Written by Bayo Ogunmupe -Nigeria
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THE universe desires you to have everything you want. Nature or Jehovah is friendly to your plans. He will assent to them if you are virtuous. The world is at your beck and call. Believe this and act it out as the truth, and it shall be so. However, it is essential that your purpose is in harmony with Jehovah's will.
You must want a life of substance, not mere pleasure or sensual gratification. Life thrives on functional performance; you live only when you perform every function physically, mentally and spiritually. God will not grant your wish to be rich in order for you to live swinishly, for the gratification of animal desires. Jehovah will grant you riches in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when it is proper to do so; in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, develop your intellect, in order that you may love men and be kind to them and partake in helping the world find truth.
But extreme altruism isn't better or nobler than selfishness; both are mistakes. Forget the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others, and that you can secure His favour by so doing. God requires nothing of the kind. What God wants is that you make the most of yourself, so that you can help others more by your riches. You can make the most of yourself more by getting rich. So, it is right and praiseworthy that you give your first and best thought to the work of acquiring wealth.
However, be aware that creative imagination or desire will create things for you but it will not take things away from someone else and give them to you. You must rid yourself of competition in thought or action. You are to create not to compete for God's abundance. You are a creator not a competitor. Plutocrats who become very rich, do so purely by their extraordinary ability, not by competition. Perhaps, competition unlocks the ingenuity in them, enabling them outstrip their rivals. John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Purpont Morgan were the unconscious agents of the Almighty in the necessary work of systematizing and organizing the American civilization.
Riches secured through competition are never satisfactory and permanent. They are yours today and another's tomorrow. Remember, if you want to be rich, you must rise above competitive thought, for competition saps your power to create. What is worse, you will arrest the creativity you have already garnered. Know that the money you need will come. Never look at the visible supply, look always at the limitless riches in nature and know that they are coming to you, according to your needs. All you need do is to focalize and express your desire to God.
Indeed, your over-self wants to live all that is possible in you. It wants you to have all that you can, which it can use for the living of the most abundant in life. By fixing upon your consciousness the fact that you desire riches and with invincible faith, your success is assured. By holding the picture of riches in your mind and living the lifestyle of rich men, you unconsciously attract wealth to your life.
Thus, the way to riches is, first, to have faith in your ability to be wealthy. Second, believe your over-self will give you everything you desire and thirdly you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude. Many people fail because of ingratitude to the Almighty. Having received one gift from God, they cut the connecting wires with Jehovah by failing to make grateful acknowledgement of His blessing. The more grateful you fix your mind on the Almighty, when your prayers are answered, the more goodies you shall receive.
By being grateful, the nearer you live to the source of wealth, the more wealth you shall receive. Gratitude is a natural principle that draws you to the source of all blessing - the Supreme Being. And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction from God is the giving of greater plenitude. But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings. Without gratitude, you cannot long keep from being dissatisfied regarding things as they are. And the moment you are dissatisfied, you transmit the pictures of poverty and lack to your subconscious, bringing you into poverty as a consequence.
To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your mind on the best is to surround yourself with the best and to become the best and the brightest. The creative power in us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. God's spark in us made us Godlike, enabling us to share God's creative power. That is why we always take the form of that which we think about. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore, it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best and will receive the best.
Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects miracles and expectation becomes faith. In reaction to a person's gratefulness, God blesses the supplicant. An ungrateful person cannot retain faith for long; without living faith, you cannot get rich. Therefore, it is necessary to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you.
Our champion for today is Dr. Charity Mutegi, the winner of this year's Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award is endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by young scientists who have clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.
Dr. Mutegi will be formally presented with the award on World Food Day, October 16, this year, in Iowa, United States. She is being honoured for her efforts to identify the cause of, and solution to, a deadly outbreak of grain poisoning in 2004-2005, killing 125 people in eastern Kenya who consumed contaminated grain. Her diligent research led to solutions averting future outbreaks. Dr. Mutegi has developed Biocontrol product in Kenya and is an inspiration to other young scientists around the world.
Charity Mutegi received her PhD in Food Science in the Food Security Program at the University of Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa in 2010. She received the Norman Borlaug fellowship in 2008, traveling to Pennsylvania State University to work in the Department of Plant Pathology. Her research focused on contamination of peanuts from households in western Kenya.
After completing her doctorate, Mutegi returned to her native Kenya where she continued working at Kenya Agricultural Research institute. Currently, she serves as Kenya Country Coordinator for the Biocontrol Project funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project is expected to benefit millions of farmers in Kenya. Dr. Mutegi said she has dedicated her life's work to food security because she has seen the effects of contamination firsthand. She credits her success to "supportive work environment, guidance from senior scientists and my personal work ethics."
Dr. Mutegi's work ethics reflect those demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug during his work at the Rockefeller Foundation in developing high-yielding wheat in Mexico for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. I am citing Mutegi as a symbol of hope in a continent bereft of creative intellectuals in every field of human endeavour.