The challenges of these present times are enough to discourage men and question their position as leaders in every sphere of life. No man is ignorant of the burden of leadership. The issues men go through could be challenging and frustrating and sometimes they are tempted to quit. You hear them say things such as “I’m tired of this marriage, I have had enough of it and I’m leaving.
“No matter how hard I try, I always get the same result.
“I give my opinion in a gathering and it’s not regarded.”
When you listen to the challenges most men are facing, the list of their problems will run on the pages of an unending sheet with each challenge being unique. They forget that the same problem they go through is universal to all men and it has been there from the beginning of creation. So you are not alone. The best solution to the unending challenges that befalls leadership is to be the man of the hour.
Before we dive into the principles, which this article has to offer, I think you ought to acquaint yourself with an in-depth meaning of what it means to be the man of the hour.
What does it mean to be the man of the hour? A man of the hour is a man in whose honour a gathering is held. He is a man that commands public attention. He is admired or honoured by a large number of people. It can also mean someone who is at the right place at the right time. He mans his responsibility, delivering results when required.
That could be a challenge considering the fact that results come with sacrifice. It wasn’t easy for a certain Jew named Daniel, who was taken away captive to another land. They were captured by the world power, Babylon. Imagine the emotional breakdown Daniel must have gone through. From a freeborn to someone who now has restrictions, whose life now depends on what the master determines it to be. Men who are going through real and tough situations in leadership could be described as having these same restrictions either in business or in their family lives. Daniel lived in captivity from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar to his son Belshazzar, but was not defined by his captivity.
There was a consciousness in him. The king of Babylon, Belshazzar, who took over the throne after the death of his father was greatly troubled because there were writings on his wall that needed interpretation. This writing was done by a supernatural hand, which no one knew where it appeared from. So, he sent for the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. He said to them, whoever shall read the writings and gives the interpretation, shall be clothed with scarlet and have a chain of gold about his neck. He shall be the third ruler of the kingdom.
For every challenge, problem and situation presented before a leader it’s an opportunity to redeem and seize the time for promotion. It is just like climbing a ladder, every successful step is a way up that requires more steps to get to the top. But notice that in doing that, energy has to be dissipated.
Fortunately, there was no one among the wise men that could read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation. The queen who came into the banquet said to the king: “There is a man in this kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy God; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, your father made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge and understanding, interpretation of dreams and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in this same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called and He will shew the interpretation.” This was the opportunity Daniel needed. When he appeared before the king he offered to interpret the writing, but told the king to keep the gift to himself. He read the writings and gave the interpretations. Daniel represented the man of the moment. There are notable principles to learn from his story:
1. Consciousness of his personality: The man of the hour is a man that really knows who he is and what he stands for. He knows that both creation and redemption were purposed for his blessing.
2. They are not moved by gifts: You wonder how people could change their stand because of incentives. Although incentives are good, they are meant to motivate you to work. Now the question is when there are no incentives, does it mean you will not work? Work should be done from within and it should be delivered with excellence. It is the diligence you put in your work that will determine how soon you will be promoted with or without incentives.
3. They put the excuses aside: Daniel obviously had excuses why he should not have interpreted the writings. He could have left the king to face his own misery and then choose the ultimate penalty as a form of rest. But he didn’t, he went ahead to do what was expected of him. Likewise, men today, stop blaming people or situations for anything, be the change by taking the required step to proffer solutions.
4. Add value: The king and other wise men in the land called and waited for Daniel because he had something to offer. The fact is that no one will come to you when you have nothing to offer. People only gather where there is value.
5. Conquer your thought realm: No man can live beyond the confines of his thoughts. That is why the saying goes that “We are all prisoners of our thoughts.” All forms and acts are forged through the power of the thought. A man who sees himself as a failure in his thoughts has already failed before starting a journey. Our victory is first and foremost got from our thoughts before they are forged to be our reality.
We should redeem the time and serve in the place of purpose. Charlse Darwin an English Scientist was of the view that “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”