My Pace Setter

7 years ago, i received this rendition of Psalms 23;It is my loyalty plegde!

The Lord is my Pace-Setter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And His guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all-importance will keep me in balance,
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activitiy.
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
For I shall walk in the place of my Lord, and dwell in His house forever.

~Author Unknown~


Life is a Canvas

Some years back, I was confounded by the meaning of life. The life question, what am I here for? replayed over and again…one one hand, I felt I had accomplished much of what was expected by society – coined in there, were also my desires fulfilled…yet on the other hand, I felt, I had so much unexploited potential simmering within and a war raged between my mind and soul.

In quiet meditation, the picturesque image of a canvas painting was drawn to mind and the painting began to unwind, with varnish and colors separating…..charcoal dusting away…..wax melting away…to reveal a blank canvas….the war slowly subsided as my mind opened to the parallel of life as taught by a canvas painting.

What I learnt was that we are given a blank canvas at the beginning of our lives stretched across a 4 edged frame (aka family, belief, environment & education), as we move along the life cycle we encounter different colors of life like friendship, religion, ambitions, desires, wants, needs, aspirations, goals and the list goes on and on. We, either with little thought splash or with intent thought scribe these onto our canvases according to their importance and demarcate our boundaries with wax to prevent spillage of colors.

Then, there comes a time when we lift up our canvases to see what image we are developing (what I am I doing with my life?) and we are horror-struck! (I was!) when we cannot make out an image. No doubt, there are some nice colors (accomplishments)…a bit of charcoal here and there (the dark moments of life) and depending on how long you have lived…a few or more blank spaces on the canvas to fill. (I had a lot of blank spaces – the reason for my simmering rage – but I was young, how could my life painting be complete in just 20+ years?)

Watching a skilled abstract painter at work, you will notice that in certain areas, he will brush colours softly, while in others, he will rub charcoal abrasively over the canvas…some colours he will swash haphazardly while others, he takes a special brush and with loads of concentration, trace magnificent contours. Great precision in any painting is often required, after the base coat and before the final varnish is applied. Then, when it’s all done, the painter displays his masterpiece and from a distance, with an eye for art, you can decipher his message.

In life, this parallels our youthful to adult years. Do not be frustrated if you pick up your life painting and you cannot make out its image especially if you are young (young is not a factor of age, it’s a factor of belief, that you can be what you want to be, irrespective of age). Believe that God has a plan for your life and if you seek it, you will be amazed at how God takes into account intricate details that would easily miss your eye. Towards your twilight years, you can then pick up your life painting and with great admiration behold the sight of a life well lived!

Based on the colours I have and will continue to choose, I hope my life painting will have a caption like this at my life’s end.

Thumbs up to my chat friend ''daddy the banker''...who brought me remembrance to these thoughts.


Human Opinions & Bitching

Today, I write on two issues that threw me into a dark tunnel for the better part of this month, this weekend saw an exit when I came across two proverbs….

1.The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.

Every human being has been wired to appreciate approval. In making our every day decisions, there is always an afterthought as to whether the decisions we make will be approved by those important to us. This afterthought greatly magnifies when the decision to be made has ‘’social opinions’’ that are widely held by sections of society.

Case in scenario, ‘’ Two years ago – I seemed to have a knack of meeting ‘’eligible bachelors’’ who were wonderful men in most aspects but got disqualified on one ‘’defect’’…’’they were 1 or 2 years younger’’. I could not bear the thought of dating a younger man, and be labelled a ‘’cradle snatcher’’! Heck no! ...then the tide began to change, two of my good friends wedded younger men…and I began gathering the thoughts of different friends (female ladies and male gents) on this issue – and there was a divide but majority didn’t see the big deal in age difference as long as ‘’happiness was abound’’.

Another case, my girlfriend J, hooks up with nice guy, B…and all is bliss until B’s mother learns that J is exceedingly financially endowed – the girl drives a BMW and is about finished on her house mortgage, B’s mum panics and disapproves of their relationship because ‘’J has leverage over B, cliché - money is power, the more of the first equals more of the latter – crap!!’’. J & B break up.

Reflecting on the above two scenarios, my mind began to scrutinize ‘’social opinions’’ also read ‘’human opinions’’ and I realised what a great impediment these are in decision making yet they are so ingrained in our upbringing that going against these brings ‘’social ridicule’’ which we fear.

It is this subject that I brought before the Lord seeking counsel and He referred me to Proverbs 29:25 – ‘’it is dangerous to be concerned about what others think, trust in God and you will be safe’’.

These are words I have carved in my heart; I pray they minister to you as they did to me.

2.The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

This one perplexed me when I first read it. All through the weekend I could not decipher its meaning. It churned it over and over again but nothing!
In frustration, I threw it across the desk this morning and sought my colleagues understanding on what they think it meant – one was clueless…another danced around it and when I was just about to dismiss his mumblings, (light bulb) I got it!

For the past few months, I have been angry. Allow me to vent!

Ambition is an admirable quality – no doubt, but I have a problem when in being ‘’ambitious’’, you step on others to get to the top (it’s an old age story – never changes but always hurts.) I have closely watched a rather unsettling positioning of kingdoms lately…where in a bid to take top position, a friend has trampled on two other of my friends and now holds the flag of victory, her tool of trade - bitching (means: to talk about somebody who is not present in an unpleasant or malicious way).

The bitter part to all this, is that I got caught up between the two opposing sides, a dreadful place to be. I had hoped that the ‘’oppressed’’ would fight back but learnt later that the odds had been sealed against them as the ‘’oppressor ‘’ had perfected her game and brought in the spoils –the 1st of my ‘’oppressed’’ friends fell…..and now I worry about my second friend, will she stand? Is there any bone to her frail disposition?

It is to this that I apply the above words found in Proverbs 29:13 ‘’the poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both’’.

This is for someone out there.



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