Courage is not the absence of fear but realization of something greater than fear. -- Ghemi Efunuga.
Every human being has (3) names. The first one is the name you inherited from your parents which is called SURNAME. The second is the one they gave to you at birth and the last is the one you gave yourself. Out of the three names, the most important one is the one you gave yourself. In our Streamates society today, we are familiar with some various names. In the time of challenges, there are some names that naturally ring bells especially when it calls for solutions. There are names that open doors, some will open Jasminlive gates and while some will open borders of nations but unfortunately we still have some that cannot even open windows. What is your name and how much respect can your name command? How much value does your name carry?
I saw a livejasmin film recently popularly known as TROY. There was a young man called Achilles. Achilles was a warrior, hero and a gifted killer. He specialized in dethroning kings and rendering princesses useless. It paid allegiance to no nation and honored no flag. He was usually hired by kings. As a result of Achilles non allegiance to any nation, no king was in love with him, which he knew himself because he fights for his own personal glory. There was also this nation called Troy. Troy had a great wall which had never been conquered by any nation before. There came a time one of the kings Achilles usually fought for needed to conquer troy. So they came calling for Achilles to lead the Jasmin live battle. Achilles in his usual custom needed to consult his goddess mother in a place called Luriso. Then the mother told him saying "I knew they will come long before you were born, I knew they will come. They will want you to fight in troy, "mum tonight I decide"-said Achillies. If you stay in Luriso, you will find peace, you will find a wonderful Jasminelive woman, you will have sons and daughters, they will have descendants and they will love you but when you have gone, they will remember you, but when your descendants are dead and the descendants after them, your name will be lost, But if you go to Troy, glory will be yours. They will write story about your victory for thousands of years; the world will remember your name. If you go to troy, you will never come home.........I should never see you again"
Achilles chose to go to troy but he could come back. No wonder some of the literature books people read today especially in secondary schools, students refer to the victory of Achiles. There are names that ring bells as long as the bearers are alive. But once they pass on, nobody remembers them any more. Some will last up to a century after the death of the bearers, some will last a millennium while some will last eternal. Abraham Lincoln of the United Statehas lasted over a century; Martin Luther King Jr has lasted over 5 decades. How far will your own name go even after you must have passed on? Names do not just ring bells on a mere confession; we must dare to do that which looks so impossible. God loves name makers. No wonder he regarded his people as "salt and light" to this world. Some of us will have to resign from our jobs to find our place of primary assignment before our names can be heard to the glory of God. Some people will not amount to anything in life except they are threatened. So they will want to prove people wrong.
Life is not all about duration but in donation. How impactful is your life to your immediate environment. Are you a blessing or a curse? God is not interested in mediocre. Mediocre are those who will prefer to live an average life to making impact. God loves darers and especially those who will leave posterity behind. Those who will take courage to go for what seems impossible. The scripture says in Exodus "and there arouse a king in Egypt that knew not Joseph" That was the genesis of the suffering of the descendants of Israel. Then I asked myself a question that " what could have happened or gone wrong with all the great and mighty things that were done in Egypt by the hand of Joseph that could have made his name suddenly disappeared like a smoke in the record book of Egypt? The answer I got was that though he was successful but the significance of the success was very limited. It was a battle of posterity.
We must all dare the impossible. We must all be persistent and consistent in faith in God even when obstacles and discouragement are obvious. Those who do not go in faith with God will always return with evil report. Life is all about decision making. There is a league of the conformists while we have another one called the tranformists. You must choose one but do not stay in the middle unless if you have decided to be deformed.
A recent survey was conducted in the United States by a reputable organization known as FORBES on the fifty most influential people in the world. We had just two in Africa. Nelson Mandela was No 1 while No 2 went to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Pastor E A Adeboye (49th in the world). More will still be conducted if God tarries but what position will you occupy. I look forward to seeing you then.