Time sure changes things. Haste slows every dream and opens the door to failure.
What good is running if you are headed in the wrong direction? It is important to know where you are going rather than to see how fast you can get there.
We undo ourselves with impatience. And this is exactly what this corrupt and tribalistic clique is doing to itself. They are so much in a hurry to get Michael Sata’s presidential powers. They seem to have a timetable for Michael’s total handover of power to them.
Look at how desperate they were when Michael had appointed Wynter Kabimba to act as President of the Republic during the time he was away in Israel! In their own shallow and evil thinking, they were convinced Michael was not going to make it back from Israel. And leaving Wynter to act as President was going to make power slip away from them. They tried to challenge Wynter’s acting appointment. They were not ready to accept that appointment. They were even conniving with the opposition in Parliament to raise questions challenging that acting appointment.
And as we have stated before, some of them were going round telling people that was the end of Michael’s presidency; he was not coming back from Israel, and they were positioning or repositioning themselves to take over. The question was how?
The only way that was left for them was to get rid of Wynter by all sorts of schemes of lies, deceit, forgeries and manipulation. And they have succeeded in doing so – at least for now.
But such desperation and impatience is very dangerous, especially when what is involved or what is at stake is political power, is the governance of a nation.
Now they are in control of things. At least that’s what they are telling everybody. They are bragging about being in control. They have got power. But this is not their power. This power was not given to them. If any of them had stood as a presidential candidate in 2011, no one would have voted for them. This is Michael’s power, the power the Zambian people have given to him. And this power, the people’s power, cannot be circumvented that way. It has been easy for them to loot public resources through all sorts of contracts, bribes, commissions and so on and so forth. But they cannot steal the people’s power, the power the people gave to Michael, in that way.
As we stated in our editorial comment yesterday, it is Michael the Zambian people love. It is Michael the Zambian people trust. It is Michael the Zambian people cherish. It is Michael the Zambian people voted for, and not them.
Their desperation and haste to usurp power from Michael is frightening. And with this desperation, Michael will never be safe in their company.
But if tomorrow the Zambian people wake up to find something has happened to Michael, they will be in serious trouble. The Zambian people will put whatever happens to Michael on their heads. They will be made accountable for whatever happens to Michael.
It won’t be long before the Zambian people come to know their deceitful schemes and how they have mercilessly manipulated their way into power. Soon, the Zambian people will know that they took advantage of Michael to pursue personal ends. When this happens, they are in trouble. And it won’t be long before they are seen for what they are.
They are too much in a hurry to get the power that the people have given to Michael and use it for personal ends and cover up their plunder and other misdeeds. These are liars. These are manipulators. And people like these are very dangerous. If a man can lie in this way, what else can he not do? People who lie can also kill. And this is what makes them very dangerous.
And whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is doing is too big for him. There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen. Life is lived in seasons, which means we are to do different things at different times. Do the right thing at the right time. A Chinese proverb says, “Never leave your field in spring or your house in winter.”
What this corrupt and tribalistic clique should know is that God never sends winter without the joy of spring, the growth of summer, or the harvest of fall.
It is said that the greatest assassin of dreams is haste, the desire to reach things before the right time – claiming victory prematurely. There is no time lost in waiting if you are waiting on the Lord. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23). Nothing is permanent unless it is built on God’s will and word.
If you burn the candle at both ends, you are not as bright as you think. All great achievements require time. And happiness is the right direction, not a final destination. We are told never to cross a bridge till we come to it, but today, we seem to be under the control of a corrupt and tribalistic clique that has crossed bridges in its imagination far ahead of the crowd.
It is always wise to observe the future and act before it occurs.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.
An old German proverb says, “Grow where you are planted. Begin to weave, and God will give the thread.”
Mediocrity has its own type of intensity. It wants to control you. It can influence and affect every area of our life if we let it. A fruitful life is not an accident; it is a result of right choices. Small mounds of dirt add up to a mountain. If you are not alert, the mountain can dominate your day.
Every tomorrow has two handles; we can hold it by the handle of anxiety or by the handle of faith. No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character. A man who lives right and is right has more power in his silence than another has in his words. And the time is always right to do the right thing.
When you look at the world in a narrow way, how mean it is! When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly spirit, how wonderful you find it!
The Bible counsels us to prove all things, holding fast to those that are good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). To know what is right and not do it – this is as bad as doing wrong. Invite trouble and it will show up early. Nothing costs more than doing the wrong thing. The man who borrows trouble is always in debt. The best way to escape evil is to pursue good. Keep your head and heart going in the right direction, and you won’t have to worry about your feet.