Brian Kazungu, 22/02/2021
The book, Never Give Up On God, written by leadership and business consultant, Nicholas Bhero, is a priceless navigation tool when it comes to exploring the jungles of the trying times that people are going through across the world at the moment.
A fusion of short and concise nuggets on how to handle betrayal, delays, manipulation and hopelessness, this piece of literature is an answer guide to those who are overwhelmed with so many questions about the confusing realities that they are made to endure in the course of life.
Much of the lessons in this book are drawn from the life of a Biblical character called Tamah, a woman whose personality was filled with timeless values of resilience and focus to break forth boundaries and limitations imposed by the marriage traditions of her society.
The book, Never Give Up On God is inspired by Tamah whom life had written off and yet she had the dream, faith and tenacity to pull and push through the challenges of life towards a victorious end.
While talking of Tamah in the prologue of this book, Nicholas says, “At the very end of her story, she emerges victorious and her test becomes a testimony, her place of agony and anguish becomes the very place where her victory manifests.
The dramatic turn-around in Tamar’s life is a sure proof of what God is able to do in our lives as He wills to transform us from pain to gain, misery to happiness and from failure to success.”
Nicholas, who is the Chairman of STIR, an economic empowerment initiative and publisher of the STIRPRENEUR Magazine also added that he wrote this book in order to challenge people to never give up on God since God himself never gives up on them.
In explaining some approaches and strategies to adopt as you hold on to God, Nicholas divided the book into eight chapters namely: 1) Time Wasters, 2) Self-Actualisation, 3) Strategic Planning, 4) You’re Not A Failure, 5) Be Resolute, 6) Positioning and Timing, 7) Information, 8) Negotiation.
These eight chapters are filled with highly informative and educative mind-set changing and life transforming principles of positive living which redefines the way you look at yourself and the way you interact with others.
In the first chapter which talks about time wasters, he warns readers against falling for the deception of selfish and pretentious characters who can massage your ego while from behind the scenes, they will be undermining your personality, destiny and integrity.
While reading this book, you can see that Tamah suffered the abuse and treachery of a man who was supposed to give her kids and yet the man only wanted to enjoy sex rather than to have children with her.
This came after the death of her first husband, of which according to their tradition, she was given over to her late husband’s younger brother who was supposed to marry her and give her an heir for the late older brother.
However, during their sexual ecstasy, the cunning younger brother who didn’t want to raise an heir for his older brother would secretly spill his sperm on the floor rather than to honour his obligation of making Tamah pregnant.
More-so, besides the issue of selfish and manipulative people who can waste your time through their lies and pretences, in the same book, Nicholas also highlighted other critical issues that every person pursuing his/her own purpose in life must be very mindful of.
He encourages people to be careful when it comes to time management especially on issues to do with social media, unplanned meetings, procrastination, laziness, lack of delegation as well as the failure to safeguard your work which may cause you to start afresh once damaged or lost.
On self-actualisation, the principle of self-awareness is brought forth as an important factor that can mould your resilience when you are made to experience delays on things that you desperately want to experience now.
In this section, Nicholas brings to light the fact that when you really know who you are and what you are worthy, the chances of losing focus is very slim.
While going into much detail to explain the concept of adopting a good strategy as an effective mechanism that can help you to never give up on God, he also highlights that strategy in itself is premised on priorities, focus and resource allocation towards the attainment of set objectives
He further emphasizes that the effective execution of any strategy must include the optimum blending of infinite resources such as time, giftedness, imagination and divine energy which are liberally given to everybody by God himself.
One of the other lessons that we learn from Nicholas’s book which is full of beautiful nuggets of life is to never allow yourself to be defined by circumstances no matter how dark the path may seem.
In this book, we can see that, as you drive to your destination, you should rather focus on the windscreen more than to spend all your time looking at the rear view mirror when you are meant to go forward.
We learn that while you wait for your moment of breakthrough, you must be resolute and you must also strategically position yourself to strike with precision at the right time when opportunity knocks on the door rather than to drown yourself in despair unto death.