I learnt a lot from my late parents. One of the greatest things they FORCED into our brains was that “peace of mind was a priceless jewel which very many rich people did not have.” So, we must do everything possible to ensure that we (his children) did not allow anything to take it away from us. As good role models, they led by example. My dad once told us that he had opportunities to steal from his employers and become rich, but he chose his peace of mind and fear of God. Luckily for him, my mum was equally on the same page. Perhaps, just perhaps, if she was not, she would have convinced my dad to “hit the fast lane of life” and bring wealth to the family, with total disregard for the consequences.
Today, to many people globally, the short story i just told you would have been likened to one of those gospel videos where you are taught the virtues of patience, hard work, fear of God and imbibing the commandment of God that says “thou shall not covet….” To such people, it’s outright rubbish and foolishness to run away from money, no matter what the circumstance or consequences, which may include, imprisonment, loss of job, public disgrace and even death !!! The trend today is “I must be rich, no matter the means !!!”
With this mentality, globally, there is a complete disregard for proper reasoning. The craze for money is monumental. People are willing and ready to take the risk and do ANYTHING, and I mean anything to get rich, including to KILL !!! Ritual killers are everywhere seeking for who they can use for money rituals; robbers are ready to take the life of their victims who are not willing to cooperate or do not have anything to offer. What about cyber-crime ? The sophistication is increasing every day. A number of people and organisations have lost so much to cyber-criminals. Offices, public institutions and even churches are not spared – all in the name of “I must be rich, no matter the means !!!”
The level of desperation is suffocating. Age or gender is no barrier. The younger ones are even smarter. Conscience, peace of mind and fear of God makes no sense here. What makes sense is to live large even if it means ruining someone’s life-time investment; even if it means putting people into sorrow or even if it means sending someone or people to their untimely graves.
Things are really in a bad shape. The spreading slogan seems to be “Get rich or die tryin.” But it can be checked…to some extent. I am a strong advocate of “a child is a reflection of his/her family and immediate community.” Let’s start from there. It’s a huge task. But I am also a very strong advocate of “keep on trying and keep hope alive.” One individual withdrawn from that “fast lane of life” will go a very long way. Don’t you think so?
There are decent and respectable means of making money these days – I mean good money. It involves having the right kind of friends who will bring productive and society-friendly ideas. It involves searching for information about opportunities. It involves someone showing concern and care for his fellow human beings. It involves someone showing concern for the society and the masses. It involves having the fear of God. It also requires a strong resolve to work hard, spiced up with determination and prayers. The government, business organisations and you and I…yes I mean YOU…have different roles to play. It is advisory we act now. Why? Because what goes around, comes around.
Food for thought : “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov 9:17)
Thanks for your time and God bless us all.