Cause and Effect

Cause & Effect

                                      — Kay Taiwo


The Progenitor: cause and effect

What does the word “Progenitor” mean? The word progenitor implies:  ancestor, precursor, and forerunner.  It is also likened to another intriguing word, antecedent. This word means cause.  

For instance, we say that the “cause” for the heat was the fire. This implies that “heat” is an effect, while the fire itself is the cause.  Every cause leaves an effect: positive or negative. So a progenitor is a cause.  Everyone is born to leave an effect behind. But if you admit that you are destined to leave an effect behind, you are indirectly admitting that you were born to be a cause. You don’t have to be married, and you are not too young or old to leave a legacy behind.

Albert Einstein was given a toy compass by his father at age five. Little Albert was provoked. He wondered why the needle on the compass faced north.  This one incident sparked his interest  in the natural laws of physics.  Without knowing it his father was playing the role of a cause. And the effect? A brilliant scientist, Albert Einstein.

Who is a progenitor? Leaders, parents, mentors, and other influencers are causes. Whether you realize it or not, you are a cause for something, whether on purpose or by accident. The fact of the matter is that your purpose need not be by accident.  The most ideal time to make this discovery is now, especially as you contemplate a new season of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to reevaluate their priorities.

Psalm 90:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Identify yourself as the progenitor that you are gifted to be; whether businessperson,  minister, professional, leader, mentor etc. Once you identify your giftings, it is your duty to nourish, protect, and uphold all that you are called to be. Use your gifts in light of its Kingdom importance. Ask yourself, “how does this gift enrich the lives of people for eternity and also in the here and now?”

A seed is a cause, the tree that emerges is the effect.

Most of us shop at Wal-Mart. Note this: Sam Walton (cause). His effect?  An enterprise (Wal-Mart) worth over $514 billion dollars.

What you are is a seed in the hand of your maker. We see the seed, but it is time we start seeing the fruit.  

*Recommended reading: Kay and Olu Taiwo’s book, Principles of Fatherhood: Why You Must Leave a Legacy Behind. click here.