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Today I had a profound reflection which will form the basis of my start of the year message.

James 3:13–18 – –  “…if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not boast and do not lie against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but it is earthly, unspiritual and devilish. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy…”

Wisdom one; Earthly, unspiritual & devilish

  • Described as; ‘Bitter envying and strife in your hearts’ (selfish ambition).
  • Results/fruits; Disorder and evil practices.

Wisdom two; From above

  • Described as; Pure, peace loving, gentle, submissive, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  • Results/fruits; Righteousness.

Three things come to mind as we look forward to a year of increased impact.

Community Transformation; I pray that we will build communities of transformed entrepreneurs whose source of wisdom is from above. Communities that are devoid of disorder and evil practices because the good of others will precede selfish ambition. For the youth, women and men who will go through our programs and our interventions this year; Business growth and profitability will thrive in an environment where purity, peace and gentleness are upheld.

Partnerships; No one can walk any journey worth a couple of steps alone and neither can we. We will need partners this year like we have needed before. I am trusting God for the wisdom of our partners. From public sector partners,  to private sector partners, funding partners, individual and the communities; may the wisdom from above prevail. That there will be no selfish ambitions, partiality or hypocrisy but instead each will be full of mercy, impartial and sincere. These are the kinds of partners that we will need for increased community impact.

Institutional ‘Wisdom’; much as wisdom can’t be contained by an object, an entity can claim the wisdom of its people. An organization can only be as wise as its people. I pray that this year the EPTF staff, board and resource people will have much wisdom that comes from above. That fruitfulness and purity will describe our day to day engagements. As we reach out to the less privileged in the society with our interventions, we will do so with mercy and love towards them. And that at the end EPTF will be described as one organization where righteousness prevails.

As we start the year it’s my prayer that ‘Wisdom two’ is what will be found in our communities, our partners and our organization.