Nothing really changes until a sacrifice is given”.
“Easter is just a metaphor”, he said. I thought about it as the atheist said to me, “what is the big deal about a man dying on the cross for a cause. Anyone could have died for a cause, after all, the ISIS, Boko Haram die daily strapped with bombs for what they truly believe in”. Thinking about it, I realized what the true story is.
The real story is about God and his love for His Son and even in that love, how he was willing to give Him away. So the real story isn’t about a man who died, but it’s about God who laid a part of Himself as a sacrifice for us. Easter is a metaphor for the most powerful principle that works. Nothing really changes until something is given. It is a principle that even God had to obey. It is about giving up something dear for a desired change to occur. It is about giving to recreate. There is so much depth in the statement “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. John 3:16 KJV
Every time I sit in the table of men in higher places, from politicians to business men, I notice some strange principalities, but as long as they are successful, I see their common baseline when they talk. In those dinner tables, they put away their differences and begin to talk about their charities. And I see their common grounds as why they are truly successful, “Generousity!”.
In a world of hand down mentalities, people do not succeed that much because they always want to take without giving something first, from others. I see this everywhere. In very circular circle, interacting with very rich people, I found a truth. The truth is, no one succeeds or becomes wealthy or great by receiving, success comes from giving.
We are all getting better based on how much we can give. We got here because a few people from the past made sacrifices for us. From our parents to inventors who created the technologies we use today all to the mythical and spiritual models upon which our different religions were founded on. They gave!
Abraham was ready to “Give” his only son. Solomon gave so much offering, and that’s how he got wisdom. Years later Christianity began because God went further ahead and “gave” his only son. The lesson to learn is that before any great accomplishment must come sacrifice and giving. I’ll share a secret. When I want something so bad, I take a small portion of that thing I want but don’t have yet, and then I sow it to someone who needs just that thing, and then magic happens. The golden rule is that you “sow what you reap”. So for example, if i need to begin to build my own house, I’ll take a portion of that money that is not enough though intended to buy that land to pay for someone’s rent. Or if you need to do your masters degree program abroad and can’t afford the fees, take a portion of that saving to purchase JAMB and WAEC forms for those needing admissions too. Do you understand the ritual?
If you must get, give!
Our holy book says that a man’s gift maketh way for him. Generous people are the most powerful people in the world. In life, a lot of us struggle to get unknowingly because we really do not give. We think with an entitlement mentality. At every chance we get we want people to give us. We forget that blessed is the giver and not the receiver.
There’s always something to give, if nothing then, at least, begin to posses the “give your best” mentality. Remember we do not inherit this world from our parents alone we also borrow it from our children. Your future success and that of our world, love and life isn’t about how much you can take but in how much you can give. Possess the spirit of sacrifice, the spirit of giving and the spirit of Easter.
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Uwaoma Eizu is the lead strategist at Hexavia!
He is a graduate of Mathematics with two MBAs and over a decade of experience working with startups and big businesses. He is an entrepreneur and sits on a lot of boards too. His core is in building startups and in corporate restructuring. He is also a certified member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria and the Project Management Institute, USA. By the side, he writes weekly for the Business Day newspaper.