Yes You! You are a Leader!

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When one thinks of leadership, affluence and influence come to mind almost immediately. However, there is need to find out who exactly is a leader and who is not. First and foremost, for one to be called a leader, one must have some kind of influence within his immediate surrounding or even beyond. Take the example of a mother; she might not enjoy the affluence of such a world leader as the United States president but in the eyes of her young child, she is the ultimate authority. What she says goes and a child will go as far as emulating what and how she does things out of admiration and sometimes seeking for approval.

The question on my mind therefore is; am I a leader too? The answer is an absolute yes. I have been blessed to be a proud aunt of several blessed nephews and one truly adorable niece. When I reflect on the impact of my leadership role in society, my part in these children’s lives immediately comes to mind. I love to imagine that I am a pretty neat person, though not the best but I do try. This character trait I now realize has been passed on to my niece who has also gone ahead to receive an award for neatness in her school. What greatly surprised me about this is the fact that I do not instill this in her consciously; I do not sit her down and pound it into her head that she needs to be clean and tidy but in the quiet moments of life she has observed me and picked up this habit albeit unknown to me.

Can I take full credit for having such an influence in a young girl’s life? No!!!! This is because I do realize that it is a calling. The simple things that you pass on, most especially to the younger generation, do live on, sometimes even passed down through generations. These little things that may seem mundane to others are special gifts that add to the ultimate beauty of life. God has placed these little gifts; in fact I choose to believe that God has trusted me enough to carry such gifts with excellence such that they impact other’s life in such a positive way. Never does a good deed done not bring a smile to the person that took the initiative to live in excellence and serve as an example that can be emulated.

God calls us all, we have the choice to accept the call or let the dream sleep. There is need to know yourself. It is hard to do that when you try to know who you are through other’s opinion. This is because even they are also trying to find out who they are. In any case every person you meet will probably have a different opinion of who you are and who you should be. The Bible speaks of how we acquire our identity in the Book of 2nd Corinthians that we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Christ is perfection personified as human. If there is anyone to look up to for leadership skills of all kinds and in the right way, Christ is the way.

It is not enough to know that one is a leader. There is need to bless others. We are after all blessed, not so we can brag and life flashy extravagant lives, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but so we can be a blessing to others too. One of my favorite speakers in God’s Word, Joyce Meyer, once admonished church goers who protest about not being fed anymore by the Word of God because they felt full already. She asked them to go out and empty their full barrels to those that were empty in society; by healing the sick, caring for the widows and orphans, giving to the needy or even being nice to one’s immediate family or spouse. It is how God gets from us what He gives to us. This is how one becomes the salt and light of the world.

Someone may ask how they can recognize if they truly are leaders in the society. Sometimes one may look at his life and it seems mellow and not at all dramatic like others. The thing I have come to realize is that when you find the Word of God and live it out in your life, not by struggling and self- effort, but simply believing and receiving, your life takes an unexpected turn. Am I perfect? Certainly not!! I do also know that I do not need to occupy a pivotal position in the society to be a leader. I am a silent leader whose actions are loud. I have been able to influence an eight year old girl to know that prayer before bed every night ensures that the devil has no free reign over her dreams as the Blood of Jesus that covers her keeps evil at bay. It may seem like one small step but if every believer took that one step, the devil would be terrified by the Christian leadership that would take dominion every night and he would tremble with fear.

Let us live to know God’s Will in our lives. He owns and knows all things and if you are seeking for answers start there. Or better yet, you have tried all other ways and they haven’t worked; but have you tried God? He ultimately holds the Key to that which you seek zealously and that too for free and beyond what you could ask or think.

 

When one thinks of leadership, affluence and influence come to mind almost immediately. However, there is need to find out exactly who a leader is and who is not. First and foremost, for one to be called a leader, one must have some kind of influence within his immediate surrounding or even beyond. Take the example of a mother; she might not enjoy the affluence of a world leader such as the United States president but in the eyes of her young child, she is the ultimate authority. What she says goes and a child will go as far as emulating what and how she does things out of admiration and sometimes seeking for approval.

The question on my mind therefore is; am I a leader too? The answer is an absolute yes. I have been blessed to be a proud aunt of several blessed nephews and one truly adorable niece. When I reflect on the impact of my leadership role in society, my part in these children’s lives immediately comes to mind. I love to imagine that I am a pretty neat person, though not the best but I do try. This character trait I now realize has been passed on to my niece who has also gone ahead to receive an award for neatness in her school. What greatly surprised me about this is the fact that I do not instill this in her consciously; I do not sit her down and pound it into her head that she needs to be clean and tidy but in the quiet moments of life she has observed me and picked up this habit albeit unknown to me.

Can I take full credit for having such an influence in a young girl’s life? No, not really. This is because I do realize that it is a calling. The simple things that you pass on, most especially to the younger generation, do live on, sometimes even passed down through generations. These little things that may seem mundane to others are special gifts that add to the ultimate beauty of life. God has placed these little gifts in my life; in fact I choose to believe that God has entrusted me to carry such gifts with excellence such that they impact other’s lives in a positive and powerful way. Never does a good deed done not bring a smile to the person that took the initiative to live in excellence and serve as an example that can be emulated.

God calls us all, we have the choice to accept the call or let the dream sleep. There is need to know yourself. It is hard to do that when you try to know who you are through other’s opinion. This is because even they are also trying to find out who they are. In any case every person you meet will probably have a different opinion of who you are and who you should be. The Bible speaks of how we acquire our identity in the Book of 2nd Corinthians that we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Christ is perfection personified as human. If there is anyone to look up to for leadership skills of all kinds and in the right way, Christ is the way.

It is not enough to know that one is a leader. There is need to bless others. We are after all blessed, not so we can brag and life flashy extravagant lives, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but so we can be a blessing to others too. One of my favorite speakers in God’s Word, Joyce Meyer, once admonished church goers who protest about not being fed anymore by the Word of God because they felt full already. She asked them to go out and empty their full barrels to those that were empty in society; by healing the sick, caring for the widows and orphans, giving to the needy or even being nice to one’s immediate family or spouse. It is how God gets from us what He gives to us. This is how one becomes the salt and light of the world.

Someone may ask how they can recognize if they truly are leaders in the society. Sometimes one may look at his life and it seems mellow and not at all dramatic like others. The thing I have come to realize is that when you find the Word of God and live it out in your life, not by struggling and self- effort, but simply believing and receiving, your life takes an unexpected turn. Am I perfect? Certainly not! I do also know that I do not need to occupy a pivotal position in the society to be a leader. I am a silent leader whose actions are loud. I have been able to influence an eight year old girl to know that prayer before bed every night ensures that the devil has no free reign over her dreams as the Blood of Jesus that covers her keeps evil at bay. It may seem like one small step but if every believer took that one step, the devil would be terrified by the Christian leadership that would take dominion every night and he would tremble with fear.

Let us live to know God’s Will in our lives. He owns and knows all things and if you are seeking for answers, start there. Or better yet, you have tried all other ways and they haven’t worked; but have you tried God? He ultimately holds the Key to that which you seek zealously and that too He has given for free and and He will amaze you beyond what you could ask or think.

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How do we know that we are living out God’s Purpose for our lives?

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It is said that we as Christians are all called. In one way or another, we reflect God’s call in every part of our lives. The lives that we live now, as the Bible says in the book of Second Timothy 1:9 is not our own but we live to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. In short, we are not created for our own pleasure, but for God’s; we are created for His purpose and Grace.

The question on people’s minds however is; what is to be called? What does it entail? How do we know that we are living a life that is according to God’s purpose for our lives? What happens when the life we live is full of tribulations which make us question exactly what God’s purpose is? Is God’s purpose inherently good as it says in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 that He seeks to give us a future and a hope?

Calling, according to my Biblical understanding, began even before I was formed in my mother’s womb. However being called does not immediately constitute living my life according to God’s purpose. It is a calling because I have to accept the call. God gives us the free will to either accept the call to live the purpose driven life that He has ordained for us, or to go against it and live a worldly life devoid of God’s role. God is however gracious to advice us on the path that we should use, just in case we are unaware of it. In the book of Deuteronomy 30:15, 19- 20, God gives us the choice between life and death, then goes ahead to tell to choose life in order to enjoy a life of blessings. To choose death therefore leaves one at the mercy of the devil’s wiles, which unlike a Christian who chooses life; God is not obligated to help you out in your life’s endeavors. Instead, you are left at the devil’s mercy until you realize the need for God in your life. God is gracious enough to honor whichever path you choose to take, even when He knows that it is to your detriment.

I got born again at a tender age, but this was more out of obligation and tradition rather than a personal conviction. This is because it was expected that one had to answer that “very important call” to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. At the time I had little or no comprehension of what I had exactly signed up for. All I knew was that I was not going to hell if Jesus decided to suddenly come back. This was not an isolated event as I got saved a few other dozen times; I had to make sure that the sins I had just committed would not keep me out of the Kingdom of God. I had limited comprehension of any troubles in my life as I had been brought up in a good Christian home with wonderful parents whose love for my siblings and I was second to none.

However, problems have a tendency to draw you closer to God. It is when all else fails and your once peaceful world falls apart and you have no way out but to cry out to God that your calling is effected in your life. When turbulence shook my once tranquil life, I was in high school and suddenly God made sense in an unexpected way. When personal conflicts seemed to disintegrate our once strong family, there was no one to turn to. Relatives were the first to bail out and jump ship. Friends became non- existent and suddenly we were alone; only God seemed accessible at that time and just in time too. My relationship with God at that time, though shaky, was the start of my journey to realize God’s call on my life and my need for His active role in it too.

What had seemed like stories about God’s power suddenly made sense in my life. Although it was a tumultuous time in my life, it only served to further ignite my reliance on God. Paying my fees which had been smooth sailing in the past was now a thing of faith and trust in God’s provision. The health and well being of my family was now entrusted in God’s hands. It is when I felt the most lost in my life that I found my way- The Way, The Truth and The Life that is Christ Jesus as the Bible says in the Book of John 14:6.

It was not smooth sailing though. The Christian path is not an easy path. As Paul said in the book of Romans 8:36, For God’s sake, we face death all day long. At times, death seemed to plague our circumstances, the struggle for survival would be so hard but true to His Word, God kept us near and not even anger and disappointments could keep us away. It is at this time that we decided to diligently seek God as a family. Our mother, who is a staunch Christian woman, urged us to spend time in God’s Word. This is because it would be strange to go before God and ask to receive His Blessings yet we had not spent time in His Word to know exactly what these blessings were. We took this path after realizing that expecting to receive a miracle at crusades and other meetings of faith would not eventually help us because the only way for the Word of God to truly transform us was if we personally sought to know God.

God has been faithful since. I may not be “there” yet, wherever that is, but I am learning to trust in the Faith of Christ which he possesses as He sits at God’s Right Hand, intervening on my behalf as He has gone through my struggles as a human being, yet conquered them. Even though a life of Christianity does not mean that I will not go through extreme challenges, I have learnt that there is a certain ease when I trust in God’s plan for my life. The more I’ve allowed God to play a central role in different parts of my life, the more these areas of my life have prospered .

When I sought to join Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, which was my favored choice for a University with a strong Christian foundation, I did not see how it would come to be. This is because my family was going through dire financial constraints. However, when one trusts God, He is always faithful to His Word. He says in the Book of Matthew 7:7, He urges us to ask and it will be given whatever we ask for in Faith. He goes ahead in the book of Isaiah 55:11 to confirm that His Word which He sends out will not return empty but will accomplish that which He has set for it to accomplish.

Many Christians however expect that God’s calling in their lives will come to pass when they enroll in a theology school, or when they become missionaries. I have however come to realize that since God encompasses every area of my life, then His calling entails every area as well. It is in the normal happenings, the everyday activities, when I am able to encourage a friend with God’s Word, when I refuse to give a bribe in order to get my National Identity Card and God opens a door and I get it in the shortest time possible, when I wake up and take the first few moments in the morning to thank God for the gift of life and wholeness; it is in these seemingly insignificant moments that I live out God’s calling in my life.

I consider myself truly blessed. This is because God has enabled me to grow up in a home where God is truly exalted. My grandmother, whom I never met, was a staunch Christian whose Godly values she passed onto my mother. My mother is always quick to point out to us that if we do not leave any kind of inheritance for our children, the Word of God is the one thing that we should be sure to leave them. This is because it is the key to everything else as the Bible says in the book of Matthew 6:33. It is by seeking God first that all other things that we wish to have in life are given to us.  I have realized that the first area of mission that we all need to deal with is our own lives. It is by recognizing our true identity in Christ that we can be of any use to others out there.

Is being a Christian who lives out God’s call easy? Absolutely not! The Bible says in the book of John 16: 33, Jesus warns us that in this world we will face tribulations. Our hope however is in that Christ has overcome the world. We work, not for victory but from victory. This means that even before the struggles came, we have already won, we are more than conquerors as is written in Romans 8: 28- 39.

As we surge on into the world of career and employment, these same habits are how we will live out our lives in the workplace. Our Godly conscience will be at play in everything that we do. Everything that we do will be measured by how such a thing measures up in light of God’s Word. In short, we are to ask what Jesus would do given such a situation. Would he avoid those that are unsaved and yet work with us to avoid being corrupted or would He, as Don Richardson says in his book Peace Child, fatten them with friendship. God is love, and in every circumstance that we deal with, this love should always be central. It is because of this realization that a family member who has terrorized the family for years will still be in the family’s prayers, and will still be treated with respect despite how crude and ungrateful they get. And thanks be to God, because I have witnessed such a family member wake up one morning and declare that he has been set free from the kingdom of darkness and the urge to abuse alcohol dies in an instant with no rehabilitation.

In conclusion, calling for us as Christians should ensure that we do not compromise. I was questioning sometime back if I can work in a Brewery industry and I saw no problem with it but I realize that choosing to work in such a company would be out of selfish interests and not out of love. This is because in I Corinthians 8:13, the apostle Paul says that if what he does may cause another to fall, then he will avoid doing such a thing for that person’s sake. Having lived with an alcoholic family member and knowing how bad such a situation gets, I have resolved to weigh my actions, not based on what I would allow, but more on what God would expect me to do.

I thank God for enabling me to live out my life, not in the best way I know how, but slowly and surely through learning to trust Him in the day to day happenings; when I am aware of His Presence when I wake up, when i entrust my hair into His Hands rather than the salonist’s, when I unconsciously acknowledge His Presence when I board public transport, or even when a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while comes to mind and I utter a prayer on their behalf. God truly has called me into His Service.

Bliss

Young womanI miss my primary school years; when i was a novice in writing and my compositions were the envy of all and sundry. I would weave a story from a straightforward topic and make it into an intriguing masterpiece that would stir every soul and stop people in their tracks in amazement.

Teacher Lucy- God bless her soul- inspired me to love the art of pen and paper. I was only a disturbed young girl, caught up in life’s turmoils and writing was my way of venting. My pieces were dramatic and violent, albeit a little disturbing too. While those around me enjoyed my masterpieces and intriguing tales of violent husbands and blood thirsty children who sought vengeance for abusive fathers, I was in my own cocoon, never quite realizing what the fuss about my prose was about.

As I think of it now, many eons later, it makes sense how lonely I was. No one quite heard my cry for help and this eventually bled into high school where I lived in constant fear of getting a dreaded phone call that something awful had taken place at home. I was angry, and even the slightest misunderstanding would send me into violent outbursts and I was the queen of arguing hands down. My anger knew no boundaries and I was known as the ‘causist’ a term in high school denoting one that loved to argue a lot.

It’s quite something, to grow up in an abusive home, where violence prevails and lack of peace is the order of the day. Right now my life is blissful, thanks be to God my father is no longer an alcoholic but the dread of being in such a situation still lingers. I cower at the thought of indulging in alcohol and ending up the same as he did. It did begin with one sip too. I worry for my friends too, I imagine what would happen if they lost control of their drinking and in a few years ended up in a similar situation.

It is quite a challenge though, being the odd one out when everyone else is reveling and I can’t even take more than a bottle of a normal soft drink without feeling gaseous, let alone a glass of liquor. I guess God has a wicked sense of humor about it. I don’t mind it though. It is not a life that exactly appeals to me anyway and so there is nothing lost. In any case, through the impact of alcohol in my home, I got the opportunity to know God intimately and when I tell the story of everything that I have been through, it is simply just that to me now- A Story. 

 

 

 

Tembea Nairobi

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Of the numerous places I have visited in my life, Nairobi has to be the most intriguing of them all. A city that never sleeps even in the dead of the night as highly intoxicated merry makers shrill in their drunken reveling, the city council policemen scurrying past as they attempt to arrest call girls, who like eels slip out of their hands, their taunting laughter reverberating as they disappear into the ominous night. Not to be forgotten are the beggars who hide in the shadows, and roar into laughter when they startle an oblivious passerby, revealing golden brown crooked teeth, the few remaining clinging desperately to the ashen gums, the putrid smell of their breath almost regurgitating as they come nearer to take a closer look at the “night owls”- those who gamble with death and blood thirsty criminals in the streets.

However Nairobi is not all doom and gloom. Like a diamond, it is a gem in the rough which with a little digging reveals its best kept secrets to the inquisitive soul. Nairobi delivers an array of mouth- watering dishes. The sumptuous “Nyama Choma”, barbecued- to- perfection red or white meat, which is crispy on the outside and scrumptiously soft on the inside and served hot, sets the taste buds on overdrive. The dish is made complete with a side plate of freshly prepared “Kachumbari”, a delicious mix of local spices and “ugali”, the African cake made from cornmeal and best served hot too.

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“Mahindi choma” is a term used for grilled maize cob; a welcome snack by the road side for the adventurous Nairobian, the chili accompaniment applied using the half of a lemon, ignites the taste buds with a tangy and sharp taste. It is also quite affordable and enjoyed by all and sundry, from the chilly morning to the hot afternoons. “Chips mwitu”, deep fried potatoes which have been cut into small elongated pieces, come only second to none. Famed for their flavor, which it is claimed is due to preparation in open fire and healthy bacteria from the dusty pavements, many bypass hotels and restaurants to savor this unique dish.

There is something for everyone in Nairobi. For the shopaholic, there are numerous local markets that offer an array of goods; from cutlery, to clothing, to food and even the latest music from abroad, it is a sight to behold. Decent clothing that would make everyone do a double take go for rock bottom prices; from three piece suits to official gowns and to casual wear, none leaves empty- handed and dissatisfied with the experience. For personal care, especially for women and young ladies, services are offered for exemplary hand and toe nails transformations for manicure and pedicure by a zealous group of sturdy young men who are equipped with the necessary skills to conduct a wholesome massage as well.

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A tour of the city is however incomplete without taking a ride on the death- defying neck- breaking- speed motorcycles. For the faint at heart, who may not find chasing death as appealing, taking a ride in the blaring “matatus”, public service vehicles which leave many ogling at their eye- catching graffiti, ear- deafening music reverberating in the vehicle and the adrenaline charged conductors swinging at the doors, will complete an unforgettable tour of Nairobi City.