Ill-Gotten, Ill-Spent

You see, good and lasting things don’t just happen by accident, they are not results of luck but results of preparedness. I know a young man who made a million naira from football betting in one day but ended up begging for transport money in few months. Same would have been the case of another person and his story will change forever.

The problem with the said guy wasn’t simply because it was as quick money but because it was quick money in the hands of someone who was only depending on a quickie, he wasn’t willing to put efforts and build something that would last. The seed came into his hands, it was more than enough but he couldn’t sow his seeds because he wasn’t willing to soil his hands and wait for the harvest season.

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” – Genesis 8:22

In those few months, he appeared successful, had the little luxury he had wanted all along and in coming days, he was done spending the money and had even run into serious debts. He was hoping he could hit another jackpot but it’s been years and he could only look into the past and say to himself “I was once a millionaire”, a status that lasted only for one day because in just one day I remember he did a party and spent a fortune on it.

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.” – Proverbs 13:11

The reason such wealth disappear quickly is that the mind of those who depend on it aren’t set on building a lasting success but on hitting jackpot!

Isn’t this how a lot of other persons are? We usually prefer a pill that can burn out unhealthy fats than engage in exercises and daily workouts. I know women who never loved the way they looked, they had grown so fleshy that when they look in the mirror they despise themselves. Yet, they don’t want to work out, they don’t want to regulate their diet but they can buy any slimming pill that promises fast action. After all said and done, they remain as they are.

I have been writing on my blog for about five years now and I have seen a lot of people come to me to help them set up a blog and after some weeks or even days, they abandoned it. I asked and some told me that their reason for starting a blog in the first place was because they thought the blog would be earning them quick income. They are only after the quick money, they don’t want to patiently build their blog, they want something good but they aren’t ready to work for it.

Most people would prefer a scheme that promises them a 100% ROI in ten minutes than invest in an idea that would bring them a profit in the long term. During the wave of Ponzi schemes, a lot of people invested so much. I remember a friend who invested as much as a million naira. He has such money but couldn’t start a business with it. On the long run, he lost out. Nobody wants to work and do some exercise for a modest ROI.

“Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty” – Proverbs 28:22

The reason for all this is simple. We want an easy way out but these easy ways always have side effects, they have unseen dangers and only the patient can see these dangers. Those who choose quick success do not experience lasting results. A French proverb says “Bien mal acquis ne profite jamais” which means “ill-gotten, ill-spent”. Another way to put it in my own perspective is “quick success fades quickly”.

It is like merely waiting in the rain alone for water. Why not dig a well or drill a borehole? It will require lots of stress and work but it will eventually pay off on the wrong run. Why not create a success that will last? Why not create a long-lasting stream of goodness that remains in and out of season? Rain doesn’t last, your tanks must empty someday and you may be needing the well of a borehole.

Do you need a tangible result? You must be willing to put tangible efforts, to make investments and to soil your hands. The only thing that was ever free without any effort on your part is salvation but all other things required for your survival on earth requires efforts and intentional inputs.

During your birth, your parents paid hospital bills. So you see, even your coming to earth wasn’t free, someone paid a price throughout nine months and the day you eventually decided to live outside the womb. If you desire lasting success, then you’ve got to work on it and wait for it.


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