Founder and Presiding Bishop of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, has advised the youth to be focused in life and guided by their values and vision.
He said that without vision, one cannot accomplish anything tangible in life, stressing that it takes a lot of discipline and hard work to be an achiever.
He challenged them to work towards becoming visionary leaders and hone their skills in order to find solutions to problems impeding Africa’s development.
Archbishop Duncan Williams gave the advice at a thanksgiving service organised for the 2023 matriculants of the University of Professional Studies, Accra.
The non-denominational service, held on Sunday, February 26, at the Kofi Ohene-Konadu Auditorium, was themed “vision” and was attended by students, faculty, and staff of the University.
“We need to have a visionary and selfless mission and strive to achieve it,” Archbishop Duncan Williams said.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish, and where there is vision, there is provision. Provision is given to fulfil a vision.”
In sharing his personal success story, the renowned Christian leader encouraged the matriculants to have a vision for their academic careers, stressing that it would be the driving force behind their success.
The Archbishop explained that vision is not only a dream of the future but an understanding of one’s purpose and the impact one wants to have on the world.
He reminded the students of the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in achieving their goals while encouraging them to be disciplined, focused on their studies, while making prudent use of the resources available to them.
He asked the students to be connected to God and acknowledge Him in all their dealings. He compared being associated with God to a plant being connected to fertile soil. As long as it is connected to the soil, the plant stays fresh and alive, but it dies when its roots are pulled out of the soil.
“None of us can exist without the creator, God, because he is the source of life,” he said. “Education can give knowledge, but knowledge is meaningless without wisdom. Wisdom is the ability and skill to use knowledge intelligently. Wisdom is the product of the fear of God.”
The Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, Prof. Emmanuel Selase Asamoah expressed his gratitude to Archbishop Duncan Williams for making time to grace the occasion despite his busy schedule.
He said the visit by the revered Archbishop will not only inspire the students but also renew their sense of purpose and drive.