Proud of Kenya.

My Kenya, 

My country

My mother

My teacher

My role model.

I fly high in the skies, and I see you beautifully placed below me.

When I am away, I long to come back and meet you. 

#My country #My esteem#

God bless Kenya.

Chinua…..


Advertisements

On Sunday. Naaman’s Pride.

2 Kings 5:1-19. King James Version.

Naaman was the captain of the army of the king of Syria. He was a great man with his master. He was also honorable because by him, the Lord had given him deliverance unto Syria.

Naaman was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.

Naaman lived with a little maid who had been brought away captive out of the land of Israel. The maid waited on Naaman’s wife.

The whole picture of this story about Naaman and leprosy teaches us a great lesson in our Christian lives today. Despite Naaman being a great man, his sense of fulfillment in life was not due. This was because of the trouble that leprosy had brought him.  He could socialize well with his parallel esteemed captains of other armies, exchange knowledge to its finest pinnacle in the ministry of defence, put on robes that are magnificent to look at, and actually make sure all is well on his personal front.

But while Naaman went into his inner chamber at home, while alone, he could see himself in a mirror as an ‘ugly’ Naaman because leprosy had destroyed his skin. The skin was white, rough, leathery and cracked. He hated himself because of this. He felt very low in heart while alone. Why me? Why leprosy on me God? He hated himself.

Leprosy is a disease that makes people in society to develop stigma towards those who have it. Stigma is a perception that the society develops such that it views people with leprosy as outcasts, or if not, as cursed people. So ultimately, they can’t associate with the affected parties. People with leprosy look ugly and the disease disfigures their bodies but appendages (their extremities) mostly. They could also pass the disease from one person to another, a reason why they were to be kept away.

For the case of Naaman, all was well on the front. He had everything he wanted in his life. He had status. He had attained self actualization. But in the background, leprosy continuously beckoned him, reminding him how ugly he looked like, everyday. Something was amiss. He needed cure.

It’s possible that Naaman could have gone to a skin specialist (a dermatologist) for cure. However much money a dermatologist could ask for, Naaman could (most likely) have afforded by virtue of his status. But that was not the case. In verse 3 of the same chapter, the little maid who opened up to Naaman’s wife about cure of Naaman in Samaria through a prophet is what God had intended for Naaman as his journey towards cure of leprosy. This is something that Naaman could not realize on his own. With his status, such a maid’s idea could mean nothing to him, or it could only mean mockery.

All these events teach us that sometimes in our lives, the cure for our problems may lie in unimaginable suggestions just like the maid issue. It’s good to be obedient because you never know where the solution to your problem may come from.

Now, out of ‘some obedience’ Naaman accepted the maid’s suggestion. But then he became too official allowing letters to exchange between kings. God’s ways may not be too official like what Naaman did. In fact, the letter made the king of Israel so much offended and angry that he tore his clothes off. It almost mistakenly sparked war between the two nations.

Through the spiritual window, the prophet Elisha was watching the events. His order and decision he gave to Naaman was so disgusting to Naaman. He didn’t like the way he was handled. This was because of his pride. Pride couldn’t allow him to undermine his status. How could he go and dip himself in a dirty river? Can’t be.

But after the feeble and urging voices of his junior servants, he accepted the decision. Surprisingly, it worked! He became clean! Thank you God….the God of Elisha. He then realized that indeed that was the right track….that was his corridor of cure….unimaginable o him.

Naaman’s Pride was going to make him lose the prize. He was definitely going to lose the leprosy battle. This is a lesson for all of us. Just because you have a good job, status, fame, etc doesn’t mean that the things of God should appear awkward, meaningless or undeserving for that matter. In the holy scriptures, in the new testament, Christ taught us that we should be like children. It’s because a child is obedient and doesn’t question the many instructions you give them. This is the opposite of us who are hard hearted adults. We hold ourselves in high esteem so much that we can’t bow down. We can’t swallow our pride. We can’t. How? Pride consumes us until humility can’t quench our personalities. This is the problem Naaman had. Let’s not also forget that anybody can be your source of breakthrough. Consider the case of the little maid and Naaman’s case. His solution came through a slave girl. 

Are you like Naaman? Too proud? Too complicated to handle, just because of your unwavering pride? Self justified? Look, it pays you nothing. Probably the reason why you are suffering from that ‘leprosy’ may be because you are too proud to humble to the solution that the people of God are giving you. God says in Isaiah 1.19 that if you are obedient, then you will eat the fruit of the land.

May the almighty God help you.

 

Be humble, and God will heal you today.

 

Chinua….

Money…more and more Money…so what next?

#Money cannot buy everything. Money is not everything. Well, you may be surprised with my emphasis. I don’t hate money. It’s important that we look for it. Remember, we need to pay bills, our education, plan for holidays, set up a journey, insurance, gas for automobile etc. All these, money is required to meet them.

Look, actually I have no objection. Cash drives our economy. The financial confidence of any country is usually upheld when the cent, shilling, dollar,dinar, rand, whatever currency…is stably trading. The term currency to me refers to ‘flow’ equivalent to a stream that flows….hence cash flow.

We wake up early often looking for money. That’s very necessary. We need money and so we need to work hard for it. We need to achieve goals, meet deadlines, because time and money are closely related. Money and time are both treasures and have to be utilised wisely. When you have time, you can make all the money in the world. When you have all the money but no time to spend the money, then the value is lost. Money can buy time. If time is too short, then you buy it expensively. The vice versa is true.

Money is a good profit to the mind and body. It’s encouraging to achieve profit after a trade. And sometimes this profit motivates us to work even harder. Making savings and later translating the savings into property is good for the family, community and the country as a whole. Setting up systems of value addition, creating jobs so that the employment horizon can widen for people to enjoy is a good, valuable and noble skill of a good economist. Proper budgeting, whether at household level or at the national treasury requires apt financial knowledge and insight. At individual level, the success of a person in most ways depends largely on how they spent their money over a period of time. With all these facts, it’s beyond doubt that the relevance of money is a lifeline consideration. In addition to that, money is the engine and reason why everybody is industrious.

  • However, the aspect of money can be complicated at times. I have observed on several occasions that some people need more money, every time they get money. The desire in them to grow rich keeps on growing everyday. They can’t be satisfied and always think they should be having more money. Their desire grows overboard. They can do anything to get money. Money…more money. Such people can sacrifice all their other affairs in order to hunt for money. They become consumed with the urge of heaping money. Sometimes the feeling in them becomes so overwhelming that they decide to use dubious means and flawed processes to get money. So, they develop fatigue because of too much work, their heart becomes heavily attached to money, such that when they make losses, they fall sick to an extent of hospitalization. They want to see themselves rich overnight. They should be on the billionaires board after a few months.

When people look for ‘more’ money, they become so addicted that nothing else can taste in their lives including the delicacies of God’s word. They can easily forget to worship God, something which should be treated as an abomination. Remember that you can’t serve two masters. So you can’t serve God and mammon. You can’t replace God with money.

  • The desire to grow rich is usually welcome….for those who want to. But if it reaches a point where one can forfeit very meaningful duties in life in the name of looking for ‘more’ and ‘more’ money, then I am certain that the track is lost. I look like am preaching here. Well, you may say so. But am just making a point about the hazardous side of money. I call it a hazard because if the natural principles are not observed, then its hazardous nature eats somebody up.

I want to reiterate that I am not against anyone who looks for money. I am just sounding rational or modest. Average is better than extremes because it portrays even-ness or normalcy. Extremes are poisonous ends.

Questions: good ones for me and you to reflect on.

  • Why get so busy looking for money, until you don’t have time to even enjoy the same money?
  • Of what importance is it, when you get too busy, until you fall sick because of neurosis, until the same money treats you, and even be used to send you to the grave…something you may have avoided?
  • Why love money so much until you forget God or have no time for God?
  • After heaping all the money that you wanted, so what next?

Money is a good treasure for all of us. But it should not drive us until we can’t control ourselves. It should not replace us, in the driver’s seat.


Chinua….