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Father's Advice to a Son

This is my friend Michael Njeru who seems to be telling the young boy, "My son, stop gazing at me..." I have used the photo here with his permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


I love anything to do with a father's advice to a son. Among the great father-to-son pieces of advice I love are Abraham Lincoln's Letter to His Son's Teacher, the If Poem by Rudyard Kipling, the biblical Book of Proverbs and another short poem I came across eleven years ago in one of Starehe Boys' noticeboards which reads as follows:
My son,
Stop gazing at me
And walk straight ahead.

I know there is no road ahead
But open your eyes
And walk through that fog of reality.

Keep running my son,
Keep running for into the unknown
You may stumble upon your fortune of happiness.

Ignore the mutilated bodies,
My son,
Ignore the easy pleasures
That appear and disappear
Like bubbles in a stormy sea.

Open your ears wide
And hear the message of the whispering voices,
Open your eyes
And avoid the ditches son.
Being alive is no easy task. [1]
That short poem has once again inspired me to continue doing my best with the faith that I will stumble upon my fortune of happiness like meeting Ms. Right. It has also motivated me to restrain my sexual urges by not yielding to them outside the confines of marriage. And not to eat too much especially at this juncture when I am trying to cut down my weight. Because to me, the desire for sex and over-eating are those easy pleasures that appear and disappear like bubbles in a stormy sea. Oh God, please help me to ignore them.

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[1] If you know the author of this short poem, please let me know so that I can acknowledge him and link my audience to one of his books.

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Keys to Success in Business

This is me with my father, circa August 2008, after an evangelism graduation ceremony at All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi. The evangelism course inspired me to read and believe in the Bible which I will quote in the story of mine below.


While on a school holiday back in 2003, I asked my eldest brother Joe Kagigite, who was then pursuing a B.A. degree at the University of Nairobi, to explain to me the meaning of the word "entrepreneurship". At first, he refused to explain it to me but I persisted in asking him until he finally relented and told me that entrepreneurship is all about starting a business.

"So you mean Mum is an entrepreneur?" I inquired from him in Kikuyu because Mum used to run a grocery shop in my home-town of Kiserian.

"Yes!" Joe agreed.

Later on in April 2007 when I was leaving Starehe Institute, I became consumed with the desire to own and run a business. I tried founding a company of a chain of cyber-cafes in Kenya, which I called Mtandao Super-cyber, but I gave up on the venture when the people I approached for capital failed to buy into the idea - how unsuccessful!

Over the last three years, I have come to discover that the Bible has the answers to success in business. Like it says in:
  • Proverbs 1:7 that the fear of God is the source of success
  • Matthew 22:37 that we love God
  • Proverbs 3:6 that we involve God in all our plans
  • Matthew 22:36-40 that we love people
  • Philippians 4:8 that we have noble thoughts
  • Proverbs 14:23 that we work hard in life
  • Hebrews 10:35 that we have confidence
  • Proverbs 2 that we acquire knowledge
  • Proverbs 8:14 that we preserve sound judgement
  • Proverbs 31 that we marry the right partner
  • Galatians 5:22-23 that we practise patience
  • Joshua 1:9 that we be courageous
  • Proverbs 6:17 that we avoid cheating
  • Matthew 6 that we be forgiving and loving towards our enemies
  • Proverbs 31:6 that we don't engage in excessive drinking
  • Proverbs 31:3 that we don't spend our strength on women, of course apart from the God-given one
  • Matthew 6 that we recite the Lord's Prayer regularly which to me is enough after waking up in the morning
  • And Philippians 4:6-8 that we be thankful always
And Psalm 1 sums it all this way:
Blessed is the man,
Who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Or stand in the way of sinners,
Or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruits in season,
And whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers. [1]
I don't know about you but as for me, Psalm 1 has inspired me to continue meditating on the Word of God as I try to grow this blog's audience to several million people per month. So help me God.

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[1] Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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