THE RIGHT HEART By Nana Boatemaa Amoah
THE RIGHT HEART.
“Nana, I think I’d like to run for President during next year’s election.”, Kwasi told his trusted friend.
“Go for it! You have as great a chance as anyone else. “, Nana replied.
“Our culture is to ‘play dirty’. What if I get lost in the midst of trying to do the right thing? “, Kwasi asked, looking worried.
Nana replied: “You know the right way. Go that way and be the difference. Should you lose because of that, you are a winner in God’s eyes”…..
There is a saying that goes..”If God praises, what are men?” And it is a question we need to ask ourselves as well.
Elections are an ordinary part of our lives..We witness them annually in school, and even on the national level during our presidential and parliamentary elections. Today, I just want to ask a few questions that have come to mind even as the season of elections draw closer and closer.
WILL WE STOP AT NOTHING TO GAIN EVERYTHING?
Has there ever been a time when you felt like you would stop at nothing to get what you want? That could be either a good thing or bad thing. Such an attitude could either make us hardworking and determined, or simply ruthless, depending on the path we decide to take in achieving our goals. No matter how we may look on the outside, God sees our hearts, and we will be rewarded accordingly with the fruits of our labour…be it for a job well done or a dishonest life led. No matter our desires, we do not need to starve our character while we feed our egos.
DO WE NEED TO PAINT OTHERS BLACK SO WE COULD SHINE AS THE BEST?
One thing I have come to learn is that we often find out one’s true character just by observing them. More often than not, the most beautiful people inside out show more than they speak. Unfortunately as Ghanaians, we often ‘talk more than act.’ We need to be doers whether we are being watched or not. We do not really need to say how”good” or “selfless” we are. Actions, they say, do speak louder than words. To be the best lies in building others up especially with our words. We grow much stronger that way. Even weeds die in their competition for sunlight. Rather than compete and tarnish others’ image to our advantage, we need to work together.
WHO ARE OUR TRUE FRIENDS?
True friends stand out in the toughest situations, just as stars glow in the dark. We really do not need thousands of people to smile at us or pat our back before we believe in ourselves. The one singing your praises could just as well be the one spiting you in his or her heart. This brings the golden rule “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU” to mind. Just as we would love to have loyal friends, we should also do our best to be there for others, not being afraid to tell them the truth when they need to hear it.
My final question….
WHAT KIND OF LEADERS WILL GHANA HAVE IN THE NEXT TEN, TWENTY OR SO YEARS TO COME?
Old habits, they say, die hard. Whatever we cultivate today will be seen in our harvest tomorrow. Great people learn from their mistakes and also sow the right seeds in their present, so they can have a better future. As youth, our decisions today shape our tomorrow.
If Ghana will have godly, humble, transparent and selfless leaders, ready not only to instruct, but also show the way with their lives, it starts now, with us.
So with what heart or motives do you want to bless Ghana and those around you with?…Oops, I just asked another question!
To anyone who wants to stand for a position or just make a difference wherever you are, know that you can do it, but only with THE RIGHT HEART. Ghana is waiting for great people like you!
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