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In the Jewish calendar, the Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.

In Christianity, The Lenten Season is a holy month of fasting and prayer for forty days. The Passover falls within the last weeks of the Lenten season, specifically on Mundy Thursday. It is the holy month of Easter.

The eight-day festival of Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that is made available to every child of God, Jews and Gentiles, through the redemption made possible to the Patriarchs in Egypt, and spread abroad to all in Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross at Calvary as the Paschal lamb.

After many decades of slavery, hard labor, and horrible lives in Egypt, God heard the prayers of the children of Israel, and fulfilled His promise to Abraham to deliver them. He sent Moses to lead them into a promised land far away in Canaan. But despite many warnings, signs and wonders accompanied with devastating plagues affecting the lives, the livestock, the crops, and the environment of the Egyptians, with no effect upon the Hebrews, Pharaoh refused to let go the people of God.

Before the tenth and last plague, the Israelites were guided to prepare the Passover meal and mark the doors of their houses with the blood of the Passover lamb so that the Angel of death that would afflict Egyptian first-born would not hurt them.

The tenth plagues took place midnight of the night of Passover when the Angel of death passed through Egypt killing all their firstborn, sparing the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday.

Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he willingly allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt with all their belongings and precious gifts in such a hurry that the unleavened bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult men, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai in freedom as Children of God. This is liberation.

The story of Passover transcends Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and finds relevance in the truth of liberation as expounded by many great religions and cultures of the world.

Just like the Israelites found God-given liberation from the hands of a wicked Pharaoh in Egypt, so did the Puritans and Pilgrims found rest for their souls in the New World of North America after persecution from a despotic and oppressive King James I of England.

The story of Passover is the message of God to humanity that slaves can go free,  that the future can be better, and that you can overcome all of your challenges and difficulties in life if only you can  trust Him.

The “Negro Spirituals” inspired the African-American community to trust God for freedom, emancipation and equal rights, Today the African-American, former slaves, is King, ruler and leader, not only in America but all over the world.

The Holocaustt is the killing of about six million Jews by the Nazi rulers in Germany, but it had a major impact on the formation of a homeland for the Jews and the establishment of the state of Israel. It was bleak and bitter for the Jews during the difficult days of the Alhambra Declaration, and other persecutions across Europe, but after darkness comes light, a corridor was eventually created for the Israelis. The Jews have their say in the affairs of the world.

Your seemingly bitter bread of affliction today will soon turn to a cup of milk and honey if only you could trust God and follow His leading to do that which your heart desire without hurting the other fellow.. That is the essence of Passover and its remembrance and re-enactment.

A greater Passover awaits you, however, if you would always do His will, follow His way, and live according to His dictates, for, you shall pass over unto life eternal after your days are made on Earth, into a life of bliss and happiness, in His very presence and in His kingdom.

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”  (Rev 7: 9 – 10).

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev  21: 5 – 8).

Would you be in The Great Passover?  Think seriously on this, and plan to be there.

“Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.” Ross Perot.

In whatever color, shape or form, business is a vital aspect of life. People make honest businesses as much as dishonest ones. To be shrewd is being accurate or clever at judging people and situations, especially in business and projects. Honest business people abound as much as we have honest people. The world is equally awash with dishonest people and businesses. Your kind of person and the way you execute your business are closely intertwined.

An honest man is someone who:

Says what they mean,

Does not steal,

Does not lie,

Respect their responsibly to self,

Respect their responsibility to family, and

Respect their responsibility to society

What then makes an honest business person?

Honesty to self

To be honest and truthful to self is a major hallmark of an honest business person. This principle denotes doing business with a clear conscience and peace of mind. To be honest to oneself equals being honest to humanity, and to God, truthfully doing what you set out to do, honestly professing what you claim you are, and justly serving or selling you displayed goods and services.  Your mind is thus free from all guilt.

Honest to Family

To be honest to one’s spouse and family is the greatest indicator of the faithfulness and fidelity of a spouse and her innermost cell and members of her most private caucus in life. To deny one’s spouse and children of essential personal and private matters in the relationship and family life is a great indicator that one would not be truthful to business partners as required, which may lead to fraud, cheating, deception and lack of trust among the business parties.

Responsibility to Society

Those who tried to cheat the society in one way or another, or through tax payment evasion, eventually come back to pay heavily for it. “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. Pro. 10: 9, 16).

Truthful to one’s calling

A thorough search and development of one self, and the pursuit of that business in which one has profound knowledge or is an authority makes you excel without taking undue advantage of others. Doing what you know best prevent you from presenting a shoddy product or sub-standard service. While getting business is needful, not all businesses are expedient to one. Therefore, truthful pursuit of the trade in which you are best gifted prevents you from cover up and dishonest practices.

Fair and just measures

An honest business person would endeavor to be honest even in the slightest of all his transactions. He would not accept dishonest deals and illegal transactions. Neither would he take undue advantage of people and government. He uses proper measures and standards. He avoids deception, and does not cheat. He is fair and just in all his dealings; would even go the extra mile to forgive people who are unfair to him.

 Veracity

While seeking success, the honest business person is habitually truthful, does not lie, and not a charlatan. He is principled, truthful, and consistent as he strives to succeed in businesses and deals.

Strict integrity

The man who has set his good moral principles, and steadfastly adheres to those principles in all situations and transactions is an honest business person. He is undivided in his ways, completely and always in a sound state of mind and state of being.

Generosity

Because he is honest, he is also kind and generous. His generosity enhances his principle of honesty, keeping him good to people and the society without any expectation of reward, returns or public recognition of his goodness and philanthropy.

 Accountability

He pays taxes, public dues and levies without cutting corners. He renders proper and true accounts, records and reports without fair or favor to self, organization, or business transactions and projects.

Not selfish

An honest business person is not selfish. Even though he believes that profitability is the soul of business, he prosecutes his transactions without being self-centered. He makes more business and profit because of his selfless attitude.

Not Slothful

”Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man”.  (Pro. 6: 6 – 11)

 Goodwill

An honest business person has goodwill towards staff, employees and business partners. As a result, he is not envious of the progress or achievement of other people. He is equally free from the negative tendencies of hatred, jealousy, malice, pessimism, fear, and doubt which are the recourse of a dishonest life and deals.

 Support the needy

An honest business person is a philanthropist deep in his heart. He gives in support of worthy causes, not to evade the tax but rather out of principle and attitude towards life. He understands the intrinsic benefit of helping others, and the enduring happiness of supporting the needy.

In conclusion, the person who has principled his life on the path of the golden rule, never to do unto another that which he would not be willing for other people to do unto him in return, or in a reversed condition, is the honest business person.

What is character?

When a President of the most powerful nation in the world had to leave office without being impeached, without an election, it speaks much more of nothing else, but of his questionable character and the great demands of his office.

When a leading presidential candidate had to withdraw abruptly from the race, even before the battle lines were fully drawn, such a move is closely hinged on the tainted character of the candidate, as well as the impeccable standard of the office he was seeking.

Whether you stand out under the brazen sunshine, or before the radiance of the bright light, or go ye into the darkness of the night, your character is what you are.

Fame is what you have taken,

Character’s what you give;

When to this truth you waken,

Then you begin to live. (Bayard Taylor, Improvisations).

As humans, we are identified by one trait or another. Whether good or bad, these traits are the features or characteristics of the person, the embodiment of those traits is called character. The character of a man or woman is made up his or her traits. Such traits include, not exclusively:

Honesty

Intelligence

Inspiring attitudes

Imaginative mind

Fair-mindedness

Competency,  etcetera.

Our character send signals to people around us about the kind of person we are.

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, rank among the most common sought traits that easily tells of the nature of a person. The more of these positive traits we manifest in our lives, the more people believe in us, and accept us for who we are.

We need good character to be well accepted in the society. The character in the person supersedes everything else about the person; it declares the integrity and self-worth of that individual. Our character emboldens and strengthens the energy of our will to seek to attain that which we hope for in life.

Where character comes from

The genes determine and form the man, while the environment shapes the person. The genetic tendencies of our parents go a long way through the genes transferred into us to determine our natural tendencies. This is nature at work. However, the environments in which we are brought up, where we grow up, school and work, also has its vital impact upon us, and go a long way to decide the kind of person we eventually turned out to be in life. In-between the operations of nature and nurture are the development of the traits of the man, which go ahead to determine or form his character, and his personality.

According to Jeanne Piaget’s presentations in child psychology, children are species that had been given their respective genetic characteristic minds or mindsets. This occurs in stages of Sensorimotor, Preoperational, Concrete Operations, Abstract Thoughts, and Deductive Thoughts. Intrigued by children’s thinking aspects and patterns, Piaget became more focused on moral development. Moral development is hinged on character.

Korand Lorenz also did great works on natural tendencies and genetic factors. B.F. Skinner, however, had his focus on developments that manifest largely from the environment, or nurture.

We are able to understand, through the works of Jeanne Piaget, that nature and nurture actually work together in the individual to bring forth his eventual development. The active interaction of the mind of the child on the activities of his surrounding environment interacts and produces a resultant effect on that child. He “assimilates predicted experiences and accommodates it to unexpected experiences.” While we have the genetic tendencies as our inner guide, the environment remains largely a big influence on that genetic tendency, and shapes us a great deal, from where comes our character. 

Character Refinement

“Man uses that which he perceives to be unlike himself. But he searches for a common understanding and common harmony with that which he perceives to be like himself. The former perception leads to manipulation and authentic technology: the latter perception leads to understanding and authentic science.” (Hanna Thomas, Bodies in Revolt, 250). It is the strive to develop this authentic science that aid in the refinement of the character of man.

Why was it that Mary Magdalene tarried longer than the rest of the inner-circle disciples to be able to break the news of The Lord’s resurrection. Of all the Apostles, Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus, did extraordinarily well for the gospel. This confirms that we could attain that which we desire and seek, if we do it with our entire mind, our heart, our soul, and spirit. This is the character of the winner. You need to build it.

An avowed felon was convicted of murder and robberies. As he awaits execution on death row, he found a Bible in his little room. After a long neglect, and with nothing really to do, he picked up the Bible and began to read. He read it over and over. Somehow, something happened, as he began to imbibe the new knowledge. He learned how to believe in the God of The Bible, a power bigger than the street gods and demons that ruled and reigned in his life began to manifest in him.

He learned how to trust and pray to Jesus Christ.

He confessed all his sins, felt sincere remorse for them, and prayed genuinely for forgiveness. He even willingly tried to reach unto those he had offended for repentance and forgiveness. The entire inmates and staff of the prison knew he had a character change, because he lived it, and practiced it, witnessing Christ to all that came his way. He was happy rejoicing on the day of execution, believing he would see The Christ in Eternity.

Our character is essentially made up of the Commandment we uphold, our Conscience, our Conversation, our Constitution, the Counsel we take and give, our Confessions, and our Courage. Have you checked your character lately? Quite advisable you do, and improve on it.

The life of a public school teacher was often seen as a menial duty and little chore without recognition and fame. Ms. Dudu was my class teacher as a little boy in the elementary school.

She was dutiful, thorough and dedicated to her work and pupils. She, my Dad, and I were regular attendants at the local church, where I would stay behind to attend the church school.

One day, when Ms. Dudu was pregnant, someone spread poisonous powder inside her water-bottle, her lunch-pack, and her table and seats. I became the victim as the powdery substance scratched me all over the body while cleaning her seats. I was treated, The culprit was apprehended while  the life and pregnancy of the good teacher were secured. Ms. Dudu kept faith in God and career till she became a recognized teacher of many great men and women in the community.

 Henry Ford was the son of a farmer who had a stint in farming, a trial as a machinist, and a serious career as an automobile engineer. The simple idea of the son of a farmer took deep root in Henry Ford, but could not hold him down in 1891 when he gave up farm life for good, and went to learn about electricity at Thomas Edison’s Illuminating Company.

Henry Ford settled on his work and learning with focus and purpose, married, and used his spare time with dedication to build a gasoline engine that could be ignited by electricity. By the time he was just 32 years, Henry Ford had developed the Quadricycle, a horseless carriage, and a successful achievement and discovery then in 1896.

In 1903, with further push and focus, Henry Ford produced and sold his first car, the Model A, followed by models B, C, and F. and other classic inventions.

Nevertheless, Henry Ford refused to neither neglect nor forget the common people and the less privileged. He designed his most famous and well-acknowledged automobile, the Model T, in 1908 for the masses, and installed a mechanized assembly line manufacturing system which enhanced productivity and reduced cost of production greatly, thus making his cars affordable while creating job opportunities for greater numbers of workers. Greater sales brought forth bigger and better pay with compensations for his workers.

Henry Ford’s only son, Edsel Ford, established The Ford Foundation on January 15, 1936 “to receive and administer funds for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare”.

The Ford Foundation grew to become one of the largest international philanthropy in the world dedicated to the advancement of human welfare with focus on solving humankind’s most pressing problems, whatever they might be.

In 1949, the foundation expanded its grant making to include support for educational opportunity and scholarship, democratic and accountable government, economic fairness, freedom of expression, civil  and human rights, the environment, sustainable development, sexuality and reproductive health and rights, among other areas.

Today, The Ford Foundation has immense influence and support with global impact and universal touch upon many lives, many nations, most people, many ethnic groups, as well as rural and urban communities.

What an excellent way of life!

Tips to do the same:

1.    Build your personal brand, and make it known to you and the world as your signature whatever your product or service. Self development is the first step to develop you family, your home and your community.

 

2.    Know the true meaning of Success

The true meaning of success to you centers upon your ability to figure out what you want in life, dream out your goal, and work hard towards its attainment.

3.    Embrace The Essence of Purpose

Discover and find your real purpose for life and living, and take adequate steps needed to fulfill it. There must exist that absolute point to know what you really want and how you want to get there without greed or selfish aggrandizement, before you actually arrive or get there. You reach your goal halfway when you have set a proper focus for its attainment.

 

4.    Have a Life Plan

 

Victory is greatly enhanced and assured when you plan well. We should learn to plan big, but start small, while expecting the best even though one has made provisions for the worst case scenario.

Create a plan for your life, taking into account every minute detail on health, family, home, work, career, business, projects, social, and other essential aspects of your life. Learn to plan regularly, with regular reviews and updates, making adequate adjustments when and where necessary, while always putting the interests of other people in mind.

 

5.    Adopt the Winning Ways:

There existed certain attitudes in life which enhances your chances to arrive at your goals or debar you from getting there. Your attitude, and not necessarily your aptitude, gets you to the top in life. You are propelled to the top when you embrace winning ways and develop positive habits that take you from the valley of adversity to the mountain top of prosperity.

We should learn to face life challenges with the resolve to turn challenges into prospects. Never be a drifter, but transform into a man with the plan for success while working tenaciously to get to the pinnacle, as you will surely do, if you keep your focus on the horizon.

6.    The Golden Rule

The Excellent Way of Life is anchored on the time-tested principle to do unto others as you would wish them do unto you. The Golden Rule principle is the backbone of our entire success life and achievement.

This principle, when fully imbibed and practiced, guides and directs our actions and thoughts towards justifiable and good causes from time to time. We are made to view all shades and colors of dishonesty, selfishness, greed, envy, hatred and malice as anathema to success and the good way of life. Honesty and truthfulness will be our watchword and practice to meet our desired goals and dreams with contentment and satisfaction.

Make big life plans, because little ones will not suffice.

Make big plans, tall and lofty, written bold in gold and silver.

Make logical plans to live big, noble, and decent for a life of purpose.

Endeavor to so live, making The Excellent Way, your only way of life!

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