Everything in life was created with potential and possesses the potential principle. In every seed there is a tree…, in every bird a flock…, in every fish a school…, in every sheep a flock…, in every cow a herd…, in every boy a man…, in every girl a woman…, in every nation a generation. Tragedy strikes when a tree dies in a seed, a man in a boy, a woman in a girl, an idea in a mind. For untold millions, visions die unseen, songs die unsung, plans die unexecuted and futures die buried in the past. The problems of our world go unanswered because potential remains buried.
The Bible tells a story about talents and potential. The talents in the story are symbols of the vast store of abilities our Creator has planted within us. In the story, the master of the estate entrusts some of his wealth to three of his servants. The first man invests his talent and doubles the wealth the master had entrusted to his care. The second servant also doubles what the master had given him. With them the master is very pleased. Finally the master turns to the third servant and asks, “What have you done with your talent?” The servant answered, “I was afraid to misuse the talent, so I carefully hid it. Here it is. I am giving it back to you in the same condition that I received it.” In fury the master rebuked his servant, “You wicked and lazy servant. How dare you not use the gifts I gave to you?” The master then said, “Take my money from him and throw this useless fellow into the street.”
We are responsible for the potential stored within us. We must learn to understand it and effectively use it. Too often our successes prevent us from seeking that which yet lies within us. Success becomes our enemy as we settle for what we have. Refuse to be satisfied with your last accomplishment, because potential never has a retirement plan. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. In essence, what you see is not all there is.
‘HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO… GAINS UNDERSTANDING. ‘ PROVERBS 3:13 NKJV
An important key to building a strong team is being open to new and different ideas. One of your greatest dangers as you become older (or more successful) is that your thinking can become institutionalized; which is just another word for ‘fossilized’. To remain successful you must create an environment in which the free exchange of information and ideas takes place. If people had not been permitted to trying things we’d still be traveling by horse and carriage, dinning by candlelight, and dying a lot earlier from preventable diseases. It’s said that knowledge is doubling every five to ten years. That lets us know how much we didn’t know; when we thought we knew it all.
‘Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.’ We must honour what we’ve learned by building on it, but we never stop asking, ‘Is there a better way? ‘ Champions don’t ease up because they’re ahead of the competition; they’re still accelerating as they cross the finish line. The competition keeps you sharp. You need them.
Irish singer Bono said something worth noting: ‘I would be terrified to be on my own as a solo singer…I surround myself with…a band, a family of every spunky kids, and a wife who’s smarter than anyone…you’re only as good as the argument you get. So maybe the reason why the band hasn’t split up is that people might get this: even though I’m only one quarter of U2, I’m more than I could be if I was one whole of something else.’ Solomon put it this way: ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpen…his friend’ (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV).
‘LOVE CARES MORE FOR OTHERS THAN FOR SELF.’ 1COR.13:7 TM
Many of us would rather settle for achieving less, than put up with ‘people-problems.’ But fulfilling a great dream usually means having a great team. And great teams are made up of people with strenghts, and weaknesses. God seldom calls us to do the job alone; He calls others to stand with us. So, do you know who belongs in your life?
Jesus chose twelve disciples to help Him fulfil His mission on earth. One of them doubted Him, one denied Him and one betrayed Him. Yet He called them, knowing what they were; and could become. After listing hardships that would make your worst day look like ‘a walk in the park,’ Paul writes, ‘Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of…all the churches’ (2 Cor.11:28 NIV). How did Paul evangelise Asia, guide the church and write half the New Testament? Through a team; he introduces them in Romans 16. Let’s look at one of his team-building secrets. It’s called:
LOVE. If you don’t genuinely care about people they’ll sense it and they won’t stay with you. If you’ve a turnover in your relationships, that could be your problem. Even your best team members will go through times that affect their performance. Jeremiah got so stressed out that he wanted to quit the ministry and go into the motel business (Jeremiah 9:2). Paul advise his right-hand man Timothy to ‘use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses’ (1 Timothy 5:23 NIV). Here’s a helpful prescription for the stress that goes with people-problems. Write it down on a 3*5 card and read it regularly. ‘Love cares more for other than for self.’
Walking on the road of preparation
With the hope of getting to the land of glorification
Board a bus to aid transportation
Concentrate not and not a concern of destination
Still in my journey of no anticipitation
Feel so relax with all forms of temptation
Having no time for any consideration
Till I get to the destination
Oh my God! There is misinterpretation
Boarded bus not to glorification but, condemnation
No wonder, there has been a lot of deprivation
With the devil being the consultation
Then come the deep cry for salvation
Praying my life can still enjoy beautification
Putting aside all this damnation
For the land called glorification
At last! An answer to my supplication
Comes my lord with a voice of acclamation
No more need for condemnation
Retrace your step with the bus of restoration
For your mourning will be joy, the declaration
For your ashes beauty, the pronunciation
Shame turning into glory, the confirmation
All in the bus of restoration.
Upon admission into Osun State Polytechnic, Iree,
I solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will pay due respect and show obedience to the Rector and other Officers or Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and that I will faithfully observe all regulations which may from time to time be issued by them for good order and govenance of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. In addition, I faithfully promise to refrain from any act of violence and other actions calculated to disrupt the work of Osun State Polytechnic or likely to bring Osun State Polytechnic, Iree to disrepute.
So Help Me God.