But For the Grace of God... But for the grace of God there go I... Broken I am not defeated no more I can speak of past disasters that remained untold. But for the grace of God I can stand after sitting in decay to the Light I prayed I said yes and was blessed for I could have been like the rest forgotten, downtrodden, but my weakness I confessed and by grace finished the test. Now I know, but for the grace of God there I go.
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.
Personal Choice It can be sentitive or insensitive free the spirit or give birth to the horros around you. It can fuel your compassion or make you immune out of tune, to how you, impact me and the few who don't agree with you. Just be certain that your choice cure and does not obsure.
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.
Well, living the reel life has gotten a little out of control for me and so I have to take a step away from reel life to live a real life. Listen, as entertaining as social media can be, it can be just as destructive, some would say even more. In other words, the entertainment that it offers conceals the dangers that are lurking in every view, tweet, mention, hashtag, handle or caption. When I started watching YouTube, it was for educational and research purposes ONLY. I would get on YouTube, get the information I needed, use it and continue with my day. Most of my time was spent living my life, confronting all the challenges and triumphs in MY life. That is right, MY LIFE.
Until I got sucked into this rabbit hole of being a subscriber, receiving notifications and thinking that I had to watch, engage and support these channels that provided information and yes, entertainment. I found myself being aware that I was spending too much time on the platform but seemingly unable to step away and just get on with things in my own life, I stayed glued, ready to watch when a new video came out. Then it became a crutch, when I was sad, I would watch a video or videos to laugh and relieve stress, to learn how to cook something, learn about a place, what to wear, what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, when to be mad, at what and at whom to be mad. It became a lot. It was too much. But I kept watching.
Then I started noticing that I was not enjoying MY life as much (but that made no sense). I became dissatisfied with everything and everyone in my life (again I could not put my finger on why that was). It seemed to make more sense to spend hours watching someone else living THEIR life. Until it felt weird. Sifting through the madness of that person’s life with them or getting another message that somehow contradicted last week’s message. Until you realise that what you see is not all there is and what you think is not how things are. When you come to accept that there is an algorithm ready to keep you addicted, you need to shut it down.
You need to push back your seat or get off the bed and leave. Take a step outside and remind yourself that you can use your time to live your life instead of watching what someone out there is doing, preaching, saying or ranting about. Your day should not consist of moving from one video, “reels” or “shorts” to the next that in the end make you more unsettled than anything else.
When you do step away you realise how much more you can get done, you can do more of the things you like watching others do and you can go to your own places too! A screen is just a screen. whether it is a television, laptop or phone screen. That screen tells you no matter how much you relate and it seems similar, you have entered a world not your own. So the aim should be to live in your real world, grow and thrive there and make memories based on what you can capture of your life and not one geared towards your entertainment. While there is useful information out there, your life should not be bogged down by all that is out there. Step away for a while, get back in tune with you and your life and leave the nose behind.
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.
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?