The opening up of opportunities in various sectors of modern society has created room for more products and services to find their way on the market. Sermon of the Week with Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi
The good thing about this plurality is variety and competitive pricing.
Many new players have come in thus stretching the spectrum from which to pick your preferred choice.
While the opening up of the market space has been a big welcome by budding players, it has given rise to unscrupulous imitators and fly-by-night chancers.
Half-baked, substandard and mediocre products and services have been unleashed and have contaminated our environment.
Customers and clients have suffered chronic diseases and disabilities.
Deaths have been recorded in some cases.
The consequences and ripple effects of releasing unfinished products and services has caused trauma too ghastly to contemplate.
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Marriages have ended after spouses tried harmful remedies.
Traffic accidents have occurred due to non-functional spare parts. Devastating decisions have been taken after people got harmful services.
The list is endless.
You would agree with me that some products and services that are being dumped onto the market should be banned.
In some instances, some players have been prosecuted with others being sued for damages.
Whenever you intend to release yourself or anything for public consumption, please make sure you have researched, planned and prepared enough.
Let your work be polished enough.
Even before you send a text message,
e-mail or make a call, make sure you have engaged your mind and excellence has prevailed.
Don’t leave the bathroom half-bathed or your gate undressed. Work in progress should be finished before it can be paraded or displayed for public use or consumption.
Everyone should be responsible enough and never do anything that has potential to harm others.
Whatever profit one may accrue, always value others.
Let the welfare of others be precious to you.
Let the golden rule truly rule in your life. It reads in Matthew 7:12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
The Message Bible simplifies and says, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”
I am always challenged by how the all powerful Lord God Almighty created the heaven and the earth.
Although He could have created everything at once en masse, He chose to do it stage by stage.
The Bible records that He allocated Himself seven days to complete the work, the seventh day being a rest day.
Genesis 1:31-2:2 says: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
If God had to ascertain that all was good, why do you rush? Don’t short-circuit, you will cause electrocution and the whole world can burn up.
Take your time.
No right-thinking and positive-minded person will despise the day of humble beginnings.
The other costly disadvantage of offering a raw product or service is that some clever people will capitalise on what you have done and perfect it and offer something that the market will be willing to pay hundredfold your price.
There are people that don’t initiate anything, but only improve on your poor start.
It pays to take your time to work hard and expertly do things that there will be almost no room for improvement.
Some people are there to steal ideas that were prematurely launched onto the market and make the real thing out of your hard work.
Sometimes you sweat so much and get nothing only for someone to come up with just a change of colour and tone to your original concept and instantly become international stars.
Whatever trade or profession you are in, you need to make sure that you are operating at the optimum.
If God adds His grace to a vision that is excellently executed, the result is international appeal and stardom. Take your time. Don’t go out naked, dress up.
You are going somewhere.
All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible