Soren Kierkegard, the 19th century Danish religious philosopher, told a story about a town where only ducks live.

Every Sunday the ducks would waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible.

He reads to them “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fence can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds.”

All the ducks shouted “AMEN!”…and they all waddled home.

Corruption mentality doesn’t begin when you start working at NYS or when you are posted to Afya House.

It starts when you start bribing your baby with a sweet/biscuit so that he can stop crying. When you give your son 5 Shillings so that he can go to the shop and buy a kilo of sugar which he will also use!

When you bribe so that your child can join the Police Force, what do you expect once he gets there AND he knows he should not be there in the first place?

If you didn’t know that is many a time the genesis of believing that you have to get “paid” do what you are supposed to do, or that you are entitled to “something” for doing something.

Then our youngsters watch in admiration as glorified THIEVES drive around in big cars and stay to the West of Nairobi.

“Working” smarter takes a whole new dimension.

CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY!

Photo post by @HOsarobo.

Source: I will enter His gates with thanksgiving 

We signed up for a hike with a ranger, who told us a remarkable thing: when a tree’s life is threatened, stressed by the elements of fire, drought, or other calamity, it twists beneath its bark to reinforce and make itself stronger.

On the surface, this new inner strength may not be visible, for the bark often continues to give the same vertical appearance. Only when the exterior is stripped away, or when the tree is felled, are its inner struggles revealed”

Inner struggles for folks like you and me can also make us stronger if we so choose, and face our difficulties and challenges with courage and determination and not allow them to defeat us.

— Marilyn J. Abraham

Just because you serve, doesn’t mean you’re saved.

Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

There is more to the church than serving. And until you realize serving is an addition, not your foundation, you are headed down a road paved by a false sense of security.

I know plenty of people willing to serve the church, but who aren’t willing to seek God. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.

God is looking for more than servants. He is looking for seekers. People who go to extreme lengths to seek his face. And although serving is an incredible catalyst in learning the importance of being a bond-servant, it is not meant to be your only avenue for divine wisdom. It’s meant to be an addition.

Don’t let the false security of servanthood get in the way of your relationship with God. Heart work is just as important as hard word.

Matthew 6:33 – Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

At times we tend to grumble that what we are engaged in is perhaps not bringing in enough money, is not comfortable enough, is stressful, etc, etc…..

 

This morning as my neighbor was leaving for her place of work, she looked at me with envy as I stood on the veranda admiring the gray fog because of the way I am dressed. It’s soooooo cold in Murang’a, central Kenya this morning (14 C). I actually look like a Murang’a version of the Eskimos, as I have wrapped something akin to a blanket around myself. Without a care regarding my appearance as I work from the house, no intention of venturing out until 1 pm for lunchtime fellowship.

 

That made me realize how at time I complain about having to keep odd working hours writing stuff, this morning, for example, I was up at 3 am, and now i am thinking  of a short power nap.

 

My point, realize there are many who would give a finger to be where you are today! Appreciate what God has given you, for HE KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1,2,3).

 

God is good always and forever so let’s thank him again and again and again!!!

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Source: Oh my God! Now you only need this pen to kill pain in your body. Goodbye to pain killers?

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“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” ― Augustine of Hippo “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” ― Co…

Source: Quotes on God’s Promises

One of the things I have learnt on Social Media (being quite active as I am, actually I live online ) is that we as Christians love our comfort zones very much. For example, we are very comfortable with a post that only requires a simple AMEN, SURE, GREAT, POWERFUL MESSAGE, WORD!, THANK YOU FOR THAT, WOW! etc, etc

However, anything that challenges our traditional way of Christian thinking makes us uncomfortable, we prefer to read that and quickly skip with no comment (perhaps a like). We are shy/afraid to comment on the deep profound stuff you just read from his or her wall, if it challenged you.

My brother and sister, if we want to grow, we must avoid escapism and burying our heads under the sand whenever we feel challenged by a different kind of thinking or perspective, hoping that “it will pass” and we can revert to the usual.

Even a good classroom teacher encourages students to be inquisitive, to contribute, share, and never to be afraid of what fellow students think of you. Just be sincere. An inquisitive student learns faster and more. I am not under any circumstance saying YOU MUST comment.

I love Social Media because it is such a wonderful forum where I can post something and in the process end up learning much more from your comments, rebukes, correction, guidance, etc. That is how a Christian grows. Facebook for example, is a form of “communing together” which many of us have physically sadly neglected.

Facebook, in particular offers a unique forum where you can ask a question/post something and in the midst of the myriad of answers/comments, you may get your answer. That is why I at times post provoking thoughts/opinions.

That way, you and me will not remain spiritual babes forever.

“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly — mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?”
(1 Corinthians 3:1-5)

“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
(1 Corinthians 3:18-20)

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