When I was getting set to marry my wife Anwinli, Pastor x called her for a meeting and told her not to marry me. In shock, she asked him why, and he said “Ohis doesn’t have a future. He is a miserable university graduate. He cannot afford to rent a house, he squats in his pastor’s house in Asaba and anytime he is in Benin he sleeps in his mother’s house. He doesn’t have any direction. He is like a ‘glorified’ house boy, a church rat and we use him to do the dirty jobs in church. Most times he cannot afford transport and often takes ‘along’. His ministry is not working and will never
work.” He went further to say, “So there is this other guy I think will be good for you.”
In great despair, Anwinli told me about the conversation. She was amazed that I was not a bit sad about it. In affirmation, I told her, “Pastor x is right, his opinion about me is my current reality which is a fact but the truth is, I may not know my tomorrow but I know the God that knows my future. Follow me as I follow the One who knows our tomorrow.” She didn’t hesitate to ignore the odds and stick with me.
Eventually, we became a team, Pastor x was very angry and we became his enemies. However, few months down the line, I had a big break!
God blessed my labour, I made a big hit! I made my first million at age 25 from a multimedia contract. Quickly, I established a Multimedia Outfit that had a working staff on my payroll. God’s blessing was so evident that I was opportuned to buy my 1st car and secure a comfortable apartment.
It was the media outfit that later gave birth to ‘The Winlos’ you celebrate today. Two years after, The Winlos became a global success. Our union is a success, and we hitherto have quite a handful of people from several nations of the world looking up to us as role models.
LESSON TO LEARN
Listen precious one, when God is writing your story, it doesn’t matter who tries to write you off. People will write you off because they think they know you. They see you and they think that is your end. What they don’t realize is the fact that all they know about you is the preamble to your Introduction and the main deal loading. Regardless of how a person’s status is, we should NEVER despise anyone because everyone has a pregnant future and you have no clue what he or she will deliver. Most leaders will rather condemn young ones than help them to the place of their destiny. As a leader, you must not like the choices of your followers. Do not be seen fighting them instead pray for them.
Leaders often exclude themselves from their followers process and are quick to call them ‘sons’ and ‘daughters’ when they succeed. This isn’t right, don’t be this kind of leader. Not neglecting the fact that years later Pastor x introduced me to his friends saying ‘this is one of my sons I’m proud of’. I was shocked.
Indeed, SUCCESS HAS MANY FRIENDS. On the other hand, Ladies, when God directs you to a man, his material level
shouldn’t be an issue if you understand the fact that you are a “favour carrier”. The Bible says any man that marries you has obtained FAVOUR. The moment Anwinli agreed to marry me despite my obvious situation, something in the atmosphere changed, doors began to open, why? She understood she’s favour.
Finally, people will always remember you for two things. The good you did for them or the good you never did. What part are you playing in that person’s life? Your call, Let’s be part of lifting people up, giving them direction, giving them platforms, encouraging them and when they grow they will always remember you for good.