To whom much is given, much is expected….
Earlier in the day, I had to make a very difficult decision, not to take a legal path. As a budding enterprenuer, this has been a difficult decision I have had to make but the best decision yet.
I’m currently facing character assassination in form of negative publicity. While I wanted to launch investigations through the Cyber Crime Unit, I have decided to let it go, at least for now; but why?
Firstly, anyone who has gone through Cyber Bulling knows how painful and depressing it can be. For me, I have been reminded of Jesus’ words in John 16:33b (NIV)
“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
and in Luke 12:48b,
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”
Secondly, every great leader must have his own share of trouble and difficult times. Debbie McDaniel, a contributing writer with Crosswalk, crosswalk.com, wrote:
“We rub shoulders every day with people who are desperate, hurting, and lonely. We may not even be aware of the dark road they travel. Sometimes we notice, but often we don’t. Maybe we’re too busy, preoccupied, or overwhelmed ourselves. To be honest, many days, we might be those people, the desperate, the hurting, the lonely.” (Thoughts on Being Still in a World of Busy, http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/thoughts-on-being-still-in-a-world-of-busy.html)
“With great power comes great responsibility.” This quote has been attributed to many people but has never been verified. However, the saying is true. Great leaders are responsible not just for the good things but also the bad ones in equal or even greater measure.
In the scriptures, great leaders had to go through difficult and depressing times in preparation for the mission and great commission they had to fulfil.
## God had called Jesus to a journey of great suffering, he knew what must happen in order for us to live truly free. (Isaiah. 53:3, Mark 14:34-36)
## Job suffered through great loss, devastation, and physical illness. His own wife was in the league among those who were encouraging him to give up on his faith. (Job 2:9, Job 3:11, Job 10:1)
## Jeremiah wrestled with great loneliness, feelings of defeat, and insecurity. He was constantly rejected by the people he loved and reached out to. God also forbidden him to marry and have children.
## Joseph was rejected and sold into slavery by his brothers (genesis 37:2-36). You also remember the schemes of Potiphar’s wife and Joseph’s imprisonment (genesis 39:1-20)
Even during our present times, business people and celebrities have gone through tough times.
## Mark Zukerberg was taken to court by Winklevoss twins as well as his cofounder Eduardo Saverin. In 2005, he had to make a tough decision to quit studies and focus on building Facebook.
## Nathan Chan had his share challenges when he was sued by an American company for copyright infringement. His magazine is currently among the top 10 digital publications in the world.
## Strive Masiyiwa’s entrepreneurship spirit has been tried almost every year since he started building Econet Group almost 30 years ago. He has been taken to court in almost every country he sets his foot to establish a company.
## Peter Nduati was been auctioned three times before he build Resolution Insurance to what it is today.
## The Facebook account to the gospel musician gospel artiste, Ambassada, was hacked and the hacker posted, “Sorry guys but am gay”.
There are many times when your spirit, faith and determination may waiver but you have to keep pressing, pushing and moving forward. The people I highlighted above had lots of chances of holding back and throwing in the towel only that they didn’t. They kept going and pushing ahead because they were holding on to something.
The ball is now on your court
Whatever you are doing, expect negative criticism, negative publicity and great road blocks. There is no faith and hope worth having that will not be tested by fire. Your journey has just began.
# Have you started your own business? Much is expected of you.
# You are committed in church ministry and leadership, much is expected of you.
# You went back to school so you can grow your career to the next level, much is expected of you.
# You have been appointed to a new position, much is expected of you.
# You have just been elected to a new position, much is expected of you.
You do not need to be a politician, a preacher or a business person to go through these things.
When you start making noticeable improvements in whatever you do, not everyone will be happy. Some of your close friends will perceive you as a threat and will do anything that will cause harm to you.
When this happens, do not lose sight of your end goal. It is only meant to confuse you. Instead, focus on things that matter. Your better days are ahead.
And when it happens to your friend or someone you know; Strive Masiyiwa noted,
“If you read or hear something, that you think is very important, “search out” the matter carefully. Check your sources carefully; check out the facts carefully, and methodically. If it concerns someone you know ask them directly, before making up your mind. This is good, and “noble”.”
On to you now, what do you think? Let me hear from you in the comments’ section below,