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Abrahamic Blessing: Fruitfulness


Blessing of increase and fruitfulness.

Increase and fruitfulness are part of the dominion mandate. Gen 1:28 declares, “And God blessed them. And God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.” To conquer a mountain or a jurisdiction one needs the power of numbers. There is no dominion without multiplying and being fruitful. As a pastor I have heard many ministers comfort (or console) themselves saying that it is not about the numbers but the spiritual depth that matters. I disagree. For the marketplace and thought leaders to take a priestly king or kingly priest seriously they need to see fruitfulness and market power. In the battle for influence your market share matters. If you are in the jurisdiction of finance and your economic or financial muscle is small, this limits your influence. Aspire to be a major player in your domain of influence because this multiplies your influence. Imagine how the fruitfulness and increase of the USA gives it enough muscle to be considered the world leader. Never mind the fact that China is slowly overtaking them. Numbers matter for priestly kings. For priestly kings increase and fruitfulness speak of influence and power.

God gives this increase much weight. Listen to His promise to Abraham in Gen 17:1b-2 “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make a covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.” (WMBBE). God takes this fruitfulness issue seriously. He had to make a covenant with Abraham to multiply him. I call it a covenant of increase and multiplication. Of Jesus, Isaiah declares, “of the increase of His Government, there is no end.”

God further reinforces this in Gen 17:5b-6 by declaring, “for I have made you the father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you.” (WMBBE). Not just being fruitful but exceedingly fruitful. In Gen 22:17 he states to Abraham and to his seed. “I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore.” As part of the Abrahamic blessings of which we are heirs, we have a right to fruitfulness and multiplication.

Do not dream small. Kings think expansively. They think growth of territory. Whatever you do on the mountain of influence, aim for increase and fruitfulness. Abraham was so blessed that even when he was not a king by earthly standards the kings he encountered treated him as royalty. Hebrews 6:13-14 declares this blessing of increase in this way. “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could not swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Didn’t Jesus himself say to us, “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, He may give it to you”? John 15:16 (WMBBE). We have a covenant of fruitfulness. Jesus’ intention is that the fruit of our labour in the domains of influence be lasting and enduring.

We should pursue making an indelible mark in our spheres of influence for Christ irrespective of who succeeds us. As priestly kings whatever we pursue, can and should be marked by increase and fruitfulness. We should not be comfortable with smallness. For the sake of the Kingdom we need to have an increase mindset. I have stopped having small dreams. Whatever endeavor I am involved in I recognize that I have a covenant mandate to pursue increase and multiplication. When you consider those who currently control the mountains of influence they have this increase mindset. They are fruitful. Even though most of them pursue increase for the wrong reason.

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Abrahamic Blessing: The Promise


Blessing of Promise.

Abrahamic blessing includes being an heir to God’s promises. It includes being a covenant person. God entered a covenant with Abraham in which He made promises of eternal faithfulness. In the person of Jesus Christ, this covenant was ratified. We as priestly kings are not ordinary people we are covenant people. Though some of us who were gentiles were once afar off and strangers to the promises, we are no longer alienated from those promises. The Scriptures declare plainly, “Therefore remember that once —– you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who were once far off are made near in the blood of Messiah.” Ephesians 2:12-13 (WMBBE). It is critical that priestly kings live, walk and work with the consciousness of the covenants of promise.

You would recall that the thing that emboldened David when confronting Goliath, was the consciousness that David was a covenant person while Goliath was uncircumcised (a “no covenant man”). The Goliaths that challenge believers and defy God are un-covenanted and so can only be defeated by people who walk in the blessings of covenant-promises. You cannot take mountains which are infested by the demonic without a faith anchored in the covenant- keeping God.

You are no longer a stranger to the covenants of promise!

Abrahamic Blessing: Blessing of Land


Land is a primary aspect of the Abrahamic blessing. That is why the natural seed of Abraham values the land (Eretz Israel) so much. Since 1948 they have turned what was once a desert into prime agricultural land. They realize that God gives them land but it is up to them to develop the property. They have a property development mindset that adds value to what initially appears useless. Gen 15:7 declares “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land.”

One day I was struck with the impact of the issue of land. Do you realise that Abraham was promised a son and seed as numerous as the stars when he was very old and incapable of bearing a child, and yet he believed God – no questions asked. Check Gen 15:1-6. In fact when he believed the promise of a child the Bible says, “God accounted it to him as righteousness.” However when God in verse 7 promised him land (real estate), he stumbled. That is when he asked God, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it (the land)?” Abraham the father of faith could believe for a son and numerous seed BUT could not believe God for land. So he demanded an assurance. In response God initiated the covenant. So the covenant was a guarantee for possession of land. If you doubt me let us read together v18 that explains the purpose of the covenant God initiated with Abraham, “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land.”

Once I realized how important land is to God, I have advocated for priestly kings to desire and pursue all legitimate means to acquire real estate. It is an undisputable fact that he who controls land controls the economy. Kings are wealthier when they control vast chunks of real estate. Although I cannot explain it biblically I have come to the persuasion that land that belongs to believers is redeemed land while land under the control of unbelievers is open to Satanic abuse including blood sacrifices. I believe that Satan fights land getting into the hands of priestly kings because land that belongs to believers is redeemed and no longer available for ungodly and demonic sacrifices.

Question 5: When am I called to serve?


Many Christians don’t understand that timing is critical to God. If you try to become what God is calling you to, before time, you will make mistakes. Moses heard the call of God and understood that he was called to be a deliverer. However when he tried it prematurely, it transported him to the University of the Wilderness for forty years. When the time came he made it. There is a difference between calling and commissioning. God speaks the end from the beginning. Many just feel the call of God and start running. They don’t even take time to prepare.  Timing is important. Part of understanding my jurisdiction is understanding God’s process and timing. He will tell you now it’s time to go. Many people hurriedly go into things that they have been called to before the time and they pay a heavy price. Even the Lord Jesus had to be born in the fullness of time and then wait for 30 years until the Father pronounced the season of commissioning. There is a difference between calling and commissioning.

I was called to the ministry of the preaching the gospel in 1987 when I was at the University of Zimbabwe. I had the call to ministry but I could not bring myself to a place of actually going into full time ministry. I struggled. Many people put me under pressure to let go of what I was doing and go preach the Gospel. But somehow I just knew it was not the right time. The calling was there. The willingness to do was there but the release was not there. The commission was not there. God took me instead on a journey that wherever I went I just served Pastors close hand. So I learnt pastoring not from Bible School, but by sitting and serving pastors. Without consciously putting any effort (in fact at the end I avoided pastors), they just found me and pulled me towards themselves. I served Pastors in Mutare, Rusape, Marondera, Thessalonica and Athens.

When God moved us to Celebration Church, He opened a door and within two years, I was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was now 2004. Called in 1987, but ordained and commissioned in 2003. That is a story for another time.

The point is that: to fully understand the jurisdiction of your calling, you need to understand that timing is critical. Calling is not commissioning. Follow the process and wait for the fulness of time. Time is the final boundary for your jurisdiction of the assignment.

I trust that as we considered these questions it has helped you as  a priestly king to sharpen the boundaries of your assignment. Go get them!

 

Question 4: How am I called to serve?


I am sure that as we deal with these questions, a clarity is emerging in your mind as to your positioning as a priestly king in the mountains of influence.

When you answer of how you are called to serve, you sharpen your area for service. Am I called to write books? Am I called to go on television? Am I called to start businesses? Am I called to finance opportunities? Am I called to just intercede? Am I called to intercede and take action? What exactly am I called to? What is my specific jurisdiction? When you establish that, it helps. I believe that God called me to be part of the end time strategic facilitators of the Kingdom. That places me on the domain of coaching and finance. The particular emphasis is in facilitating for strategic Kingdom agendas. In that case I mostly to serve as a consultant and coach in the mountain f Education. (I am using this domain as an example but remember in a previous posting I alluded to my being active in multiple domains)

Some people because of the nature of their assignment need to have specific geographic locations as offices. You need to know what exactly God is calling you to.  Consider strategic financiers: Some may be funders of church outreaches. Others may be called to fund social causes and take care of the vulnerable. Others will finance government programmes to assert the Church’s influence on politics. Others will finance primarily church programmes.

My pastor, Rev Tom Deuschle narrates an encounter he had with God at a critical point in his ministry. It answered the question of how he is called to serve. The ministry had just started a television ministry that was flourishing. Pastor Tom has a magnetic television presence. Apparently some well meaning investors approached him with a once in a lifetime deal to sponsor him into a television ministry that would take him away from his home church and ministry. This was a great opportunity that would have amplified the reach of his ministry. After prayer, God spoke to him and said, “Your ministry is to Zimbabwe but your message is for the world.” (free  quote). This was a boundary setting jurisdictional question that settled the matter for him. So though he is called for reformational impact to the world, his geographic boundary as a beachhead was set to Harare, Zimbabwe. Of course this can change later as God continues to deploy and redeploy. But at that stage the word from God set the boundaries of his jurisdiction.

Consider yourself now: How exactly are you called to serve if your calling is in business? Start a business. Serve in a business. Consult for businesses. Finance businesses. Market a business. After following through this can you locate the how to your jurisdiction?

Leadership Disloyalty


We often hear of followers who are disloyal to their leaders and a lot has been written about this. However I have been reading a book by Pst Van Moody called The people Factor which gives an interesting expose’ of leadership disloyalty. He writes about how David’s greatest sin was not his illicit relationship with Bathsheba (though that was an ugly sin itself) but his disloyalty to a loyal friend Uriah.1 Kings 15:5 says, “David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life – except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.” One thing that I have observed is that often leaders or visionaries expect loyalty from followers and yet they themselves are not loyal to their followers. He chronicles a case study of this relationship and draws some powerful principles which I share with you today as follows:

Principle One: A disloyal leader holds others to a standard he is not personally willing to meet. He judges others by their deeds and yet judges himself by his intentions. David inquires about Bathsheba and his servant tells him that she is a married woman then he send the servant to bring Bathsheba to his bed chamber. David expected his servant to obey him as king and yet he was disobedient to his own King. Disloyal leaders expect others to follow the rules and yet they themselves bend the rules at their convenience.

Principle Two: A disloyal leader does not fight for or with those who support and fight for him. Have you ever seen very loyal people who would die for the leader being disposed off as if they are nothing by leaders they have served faithfully for years? Disloyal leaders only stand by people when they are perceived to be assets but dispose of them at the earliest sign of the loyal follower being a potential liability. David was supposed to be fighting with his loyal troops and not be lazying at the palace. For all intents and purposes he had abandoned his army which was risking its life to protect his interests. Its amazing how often leaders sacrifice the very people who are loyal and risk their lives to protect the interests of the leader in favour of disloyal praise singers. Disloyal leaders fail to protect past heroes from ravageous wolves in form of Johny come latelies (mafikezolo)?

Principle Three: A disloyal leader is more concerned about his own self interests rather than the corporate purpose and vision. Disloyal leaders sometimes sacrifice their legacy and their vision for short term self interests. David taught his soldiers abstinence during war but when his lust for Bathsheba was aroused he betrayed the corporate cause. Leadership loyalty does not sacrifice people for personal gain.

Principle Four: A disloyal leader feels no sorrow over the loss of someone significant and shows no appreciation for that person’s past contributions to the leader’s vision. When David orchestrates Uriah’s death and receives word of that death he expresses no sorrow at all neither does he appreciate his past exploits. Disloyal leaders are unaffected by the loss of someone who was loyal and valuable. In contrast loyal leaders are saddened to lose those who have served them faithfully and are quick to express appreciation for the past contributions. They do not crucify those who helped and served them in the past. While disloyal leaders refuse to recognise the past benefit of the relationship that is now broken. They may even rewrite history to erase references to those who served them in the past. That is a sign of disloyalty in a leader.

Principle Five: Disloyal leaders want what they want so badly that they do not care who gets hurts as they pursue their desire. They sacrifice loyal followers on the altar of personal interest and dreams. They do not even consider the corporate good. They use people for selfish interests and self preservation. Uriah had served David faithfully and was so loyal that he is numbered among the mighty man of David. 2 Sam 23:8. Uriah was so loyal that when recalled from battle refuses to go home and enjoy his wife when the armies of Israel were at war? He had risked his life so many times for David and yet David is not bothered to hurt him by taking his wife and then having him killed. Such disloyalty! Worse still Bathsheba was the granddaughter of Ahithophel David’s trusted counsellor and friend for years. And yet David sacrifices that friendship in pursuit of his lust and self interest. Could it be possible that is why Ahithophel later betrayed David and joined Absalom’s revolt?

Principle Six: Disloyal leaders violate the principles for which you as a follower stand for. They have peverted value systems. They feel that since they are leaders they can live on different rules. They feel they are not subject to basic principles like respect and honour for the dignity of the followers. I have seen insensitive leaders abuse and dishonour followers and yet cry foul at the slightest sign of dishonour from their subordinates. They want submission but they are not submitted to higher authorities. They want honour and yet dishonour others.

Principle Seven: Disloyal people are not willing to give everything for a cause that is vital to you but expect you to give your everything to their own cause. David’s mighty men were willing to die for him but he was not willing to die for them. Uriah made David’s priorities his priorities but David did not give a hoot to what was important to Uriah!

This reading so shook me that I am re-evaluating my own leadership style and asking myself questions as to whether I am a loyal leader who is loyal to those who are under me. Would I give up my dreams for them? Before I require loyalty from my followers I should demonstrate and consistently continue to demonstrate loyalty to them whether they are with me or no longer with me! I think the greatest form of loyalty is honouring and appreciating the contributions of those who you sadly have to part ways with but were critical to your vision. Disloyalty to those leaving is a sure indicator that we will be disloyal even to those who are staying. So help me Lord!

Lessons from a Coloniser: Cecil John Rhodes


Lessons from A Coloniser: Cecil John Rhodes

This past week I was in Cape Town South Africa on a ministry assignment. A colleague took me to the Rhodes Monument.

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Inspired and challenged by what I saw I decided to take a closer look at the life of Cecil John Rhodes in view of the impact he has had on Zimbabwe and South Africa. I found the following series of 8 documentaries (each about an hour long) on his life done by the BBC on YouTube:– Rhodes: The Life and Legend of Cecil Rhodes. From this intense series I draw some lessons (both positive and negative) for Zimbabwe and our people in general.

  1. The life of Rhodes demonstrates the power of vision and the focus to work towards the realization of that vision. His vision of Cape to Cairo was compelling and it drew many people towards it. It is critical whether as a nation or as individuals that we realize that while vision is necessary it is useless unless there is a concerted effort and energy expended in a focused way towards the fulfillment of that dream. Execution is critical to the fulfillment of the dream. I am surprised at how little as a nation we do towards execution of the national vision. We talk more and do less about ZIMASSET and many other economic blueprints. It is time to put our energy where our mouth is and work the blueprints.
  2. To finance his dream Rhodes had to work through lots of partnerships and Joint Ventures. It became clear to me that financing a vision requires joint-effort and being open to work together with people who share the vision.
  3. In a desperate bid to fulfil his dream Rhodes bribed effortlessly various people within the British government to get what he wanted. This was way back in 1880s-1890s. The lesson I learnt was that unlike what people think corruption and bribery did not originate in Africa but was introduced to Africa. If it is not local then it should be easy for us to get rid of it. I am surprised at our passionate dislike of colonialism but our desperate holding onto some of the things which came through colonialism like corruption. I am tempted to think that corruption and bribery was introduced into independent Zimbabwe by others. So part of the national economic liberation should include a concerted effort to fight corruption and bribery.
  4. For Rhodes’ dream to come to pass he used his friend Dr Jameson to pretend to treat Lobengula of gout by addicting him to morphine so as to compromise him. Here is a telling story that Lobengula tells Dr Jameson while being injected with morphine. A crocodile opens its mouth and lies still while flies play around its tongue. It remains motionless while its sets the trap for the unsuspecting flies. At a moment when the fly least expects it, the crocodile snaps its mouth shut and the fly becomes food. Lobengula then states that he has this suspicion that the White man is the crocodile which is laying a trap for the unsuspecting Ndebele. The lesson I learnt was that in politics and in business not everyone who comes as a friend is well meaning. Beware of Dr Jamesons in your life. The trained healers who turn killers!
  5. The birth of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was based on greed and lawless dispossession of the natives in pursuit of Rhodes’ dream. I have often wondered whether that spirit of greed that dispossesses the weak and vulnerable has really been exorcised from the national conscience. The level at which some leaders will cover their greed with the cloak of righteousness while they dispossess the innocent seems to indicate that spiritually this issue has to be dealt with if we as a nation are to make progress.
  6. From the documentary it is clear that Rhodes viewed the mineral wealth of Zimbabwe as being able to finance his dream of Cape to Cairo in an expansion of the Empire. Another documentary on the Great Zimbabwe that I saw alluded to the fact that the Great Zimbabwe was really a commercial capital whose primary purpose was to fund the expansion of the Empire. I then wonder whether its incidental that the greatest challenge on Zimbabwe is a constraining of its economy. Could this be an indication of the devil fighting the divine destiny of Zimbabwe as a Kingdom-financing nation?
  7. Rhodes was passionate about possessing land. I realized that land is a powerful store of wealth. It is important to own real estate. Whoever controls land controls the economy. Who controls your own economy?

Life Enrichers


Walt Disney said, “There are three kinds of people in the world today.There are ‘well poisoners,’ who discourage you and stomp on your creativity and tell you what you can’t do. There are ‘lawn mowers’ – people who are well- intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns and never leave their yards to help another person. Finally, there are ‘life enrichers’ – people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them. We need to be life-enrichers, and we need to surround ourselves with life enrichers.”
Here are some questions I am asking myself:
1. Am I a well-poisoner, lawn-mower or life-enricher?
2. Which kind of people from the three types am I associating with? Are tghere people in my life who are lifge poisoners that I should avoid?
3. Is there anyone who can stand up uncoerced, sincerely and heartily demonstrate that I have enriched their life?
4. What am I doing intentionally to be a life -enricher?

CorePrinciples


Mentorship needs to be based on some core principles — that are unchangeable. The older I get the more convinced I am that any meaningful passing on of values should be based on biblical principles because these have outlasted all other philosophies. According to Prof Steve Sample of University of Southern California in his book Contrarian leaders, every leaders should base his values ob some core texts which he calls super texts. These are not the new version of motivational books that have persisted over the centuries. On the top of his list is the Bible. I fully agree with him that in mentorship the Word of God has more to say to the human person than any other text. It is therefore critical in mentorship as far as is possible to base the principles and values on the word of God. The principles of the Bible have withstood the test of time. They have shaped nations and molded heroes. mentors draw form deep wells of enduring wisdom. I encourage mentors to drink deeply of the Word of God. Search the scriptures for yourself. As Solomon so aptly puts it, The mouth of the Lord pronounces wisdom and from his lips proceed knowledge. I would encourage every mentor to closely study the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiates. these are full of profound wisdom. Anchor your life on unchangeable core principles and mentor others on the basis of these.

Mentorship depends both on speaking powerful and unchangeable truths and living them out so that the mentor becomes an embodiment of the truths they teach. Every mentor should have a leadership story they tel and exhibit. people love stories that are loaded with truth and principles. So what is your story? What is it built on? Go ahead and tell your story based on the unchanging core values of the Bible.

GoforGold


Go for the Gold

Walt Disney though long gone, has created a legacy through his cartoons and his Disney World family entertainment. He has institutionalized his values into his enterprises. Though he is dead yet he still speaks and touches this generation and others to come. Nurturing champions is about institutionalizing in the psyche of people, businesses and ministries the values you hold dear. Legacy is your voice resounding past the grave guiding and influencing posterity.

Lasting wealth creation is multigenerational and is oriented toward the long run and not the short run.

Dennis Peacocke

Building a legacy is a process that is intentional and time consuming. It requires effort. A legacy is not created by default or by mistake. It takes a conscious decision that translates into a discipline of nurturing others. The values you pass on to your children, your protégés and those you touch can be so inculcated that these will pass them on to another generation. Legacy building, like writing a will, is purposeful. It is based on forethought. Thinking ahead and determining the kind of future you desire for those after you. Then you deliberately take actions to affect that future.

One sure way of doing this is by building people through nurture. Changing the values and belief systems of the people you train is part of nurturing. Building self-efficacy. Painting a picture of the future that they can aspire to. Inspiring them to dream big. To aiming higher. Challenging them to pursue the fulfilment of the God inspired dream. Encouraging them to spend themselves for God’s glory and in the service of mankind. Modelling greatness for them. Living a life worthy of your calling.

Gideon Makoni, my grandfather was renown in his days as a fiery preacher. He started well. He planted many Anglican churches around Rusape. But — he did not finish well. He became a polygamist and turned away from the faith to a religious cult. His progeny has suffered since because of the legacy he left. I guess I got a portion of his positive legacy before he corrupted it.

If we do not make plans for a better tomorrow, tomorrow will be no better.

John Maxwell

Nurturing champions entails a commitment to live a morally upright lifestyle. Commitment to values. Commitment to principles. Commitment to building people.  Commitment to relationships. Commitment to the long term. Mentoring as a way of increasing your legacy is about finishing strong. Many start the race but few finish. Legacy builders keep their eyes trained on the finish line. So that they can, with those gone before them declare, “I have fought a good fight of faith, now is laid up for me a crown”. Go for the finish line. Go for the gold. Nurturing champions is not about how well you start but about how well you finish. The way you finish inspires those you leave behind.

Another hero started well. He was the pride of Israel. But on his death bed he declared, “I have played the fool”. Champion nurturers finish strong. They do not play the fool. They invest for the future. They invest for posterity. They do not seek popularity but they definitely seek an increased footprint!

Champion nurturer the right to have your voice speak from the grave is bestowed on those who model godly values and finish strong. Many have started well like my grandfather but spoiled their legacy through a poor finish.

The only limit to your legacy is the one you place on it yourself.

John Maxwell (paraphrase)

Nurturing champions has a multi-generational perspective. It answers the deepest yearning of the human spirit to contribute meaningfully to society and exercise influence transgenerationally. I trust that the journey we have shared, created a questing to deposit in the earth a legacy that outlives your earthly sojourn. The Bible says the memory of the just is blessed. May you die empty because you have emptied yourself into emerging champions who will carry your legacy into the future! May your quiver be empty because you have shot out your arrows to their destiny!

Mentoring increases your effectiveness through leveraging relationships and resources. Are you leveraging yours or are you hoarding them? Are you increasing someone else’s impact? Are you building someone else’s dream? Christian leaders should both mentor and be mentored for maximum impact on the world.

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime.

-Reinhold Niebuhr

Similarly mentoring accelerates and intensifies character development and values assimilation. Will your values dying with you? Are your values and principles ingrained within your business or ministry? How will your business look after you are gone? Disney’s values still speak to our generation. How far into the future will your voice echo?

Champion, go for the gold! Increase your footprint! Increase your legacy! I charge you to seek influence beyond the immediate. Reach past your own generation. Put your hand in the hand of the master legacy builder, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Become part of his legacy! Your influence and legacy increases to the extent that you yield to his influence and legacy. His voice still echoes throughout the ages as it did in the dirty sandy streets of Judea. His values and philosophy still shape society. Has your life been shaped by His?

The greatest affirmation is yet to ring out, in that deep baritone voice. Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into your Father’s rest. Will it be for you? Are you ready for it? Go for the gold!

May your influence increase and may the sound of your voice speak to future generations. Till we meet again. Go for the gold!