l managed to get down at Bossman Station in Pretoria without causing too much steer because of my excitement . . . I had read a bit of the history of Pretoria and South Africa as a whole, and the South Africans, they tried to preserve it - metal plate reading CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1875, pasted on the floor as you step to the exit/entry point of the Gautrain station. .All the memories of my history books rushed back. The story of when the explorers were trying to find another way to India, and how they came to the Cape of Good Hope and found supplies of fresh water inland, and how they built lodging there. I love history, but now, I was encountering history. I had read of the Oceans - The Indian Ocean, the explorations, the travels, slave trade, stories of life encounters like the story of my tribal kinsman sold to slavery, who became the first black man of slave origin to write a book - The Narrative of The Life of Olaudah Equaino, AKA Gustavus Vassa, The African. The book stirred up so much controversy in England that it led to the abolition of slave trade (by the way, that book made me cry, sing, and pray and laugh at the same time. It showed that God was really no respecter of person, He does not care your background, your origin, but if anyone would come, God will save and transform him.) For me, I was now standing at the end of Africa's beautiful landscape, and rich history. Then the long beautiful coach trip from Pretoria through Jo'burg all the way to Durban, in KwaZulu Natal. That part of the trip for me was very well cherished. I saw and took pictures of some of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa. Green grassland, and impressively, I found out were fully cultivated. Rolling mountains, hills and relieves, beautiful and breathe taking. Equally memorable was my trip through Pietermaritzburg to Port Shepstone in Durban such beautiful landscape. I could not help but just savour the terrain as we drove on along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The Indian ocean of many legendry thoughts (Don't blame me, I am from West Africa, and what we have is the Atlantic Ocean). I knew that was the other end of Africa. I was at the curve of Africa, all I could think about was to take pictures that I would show my children and friends back home and tell them the story of being at the other end of Africa. It was a gorgeous experience.
I left SA with one thought; everyone needs to make himself count in the scheme of things. It is easy to sit on the side-lines and allow life pass by. It is equally easy to make excuses and tell tales of how the worst happened to you, giving reasons why everything is bad and all, while we may all feel sorry for you, but our sympathy mean nothing at the end of the day. It may earn you hand-outs but nothing more. Every man needs to cease his moments, to do something good. God does not want us to be consumers; waiting for someone to do something for us all the time, God wants us to be additions to life. In the creation story of Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth, and put man over the system. After God made man, He imparted man with the blessing saying - Be Fruitful, Multiply, Replenish the earth, and subdue it. Like a hardware is coded with software, God hard-coded us by the blessing - Be Fruitful! Multiply!, Replenish the earth!, Subdue it! We were hard coded with the blessing. There is a blessing over your life. God want you to live to your full stature. God had imparted into you the blessing.
Let's review the blessing:
Be fruitful: You are empowered to bear fruits - fruits of inventions, fruits of businesses of all kinds, career fruits, all kinds of intelligent works and academia. God spoke the blessing upon us and said, - Be fruitful, the same way he said, Light Be, and it "beed", God spoke into man and said, "Be Fruitful", and man became. You were in the loins of Adam, what God said to one He said to all. What He spoke into Adam, He spoke into us all for all generations. Go create businesses, Go create answers, Go create solutions - be fruitful. Get something done, get something created. Don't hold back, be fruitful!
Multiply: Don't be one, be many. Don't be few, be more, I recall a story when David was going to count the people, and God said to him, Don't count the people, may the people of the Lord be more than the sands of the sea shore. Religion taught us that we did not need to be large or prosperous or big. Religion told us that God requires just a few faithful good people, they taught us to swear oaths of poverty, to be satisfied with the little things we have. Godliness says . . . may the people of the Lord be many not few. Jesus came to save many not few. Small is not God's way, few is not God's way, not enough is not God's way. God does not want us to be few; He wants us to be many. He does not want one business He want many businesses, He does not want one act of intelligence, he wants abundance. He does not want us to swear oath to poverty, He want us to walk in the covenant of prosperity. He does not want one man saved; He wants many coming to the knowledge of God, Multiply!
Replenish the earth: Every good thing we add to the system of life replenishes it. God has called us to add something beautiful, something fantastic, something that makes the earth better than we met it. A good business, a good idea, support for someone, anything good we can do to make someone else's life, indeed the world, a better place to live in.
Subdue: In the Amplified Bible, there is a note after the word subdue. It says, "Using its vast resources in the service of God and man". To subdue goes beyond putting thing under subjection, it also involves using the vast resources in the system, or using our vast resources as people, our know-how, our acumens, our skills and our abilities for the service of God and the betterment of man. Your talents and gifts and abilities are your answers to the need of someone in the system. Don't hide your voice. You count, your voice counts, your ideas count, your participation counts. Like Chinua Achebe said in his new book "There Was A Country", tell your story. Be like Luke in Luke 1 who said to the King Theophilus, everyone has written their account of the life of Jesus, and I having perfect understanding write my own account also (paraphrased). Luke could have kept quiet because everyone else has written, but he chose to tell his own story. The story is not over until you have told your own. The business is not over until you have built yours. Luke's story went on to become the most clearly written story that made it to the Scriptures. Your story, your act, your idea, your voice may make it to the "scriptures", tell it!
Good to be back home in Nigeria where I am making my voice count, I look forward to going to SA again, hopefully we will convene a youth conference, and be a blessing to many in that beautiful Nation.