When I was a little boy, I was following cattle at Dasimah; (a village in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region), a vocation most Northerners are proud of.
Following cattle does not only teach one the art of bravery, but also the art of care, responsibility and leadership. My father used to tell me stories about selflessness and how greed destroys power. He used to tell me to allow other villagers to bring the cattle for ranching. I know many prominent people in Ghana today, including political figures whose cattle were left with my father. We never took advantage of their absence to covet their cattle. My current leadership position has made me appreciate the work I did as a shepherd boy before going to school.
In those days, I will watch as these “big” men will carry the cattle from my village in the Upper West, to Southern Ghana without even saying THANK YOU to me or my colleague shepherds for taking care of their cattle. But I was always happy, because it was part of the moral values my father thought me.
Today in Ghana, nobody is willing and ready to help anybody. Even the security man at the gate wants a tip before he allows you into the yard to see his boss. The secretary (administrative assistant) wants lunch after making you sit on the sofa of her office for close to two hours before seeing her boss, whilst she chats on whatsapp. The police officer on the road at night wants “something” for coffee. Even the rich in the house of God want more from the poor. How can a country develop when greed has eaten deep into our bones?
I know people who are over eighty years, yet they will not retire from active service because of greed. Politicians hanging on to power, manipulating systems and oppressing perceived opponents, trying to extinct all potential threats, so they can hang on to power. Greed for power pushes them to ignore the law, step on the rights of others, and bullying people. Greed for fame causes people to do all sort of things, even if God frowns on such things, just to gain the desired attention and fame. Jesus gave a parable of a rich man who ignored God, and was boasting of how he will expand his business. But God visited him that night and took his soul. (Like 12:20)
“Remember the Lord thy God, it is he who gives you power to make wealth”. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
Get real, be content with what you have. It is the Lord that blesses.
To be cont…
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.