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Because someone might drop by …….

PenelopeSanyu

In many spaces world over, you will know without being told that there is an African in the building, literally! You can tell by the choice of music, the elegance in clothing , the purity of laughter ,the genius dance moves , the ability to light up a room with nicely woven stories , great vibes and energy, the command of presence, the variety in food display, the energy in arguments, tone of voice, accent , yes i am stereotyping much but ……….eish …..you just have to belong, even by mere association to understand what i am talking about.

I grew up in a home where we prepared extra food , laid extra beds and haaad extra clothing , just because someone might drop by. Please understand that we were no where close to wealth, we were broke, we couldn’t afford life ………..but there was always extra for that unexpected…

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Partnership with God through work

By Angelina M. Twinomujuni

Do you ever feel that your work is not significant? You are not alone. I feel like that sometimes. I am encouraged by others who have walked before me when I feel this way. Moses did not think that tending sheep was significant until he was asked to lead a people out of bondage. The skills that he mastered tending his sheep became important in his journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. God is in the habit of partnering with people to address societal issues. He is able to use whatever you do or have to influence your family, community, organisation and even nation. Moses had a staff in his hand. That staff became a powerful tool, used to demonstrate God’s power leading to the deliverance of a people who had been in bondage for over 400 Years.

It is so easy to look at…

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Radical Obedience: A Critical Ingredient for 2022.

At the beginning of each year, I am struck by particular messages that literally pop out from what I have read or listened to.

A few days ago, I was struck by the instruction received by Saul to totally destroy the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15. Saul spared the King of the Amalekites along with the best of the animals- everything that was good. The things that were despised and weak were destroyed. As a result of this action, Saul was rejected as king. An act of obedience would have made all the difference in Saul’s life. What a sad ending to an illustrious beginning.

May we refrain from grieving God by turning away from Him and not carrying out His instructions. From this text, I am learning that partial obedience is disobedience. Rebellion is like the sin of divination or witchcraft and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. In Saul’s case, there was no turning back.

Nevertheless, if you are reading these words today, it is not too late to make an appropriate response. These lessons were documented as a guide for us and for generations to come.

The Kind Of Eyes That You Need To Carry Into 2020!

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This afternoon I was reading a familiar story from Numbers 14 and 15. It is part of a reading suggestions taken from Open My Eyes by Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries. Please, turn to your Bible if you have one or check online to benefit from context. A story is told of the 12 spies, all leaders in their own right who were asked to explore the land of Canaan while Israel was still in the desert. These leaders were given detailed strategic military Terms of Reference (TOR). They were to go and see what the land was like, to see whether the people were strong or weak, few or many. They were also asked to find out whether the land was good or bad; the kind of towns they lived in. They needed to assess whether they were unwalled or fortified. They also needed to look at the soil to ascertain whether the soil was fertile or poor, whether trees could grow on it or not. They were also instructed to bring back some fruit from the land because it was the season for ripe grapes.

The 12 spies received the same TOR and went out together to carry out their assignment. On their return they reported to Moses and Aaron and the Israelite Assembly that the land did indeed flow with milk and honey. The land was good!!! However, some of the leaders noted that the people were big and powerful, the cities were huge and fortified. The people in the land were not ordinary. (Probably because of the good food they ate:) they were giants. Two of the 12 spies silenced the negative leaders and encouraged the people not to get discouraged. They would definitely take possession of the land. The 10 spies would have nothing to do with these words of encouragement. They declared that they seemed like grasshoppers in their sight and looked the same to them. In the next chapter we see that the whole Israelite community is infected by the negativity of the 10 spies. They grumbled and complained and regreted why they ever left their life of slavery. They even decided to choose a new leader so that they could return to Egypt.

It is interesting that all the 12 leaders received the same TOR. They were exposed to similar sights and sounds. 2 of the leaders looked at the circumstances with hope, faith and courage. They remembered that they had been through tough circumstances in the past but had emerged victorious. On the other hand, 10 leaders were overwhelmed by what they saw. They forgot the victories that they had been in in the past. As a result, all the leaders were never able to live in the land of promise. Furthermore, all the Israelites apart from Joshua and Caleb (20 years and over who had participated in the census and seen all kinds of miracles) were subjected to wandering in the desert as shepherds for 40 long years where they died.

This narrative leaped out of the pages of my Bible today for some unexplainable reason. Although I am optimistic; I can be very negative and critical of myself and others unfortunately even after going through a number of battles and victories. I have been challenged through this story to be careful how I respond to what I see. I need to respond with eyes of faith. I should also be careful not to spread negativity in my own life, in my family, community, and organisation or wherever I may be placed. Leaders can affect the people they lead by how they see and what they say. What do you see? What are you saying in response to what you see? Happy 2020!

The Sink and Dirty Dishes

I have not written for a while. I think no excuse is good enough. I will simply shut up and jump right in.

I was up late last night watching a chef put finishing touches for a cake that would be delivered the next morning. The final result was beautiful to say the least. I looked at the sink ladden with a whole truck load of dirty dishes and cutlery and reasoned that I could sleep on it and get up early to clean up. I was so tired I rationalised; I even had a slight headache; Surely, I could be allowed to sleep and let the mess take care of itself. After all; my sink is my bussiness I said to myself.

Walking away is what I did several times; but kept being drawn to the unsightly mess littering the dirty sink. I decided to wash only the cups and glasses. In the morning; I would have only the baking equipment and afew plates. Tackling the task in small bits enabled me to wash up not only the glasses and cups but everything else before bed time; which was around midnight that day.

Reflecting on one of the reasons that I had actually stayed up so late to carry out this mundane task that could easily have been done the next day, made me realise that the nagging of my mother as I was growing up had actually payed of. She hated leaving dinner plates unwashed at whatever time because she believed that they would attract coakroaches. As a result; we washed up the dinner plates and cutlery and pans in turns every day; irrespective of the time that dinner was served; which was usually late because we had to wait for dad to return. Mum still hates coakroaches and flies to this day. She canot stand them:)

This experience reminded me of a word in Proverbs 22:6 which encourages us to train up children in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Although this is a small example in the whole scheme of life; mums’ helpful nagging still rings in my ears in many areas today. It does not allow me to leave the sink disorganised at night. I would rather walk away from this task during the day:) For those raising children or younger adults in any capacity; give direction consitently. You may not see the results immediately; but it will pay off some day.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6