Let us make a name for ourselves. Let us build a monument for ourselves; something to keep us from being scattered abroad. Selfishness. No regard for other aspects of life. This is just an example of how men try to stage their own destruction. The foolish motive of building a city and a monument still continues today and many are helmed in on every side because of it. A country is supposed to be designed for fluidity (in movements, communication and responsibility) and people-to-people relevance. Instead, people are in bondage because of the city, monument and everything the whole idea carries with it. God is not intervening like that today because life today is quite different from how it was then. But believe me, God is speaking. Blessed are those who listen. 

Life is much more beyond a group of people living together. Many of the undeveloped places in the world today (that ought to have been developed) are the way they are because of selfishness. Nobody decides to make the sacrifice that will benefit the whole community. And it is everywhere in different forms. In the man who wants to be rich no matter how many people he has to harm, in the woman who will get to the top no matter  how many people she has to trip off, etc.

God has given us an example. Let us not act like we didn’t hear him. This is not for you to think of the antics of the selfish people you know, rather it is to look inwards and make adjustments. The words you believe are the words you allow to affect your manner of life. God revealed himself to the world by giving (his only son), don’t let the world know you by what you make. Start your life to give – this is my message for you today. Think about it.

**The name of the photographer of the picture above is Prasanth Dasari