To Encourage You…

There are times when we need to remember to look beyond the now to the truth of what has always been. So, here are eight way to rethink, and eight encouragements for any situation.

Don’t make yourself small to fit into someone else’s plan

You will shine the brightest once you have learned how to navigate those dark places

You do not fit where you are and so that is where you belong

You can only be a victim if that is the story you sell to yourself

You have to be ready to receive the table that God has prepared for you

Being stuck forces you to get stronger to push those stones out of your way

Hard times are the best times because they challenge how you think so you can finally make real that potential that’s been waiting in the wings.

Changing your location does not solve your problems only you can decide when there are no problems only opportunities.

Your thoughts impact your quality of life

Long Walk to Nowhere

Long Walk to Nowhere

You are free
but your mind,
you mind
cannot see
the destiny
waiting for you to achieve.
You walk unbound
But the mind
is bogged down
to the ground
by a stubborn will
to see your smallness.
So you walk around
and around
make a journey to nowhere
so you can find your success
although it was always there
hiding under the rumpled doubts
inside you mind.

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.

Convicted

Convicted

I feel
disturbed.
No perturbed.
And cannot get no peace.
Even in this moment
I seek some relief.
I know I am not forsaken 
but somehow...
but this bile rising
cannot be mistaken
for the bickle I had partaken.
No.
I feel the burden
weighed down with guilt
pricked in the heart
I dear not fall asleep.
Instead I must go forth
to change this thing
take out the sting
so I can be forgiven.

In My Weakness

I felt the stab
sharper than the sword 
that knows no limit
the sword of the Spirit.
I am weak!
I cried 
and fell
to my knees.
Sufficient He is
so here I will rest awhile,
while
He carries me.
A burden too great
for anybody else.
I will lay here on this table here so
while He puts me back together again
removes the thorn
tormenting me.
What if I cried 
into laughing
knowing 
there is power in my weakness?

Children of the Day

Children of the Day

For you are all children of light
children of the day
you cannot be swayed
by what they have to say.
Though they revel in your temporary dismay
you are not delayed
unjustly,
but the evil ways
they choose will lead them astray.
Within you no dark places
no unbroken spaces
to let the darkness in.
So shine in every corner
your light that sustains
the beauty of the day.





Tear Down Those Idols

Tear Down Those Idols

Whom do you love
and give your time to
your life to
and to it give your peace?
Whom do you listen to
allow to lead you
access you
and when frightened, entreats?
Whom do you trust
above the ones you love
and take the time
to lose your time to?
Whom do you shadow
make promises to
and whom pray tell
do your very soul pursues?

Pursue beauty
pursue you
pursue what God says is true.
There is greatness poured 
into the grey to bring forth the colours
that lies said were untrue of you.