Written by Elewechi Okike
Whilst Britain is still trying to get over the Brexit shock, another ‘bombshell’ hits the global community and everyone is stunned with the election of Donald Trump as the President of the USA. The reason people are shocked is because we think we know what is best for the USA. I’m not a politician, and I don’t like politics. I’m someone who likes to look through everyday events around us and draw lessons from them; lessons that can help us address issues we face in our own lives. However, it is not possible in this short article to pull out all the possible lessons from the election of Donald Trump as America’s President-elect. What I’ll do is highlight some key ones that resonate with me.
Source: Elewechi Okike
1. God’s ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts the same as ours. So we can never predict what He will do because He will not share His glory with any man. He alone is Sovereign and He rules over the affairs of men.
God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1) Click To Tweet
2. Trump was the ‘underdog’ the despised one. But what does the Bible have to say about that too; ‘God has chosen the foolish things of this world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen …that no flesh should glory in His presence’ (1Cor.1:27-29).
This tells me that your life and mine are not dependent on the opinions of others. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about you or says about you. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY, and with Him ‘all things are possible’.
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3. Trump was not (and is still not) a politician before he decided to contest the US Presidential elections. He was ready to give it a try. Many of us fail to try because we think we haven’t got what it takes. You’ll never know until you try. Don’t put limitations on yourself. Be ready to take the plunge.
4. You’ve got to believe in yourself, and what you’re capable of achieving. Who ever believed that Trump would be President-Elect of the most powerful nation in the world? Even his Republican Party had issues accepting him as their nominee. He was more or less a ‘torn in the flesh’ to them. Some of his party members did not vote for him. Did all that deter him? Absolutely not! Yet he won!
Help will come to you from somewhere as long as you continue to believe in yourself and in your dream, and don’t give up. Click To Tweet
You might have a business idea and no one else believes enough in your dream to invest in you. That should not deter you. Help will come to you from somewhere as long as you continue to believe in yourself and in your dream, and don’t give up. ‘The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong…’ (Eccles.9:11). There are numerous examples of entrepreneurs today, who were turned down by investors, and have gone on to be multi-millionaires because they dared to believe in their dreams. The billionaire author, J.K. Rowling, is a case in point; although rejected by many publishers, she continued to pursue her dream, and look at her today.
5.No one goes to battle with defeat on his/her mind. David was ready to face Goliath head on, and refused to be intimidated. He chose not to notice the sneer of his brothers. He had a giant to fight. We must all cultivate a winning attitude in life, no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves, or the giants we face. The odds may be against us, but if we keep our focus and refuse to be deterred, we shall achieve our goal.
We must all cultivate a winning attitude in life, no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves, or the giants we face. Click To Tweet
Trump has taught the world a big lesson. I hope that many out there who are sitting on their dreams will draw strength and inspiration from him and go after their dreams. This is not about whether or not he’ll make a good President; it’s the fact that he was willing to have a go, against all odds.
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