The journey of life is a mystery, and one of my assignments in life is to understand it and apply it to men’s heart. Most times life seems to be unfair as we see one particular lot of people getting all the ‘favours’ of life without stress, while others hit and cut themselves like the prophets of Baal from morning till night without success. Today, I woke up with a message from Pastor Bankie playing on my device. The message ‘welcomed’ me from my dream world and as I listened, a word I had heard from Pastor Chris Delvan Gwamna came alive – YOU NEED A TRACK RECORD.
Nobody goes about in life giving powerful opportunities to novices. Most times we complain about the favours that other people are getting from life, and we ask why we are not getting such favours, but how can we when we do not have a track record? Have you been proved by the fiery furnace of years? Has life tried you and proved you? You just came out from school and you expect a company to just hire you and pay you millions of dollars per month, just because you are a graduate? Oh. Come on. Are you the first graduate Nigeria ever produced? No. You need a track record. Life must prove you over years before God can start trusting serious opportunities into your hands.
I used to shudder those days when Gbile Akanni used to say that after 14 years of doing ministry, one day, God came to him and said, “I am beginning to trust you”. Some of us are expecting certain opportunities in life to come our way, but we fail to understand that those opportunities can only come in the way of those who have built trust over time, and trust can only come when we have a track record. Many people go to the bank to borrow money to start one thing or the other, but we are denied. It is not because the bank is wicked or Nigeria is tough. That is how banks are all over the world. They are handling people’s money, and so cannot just come and hand it over to you just because you have an idea. Nevertheless, trust me, if it was Dangote that asked them for a loan, he does not even need a collateral to take the money, because himself is a collateral- he has a track record.
Track record is built over time. It comes from discovering where God has placed you and working faithfully there while you trust God to provide opportunities for you. When I think of a track record, I remember Chijioke Nwokeke and Paul Aideloje- my lovely brothers in school in those days. I met them as a student, and five years now since I left the higher institution, each time I meet them, I see a people set on what God has called them to do in life, and not being swayed by life’s pressures and human opinions. They are building for themselves a track record. I remember Vincent Chukwukelu- those days in SUCF MBK, when he was doing ‘man of God’ and we (as his seniors in University then) were wondering whether this brother was not taking things too far. Today as I see him minister from one place to another, I am not surprised. He was building for himself a track record. I remember my former roommate- Obinna Nnabuenyi-the engineer per excellence and businessman in his own right from his university days. Today as I watch him doing exploits as a business man, I know what is happening to him- he is building a track record. Overtime, you will hear people say, “I have some careless 10 million I wish to invest, let me give it to Obinna to invest it for me.” That is a track record.
A track record comes from solving problems. It comes from finding a place where God has kept you and asserting yourself there.
As long as people sit down and just complain and whine, they are not building a track record, they are only setting themselves up for failure. My brother and friend- Okafor Emma is building a track record. Working as a PTA teacher at a government secondary school, I have seen him work with all his heart to transform the lives of students in that school. I escorted him once to the house of one of his students when the parents of that student invited him for lunch just to thank him for the changes in the life of their son since he met Bro. Emma. Yes, there is not much money in PTA teaching for now, but he is building a track record. It is not about money, though I know it will come.
Life is not always about money, it is about discovering where God has placed you, and asserting yourself there.
My beloved sister-Precious Queen Nwafor- is building a track record. Since I knew her, she has been producing chemical and allied products (disinfectants, perfumes, liquid soaps, etc.) and marketing them. I have not seen such a commitment to a cause as I have seen in her. She told me recently that she is working on starting her company this year, and I know she will make it, and I am working with her on that. So, if tomorrow you see a “P” logo on a perfume from company called ‘PRESH’, just know you have met a young lady with a track record.
I can go on and on to list up and coming men and women who are building track records. Those who you see great today had at one time built for themselves a track record. There was a time nobody knew them, there was a time nobody was patronizing them, but they kept on doing what they knew how best to do. They kept on asserting themselves in the area of their calling; today they are celebrated all over the world. The Evangelist Billy Graham died last week. His body is the fourth in U.S. history to be laid in state at the CAPITOL, and President Donald Trump had instructed that all U.S. flags should fly at half-mast on his burial day. What is U.S. celebrating in Graham? A pastor? No, the US gets increasingly too secular day by day to celebrate a pastor, but they are celebrating a track record.
How do I build a track record? What has God called you to do? Have you discovered it? If yes, face it. Press it until the juice begin to come out.
If no, no problem; just keep doing what you know how to do best with the opportunities God gives you. Joseph of the Bible did not know God was going to make him a leader in Egypt, but he built a track record by working with all his heart at whatever he was doing. Whether serving his father, or Portiphar, or the prison warden, he showed commitment, integrity and excellence in all he did. Overtime, the way opened for him. Like my pastor will always say, “before you think of becoming wealthy, ask this, ‘what will people need in this life, or what will people be looking for, and they will remember me’”? If you do not yet have an answer, you are yet on your way, keep on discovering yourself.
However, the highest track record any man can ever have is to walk with God. “And Enoch walked with God…”, “and Noah walked with God…” Hence even if you do not know how to start, I am telling you now. The best way to start is to have a personal relationship with Jesus. As He enables you to overcome life’s pressures and challenges, His fear will keep you from sin, and His Spirit will guide you in the way. As you walk with Him, and faithfully follow through the little opportunities He gives you, you are building for yourself a track record, and one day, it will speak. It’s all a matter of time.
IN HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE
J. M. OBODOZIE