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This concept or idea in Africa is as old as time. The contradiction it has with common sense is simply bewildering. An average Africans always attribute Religion and God to everything he faces, anything that happens to him and all situations around him. My question is this: Shouldn’t we leave some happenings to the fact that it occurred naturally? Why should we always ‘spiritualize’ everything that happened to us? Else why does the word natural then exist in the first place?

My aim is not to posit that Spirituality is wrong, definitely I would be the last to say a thing like that; as a matter of fact I do believe that the spiritual controls many things in the physical. However, my worry is the obnoxious idea of many Africans thinking everything that happened to them has been designed to happen, thus they have refused to take their destiny in their hands and have resigned to whatever life offers them.

Perhaps that is one among many areas the developed nations have gone ahead of us. An European or American will find the reasons behind a certain cause or happening and seek ways to handle it better in the future, but an average African usually will quit his pursuit for a goal at the slightest challenge and resigned to the maxim,’ It isn’t my destiny to pursue this goal after all.’ No wonder there are much more religious people in Africa than most other continents in the world.

My personal Observation while in the tertiary institution was that, often time, the leaders of Christian Fellowships, shamefully graduated with low grades, some must have even written series of carryover before graduating eventually and this was in contrast to the people they led(unbelievers inclusive), thus, the led becomes the leader in the academic thing, the Primary reason while they were in school. I do not believe this was designed to be by God, i mean God wants his children to be the head in all areas(including academics). See Deut 28:13. However, Misplacement of priorities and over 'spirituality', Perhaps believing God will read for them because they were doing his works have usually cost this fellowship Brothers negatively.

This is a worrying scenario, because whether we like it or not, this has been one of the reasons why Africa is still undeveloped. Where individuals in the working age bracket show no zeal to overcome challenges that faces them, but rather carry the erroneous believe that God is behind it, is a sheer form of laziness and complacency that would never help us.

It is time to rise up from our slumber Africans, not every disappointment or failure is spiritual, so instead of focusing our energy in addressing our failure the way we do; as many would rather prefer going to Prayer Mountain or churches to spend quality time praying for solution that is in their hands; After the whole prayer exercise, they continue in disappointment and frustration because they kept spiritualizing everything; whereas common sense or wisdom was what was required to address the challenge or problem. Go for wisdom  my brother but don’t forget God the giver of the wisdom. Apply your hearts to wisdom, be more responsible, God will not do the part he expects you to do, that is why he gave you brains to think and solve problems within your capacity. Therefore live to his expectation. See you at the top!

Yours' Inspirationally,



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