Reflection: Always count your blessings.

When my business was still very small, I once found myself facing a crushing cash flow crisis. My biggest concern was finding money to meet the payroll, and this one month, it just seemed impossible.
Being a believer, I prayed every day for a miracle as the deadline drew closer. One morning, it came into my spirit to approach a very wealthy businessman whom I knew was also a man of faith, and would hopefully appreciate my situation. I went to his office, and said to him boldly that I believed God wanted him to help me. To my shock and disappointment, he turned me down flat.
I left his office and continued to try and get the money. Eventually an old friend of mine who ran a bank called me out of the blue and helped me out with a small loan. He didn’t even ask me for a guarantee, which surprised me. This same banker friend continued to extend to me little loans whenever I was in trouble, and he never asked for a guarantee of any kind.
Many, many years later, when I was much more successful, the banker friend of mine disclosed to me something very shocking:
The wealthy businessman whom I’d gone to see that morning called him after I left his office and told him to extend to me the loans, and not to tell me that he was the one who had assisted me by giving the guarantees.
I learnt two lessons from that experience:
# There is so much that can be accomplished in life, when people don’t look for credit.
# Always count your blessings, because they are always there.
Just imagine if I’d railed against that guy as being greedy and selfish, simply because he didn’t see things my way, or help in the manner I considered best. Perhaps he would have heard about it, and withdrawn his support. I would often bump into him and when he enquired about my progress, I would cheerfully proclaim my hope that things were going to be just fine, and he would always say, “God is great, hang in there!”
During the dark days of Apartheid, someone asked Archbishop Desmond Tutu how he managed always to be so optimistic that it would end one day soon. He replied by saying, “It is because I’m a prisoner of hope.”
A few weeks ago I offered iPads to two people who gave the first correct answers to my question about the news and sports channels currently on the App.
__Congratulations to Michael Asante and Alan Branson. I will be sending you both an iPad for Christmas. These are the answers I was looking for:
10 sports channels:
# Kwesé Free Sports
‪# Kwesé Sports 1
‪# Kwesé Sports 2
‪# NBA TV (Bandwidth saver)
‪# EFC 56
‪# ESL
‪# Arsenal Media
‪# Spurs TV
7 news channels:
‪# Al Jazeera
‪# France 24 English
‪# Bloomberg
‪# TVC news
‪# KTN news
‪# Africa News
‪# BBC
The events (live matches) are not channels.
Stay tuned for much, much more! This week, I will give an iPad to someone who gives me the list of six African countries where the Kwesé Free Sports Channel (KFS) broadcasts as a 24-hour channel.
Meanwhile, I’ve delayed my special announcement until January. This one will blow you away… Don’t try and speculate on what it might be; you’ll just end up feeding the fake news hucksters. Just wait for it, and be prepared.
Merry CHRISTmas.
“He is the reason for the season.”
Image credit: Christopher Rimmer,