Dear leader, examine yourself

The leaders I see,
Where are we going?
Who are the winners?
The dictators or the democrats?
Dictatorship or democracy?
Why are they like this?
Why are these great leaders
Doing this?
Preaching virtue
And practising vice;
What a people!
On each other,
They sling mud;
Stones and mud they throw
On anyone opposed
To their interest?
Nothing to do with being right
Or wrong;
Interest and interest alone;
Be on their side,
They find everything
Good about you;
Shift to the opposing side,
They find everything
Bad about you;
You throw mud on me,
I throw mud on you;
The same person is an angel
To some,
And a devil to others;
Are the ideal people
I have so much admired
Over the years
The ones doing this?
Where is their honesty gone?
Where is their objectivity?
Where is their fairness?
When I am the judge
I call you
A criminal and sentence you
Because you belong
To a different camp;
When your friends becomes
The judge
He dicharges and acquits you;
You are no longer criminal,
But inmocent;
Its stomach alone
That makes you criminal
Or innocent;
Where are the values?
Is the sanctuary of democracy
Still the haven of democracy?
What is lurking
In the shadow
With an ugly head
Like dictatorship
Testing the ground?
What I see is not
The dream world of values
That I knew;
The land of opportunity;
The defender of justice;
Human rights and freedoms,
Defender of equal opportunities
For all;
Does light become darkness?
Leader of the free world;
Champion of democracy;
Shall the light of the world
Become its darkness?
What the world needs
Is not darkness but light.
Don’t give us darkness;
Give us what we need: light.
Dear leader, examine yourself.

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Late Reflections of President’s Day: Rating the Five Worst American Presidents

Presidents DayMost of the reflection done on Presidents’ Day in the United States [not that there is an overabundance of reflection about it] is reserved for contemplating who should be named among the greatest Presidents in our history. Around the 2019 President’s Day holiday, I did that in this journal with my “top ten” greatest Presidents.

Before moving on to the somewhat different presidential category that is the subject of this article, I want to reiterate that the current President, Donald John Trump, is not eligible for inclusion in any ranking at present simply because current office-holders are ineligible. It is better to include the entirety of presidential tenure before making any decision about that person’s performance as President.

It is also prudent to wait a substantial amount of time after a former President is out of the office to render an informed opinion from a historical perspective. Thus, former President Obama is not in consideration for this list, just as he was not considered for my list last year.

This election year of 2020 also brought to mind that very few people give indications of who should be considered among the worst of all the American Presidents. It is impossible to make any judgments that are devoid of emotion and at least partial subjectivity.

However, to lessen the effects of such subjective judgments, there are some rules that need to be set forth to determine how a President arrives at the ranking of one of the worst. Here are some criteria that should apply for consideration as a terrible Chief Executive.

What Makes a Horrible President?

There have been 45 U.S. Presidents in history. Most of those have performed at acceptable levels and haven’t been very bad or exceptionally good.

However, in some ways picking the worst Presidents is much more difficult than choosing the greatest ones. The question is how many Presidents have damaged the nation significantly enough to warrant inclusion as one of the worst ever.

I decided to use the same qualifications as were used for determining presidential greatness in last year’s article with the emphasis upon how these individuals failed to meet those standards. These are the inability to meet a national challenge, their incompetence as President, and/or their infidelity to the Constitution.

It should be noted that these are not meant to measure any level of scandal in a particular administration, as some kind of scandal can be attributed to almost every President who has ever occupied the White House. Scandals exist in many ways solely in the eye of the beholder, and the presence of one or two, while not desirable, should not brand someone as a horrible Commander in Chief.

Rather, it should be their actual accomplishments, for good or ill, that determine presidential rankings. Therefore, for your consideration here is a list of who I believe are the five worst Presidents of the “land of the free and the home of the brave” in history.

5. Millard Fillmore – 13th President, 1850-1853

President's DayIt is rare that a President is so bad that the party which selected him perishes shortly afterward. Fillmore was the last President affiliated with the Whig Party and that political group disbanded largely as a result of Fillmore’s support and signing of the “Compromise of 1850,” which strengthened the old “Fugitive Slave Act.”

The demand from the South for more effective legislation resulted in enactment of a second Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. Under this law fugitives could not testify on their own behalf, nor were they permitted a trial by jury. …Attempts to carry into effect the law of 1850 aroused much bitterness and probably had as much to do with inciting sectional hostility as did the controversy over slavery in the territories.

Though this action stalled the start of the Civil War for over a decade, it also served to increase the tensions between the Northern and Southern states and began a course that ensured armed conflict would be the only remaining solution to the slavery question. The hope that the Founding Fathers held onto that slavery would peacefully fade away as the nation matured was lost for good because of the “Compromise of 1850,” and that marks the Fillmore presidency as the fifth-worst in American history.

4. Andrew Johnson – 17th President, 1865-1868

President's Day 2020America was reminded of the most familiar and infamous fact about President Andrew Johnson after enduring the sham impeachment effort aimed at current President Trump. Johnson became the first Chief Executive to be impeached by the House of Representatives and missed being removed by one vote in the Senate.

Whether or not the impeachment was warranted, Johnson was certainly a very ineffective President because he tried to please everyone on both sides of the issue of slavery immediately after the Civil War. For example, while in Congress,

Johnson supported the Fugitive Slave Act and the right to own slaves. However, when states started to secede from the Union in 1861, Johnson was the only southern senator who did not agree.

Johnson became President upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and carried his politics into the Reconstruction era with terrible results. This places Andrew Johnson at the fourth-worst President in our history.

3. Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th President, 1963-1968

President's Day 2020I am courting some opposition with the choice of Lyndon B. Johnson as one of our worst Presidents ever. The reason this choice is controversial is that LBJ, as he was popularly known, racked up a list of accomplishments that many would see as very positive for America.

After all, LBJ signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that recognized the legal rights of blacks and other minorities. However, it wasn’t LBJ who originally pushed for these, and actions he did take through the rest of his presidency erased much of the good that resulted from the Civil Rights victories.

For one thing, LBJ seriously mishandled the Vietnam War and allowed the press and the protesters at home to determine policies for the battlefield. However, it was his “Great Society” program used to conduct a self-declared “war on poverty” that has caused incredible carnage in America for the last half-century.

The efforts championed by LBJ essentially subsidized poverty by creating a welfare state, as well as the gigantic entitlements of Medicare and Medicaid, and as basic economics tells us, anything which is subsidized grows larger. The welfare state mentality has crippled large urban areas in America for over 50 years and mired minorities in high unemployment and terrible poverty because of the results of LBJ’s efforts.

The situation with federal and state government entitlements is the single most significant and ignored portion of our astounding amount of national debt. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are the three largest portions of the unfunded liabilities of the government, and those three together total more than 50 trillion dollars and make the true total of our national debt, almost 130 trillion dollars, all begun with LBJ’s actions earning him the title of third-worst President.

2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 32nd President, 1932-1945

President's DayIf choosing LBJ as one of the worst Presidents was controversial, choosing FDR as the second-worst is going about as far out on a limb as one could go. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is as close to a Leftist deity as can be imagined, and he is the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time] of the Democratic Party rivaled perhaps only by another three-letter Dem, JFK.

It has been said that his policies successfully led America through two great crises of the time, the Great Depression and World War II. However, there are others who would rightfully contend that what FDR’s actions really did was make these crises worse than they should have been all along.

His “New Deal” programs actually lengthened the Great Depression and it wasn’t until World War II that the nation began to recover economically.

As the state sector drained the private sector, controlling it in alarming detail, the economy continued to wallow in depression. The combined impact of Herbert Hoover’s and Roosevelt’s interventions meant that the market was never allowed to correct itself. Far from having gotten us out of the Depression, FDR prolonged and deepened it, and brought unnecessary suffering to millions.

During World War II, the domestic policy of FDR was nothing short of heinous. The infamous Japanese Internment camps created by FDR’s executive order forcibly “relocated” people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were born in America, into government camps farther inland and in remote areas.

One of the most stunning ironies in this episode of American civil liberties was articulated by an internee who, when told that the Japanese were put in those camps for their own protection, countered “If we were put there for our protection, why were the guns at the guard towers pointed inward, instead of outward?”

The final rather dubious accomplishment of FDR’s reign was the creation of the United Nations after WWII. The legacy of this Leftist dream is the epitome of the old saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” and has been covered by this journal in more detail in a three-part series from 2017.

This leads us to the President who was essentially FDR’s unseen mentor and began the efforts to steer America toward Socialism, Woodrow Wilson.

1. Woodrow Wilson – 28th President, 1913-1921

President's Day 2020During the eight years of the presidency of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, he accomplished an amazing amount of changes in the American landscape, and the vast majority of it was detrimental and produced negative consequences we are still wrestling with today, a century later.

The two most influential and destructive domestic economic programs Wilson was involved with were the creation of the Federal Reserve and the IRS. The Federal Reserve was created essentially to serve as a nationalized Bank of the United States and has dramatically changed our economics in an unstable direction as a result.

The single most destructive measure during Wilson’s tenure was his implementation of the progressive income tax system in America. This created the Internal Revenue Service that has fed the insatiable maw of federal government spending that has brought America to the atrocious and dangerous levels we see today.

It is even more troubling that the IRS was granted a power that no other government agency enjoyed up till then in that its regulations were given the force of federal law to be used against the taxpayers of America. This means that the IRS is empowered to enforce its rules as if they were laws, even though these are not technically laws under the Constitution.

That power has been used to severely limit constitutional freedoms, greatly assist in the destruction of the American family, assert the authority of the government over individual liberty, and provide unprecedented enablement of government corruption since its inception. This renders the progressive income tax system in America antithetical to the Constitutional premise of no taxation without representation and amounts to legalized theft.

Wilson was also a noted racist who enforced his wishes by resegregating the U.S. military and the federal government. Though he has been a darling of Leftists for his progressive policies, his racism has also been rebuked by others of a leftist bent.

Wilson was a bigot who sanctioned official segregation in Washington, D.C., say critics on the left. He used America’s entry into World War I as a rationale for crushing civil liberties. He was autocratic.

His sanction of bigotry and enforcement of blatant racist policies at the federal level set race relations back decades at a time when Americans were beginning to come together in all areas of society without regard for race. He essentially put his stamp of approval on the “Jim Crow” laws throughout the South and emboldened groups like the Klu Klux Klan to perpetuate racism.

What made Wilson more sinister than other Presidents was his open disdain of the Constitution and the form of government enshrined in America. He believed that America had essentially out-grown the Constitution and a much more centralized government system was necessary for the 20th century.

Wilson contended that a system of government established in the late 1700s for a smaller, sparsely populated country had become inadequate in a world of industrialization, immigration, international tensions and other developments the founders couldn’t have foreseen. Government therefore had to adapt. …He deplored the way the branches of government checkmated each other to stall progress—or what he saw as progress…

Woodrow Wilson set America on the road toward today’s ‘Democratic Socialists’ who are democratic in name only, and believe the American political system should be overturned and a Socialist system should be established. He has certainly earned the ranking of America’s worst President ever.

Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? Psalm 94:20 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Isn’t It Time for Some Good News?

I open Google and social media each day, and the negative news floods the pages. People are murdering the innocent with fortitude, a grim reminder Satan still walks the earth. Those with the gold try to pass absurd laws for citizens to follow while they release the guilty to commit more crimes. Lines are drawn in the dirt as men of power speak lies. We, the meek, are artists left to draw our own conclusions. Today, I sit outside in the rain to witness God’s tears of sadness as I pray for those who desperately need His help. But every now and again, we might glimpse His holy goodness.

So, isn’t it time for some good news? God is coming soon to save the faithful and who believe He is the great healer of all our pain. Prophecy promises He will honor those who uphold His holy name.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV

Let’s make hope the new headlines! The brown lawns will soon resonate to a gorgeous green, and budding plants will regain their strength. Even in times of disaster, we can witness God showing His power, and mankind, together, fights off evil as one. Many non-believers, especially overseas, have found the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isn’t this a joy to share with others? Let us join hands in solidarity and honor God, for He will be the successor! Spread the hope of salvation to everyone!

Today, I challenge every man, woman, and child to become a leader for God. Sweep away the dead foliage of yesterday, and salt the icy bricks so we can climb the steps to heaven’s gates. Let your Christian faith shine through in every aspect of your life! Make positive changes that reflect God’s love and spread His good news.

“A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NIV

Memorize scriptures with a strong heart and an encouraging message. It will improve your relationships, health, and happiness. Learn new ways to replace the old negative ones. Pray for the Lord to show you the way for He is in total control of your life.

Yes! YOU will be the good news this world is so desperate to find! Faith unto us has great continuity.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2  NIV

God bless you, my friends!


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Why do African leaders stick to power?

Has you ever asked yourself the question as to why African leaders like to stick to power?

It is a normal thing for African leaders to stay in power for life. There are only a few exceptions. And in some cases, they only leave because they are forced to do so.

This is an issue Africans need to put more and more on their discussion agenda. It is imperative that we put an end to this eternalization of people in power.

So how do we explain that once a black man gets to power, he never wants to leave to make way for others?

Let me start the discussion by advancing my own points.

  1. Lack of educated minds: Someone with an educated mind knows and accepts that they are not the only person in their community. They know we share the earth with others who also have a right to be here. We do not have to be selfish or greedy. We have to have a spirit of sharing. The selfish instinct in most African leaders is very strong to the point of greed. Many African leaders are greedy. They don’t want to share power.
  2. Power is sweet. Power is sweet and once somebody tastes it, it becomes hard to give it up unless there is real serious pressure to step down.
  3. Weak constitutions. The constitutions of African countries are generally weak and give room for manipulation. The leaders change them at will to legitimize their long stay in power.
  4. Weak institutions Governing institutions like the Parliament, the Senate and the judiciary. are and not free and are manipulated.
  5. Unscrupulous leaders: Many African leaders are unscrupulous. They don’t listen to their consciences.
  6. Fear: Many African leaders are ruled by fear of the unknown. What will happen when they leave power? They could be jailed for all the atrocities they committed while in office.
  7. Western Masters: At times, the Western masters want a particular person to continue in power to facilitate things for them.

These are the points I have. Please, keep the ball rolling. Give your comment or add to the points advanced here.

Dementia grips monster

We have the State
Of the Union today;
If you build a monster,
Have no qualms,
It can devour you;
Especially if dementia
Grips it;
That makes it dangerous;
Stop it before
It’s too late;
Look exactly what I see
Staring at me;
A demented monster?
Who brought him here?
Let someone tell me;
Who built him?
I see something scary;
Everybody being trumped;
Underhand ways
Trumping morality;
Vaulting ambition
Trumping loyalty to
The core values
Of a democratic society,
It’s scary
You build a monster
And blindly follow him;
Hypnotic powers at work
Or something?
That keeps me awake
With thinking time.
How high will
Your temperature rise
If a loaded weapon
Of Emergency Powers
Goes into wedlock with dementia?
I see the head of the world
pushed into the mouth
Of a furnace
With burning coal;
Or do you see a human being
In a lion’s den?
Beware!
I see a monster that changes colour like a chameleon!
All my red lights are on.
I can’t sleep;
Who says the impossible
Cannot be possible;
See real emergence
Into a high dimension
No one thought possible;
A democracy emerges into
A democratic kingdom;
Call it democratic dictatorship;
See Congress trumped;
Supreme Court trumped;
The Commander-in-Chief
Of the military trumps it all.
That is the State of the Union.

How the World Changed 30 Years Ago [Video]

How The World Changed 30 years Ago

Celebration of Fall of Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, 2014

Saturday, November 9, 2019, was the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the day the world changed forever in a way unimaginable for the seven decades preceding that historic event. It was also the first world-changing event I was aware of as an adult and the most significant until 9/11 in my lifetime.

Therefore, it is prudent that time is remembered and the events reviewed as we look back 30 years at what the world was like when the Berlin Wall still existed, and how that day was the death knell for the first and most powerful communist nation to have ever existed.

The Nuclear Threat Was Dangerous and MAD in 1989

It is difficult to realize what the fall of that infamous Wall signified at the time if one was not raised in school doing the ‘civil defense’ drills in class, as I did in grade school. We were instructed to lay underneath our desks with hands covering our heads when a civil defense alert sounded in the school.

Inset.1.11.10.2019That was the best method of survival we had if we weren’t close to a civil defense shelter in the event of a nuclear blast. After all, not every public school had a shelter that would serve to even minimally protect against a nuclear attack.

The USSR also had the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons which has ever existed. At the high point of its production, in 1985, the communist behemoth held a stockpile of over 39,000 nuclear weapons.

America’s nuclear weapons cache was the second largest, and at its peak in 1965 held just over 31,000 weapons. In 1985, though America remained the second largest nuclear power, a steady reduction of the size of our arsenal left a total of slightly more than 21,000.

Moreover, by 1985 five other nations had obtained nuclear weapons; the United Kingdom, France, Israel, China, and India. By 1989, the world was just preparing for North Korea to enter the realm of a nuclear threat.

The strategy developed to deal with the increasing danger posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons was deemed the M.A.D. or Mutually Assured Destruction theory.

The theory is based on the fact that nuclear weaponry is so devastating that no government wants to use them. Neither side will attack the other with their nuclear weapons because both sides are guaranteed to be totally destroyed in the conflict.

This strategy was thought necessary to maintain a nuclear ‘balance of power’ between the Soviets and Americans. That strategy was developed during the Cold War era of the 1980s with the idea that as long as neither nation was capable of launching a rapid and overwhelming first strike, the ‘balance of power,’ would stand and an uneasy safety would result.

Inset.2.11.10.2019The M.A.D. strategy that began in earnest during the 1980s also met the instrument of its demise in the 1980s, with the American most credited with winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan. He began a change in the American stance with a now-infamous proposal for a Strategic Defense Initiative, which was labeled “Star Wars” by the Left.

Reagan declared his S.D.I. proposal in a March 1983, address known as his “Star Wars” speech. The initiative was a plan to build a nuclear missile defense network of satellites that would stop ballistic missile attacks on the United States primarily those that might come from the Soviet Union.

Reagan announced, “I call upon the scientific community who gave us nuclear weapons to turn their great talents to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”

Earlier that same month, President Reagan coined one of his most famous phrases for the Soviet state by calling it an “evil empire.” Unfortunately,  the S.D.I. program was opposed from the start by the Leftist Democrats in Congress, and eventually was scrapped citing “budget concerns.”

The USSR Was the “Evil Empire”

Soviet Russia was unabashedly a communist nation. However, it is especially noteworthy that the name of the nation in 1989 was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR.

The Soviet Union was the prime example of the fact that Socialism is a kinder face to present to the world than Communism. In truth, they were simply two sides of the same blood-stained coin then, and that remains the case today.

The USSR was a conglomeration of 15 ‘states’ to form the largest nation by landmass the world has ever seen. Two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former Marxist goliath was fractured and two of their former states, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, had ‘inherited’ large amounts of nuclear weapons.

The prospect of worldwide nuclear destruction was regarded with fear both among Americans and around the globe. However, President Reagan changed that prevailing attitude with a phrase he used in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983.

When Reagan labeled the USSR “an evil empire,” he galvanized support for an active response to Soviet totalitarianism. That began the road leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall six years later.

The inevitability of the fall of that wall was hammered home in another speech in June of 1987 at the front of the infamous “Brandenburg Gate” section of the Berlin Wall dividing West Berlin from communist East Berlin. It was there he publically challenged Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

Two years and five months later, the wall was declared null and void by the East German authorities. What happened next made the history we remember today.

The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall. Some crossed freely into West Berlin, while others brought hammers and picks and began to chip away at the wall itself.

The Berlin Wall was a very unique structure because it divided a city which lay well within the borders of communist East Germany. East Germany was one of a number of eastern European countries under the control of the Soviets when the continent was divided by what became known as the “Iron Curtain” after World War II.

Inset.3.11.10.2019All of that was changed because of that fateful day 30 years ago. When the final collapse of the USSR came in 1991, the map of Europe was radically rearranged.

Germany was one nation again after being divided since 1945. Others, such as Hungary, Poland and, Romania were freed from Soviet tyranny and became independent nations that remain so today.

Most importantly, millions of human beings were liberated from slavery under a regime and system as brutal and horrible and even more lethal than even Nazi Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall deserves recognition as one of the monumental historical events in the 20th century.

A Cold War Ally from the Polish Shipyards

It would be remiss to not mention that President Reagan was allied with other opponents of the “evil empire,” who aided tremendously in the Cold War struggle. These included the formidable Britsh Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (the best PM since Churchill), Pope John Paul II, and an obscure Polish Union leader, Lech Walesa.

It would require a longer series of articles to give due credit to these three. However, I would like to highlight Walesa at the close of this piece for he represents the ordinary citizen under Communist oppression during the Cold War era.

Walesa began the first independent labor union under the Soviet rule of Poland which was later named, Solidarność, or Solidarity, in August of 1980. It started in a protest that issued a number of bold demands to the communists.

On August 14, 1980, during protests at the Lenin Shipyard caused by an increase in food prices, Wałęsa climbed over the shipyard fence and joined the workers inside, who elected him head of a strike committee to negotiate with management. Three days later the strikers’ demands were conceded, but when strikers in other Gdańsk enterprises asked Wałęsa to continue his strike out of solidarity, he immediately agreed. Wałęsa took charge of an Interfactory Strike Committee that united the enterprises of the Gdańsk-SopotGdynia area. This committee issued a set of bold political demands, including the right to strike and form free trade unions, and it proclaimed a general strike. Fearing a national revolt, the communist authorities yielded to the workers’ principal demands

Inset.4.11.10.2019“Solidarity” was born after that agreement and millions of other Polish workers joined or formed independent unions on their own. Eventually, the government recognized the new movement which steadily and carefully pushed forward the cause of liberty against the ever-present threat of Soviet intervention.

Walesa went on to become the President of Poland from 1990-95 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his efforts.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Wałęsa in 1983 was criticized by the Polish government. Fearing involuntary exile, he remained in Poland while his wife, Danuta, traveled to Oslo, Norway, to accept the prize on his behalf.

The beginning of the end of the Cold War was announced by the destruction of the Berlin Wall. However, it took the efforts of national patriots like Walesa to begin the march toward freedom from the evils of communist rule in Europe.

It also took the prayers of millions more to produce leaders of courage from Walesa to Reagan who would take on the monstrous “evil empire.” Those kinds of prayer warriors are needed even more today if the accomplishment of destroying one communist wall is not going to be revoked by allowing the specter of socialist enslavement to be raised up from within.

The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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How You Represent Matters

The destiny of a group, generation most times rest on the representative of that group or generation.

1 Samuel 17. If the representative fails, that generation is most likely going to fail. If the representative succeeds, that generation/group will succeed. Even in family, businesses, government, sports, class rooms, the person at the helm of affairs will determine whether that team succeed or fails.

Goliath was the Philistines representative, whereas David was the Israelites representative in their battle. My mentor/spiritual father once said life is a battle of powers.

Few key points to know & act on:

  1. Be careful what you do as a representative in your group
  2. Be careful about deals and promises you make.
  3. Be careful about what you say to other parties as you represent your party.
  4. Be careful of what you ask for.
  5. Never boast of yourself when representing your group, but of Him God who sent you there to represent His people.

When you represent him well and boast of him, you will not only be promoted and known but your lineage will also be remembered. (1 Sam 17:55-58).

Seek to promote Christ first and always and you will be known.

Have you ever thought of it that there is a generation/group you are representing? If not, then think about it now and thread careful the path you are on. SELAH 🤔


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Peace!

Leadership Development

The art of personal development is one of the process that marks the commencement of leadership quality in an individual.

Which leader would you say has impacted you the most? It is certain, there must be some things about that leader that attracted you and won you over.

Do you know that you also have the potential of becoming a leader?

But before we go further,who is a leader?

Different people have different definition and views of who a leader is. But this is who i think a leader should be:

A leader should be someone who has the ability to influence people positively. Start influencing people around you positively.

A leader is someone who is passionate about bringing out the best out of people.

A leader is someone who is compassionate. Are you compassionate about the people around you?

A leader is someone who genuinely does the right things for the right reasons. Do you always do the right thing genuinely or with ulterior motives?

A leader should be principled and people cantered.

As a leader, the situation you live in does not have to live in you.

A leader is someone who always leave a place and people better than the way he or she met them.

Leadership development is first about yourself as a leader then developing those that are following you to also become leaders by laying a good example for them to follow.

According to John Maxwell in his book “Developing the leader within You” states that leadership is the ability to obtain followers

If leadership is the ability to obtain followers then the next thing that comes to mind is how so i lead these people that are following me?

Your character will to a large extent determine how well you lead your followers

Character development precedes leadership development and a good character makes a great leader while a bad character makes a bad leader.

What is Character?

According to Myles Monroe; character is what you know about yourself, who you are when no one is watching

Another word for character is integrity and integrity is being sincere and honest with God, with others and yourself.

As a leader if your character is questionable in private it can stand against you in public

It is important to note that freedom is a thing of the mind, a function of your cogitation. If you are bound in your mind you can not be free on your outward disposition.

Truth about leadership

One truth about leadership is that, it is only people who are free that can truly lead and it is the truth that sets free.

Some leaders are born and some leaders are made. But everyone is a leader in one way or the other.

Knowledge is power, an essential tool in leadership. My people perish for the lack of knowledge.

As you develop yourself as a leader, be mindful of the fact that you are loaded with great potentials for problem solving. You are loaded with potentials for meeting needs. You are embedded with potentials for making positive changes in your family and society at large.

Identity what needs to he done around you and do it if you can. Leadership development is about taking the first step. Even if nobody follows you at first, when they see that you are consistent they will.

Let me know who has impacted you positively as a leader and how you are also impacting the people around you in your own little way.


Many thanks for coming around, until next time..

Peace,

Danny

Be a leader

If a leader doubts
The followers will doubt;
If a leader hesitates,
The followers will hesitate;
If a leader is weak,
The followers will be weak;
If a leader is disorganized,
The followers will be disorganized;
If a leader has a clear vision,
The followers will have a clear vision;
If a leader is courageous,
The followers will be courageous;
If a leader is confident,
The followers will be confident.
Leaders lead;
Followers follow;
As a leader, be a leader,
And lead as you want your followers to follow.