Tag Archives: prosperity

Your Prosperity Today can Become Your Adversity Tomorrow: A Case Study of Zimbabwe

It’s a sad fact that many people and nations once experienced a level of prosperity which is now a distant memory (or almost forgotten) because currently – they’ve fallen into a state of adversity and great misfortune. Evidence abounds everywhere, that prosperity can become adversity within the twinkle of time’s eyes. In 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence after a period of rule which was governed by Great Britain, and Robert Mugabe, who until that moment was a political prisoner, took over the helm of affairs of the nation as the first prime minister.

It’s quite true that during his first ten years of leadership, prosperity was one of the qualities of Zimbabwe, and it showed in the way Zimbabwe grew to become one of the leading nations in Africa. Adversity was far away during a ten year period (between 1980 and 1990) when infant mortality rate fell from 86% to 49%, and life expectancy rose from 56% to 64%: also, adult literacy was on a 67% high and competing with the “developed nations” at the time. Everything was moving in the right direction until the economy started declining after the 1990 elections.

Scenes that express the level of adversity in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe used to be considered as the food basket of Africa, but Mugabe has driven it into economic chaos as expressed by 95% unemployment and 231 million percent inflation – according to experts (in 2008). Due to the level of adversity over the years, millions of Zimbabweans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in order to escape the economic woes of their once prosperous homeland. If Zimbabwe which was once living in prosperity, is now a beggarly nation, let those nations and people that think they stand tall, take heed – lest they fall! May their glorious stories not become groaning stories. May their book of laughter not become a book of lamentation. People and nations should set a daily watch over their empires, whether these empires consist of an individual or a nation.

The level of adversity in Zimbabwe (in terms of statistics)

It’s a good sign when lowly nations try to move up to the level of prosperity inherent in prosperous nations, but Zimbabwe does so while witnessing how routine financial transactions are carried out within its territories – in an astonishing amount of quadrillions. The adversity is so widespread that it’s common to see people carry wheelbarrows full of money to shops. In an attempt to express the level of adversity, an indigenous businessman once said that the whole market scene had gone completely crazy, and that their computers and calculators can’t deal with all the zeroes, even on the cheapest products.

Stock brokers, worldwide, once said that the Zimbabwean dollar made an “exchange rate” record of 10 billion to a single U.S. dollar in direct bank buying; while in electronic transfers – it exceeded 20 billion Zimbabwean dollars to 1 U.S. dollar. A loaf of bread in a supermarket once cost 7 billion Zimbabwean dollars, while a crate of eggs (30 in number) was once 45 billion dollars ($4.50 U.S. dollars). Oh, when will such adversity turn back into prosperity? I am not a politician, but when a nation’s leader leads a nation into deterioration and decay, I use his or her life as my school!

True Prosperity Depends on How Well You are Connected With God

Any human being who is genuinely connected with God (the creator of all things), would have ultimate peace and true prosperity. God is spirit! We can’t see him! In fact, his invisibility makes many people feel like he doesn’t exist. But he’s there! Right out there! He’s connected with men and women who also play (or played) their own little part in maintaining that strong connection. Through the ages, God has been close to quite a number of people, too many for us to recall from history; but one important thing to take note of – is that – irrespective of any challenges encountered, irrespective of any attempt(s) that enemies put up against those connected with God, they conquer at the end of the day. Another remarkable quality that people of God have, is that genuine feeling of rest, peace, and sense of fulfillment – which they can’t have otherwise. Their foundation doesn’t rest on material things: on the material aspect of creation. Anything that has a foundation outside of God is just temporal vanity, and would pass away or cease to exist from a particular date in the near future. Whatever anyone has, no matter how small it may appear in the eyes of other people, it would always be sufficient to accomplish every plan that God has called or destined for that person to carry out in this world.

Everything that God gave everyone at birth, and while they are alive, is a seed which has to be sown, fertilized, continuously catered for, and groomed to maturity. We must prosper if we have the mind-set that – with what we were given – we can efficiently accomplish God’s purpose for our lives. Plant your seed and it must produce a bountiful harvest, good or bad. True prosperity and abundance are beyond the acquisition of material possessions: it isn’t defined by the number of cars, industries, houses, lands, assets, women, or property that anyone has; otherwise those who have the largest amount of material possessions in the world, would always be the most happy, joyful and fulfilled people. Unfortunately, most materially successful personalities haven’t been so happy, neither have they felt inwardly fulfilled in their lives.

Read through history and you will observe that a lot of popular people, with an abundance of “earthly possessions,” have had high blood pressures, gone nuts, or even committed extreme acts like suicide! Many of them have been dependent on drugs in order to try and control their minds and feelings. These few descriptions show that man cannot depend solely on what he externally possesses – if he wants to have real joy and livelihood! Many people who have/had great possessions, were really empty on the inside; if not they wouldn’t resort to empty remedies like drugs and suicide. The treasures of this world all have their expiry dates. And really, not all that glitters is gold. There are many men and women who have been frustrated in life because they measured themselves by the world’s symbols of prosperity. In all your prosperity, or lack of it, let your total dependence be on God, then you’ll have everlasting treasures that no amount of money can buy.