Month: September 2016

#BGIF BLESS GOD IT’S FRIDAY (#BGIM Special)

#BGIF Bless God It’s Friday
#BGIM SPECIAL

After talking about paying your workers well and the need for workers to also respect their bosses or superiors, we land on another important which has been seen to be key to the growth of most companies.

RESPECT YOUR SUBORDINATES AND LISTEN TO THEM.

It’s true you are the owner of the company or you are the superior but that doesn’t mean all the wisdom or ideas in this world rests in your head. As seen in most Ghanaian Ananse stories, Ananse, the spider always thinks he is the wisest but has been proven on several occasions even by his sons that the ‘Pot of Wisdom’ was never handed to one person.

This reminds of one very notable thing my junior brother once did which I was very appreciative of. Not to say that I didn’t know how to iron as that time (i.e about 2 years ago), but as I ironed my clothes that day, he leaned forward to show a few vital ironing tips for which after humbling myself to receive them, I was blessed. In fact, I was taughtΒ  a few lessons none of my senior cousins, my ‘school father’ in high school, my close friends or any other person had ever taught me as I grew up . And those lessons have even created bigger opportunities for me at other places apart from home. God bless you Eddie once again.

It’s true the business is yours but sometimes some of your well-meaning workers may suggest an incredible idea or solution to a problem, don’t think you would feel humiliated in the eyes of the other workers if you took that advice. NO!!! You never would be humiliated but rather you would gain more respect in their eyes because they realise they are working with a listening boss or superior. Other incredible ideas and inputs would begin to come from other workers which after you necessary SIEVING as a superior or owner, you might find vital to the growth of your establishment. When you come to such a conclusion, don’t delay to implement such things.

And that is not to say superiors are supposed to listen and TAKE EVERY IDEA of their subordinates. As I always there is no law in this world that says you must do what you have been advised to do but rather it is necessary you listen to the advices people give in an attempt to have a broader perspective of the situation. The judgement of whether it is good, bad or necessary always rests with you.

So do listen to your Subordinates and please please RESPECT THEM because they are also ‘persons’.

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HOW GOD REFINES US.

A very touching story:

There was a group of women in a Bible Study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. “This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse, that “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, how do you know when the silver is fully refined? He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

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#BGIM SEQUEL to PAY YOUR WORKERS- FOUNDERS’ DAY EDITION

Anytime workers here of pay πŸ’΅, they are very excited. So most workers were happy to hear that this week’s #BGIM was urging employers to pay their workers and not to delay with it in order for God’s blessings to be on their business continually.

As it is said, there are always two sides of a coin. Now, we look at Workers’ side of the coin.

RESPECT YOUR BOSS

Colossians 3:22-23 reads from the NIV
v22. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

v23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

The King James puts part of the text as “…obey your masters in all things, NOT AS EYE PLEASERS πŸ‘€ as menpleasers…”

It is the moral and religious responsibility of every worker to respect their employers and superiors at work. Some workers just don’t respect their workers. They look at the flaws of their masters and use it as a reason to disrespect their masters.

Some say their boss is not a religious person say a Christian, hence they do not give such bosses the maximum respect they would have given to a Christian boss. Others look at the low education of their boss and don’t respect because they are always talking about big things, looking at other so-called big companies and also looking forward to become the Managing Director of that same company. Some say their boss is not compassionate or generous, so they don’t show maximum respect to them.

But truth is whatever the reason is, you have to respect your boss. The God who gave you employment is that same God that placed you under him. If you disrespect your boss, unknowingly, you are being disrespectful to God Almighty in Heaven. That’s a truth most of us don’t know especially the young people of today anytime we disrespect our bosses and the elders in our community.

The Bible reiterates this point in Romans 13:1-“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Respect your boss no matter the reason even if your pay has delayed. If you respect, the Good God who sees all you do would open greater doors πŸšͺ of blessings for you there whereas your colleagues are acting as menpleasers. Don’t be like them who work only when their master is watching.

God is watching πŸ‘€, so respect your boss.

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A special *HAPPY FOUNDERS’ DAY* to all my fellow Ghanaians as we celebrate our founding fathers who with all their might and property founded this nation on a good soil. Notable mention is our first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to whom we celebrate πŸ™Œ his 107th birthday πŸŽ‚ today.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- PAY YOUR WORKERS!!!

After all your prayers to God at church β›ͺ during the weekend, it is important you pay your workers and actually pay them well to activate God’s blessings upon your life.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:18 that “a worker deserves his wages“. As you seek God to bless the fruit of your labour, it is imperative you pay your workers however small the money πŸ’΅ might be and make it a point not to delay in the payment.

James 5:4 interestingly reads “Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.”

If you fail to pay your workers, not only does it affect their attitude but it ultimately reaches the GOD YOU SERVE AS EVIDENCE AGAINST YOU. And God is always JUST.

One thing I picked up from my dad is anytime anybody came to do something at home 🏠, however small it is whether electrical, gas, plumbing, carpentry etc, the money was readily available to pay the person as soon as he finished. And if he wouldn’t be around when the person comes, either he leaves the money πŸ’΅ with us, the children before going out or makes sure the person gets the money πŸ’΅ when he returns to find the job done.

Can you do so? Or do you do so with your workers? I believe we all have to make sure our workers are paid and paid promptly not only to boost their morale and output but TO SECURE πŸ” OUR BLESSINGS FROM THE GOD WE SERVE.

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PAY YOUR WORKERS!!!

Watch πŸ‘€ out for the Sequel concerning workers on the FOUNDERS DAY SPECIAL Edition.

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#BGIM Editorial Apology

I write on behalf of the entire #BGIM Editorial team to offer an unqualified apology to anybody who has suffered the negative side effects of trying to apply any of the #BGIM principles.

Our 1 Year Anniversary Day Edition, for which I talked about how I was able to overcome a huge load of unwashed clothes for about 2/3 months by the LITTLE BY LITTLE PRINCIPLE inspired a friend to also wash all his unwashed clothes the next day. Unfortunately for him, it rained while he was taking an afternoon nap hence all his stuff were further soaked by the rain. But that isn’t the sad part actually, his loafers (shoes πŸ‘ž that can’t be polished but can only be washed) which he had to wear to class the next day also suffered from the downpour.

After class, a friend offered him a lift on his way back to his hostel 🏨 and that is when his shoe πŸ‘Ÿ i.e. loafers gave him out. The stench was quite bad such that when his friend, who happens to his superior too, questioned him a few days afterwards, he stood there dumb unable to defend himself. So saaaaaaaaaad…

So on this note, I offer an apology to his friend and also to my friend, Giant Andoh. I also offer a similar APOLOGY to readers of #BGIM,who might have suffered a similar fate.

DISCLAIMER:

As said at the end of a write-up I read about the Principles of the Richest Men in the world which read “These might not make you Bill Gates but would surely make you rich”

So also #BGIM might not make you the best worker with the perfect result always but would surely bring about IMPROVED RESULTS IN YOUR OUTPUT.
Thank you.

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#BGIM- FIRST IMPRESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday

After another Sunday at church β›ͺ, I hope you are getting ready for the blessings received this week. But remember God’s blessings always come via the work of your hands (Deut 28:12 , Job 1:10). Another Working week therefore means another Blessing week, so trust God for his blessings this week.

#BGIM- FIRST IMPRESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

First impressions count and most likely last because you don’t get a second chance to change that impression. First impressions can’t be negotiated with if you want to succeed in what you do. The impact of first impressions cannot be overemphasized. But sadly, first impression is NOT enough.

Two friends preparing for their National Service at a company in a conversation came to a conclusion that for the first two months of their one-year Service period, they would go to work very early and keep a high work ethic because they have to give a good impression of themselves at their new place of work. And I thumbed them πŸ‘ for that idea but on second thought I realised there was a flaw in that logical reasoning.

Going to work early for the first two months only was not enough. So would they start going to work late from the third month onwards? Hmmmm… Hmmmm… Hmmm…

After such a sigh, I am sure, we now understand why first impression is not enough. In fact, I would advise that if you know you are a habitual late person don’t come so early such that when your real character begins show forth, people who initially accepted you would be put off by your ‘new’ behaviour.

My personal observation about first impression have been that you can always use first impressions as a platform to turn over a new leaf 🍁 or to improve massively on any area you are lacking in. It is a moment you can use to start afresh and commit yourself to that new behaviour and attitude you desire to have.

So after two months of going to work early, CONTINUE going early so that the benefits of going to work early and having a high work ethic for which you convinced yourself that are necessary to give a first impression, would continue to show forth in your work life.

You would benefit more from it than the people who you were initially trying to impress cos it would lead to BETTER Appraisals for you: YOUR allowances, promotions, contracts, rewards, awards and external benefits would not be delayed at your new place of work.

May your First Impression be a CONSTANT Impression.

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Special Wishes to our Muslim brothers as they celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Bakr da Sallah.

FIRST IMPRESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

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NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

The day Zacchaeus climbed the tree, short people lost their right to use HEIGHT as an excuse.Β 

The day David killed Goliath, young people lost their right to use AGE as an excuse.

The day Joseph became Prime Minister, illegal immigrants lost their right to use STATUS as an excuse.

The day the woman with the issue of blood used her last strength to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, weak people lost their right to use WEAKNESS as an excuse.Β 

The day the widow dropped her offering, poor people lost their right to use POVERTY as an excuse.

The day Daniel met the lions, fearful people lost their right to use DEATH as an excuse.

The day grace came through Christ, the “LOST” lost their right to use SIN as their excuse.

NO MORE EXCUSES…..
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#BGIM Bless God It’s 1 Year: #ANNIVERSARY DAY

Today being 7th September, 2016 is the exact 1 Year Anniversary of the launch of #BGIM.

We commemorate the Anniversary Day with the story of how I overcame the challenge mentioned in this week’s #BGIM by the LITTLE BY LITTLE principle.

This is how I finally overcame a huge task I had bring trying to overcome for the past 3-4 months. I inadvertently had a pile up of all my clothes πŸ‘— down for washing caused by a short period of not washing my clothes. It was so much that I always told myself I would CLEAR IT the day I had enough time. But sadly for the past quarter, anytime I had time, I didn’t have enough physical strength & anytime I had enough physical strength, I didn’t have enough time. So I resorted to short short impulse washing of my clothes on demand for any occasion. Thus I have been washing the clothes needed for the next few days periodically, all until now.

I wondered to myself when I would ever overcome this huge load of dirty clothes anytime I looked beneath my wardrobe UNTIL just last week when I finally gathered the enough personal human resources to overcome it,

Going for a Church β›ͺ Camp Meeting, I decided as usual to wash another small clothes on demand (enough for only the Camp Meeting). After washing those few clothes, I told myself, “School πŸŽ’ is about to start, why not wash a few for the first week of school”, so I did so. By the time, I finished, it occurred to me that there’s a Wedding πŸ’’ ahead, why not wash a few nice clothes….

By the time, I had realised I had gathered enough momentum such that any time I finished a washing few clothes, I would instinctively go for another set and so on and so forth. This continued until we (family πŸ‘ͺ members) were called for a Family Prayer Time by which I had conquered 70% of that huge mass. The 30% is going to be conquered in the next available washing time.

As it is said, the Empire & Kingdoms of this world were conquered ONE AT A TIME.

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*#BGIM ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS*

In my earlier acknowledgements, I inadvertently forgot to acknowledge my spiritual fathers whose prayers have been made silently for me to keep #BGIM always on the move. Thanks to all spiritual fathers.

*Special Mention* goes to Pastor B. K. Adrakpanya (Rtd), my immediate past District Pastor whom I have worked in close relationship over the past year. It was during one of his Assignments that I wrote my first #SPECIAL Edition on Founders Day in Ghana. God richly bless him.

Thanks once again to all faithful readers of #BGIM.

LITTLE BY LITTLE

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#BGIM BLESS GOD IT’S ONE YEAR (ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

Woooowww!!! So soon, it’s one year already. A Monday like this last year #BGIM (Bless God It’s Monday) was officially launched and indeed God has been good to make us reach this milestone with our Monday Editions. We bless God for #BGIM.

#BGIM @ 1 Year: LITTLE BY LITTLE

Isaiah 28:10 (ESV) reads “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little” (Also in verse 13)

Some versions put it as “Do this, do that….”, “…a rule for this, a rule for that…” but all end with “a little here, a little there”

I have realised that the changes and improvements in life that last are not the ones that happen sudden but the ones by that HAPPEN SMALL-SMALL REPEATEDLY.

Small-small repeatedly. Remember little drops of water make a mighty ocean. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with the doing of BIG things such that when the enormity of the situation or challenge begins to prove too strong πŸ’ͺ for us, we begin to lose hope of finishing and finally give up.

Every big thing is made of small things. So if we can break the big things into its small parts and work on them *consistently*, we would collectively accomplish /overcome that big thing.

Dr. Larebee told Akeelah in the movie 🎬 “Akeelah and the Spelling Bee” that big words come from small words so in order for her to spell big words she had to learn how to spell all the small words in this world in order to become the Spelling Bee Champion πŸ† she eventually became.

I also overcame a HUGE challenge this past week by the same “little by little” principle. So i can attest to the fact that this principle works. Every huge challenge in this life can be broken into smaller challenges and dealt with.

So the next time, a challenge is ahead of you which seems insurmountable but needs to be done, consciously break it down into smaller tasks and finally clear it. If you have to sweep a large auditorium in preparation for an Event the next time, DIVIDE the auditorium into smaller compartments and sweep them one after the other for which you would see the auditorium swept neatly at the end.

No challenge can’t be overcome by the LITTLE BY LITTLE concept. Try it for it works. God bless you all.

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1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Edition
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*#BGIM Acknowledgements.*

I would like to express my sincerest Editorial gratitude to all patrons of #BGIM (readers, sharers, doers, critics and the like).

Special Acknowledgement goes to these 5 people for helping #BGIM see the light of its FIRST BIRTHDAY πŸŽ‚.

1. Abena Dede Adonu, the most ardent follower of #BGIM who could be asking me of #BGIM even on a Sunday. The days #BGIM was delaying, she would check to know why. In fact all these she has been doing has kept me on the toes.

2. Joseph alias $rΒ’ aka 3nnkasa, one of those who requested for #BGIM every Monday by 7am during the early stages of #BGIM. It was the strength required to help a seed germinate even in hard, dry soils.

3. My two best friends, Sammy and Jonathan, who always encouraged me when I started #BGIM even with funny jokes all in an attempt to keep me going on.

4. Finally, I would like to salute my Writing and Blogging Mentor & Trainer, Mama πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Jackie Hanson (The Khayil Woman) who gave little, little juicy pieces of advice all through the year.
God bless them all. Without them, I might not have been able to make the about 50 #BGIM Editions so far.

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DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

Story Credit: Dr. Ben Carson

Billy Graham is now 97 years-old. He has had Parkinson’s disease since 1992.

In January, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, ‘We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.’ So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, “I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.

Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it. “The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’ “Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

“The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’ Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”

Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this:

I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.”

May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door.

“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”

And may each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don’t have to worry about where we are going.

Have a Blessed Sunday at Church β›ͺ.
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