I am not just interested in personal success and achievement. My greatest goal is to be a part of and influence the success, achievement, and greatness of a generation. I long to see a whole generation get this thing right. I long to see a communities of people succeeding together, partnering with the Lord, and working in teams to solve problems and create solutions.
The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope ~ unknown
We are that generation. But, we have to do it together. Here are my thoughts.
In the bible, Moses tells the people of Israel,
“The Lord your God will bless you in the land that he is giving you. Not one of your people will be poor if you obey him and carefully observe everything that I command you today. The Lord will bless you as he has promised (Deuteronomy 15:4-5).”
But read a few verses more, and you come to this:
“If in any of the towns in the land that the Lord your God is giving you there is a fellow-Israelite in need, then do not be selfish and refuse to help him. Instead, be generous and lend him as much as he needs (Deuteronomy 15:7).”
One has to wonder here if God forgot what He said. How does one move from “not one of your people will be poor” to “a fellow-Israelite in need?”
Here’s the answer:
That’s because God made us from earth (What!?? Well, let me explain).
Have you ever asked why God used earth/soil/dirt to create us (Genesis 2:7)? Why didn’t he use air or water or animal skin to form us? Why did he chose earth/dirt specifically? Well, in everything God does, there is a reason and there are clues to infinite divine wisdom. If you ask what the properties and possibilities of earth/dirt is, you get the answer.
Earth/dirt/land can is just that. But with a little bit of effort, a marsh can be transformed into the most beautiful landscape of flowers, orchards, and trees. A muddy terrain can be transformed into an urbanized local with outstanding architecture such as skyscrapers, bridges, houses, museums just to name a few. Here’s the point.
God made you from land to always you remind you that though you are just earth/dirt/land right now, with a little effort, you can transform yourself into the most exciting, successful, prosperous, and helpful person there is. God is limitless. You are made in His image. The best way to reveal that in you is to use earth as a metaphor. Your life at present may be marshy, muddy, and dry. With a little “construction work” you can become what you need to be for the task at hand and for God’s call to greatness from the future that keeps whispering and calling out to you.
Infusing this wisdom into the above passage we see the Spirit that is embodied in a prosperous generation. Meaning, God meant it when he said “Not one” of the Israelites will be poor. He meant when he said they would be blessed. But he knew that not everyone will be willing to make that effort to shift or be transformed into the kind of person they needed to be for flourish. So, as a safeguard to help a brother or sister up, who is at least trying; to encourage another who has given up he added – “if in any of your towns…there is a fellow-Israelite in need, don’t refuse to help him.”
I read something interesting from a Chabad article. And I strongly agree. To paraphrase, the bible is neither capitalist nor socialist. It is both. And tell if God is not cool, but the bible is “Capitalism with a socialist Spirit.” It accounts for our uniqueness and ability to change and empowers our spirit to connect as well as in our unique selves and abilities, empowers us with wisdom to reach out to others who are less fortunate and less empowered.
Though a lot of not so nice things have been said about our generation, I believe we are prime to do great exploits with this mindset. Growing up I watched the life of a man whose sacrifice inspired me. He said once,
Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation ~ Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela
I believe we are that generation. We are the generation that can build on the successes and the failures of our predecessors. We are the generation driven to do exploits in groups and communities. Individually, with a little work to our “earth”, you can change. You can be transformed. You can succeed. Better still, the ability for us to flourish and do this right, as a generation, is in the “y’all” not in the “you.” God was speaking to the people – you plural – not to a single person – you singular. As an African, a son of the soil, I carry with me this African proverb:
“If you want to go fast, travel alone; if you want to go far, travel together.”
Though my kin have done “together” well, they are now coming into a place where they can mine the “earth” in them. Meanwhile, for my kin in the West, they have gone fast and done well, but now, need to learn to do the “together” part. To do this as a generation, we need the “go fast” and “go together.” The bible gives us the wisdom to make that paradoxical balance. Many of us are making efforts to be something or to effect change. We are applying ourselves creatively and commercially, trying to make way with our ideas with an entrepreneurial spirit. Some of us are emerging well while several are failing. We can go fast, but we can make it as a generation if we also make space to do it together.
Being part of the millionaire generation for you might be using your God given gifts and talents to make a million bucks so that you can be blessed and be a blessing. It might be doing million dollar projects that betters the lives of the others, and it might be (hopefully is for many) winning a million souls for the Lord. Whatever the millionaire spirit is for you:
If your goal is not just to succeed alone but to succeed with each other, then you are part of the millionaire generation. And frankly, we have a lot of work to do, schools to build, communities to lift up, lives to transform, people to lift up, and nations to influence into a place of freedom, creativity, and prosperity. So WAKE UP!
Be like Caleb – a man of a different spirit; woman of a different Spirit. Let’s give our generation a reason to hope. Lift up the heads of others, lend a hand, commit to serving where you can, bless people for no reason, engage in acts of random kindness, pray as the Spirit of God leads, believe in you for God has faith in you more than you have in yourself. Believe that you are part of this millionaire generation, empowered to steward the goodness of God into areas where there is need for light, salt, relief, or a smile. Think it, dress like it, behave like it, and receive correction to grow into it.
If you think “I am part of an inspired, empowered, millionaire generation, here at this point of history to effect change and bring solutions as we partner with God, then, its already happening inside of you. It is possible.
I strongly believe it.
I am a part of this millionaire generation. Are you?
If you believe this then,
- Share with me the best thoughts about yourself and why you think you are part of the millionaire generation
- Share what you hope for, for this generation
- Share what you think God thinks and hopes for this generation
- Share your thoughts on what you intend to do as part of and together with others in the millionaire generation.
Hint: there is enough space for exaggeration so send us the top of the cream – your best thoughts. When you share you best thoughts, you create room for better thoughts and are challenged by others in the community with outstanding thoughts. So, you end up thinking more brilliantly. Go!