Author: Lovemore Nyatsine

I am a Business Executive, Author and Speaker with over 15 years of work experience across Africa working in various sectors: from Start-ups, Consulting and NGOs to Telecoms, Mining & Oil. I am currently studying towards a PhD in Transformational Leadership. I am passionate about technology which I see as an “accelerator and enabler” in bringing transformation in the world, especially in Africa. I enjoy writing. I have published two books which are on Amazon - Seeds of Greatness and How To Rise Like An Eagle

Dreams Never Die : Lessons from Lazarus

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” – John 11:23

In my early morning prayer watch am reading the story of Lazarus. I love this story. I have previously written about it focusing on Lessons in Problem Solving from Jesus (I will share this separately as a bonus).

Today I felt a prompting to speak to dead dreams, situations and visions.

A man called Lazarus lived during Jesus’ time. One day he died. Jesus who was a family friend was told and only came four days after his death. As Jesus arrived everybody was wailing and Jesus wept too! Beloved Lazarus was dead. Oh no.

But Jesus had other ideas. He decided he loved Lazarus too much to let him die. So he did the unthinkable and declared, “Lazarus come forth” The dead Lazarus resurrected. Wow. This is pregnant with lessons on how to resurrect your dreams.

Lesson One – Dreams Don’t Die

Lazarus was the hope of his family. He was beloved of Jesus – that is one instance in which it’s recorded that “Jesus wept” Jesus could not accept that the one he loved so dearly could die. The key lesson is that love is the fulcrum upon which the levers of faith move your dreams. The love Jesus had for Lazarus would never give up on him. How much passion do you have for your dream? Is your love tank full enough to last the distance?

Lesson Two – Never Listen to Wailers

For every dream there are wailers. These are people who are ready to help you bury your dream. They will sing songs of lament the day your dream dies. They will usually weep more than you do. Jesus did not regard wailers – he saw them but ignored them. If he had listened to them he would have been filled with fear. Jesus was thick skinned. The key lesson is never listen to wailers where your beloved dream is concerned.

Lesson Three – Compose Yourself

Jesus arrived when Lazarus had been dead for four days. Surely he must have been stinking and in a state of decomposition.

The best way to face a decomposed state is to be in a composed state. There was no drama around Jesus. He worked his way through the chaos of wailers and did not cringe at the stench of dead Lazarus. It doesn’t matter how stinking your situation is – just be composed and just declare “Dream come forth!”

Lesson Four – Your Dream Hears Your Voice

Let me put my imagination to work a little. As the wailers wept for dear Lazarus, I imagine one mourner must have cried, “Lazarus please wake up. How can you leave Mary and Martha your two sisters alone?” But alas he did not wake up.

It took Jesus to just declare “Lazarus come forth” and come forth Lazarus did! The key lesson is your dream only hears your voice. It therefore stands to reason that if God has given you a dream, the life of that dream is connected to you.

Speak to your dream today. You can reinvent, repackage, reorient and resurrect every dream.

Your dream could be your health, business, idea, job or relationship.

You dream lives!

Lessons By The River

Today I wanted to learn so I asked my daughter a very simple question – what can we learn from a river?

This is what we learnt:

1. It CHARTS it’s own course. A river doesn’t have the luxury of following an existing path – it creates one.

2. It FLOWS. A river does not have to go with the flow…it is the flow.

3. It OVERCOMES. A river cuts through stone, gorges, trees and still overcomes

Life is pretty much the same. CHART your course. Don’t go with the flow …be the FLOW and OVERCOME while at it!

A Decade To Flourish – 2020-2030

Earlier today I took these two pictures. I was intrigued by the fact that these trees are planted right by the river yet one flourished and the one died. As I reflected I thought of the metaphor of life:

1. Some people thrive where others struggle

2. Some are deep in opportunities but sometimes they can’t see them

3. Ultimately to flourish is not just about where you are planted but a function of the grace of God in your life

Friends I pray that in this coming decade:

1. You will flourish where you are planted

2. Your ideas and dreams will be watered

3. That the grace of God that brings depth, respect, honour and flourish to your goals may abound in your life

You Were Created To Flourish & Dominate

Genesis 1:28

Then God BLESSED them, and God said to them, “Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; FILL the earth and SUBDUE it; have DOMINION over the fish of the SEA, over the birds of the AIR, and over every living thing that moves on the EARTH.”

INSIGHT

1. You are BLESSED – “preloaded with divine possibilities and abilities”

2. FRUITFUL – be productive

3. MULTIPLY – expand and increase

4. FILL – maximum capacity

5. DOMINION – take control of the:

• SEA – swim in OPPORTUNITIES

• AIR – fly over CHALLENGES

• EARTH – walk in POWER

Let me use the analogy of geese here – the geese will WALK on the ground, they will SWIM in water and FLY in the air. This is the essence of having dominion in all arenas of life!

Don’t Stick To Your Job Description

Over the weekend I was say my favourite restaurant. After going through the menu I succumbed to my weakness for malva pudding. When I asked the waiter he indicated that the chef was gone but he would do make the malva himself. It turned out to be one of the most indulgently trusty malva pudding with a spongy caramelized texture that I have ever had. Topped with vanilla ice cream it made music on my taste buds. With my curious mind I couldn’t miss an opportunity to learn from this:

1. Don’t limit yourself to what they said you can do. Thomas was just a waiter but he could cook one ‘heaven’ of a malva pudding!

2. Where you are is not who you are. There is more in you

3. It’s not what you are called that matters it’s what you answer to

One more thing, remember David went to the battlefield to DROP OFF food and and he ended up PICKING UP the crown

Change the Method, Don’t Change The Core Message

So yesterday I was invited to speak to a group of SMEs and #entrepreneurs. I had prepared to talk about some of the #disruptive businesses such as AirBnB, Uber, Lyft and the like. As the delegates started to arrive it dawned on me that a number of them had never heard about Uber. Well, I knew I had to change my method.

I had put together about 10-12 slides. I decided to tell stories. I shared the story of how in the last few days we had turned a problem of waste into a great #opportunity for young people in the high density areas of Glen View and Budiriro. I also told them how the previous day I had met a delegation from Japan Embassy and told the delegation of the vast opportunities in Zimbabwe. I literally saw the energy in the room rise and in a simple story telling moment, me and the crowd went on an exciting ride for the next 45 minutes. By the time I went back to my presentation we were now tap dancing together. I also told them how I lost money in trying to do quail business. A few lessons:

1. Don’t stick to a method, if it will affect your message

2.The best presentations are those that connect with audiences

3. Audiences will love it when you show how much you care not how much you know

O Hail New Season | It’s Spring Time

Winter is gone. Spring is here in all its magnificent splendour. Summer is right behind like a best lady. I have been meditating on the meaning of the change in seasons. Winter has got a way of numbing us as we all retreat to find a niche of warmth. Spring has got a way of making us all bounce back. This morning I have been watching the red spring blossom of Msasa trees, hearing the enthusiastic chirping of birds all under a serene blue sky – what an explosion of edenic beauty. Flowers as if on some regimented cue, are all strutting their beautiful blooms at the slightest push of the gentle whispers of spring breeze.

All this we see in nature is a promissory note from the bank of heaven that nothing lasts forever even the coldest and longest winter has to give in. The destruction of the old brings the construction of the new. Every exit…is an entrance to somewhere… The sun sets today to rise tomorrow. Your situation is not your destination. Your temporary condition is not your permanent position.

If I had time if I had time…. I would tell you of one story that grabs me. A story of one paralytic man who had been immobile for 38 years… he had “a deep seated lingering disorder”:

John 5:5-8

There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!

Jesus asks the man a question. I am reminded of the story of Job – for a good 37 Chapters God is silent. In the 38th Chapter, God finally speaks and asks Job questions:

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel. By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.”Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. – Job 38:1-4

Going back to the Old Testament, instead of getting an answer God asks questions and tells a Job to basically zip it! Fast forward to the New Testament , the paralytic man who wanted to have a pity party was also told to zip it!

Friends today you are being asked questions as well. What is your answer? This ain’t time for a pity party. This is not time to feel sorry for yourself. BUT…

1. RISE UP (above negativity, from slumber), TAKE UP YOUR BED (circumstances, limitations) and WALK (pursue purpose, do what you couldn’t do)

2. Write that business plan, publish that book, go to that place, meet that person, read that book…do that which you have always wanted to do but couldn’t

3. Cheer up. Chin up. Head straight. Chest out. Square shoulders . Spring in your step. There is more in God…there is more in YOU

It’s a spring time!

Celebrating Heroes Day | My Personal Reflections

“Love urikugayei?” there would go the question. I would answer ” Ndirikugaya Makeyi”. The next question would be “Makeyi aendepi?”

“Makeyi aenda kuSobhaya” , I answered. This would be a typical scene at my parents shop at 37 Ross Avenue in Rusape, a place then known as Evergreens. This was in 1981 when my siblings and some of our staff would ask me why I would be in deep thought. I was just about 5 years or so and I was close to my dad and would be sad when he travelled for a few days. Makeyi was slang for Baba as I used to call my Daddy. Sobhaya was slang for Harare then known as Salisbury (Sby).

I have been reflective for a number of reasons. Tomorrow it will be 31 years after my father’s passing. But this week is also our Heroes and Defence Forces Holiday. Let me take you back to the trips my father was making to Harare a lot. My father had a number of shops during the war in Manicaland in places like Mandeya 2, KwaZindi, Vengere, Nyazura. Like many patriotic Zimbabweans he supported the liberation struggle with his substance. In his office when we went through some of his documents after his death we saw letters from Makomuredzi ( liberation fighters) written to my father. Some of the letters would read:

Wadiwa Baba

Makadii Baba. Tiri Vana venyu. Tinokumbirawo rubatsiro;

1. 10 X Kingsgate Cigarretes

2. 10 x Madison Cigarettes

3. Jeans & Jackets (Denims)

4. Matendafoot (Tennis Shoes)

5. Batteries for Radios (used to be called Wairesi – Wireless Radios)

….the list would go on.

Pamberi Nehondo! Pamberi NeGutsaruzhinji!

Wenyu Muhondo

Comrade Canada Dry

My mother confirmed to us back then as we painfully went through my father’s office and papers after his death in 1987, that this is typically the letters that would have been dropped off and passed on to her via the Mujibha’s or Chimbwido’s for Baba’s attention.

So why was my Dad travelling to Salisbury a lot those days? This was soon after the war and there was a talk that the government would ‘compensate’ business people like my father who had contributed to the liberation struggle. His trips to Salisbury where to go to some of the ‘offices’ to follow up. I don’t remember my father getting the compensation , but that’s not my point. On one of these trips Cde Canada Dry who was now a top military man even phoned and asked to speak to me and he said “Mfana tinaBaba kuno kuSalisbury, hold on and speak to him” That made my day and I can ever forget its effect on my impressionable young mind and heart then.

This is my point in sharing this:

1. The liberation fighters were respected and respectful people

2. The liberation struggle was a joint effort between the fighters and the people

3. Therefore let’s always celebrate days like these because of our common history as Zimbabweans

As I am writing this now, my little boy came and asked me what I was writing. I explained to him. It’s important that present and future generations are proud of their history. The past has got a way of informing the future. Our children will only be determined and courageous going into the future when they know their rich heritage as determiners of their one history.

Happy Heroes Day Zimbabwe.

JERICHO (READ ZIMBABWE) WE HAVE A PROBLEM | BRING SOME FLAVOUR

Going through my Bible this morning, I was just reflecting on how each of us is a solution to most of the problems we have at a family, business, church, organisation or national level.

As we bring our hearts (passion), heads (knowledge) and hands (skills) to every situation something begins to change. This is how we can change our condition and the state of the world around us.

Reflecting on my Bible reading this morning, I recalled reading this very same scripture on the 27 November 2017 so I went back to my notes and would like to share as is:

2 Kings 2:19-21

Now a delegation of the city officials of Jericho visited Elisha.”We have a problem,”they told him.”This city is located in beautiful natural surroundings, as you can see; but the water is bad and causes our women to have miscarriages.”

“Well,”he said,”bring me a new bowl filled with salt.”So they brought it to him.

Then he went out to the city well and threw the salt in and declared,”The Lord has healed these waters. They shall no longer cause death or miscarriage.”

Here are some few key lessons on the metaphor of salt. Take your own pinch …

INSIGHT

It is instructive that when there was a problem in Jericho, Elisha asked for salt to fix the issue. Today your nation, family, church, business could be in a similar situation be the salt:

1. Salt is a preservative. Things must never die under your watch

2. Salt is a flavor and seasoning . Add value wherever you are.

3. Salt is odorless but powerful. Influence without pomp

THE MORNING AFTER | BEYOND THE POLITICS

As the Presidential results are released tonight or whenever they are released I want to share some encouragement. There can only be one President at a time so I know some of you will celebrate and others will be sad at that point. Everyone wants their candidate to win. But I want you to know that worldly governments come and go but in the heavenly kingdom this is our kind of government:

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…” Isaiah 9:7

A few eternal truths to hold on to even in these times and always:

1. Your destiny and success is not dependent upon the occupants of State House, but the One who sits in the Throne Room

2. Your times and seasons are in the hands of the Lord and they shall not be altered or adjusted by anyone or anything.

3. All things work together for your good, including the government of the day, even that Ward Councillor and MP from the party you didn’t vote for

4. You operate according to God’s agenda, calendar and timeline because your “times and seasons are in His hands”

5. Where you are is not who you are. Your situation is not your destination. You will flourish wherever you are planted even in 🇿🇼

6. Your blessing is not determined by politics or geography but by divinity

7. Your life is bigger than the politics of the day

Having established these truths what do you do? Good question. Here are some practical things to do:

* Have a plan to succeed/prosper regardless of who is in State House. Your destiny is too big to outsource to one person who is voted every 5 years

* Avoid toxic and negative conversations about why this or that person could be better as your Councillor, MP or President – you will live with them for next 5 years

* When the wind blows some build windbreakers others build windmills. Be the latter and position yourself

* Leave politics to politicians – rise above it and move on. It takes a heart to forgive and a head/brain to move on

* Don’t curse your country. Bless it with your words.

* Wake up everyday and tell yourself that “I am an answer to Zimbabwe’s tough and stubborn questions”

* Get up. Dress up. Show up and show up early…

Declare this prayer:

Dear Lord. You have given me a great work to accomplish. I war for the releasing of finances and all resources that belong to me. Every single plan concerning my life will come to pass. No more delays or denial. I call forth resources from south, east, north and west. I am ready and equal to every challenge and opportunity in this season. Amen!