“leadership For National Transformation”
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change,
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country
But, it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
I settled for changing only family, those closest to me,
But alas, they would have none of it.
And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize,
If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement
I would then have been able to better my country
And, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”
Inscribed on Anglican Bishop’s Tomb in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Reflecting on the Theme, the above quotes resonate in my mind the belief that a Nation’s transformation actually begins with an individual. The role of individuals in National transformation and development is largely marginalised as most people solely depend on their leadership. Nations change process actually begins with the basic tenets of the individuals. People would experience the rippling effect of this change process from homes to the Nation.
Great nations are built on the foundations of sound homes. When the home is broken, children and parents both lead wayward lives. The nation would be fixed from its challenges when homes allow Christ, the author of transformation to lead.
2 Timothy1:5 re-echoes the impact of upbringing in the life of an individual as good upbringing has generational impact.
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you”.
The thoughts of the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 3v2-9, 15) as he admonishes Timothy, a young and upcoming leader, cannot be overemphasized. He led an exemplary lifestyle and supported Paul’s ministry.
Also for the purposes of bringing positive transformation in the newly redeemed Israel, the Lord admonished Joshua not to turn from the laws governing the nation to the left or right (Joshua 1v1 -9). Oh how true this is! The new leader of the nation was assured of meeting his aspirations and goals only when he himself carefully obeyed the laws to the letter…
When all of us in every place of position abide by Ephesians 4: 22-28 “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth, let him that lied, lie no more,let him that oppressed others, learn to be gentle and meek…”., then transformation of the nation can be achieved.
Our attitudes, our desires, our world view must all change and be in line with the word of God as we brighten the little and big corners we occupy as leaders.The nation can hope to enjoy the benefits tomorrow let us keep this quote always “Fix the man to fix the world”.