Early in October 2016 I spent the day with my day one girl, Francesca. It’s always a pleasure to hang out with someone who not only gets it, she gets me completely. She’s gorgeous in and out, and is one of the realest people I know. But this post is not about her, it was about a ‘meeting’ we went to.
We went as a group to see Fela Durotoye and it was one of the best evenings out I’ve had in a long time! Anyone who knows or has interacted closely with Fela Durotoye knows that he’s such a profound and prolific speaker. And when you add that to the fact that he’s a Christian and has the wisdom of God flowing through him, any/every interaction is one that’s sure to be a blessing.
And so it was, that we spent the evening with his beautiful family. One of the first things I said to myself after spending a few minutes was I would work very hard to raise children that would bring God, us, and their societies joy. Pure joy.
When we eventually got to chatting with Mr Durotoye, I started taking notes, and I’ve reproduced them as is, simply because I stumbled on them recently and I was so blessed all over again I wanted to share. Most of the talk was centred around relationships, marriage (in the 21st century), and pleasing God.
- Love (in addition to the many definitions that exist) – genuine desire and pursuit of the best well-being for another person. How do you measure love? Sacrifice
- Honour – Recognition of the glory of God in another (to the maximum). How do you measure honour? Adoration
The onus of admiration doesn’t lie on the woman but in the man… he must be admirable.
You can decide to love a person, even in spite of themselves. But you cannot honour them in spite of themselves.
How do we build a generation of admirable men? How do we prepare men that women will honour?
Proverbs 12: 4 – A prudent wife is the crown of her husband. It is the man who bejewels his crown.
There are stats to show that the economic, social, and psychological values of a nation are tied to the family unit.
And then we moved away from family, love, and relationships into nation-building.
Any generation must leave three things for the next’
- Environment (that allows the values to thrive)
- A good name (that opens doors of opportunity for the values to thrive)
If we’re going to build Nigeria into a desirable place to be and live in, we must fix the next generation of marriages.
The following are very key to passing on our values to the next generation
A. Transcend bias (religious, cultural, etc)
B. Show personal benefit
C. Be communicable (Messaging must be consistent)
How could the devil who was described as perfect have pride in him? He discovered he was perfect, and his focus became in himself. That’s when he decided to ascend to the place where God was. It became about ‘self’, about ‘me’.
The mentality of ‘other centric’ – leadership… ‘self-centric’ – rulership
If you don’t frame and know your values, ou will acquire values as you go, and they could be positive or negative.
Every generation will have to explain why they ‘didn’t’ or ‘how they ‘did’ – which of them will we be?
Finally, Mr Fela talked about the tripartite, triangular relationship between vision/values, a road map, and people/projects, and how a mastery of all three will ensure you never have unfinished projects.
And then it was time to go home, because good things come to an end. Like this post. 🙂