7 Teachable Moments From Nelson Madela

Known as the “Father of South Africa”, Nelson Mandela is a very popular figure when it comes to inspiring quotes. He was credited with tearing down the apartheid regime in South Africa. However, it was not through armed force but what has been described as a peaceful act. This led to him receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

Many people often quote him for various reasons. What makes him such inspiration are not just his words but the fact that he lived them because he believed them and was willing to die for them. We too should develop the integrity to have beliefs by which we are willing to travel the road less travelled and remain an outsider who can only be faulted for doing things our way, based on the purpose for which God placed us here, on this earth.

Age does not give you a pass to do and say anything especially when it hurts or compromises persons around you. This we can extend to our positions in life, being in a better position than someone else does not diminish their humanity, instead in our eyes it should shine a light on it even more.

And if a ninety-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live.

Address at Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa, July 12, 2008

Even threatened with lifetime imprisonment, threatened and persecution, Madela held fast to his position showing he was a man of great integrity. Never lose your integrity or compromise on your beliefs to please the world.

‘Whatever sentence you pass on me, you can rest assured that, when it is completed, I will still be moved by my dislike of race discrimination and will take up again the fight against injustices until they are removed once and for all.’

Nelson Mandela’s personal notebook, January 16, 2000

It is always good to hold fast to wisdom, knowledge and understanding together than to rely on one. Imprisoned on Robben Island Mandela wrote:

A good head & a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

This next one can help us to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off when we are faced with failures:

Do not judge me by my success, Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

Revolution! Want to see change, be the change? Then you cannot afford to be led or act based on whether you will offend someone. If you want to see things change where you are then you have to stop thinking about being the good guy and just being the one ready to ruffle some feathers.

“A blind pursuit of cheap popularity has nothing to do with revolution”?

In a very materialistic world let us reconsider what it means to give without counting the cost. This is a challenge for many of us but it is one that the word of God compels us to fully embrace. Mandela here reminds us of this

There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in reture.

The idea of having the mountain top experience has been associated with triumph in the face of adversities. Here Mandela reminds us that with each victory we should prepare ourselves for more challenges. The fun in life lies with the journey and not the destination.

After climbing a great hill. One only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

There are so many more of us more quotes to consider of course. But let us just ruminate on these for a bit.

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