WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR FRUSTRATIONS?
…William Wilberforce was an English politician and philanthropist, who led the movement for the abolishment of slave trade. This brilliant biography of Wilberforce would not have come to being if not for the anger and frustration he experienced towards the act of trade of human beings by other men. He eventually became one of the English leading abolitionists.
Wilberforce did not just live in emotional frustrations. Yes, he was often frustrated by his anger and emotions. He however, did something more than just cry and weep about the plight of the slaves. He started a Parliamentary campaign against slavery that became his lifelong mission. Thanks to his 20 year fight in the parliament, the slave trade act of 1807 was eventually passed in the English Parliament.
Wilberforce was indeed a man of passion. He was often insulted by all the vices in the English society. As a matter of fact he started a Society for the Suppression of Vice. His passion went to the extent of starting another Society for the prevention of animal cruelty.
Wilberforce had the kingdom mindset. He addressed and challenged everything that was wrong in his days. Whenever he saw something that frustrated him, he responded not just with emotions and sentiments, but with systems, organized structures and organized plans.
Wilberforce was so dedicated to changing the negatives in society to positives that he suffered greatly in his health. He sacrificed everything he had for the betterment of the world he lived in. Even though he lost his life in the process, he accomplished one of men’s greatest feats. He changed his world. Others who never gave themselves out for the plight of their society also died, only they changed nothing.
God however had mercy on Wilberforce, even though he was no longer in the Parliament when the act for the abolition of slavery was passed, he lived to see it. Three days after this victory he went home to be with the lord.
Ladies and gentlemen, what are you doing with your frustrations? Will you just whine, complain and grumble, bringing yourself into emotional distress as a result? Or you will actually turn your passion into a force of change? Wilberforce stands as a colossal example for all of us to learn from.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- Bible of examples of how God uses men’s sentiments to His glory.
- History’s record of those who harnessed their irritation towards certain wrongs.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.