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11 Things I am Grateful for in 2015

4 Jan

Seated at home thinking through my 2015 and all that I have experienced through the year! All I can say is it is been a great year and I am grateful to God for the gift of life I lived in 2015. I am a strong believer in the principle of praying in private and testifying publicly of the Lord’s Goodness to me. Having gone through 2015, I have seen the hand of God and how He has saved and provided for me and my family through the hills and valleys of life. I just can not thank Him enough. I still do not get it how some folks gather courage to even start claiming that there is no God.

But anyway I just want to share with you all 11 things, I am grateful to God for/that He has done for me and my family in 2015. I hope you are blessed to give thanks to the Lord for the great year 2015 has been to you to.

  1. Father: In April, 2015, my wife and I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. This automatically made me a father. My daughter is now close to 9 months old and my life has never been the same again, I must say because of this experience I appreciate my parents better and of course I am a proud father to my daughter. I am grateful to God for this responsibility that He has bestowed upon me to act in His shoes as the  earthly father to this great princess.
  2. My family survived car accident: In October, 2015 my wife while driving our daughter to her school had a head-on collision with a taxi and our car was completely finished off. Seeing both my wife and daughter alive is a real miracle because on accessing the state of car at the accident scene, one could hardly believe anyone alive could have come out of the car. We are grateful to God for the extra life that He has given to us as a family.
  3. Friends and family: In October, 2015 when my wife and daughter had an accident we only had 200,000/= (USD 60) to spend as a family since it was about two days to pay day all over a sudden the medical bills shot through the roof as my wife had to undergo surgery and was bedridden in hospital and we had not yet paid for her insurance. The total medical bills totalled up to over 15,000,ooo/= (Approx USD 5,000). We did not have any money on us apart from the little savings we had been making at our church SACCO but thanks to friends and family who generously gave towards this cause, we were able to raise money way beyond this amount and I can testify that by the time we left hospital every bill was cleared to the dot. We are grateful to God for you all our family and friends. May He abundantly bless you more in 2016.
  4. “New” Job: At the beginning of the year, my workplace had been suspended by our major donor because of suspected fraud. All our jobs were on line. Now since we were expecting to have a baby in April, as the head of my home a lot of pressure was on me as not only did we have to cover the hospital bill but also because of the new member our home bills were going to rise. I used to religiously read the Monday New Vision and Friday Monitor and kept applying for the different job but nothing really came through. And kept on praying to God to see me through the situation. In April a few days to the birth of my daughter, my organization was cleared of the fraud investigations and we were able to sign new better paying contracts with the organization. I was able to get my job back with better pay and better terms and conditions. I am grateful to God for clearing us and for getting my job back.
  5. New partners: I always do some freelance work in addition to my ordinary job. In 2015, I was able to get work from some new partners including the Uganda Communications Commission, ERIKS Development Partner and many others. Working with all these new partners was a great opportunity for me and I am grateful to God who always looks out for me and provides such opportunities.
  6. 2 new companies: One of my goals for 2015 was to start doing business legally so last year I was able to register to companies that I am hoping to move forward in 2016 to make them profitable. I am grateful to God for the favour I experienced through the process and all the people who expedited this process.
  7. New Leadership positions: Besides becoming a father, I was able attain various new leadership positions in the different communities I belong to. One special community I treasure is my Church, Deliverance Church Makerere Hill. Late last year, I was ordained as a Deacon in charge of Media, Communication and Creative Arts and in Deacon in charge of Singles. This is a great honour to serve the body of Christ in these two positions.
  8. MBA: In August, 2015, I enrolled for my MBA at Uganda Martyrs University. Grateful to God for the strength and wisdom He gave during this time to successfully complete the application process and for the two exams I have done so far I have been able excel in both.
  9. Matrich Scholarship: My favourite brother, great friend, mentor and business partner Matovu Richard aka Matrich got a scholarship to pursue his PhD last year. I celebrate this because as the last born you always look up to your older brothers for inspiration in various areas of life and this is a great example to me and I am certainly starting to think about pursing one as well.
  10. God’s Providence: As husband and head of my home, one of my key responsibilities is to ensure my family is well taken care of and provided for, throughout 2015 I have some challenging times especially after the delivery of my daughter as well as the accident my wife experienced however despite these would be set back, God has continously provided for us and our financial position is still great.
  11. The Tibarokokas: Through the tough times of 2015, many friends and families covered us with love, support and financial contributions however there is one specific family I can not fail to recognize i.e. the Tibarokoka family. They took us in when we had our first born and literally taught us how to take care of a child, they also took us when my wife had an accident and have helped us going the tough times and treatment process for people like these we can not pay them back but thank God for bringing such people into our lives. They have truly exhibited God’s love to us. May God richly bless this family.

All is all, 2015 was a great year for me and my family. We have experienced tremendous growth in life generally. Without tough times you can never experience true growth in life, having got a taste of these we have grown beyond what we had expected.

Have you experienced any growth in 2015? Did you overcome some things in 2015? Are there things you are grateful for? Please feel free to share your list in the comments section below:

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Myles Munroe – I will dearly miss you

10 Nov

Myles and Ruth Munroe

It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I write about my mentor and father who went to be with the Lord this morning. This morning, I woke up to very sad news of the death of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth Ann Munroe, His Senior Vice-President Dr. Richard Pinder, Newly installed Youth Pastors Lavard and Radel Parks and their son Johannan, Pilots Stanley Thurston and Farkhan Cooper and one additional passenger in a plane crush at the Grand Bahama Airport. To the world, you may have simply lost a preacher, pastor or business partner but to me I have lost a mentor and father. I bless the Lord for his life and legacy, he totally touched my heart.

I first got to watch Dr. Myles Munroe on TV after I lost my brother in February, 2011. His message gave me hope and helped me rediscover my purpose in life even when my family and I were going through a very tough time. Since then I have listened and watched thousands of messages that he has recorded over his lifetime. Myles Munroe and his entire ministry have not just been a source of inspiration to me but they restored hope in me, enabled me to discover the leader in me, challenged me to think of myself as a greater individual than I thought I was, and encouraged me to pursue my purpose in life. My life totally changed when I started listening to him.

Before his death, my dream was to meet him and I managed to meet and listen to him personally last year when he came over to Uganda as I celebrated my wife’s birthday and Uganda celebrated 51 years of independence.

Ringing in my mind right now are constant things I have heard from him that keep ringing in my mind. These include:

  • Trapped in every follower is a leader however you have to become the leader you were created to be.
  • Leadership is not ruling over people but over a gift.
  • Your future is not ahead of you, it is trapped inside of you.
  • The richest place on this planet is not the oil fields, mines etc but rather the grave yard.
  • Ultimately in life we should strive to die empty.

And very many other phrases, Myles Munroe has been a role model, inspiration, father, mentor and an icon I have learnt from ever since I came into contact with him. My family and I will great miss him however the immense life lessons we have learnt from him will never depart from me.

Last November, I officially signed up for his mentorship program and learnt a lot from it. At the end of the program we were asked to create our life plans. It is so sad that this November, he has left the earth but one thing I am grateful for is that as a son he has left me behind with a vision and life plan for my life and when I work through it successfully his full impact of my life will be fulfilled.

This Saturday, another young man walked up to me and asked me to mentor him. He told me that he looks up to me and would want me to enable him be successful in his life. What this young man said to me touched my heart and took me back to the days when I have no purpose and barely anyone to look up to learn about God, principles of life, excellence, true leadership, vision and maximising potential in life. I pledge to continue the work the Lord Jesus Christ started, passed it on to people like Dr. Myles and now has been passed on to us to equip the next generation with these time-tasted principles.

I mourn with the Bahamas Faith Ministries, Munroe family, International Third World Leaders Association and all the other friends and partners. Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe will be dearly missed but I am certain his work is not going to die as he has mentored many of us to take over from him.

Bye bye Dr. Myles Munroe see you in Heaven and back on earth when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back and reconstructs it.

25 years well lived. More is still to come…

16 Dec

On Saturday 14th December, I celebrated my 25th birthday which reminded me of the fact that 25 years ago a destiny was born and the world was braced with a destiny like no other. This got me thinking of my past few years; what did I want to make out of these year? What exactly has happened? What have I achieved so far? How have I been a gift to the world? How and what has my generation benefited from me so far?

Meditating on these few questions I have been able to see that the past 25 years of my life have been well lived at least according to my own judgement.  In my childhood, I set out to personally achieve and enjoy. Most of them were personal such as travelling around the world, living and working in the US, working for a global corporation, living and working in NYC and Silicon valley, getting married at 24 and being a role model to many other young people of my generation. Shocking I have outdone most of these “dreams” and my personal realization is that most of these were self centred and in spite of the fact that I have achieved all of them I am personally not fulfilled and in fact each time I hit a milestone and achieved each of them I only realised that there is more to life than just these or even mere satisfying my own desires. True satisfaction is drawn from serving others and not oneself.

Through the years and my life experiences I have also learnt a few lessons that I want to share at this moment. These include:

  • Serving the world with your gifting is more important than making money and will actually get you to places where the money you current earn or even have access to can’t.
  • Being a part of the Kingdom of God is very important and necessary for one to lead a successful life. It is very important to know the Manufacturer as product if you are to operate successfully in the domain you have been created to operate in. Knowing God has been a very transforming experience for me.
  • For one to lead a successful life, it must be guided by principles. And not just any principles but principles that have been tested and proved to work for generations. Principles like telling the truth and being true to oneself, integrity, honesty, etc. basically Kingdom principles for success in life.
  • True success just does not happen by mistake or lack. It is planned and one has to work towards it. A recent lesson learnt from my meditations on flights and how they operate. Every on every flight knows the starting point, the destination and how to get from the starting point to the destination way before the flight date. It is not suprising that very many flights are successful. I believe these same exact principles should apply to one’s life if they are to be successful in life.
  • I have come to love problems and always strive to be a problem solver. I have learnt that most people in life are trying to run away from problems and so the only way I am going to be of help to others is if I can solve problem. Actually, my mentor puts it this way: “If you are looking for a business idea, do not waste time reading books or even copying out what other people are doing, just get into your local society, look at the problems your people are facing and then make yourself the solution to those exact problems.”
  • Finally I have learnt that in everything I do I should think big, never compete with other people but rather compete with myself; striving to do better than I did the last time and lastly that good is the biggest enemy of great therefore I should just strive to be good but rather strive to be great. Greater than I was the last time I did some thing; pursue excellence in everything I do.

Thinking of the years to come, I do not wish to be bogged down by the successes I have achieved so far well knowing that the biggest enemy to my progress in life is my most recent success, my “dreams” have now been more refined. God’s call on my life is more clearer than ever before and He has actually revealed of what is yet to become of me. My future is much more brighter as I look forward to:

  1. Getting more and more involved in leadership. This is not just going to be locally but globally influencing policy and strategy with the principles and statutes of the Kingdom of God.
  2. Serving the world more with my gifts including art, speech and children from my own loins.
  3. And finally having dominion over the spheres of business, media, education and family.

Indeed, just as my wife prophesied over me this Saturday, greater things are yet to come to me, great things are still to be done. I truly look forward to the future because it is surely brighter. Finally thanks to all of you my friends and family, I am indeed a total sum of all of you and the different influences you had on me. May God richly bless you and keep you safe. He is the Author of my Life and to Him be all the glory and Honor and I credit Him even for the influence I have had on your life. Have a great week folks.

Is Reading a Necessity or an Option for you?

11 Nov

Every second, minute and day that comes by, we are faced with the haunting fact that a decision has been taken. At the end of each day every individual living on planet earth has made thousands of decision concerning a specific aspect in their own lives and/or even the lives of others. Each of these decisions we make affects not just us but every other person within our sphere of influence. Unfortunately, most of the decisions we make as individuals are uninformed decisions because in most cases we do not have as much information as we need to help us make these very important decisions.

One sure but most neglected way in which one can empower their ability to make high quality non regrettable decisions in through reading. It has always been argued that experience is the best teacher however we must agree it is really hard for one to learn from their own experiences. Reading other people’s experiences enables you to learn from the “best teacher” but also obtain new information which you can use in your daily decision making as an individual as well as for the different corporations you work for. Additionally, reading helps you study different peoples’ schools of thought on the different topics of interest you would like to expose yourself to as well as expand your knowledge in that specific area. I am reliably informed that the most highly paid people in the world are consultants. In my own experience, I work as a consultant for a number of global corporations and the total sums of money I collect from the consultancy jobs in a month equate to the total annual sum I get to my monthly paying job I currently occupy. Now, consultants are people who are paid for what they know and not actually what they do. All the other consultants I have personally met and become my friends are all great readers and read as much as possible in order to grow their gifting in their specific areas of expertise.

As a Kingdom citizen living in a foreign country (the World) I am always faced with very mainly conflicting activities i.e. activities that are contrary to what my King says I should be doing in the World where He has placed me as an ambassador for the Heavenly country. The quickest and easiest way I have empowered my decision making is by reading my Kingdom’s Constitution (The Holy Bible). So since I empower myself by reading it every day. I am always reliably informed and carry all the necessary information to make decisions that align with my Kingdom.

In conclusion, I am always amazed at how poor very many people are at decision making. It is saddening and unfortunately these same people much as many are literate, you will notice most of them bragging about the fact that they do not like reading. I used to brag this same exact ways two years upto when I noticed how bad I was at decision making and how I was ignorantly killing myself. I currently read about 4 books per month together with a daily dose of the Holy Bible. Folks from High School can testify how much I have grown in knowlegde a decision making over the last few years.

In my next post,  I will be sharing with you what is stopping you from becoming a frequent reader  & the specific benefits of reading with the hope that it will help you discover your reading personality and become a frequent reader.

Have a great week and please start reading. Grab that book on that topic you have always desired to learn more about.