Are your hands blessed?

We all have bodies that have different parts and each part has its own role to play. Though different parts play different roles in the body, they are all aimed at ensuring we achieve a common goal at the end of the day. No part can claim that success was achieved because of its sole participation because a hand needs the eye, the eye needs the foot, the same way the foot needs the head et cetera et cetera.

A hand In the human body has a special role. The major function of the human hand is to manipulate an object to accomplish a goal. Apart from that hands got other functions; Stroking and patting to show others that we care about them. We use hands to defend ourselves. We can play musical instruments. We can become skillful in crafts and arts. We use our hands in sign language. We can write down our thoughts. We use hands to show other road users where we want to go when we’re riding bikes. Some people seem to talk with their hands when they are talking to others. We still use hands to bless among many other uses.

Although our hands are useful in a number of ways that we use them for every day, we may at times fail to utilize them fully. We fail to exhaust their potentiality. How is that possible and I use my hands every day?

Our hands are a very crucial organ when it comes to fetching blessings. “Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor” proverbs 22:9 Luke echoes the same Old Testament message when he says ‘’Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

How many poor people do you pass every day on your ways to work, your way home, and your way to a social joint and even on your way small Christian community gathering and the church as well and you fail to open up your hand?

Generous hands are blessed; are yours blessed?  

Where are you?

Many times when we receive calls or text messages from family and friends the question about our whereabouts normally features. This question is not complicated in any way and ideally should attract an immediate answer without much reasoning but in many cases it does not happen like that.

A good friend of mine always tells me that anytime she receives a message asking her where she is, she needs first to know where the one asking is. Therefore instead of giving an answer to the question, she ends up asking the same question herself. But why should you do that? I ask her. “Where I am will be determined by where you are.”  She answers.  I am still thinking about her answer.

Gen 3:9 presents us with the same question. When God comes looking for Adam and Eve in the garden he calls out “where are you?” He calls them because He can’t see them since they were hiding. Why are they hiding? They have already eaten the forbidden fruit and therefore they feel guilty.

Is it that we repost the same question asked to us because of our guilt? Is it that we feel shame because of our deeds? Is it that we don’t want to face those who we have wronged? Unless we admit our failures and shortcomings we will always keep on re-posting the question about our whereabouts to those who ask. This is so because we are hiding just like Adam and Eve.

If you cannot freely answer this question, reexamine yourself. Stop hiding, come out to the light.

WHERE ARE YOU?

What do you drink; wine or water?

 (Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47)

’Then Jesus told the crowds and his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees administer the authority of Moses, So do whatever they tell you and follow it, but stop doing what they do, because they don’t do what they say. They tie up burdens that are heavy and unbearable and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they refuse to lift a finger to remove them.’’ If only we could know the entire bible the same way these verses are known and quoted by many of us who like pointing fingers at others.

We are living in a society where many of us are careless and reckless in our daily activities. The way we talk, walk, dress, react, spend, etc. unfortunately, we tend to ignore all that until someone else acts in the same mannerism of carelessness and recklessness as we do. At that juncture, we are the very first people to start pointing fingers at others.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Mat 7: 3-5.

In my primary school days, we normally had class assemblies on Tuesdays. Each and every class had to pray sing and share a word from the bible among them. Singing was perfectly done since we had learned a number of songs from home, Sunday schools, others from the radio, etc. Prayer wasn’t done badly too. Whoever was leading could simply recount a prayer that maybe was heard at church or at home if at all they pray at home though missing a number of words. Let’s now get to word sharing! Only God knows. I remember a day when our class teacher had beaten us seriously moments before these prayers and all of us were cursing him and threatening never to come back in that school. The preacher of the day never missed the point. “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. Mark 9:42. We were all consoled since the preacher gave us an assurance that the teacher will suffer at some point.

Teaching was one of the most hated careers that no one wished to follow. This was because of the beating we were receiving  from the teacher and also someone also read ta us from the book of James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.’’ Who needs a harsh judgment??

Who is a teacher? A teacher is someone who imparts knowledge. Do I really need to instruct in class to impart knowledge? The obvious answer is NO.  We all learn new things not necessarily when in class but from our surrounding voluntarily and involuntarily. This can be taken to mean that all of us are teachers in one way or another. There are people watching us and listening to us and busy copying our mannerisms.

Since we are all teachers, WHAT DO YOU TEACH???  As Albert Einstein said: “Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” Are we the people who are on the forefront beating drums about how so and so is not preaching water and drinking wine whereas we are the brewers???

did we shift from the real issues?

On a number of occasions, I have heard the president state that he wants to leave a legacy by unifying the country.  All this came up after the infamous handshake between President Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga. This was a public declaration to cease all hostilities and instead find common ground in the interest of moving the country forward economically and politically. Peace, unity, and tolerance are necessary for economic development and the ideal human nature seeks peace.

Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups. Following this elaboration regarding what peace is, we can all agree that for a period of time the handshake facilitated that.

Following the handshake, the two principals of the leading parties formed a joint team to come up with a framework to ensure peace lasts in Kenya. The so-called child BBI was born. With this kid with us occasionally I am tempted to think that the definition of the word peace changed. Two groups cropped up, the pro-BBI and the contra BBI. In the recent turn of events, we have seen the pros and contra BBI counter-attacking each other in public. We have witnessed an elected leader cheering another to eject another from a public meeting in the name of uniting Kenyans.

Mr. President, how do u bring peace when half of the government is in government, the other half is out and the opposition is in government .is that what you call unity and inclusivity?

A few days ago I read an article that talked about the real and counterfeit. The writer says that the problem with many of us we focus on trying to discover what is counterfeit by focusing on it. We forget that the minds behind what is counterfeit are coming up with something new every day so as to fix us. In this case, why should we waste time on that? What we simply need to do is the know the real thing then anything else from that is counterfeit.

We were on the giant vision2030, we were told  that experts realized that  it is very ambiguous and we turned to the big four agendas now it seems we seem to have forgotten that and shifted to the child BBI.

Mr. President, we have decided to focus on what is real rather than counterfeits. The vision of 2030 . anything apart from vision 2030 is counterfeit.

#BBInigutee

When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed?

 Cambridge university dictionary defines an enemy as a person who hates or opposes another  person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something. Though the definition may sound very clear on who an enemy is, identifying one’s enemies in most cases becomes difficult. This is so because a number of enemies pose as friends and that’s why Robert Greene says “Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.” Failure to identify one’s enemy can lead to savage results since you are likely to fall on his/her trap.

Does opposing another warrant one to be labeled an enemy? Failure to agree on something or having different opinions from my point of view does not warrant it. I haven’t seen any of my friends who agree with me on everything I say or do. Many a time I find myself on log heads with my friends basically because of something I said or did but that doesn’t make us enemies. If your friends agree with you on everything we need to know who is fooling who.

The concept of an enemy goes beyond differing opinions and actions. As mentioned earlier we differ even with those in our inner circle. But what about those we differ with and they feel that they are always right, they only want to be listened to, want to intimidate us, show how we are barbaric, how there is nothing in between our ears, those who don’t respect us. These qualify the name enemies. They are demeaning us and damaging our image on the face of others. They are up to destroying us. This is so because we naturally tend to drift away from those kinds of people.

Is there a need to harm these kinds of people? What about those who just hate us for no reason commonly termed as “natural enemies?” “Vicious people are always the architects of their own demise if you let them do their thing without interfering they will eventually shoot themselves in the foot and end the rift for.  Do not waste your time fighting back or seeking revenge. Do not engage but rather just act like a friend.

WILL YOU BE CALLED A CHILD OF GOD?

Matthew 5:9 (NIV) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” This is one of the eight beatitudes taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. We may ask ourselves what are beatitudes? Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.it is the opposite of misery.

Peace “is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups”.it can also be said to be freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession or a state of tranquility or serenity. Jesus gives us peace (john14:27) “peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

A peacemaker can be said to be someone who makes peace by reconciling parties that are at variance or one who re-establishes friendly relations. For one to qualify to be called a child of God then s/he must be a peacemaker. In this the nemo dat rule applies; “no one gives what he doesn’t have.” For one to make peace with others s/he must have peace from the inner self.


Inner peace refers to “a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.” The daily tussle of life subjects us to stressors from all directions. At home stress from imperfect life partners, children, parents, domestic workers, unsettled bills, etc. at work: unmanageable workloads, unrealistic expectations from employers, low incomes, etc. all these things and many more tend to disturb our inner peace. Does this mean that we cannot experience inner peace? The answer is NO! If anything these stressors do not bother us but rather we are the ones who bother them.

Inner peace ought to be cultivated. Puff R. says that to experience inner peace we need to “Be in nature.” Being in nature simply means an environment that fosters stillness and silence. Inner peace is built in an environment of silence. This might sound ridiculous bearing in mind how our many people’s working environment looks like. But look,” silence is not a function of what we think of as silence. It is when my reaction is quite. What is silent is my protest against the way things are. “we all need moments of silence to simply focus our minds and eyes on the sky, a plant, observe maybe a flowing river, listen to the wind, etc. all this aimed at silencing our inner self. When this is done more often it becomes part of us and the more we do it the more we develop inner peace.

St Francis of Assisi pleads with God to make him an instrument of his peace in his prayer “Lord make me an instrument of your peace.” This prayer should always be on our lips we who wish to be called the children of God. And not only should we be saying but also doing. How do we become peacemakers??

Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive Forgiving is one of the basic elements towards the achievement of peace. Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. When we forgive we free ourselves from roots of bitterness thus paving way for peace. It is worth noting that it is not necessarily that we are asked for forgiveness for us to forgive but it should be our innate desire to forgive unconditionally in the interest of peace.

“If your brother or sister sins go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. (Mat 18:15) this basically means talking it out. This helps in freeing ourselves from feelings of bitterness. “Each of you, for himself or herself, by himself or herself, and on his or her own responsibility, must speak. “We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.”

Rigidity refers to an obstinate inability to yield or a refusal to appreciate another person’s viewpoint or emotions characterized by a lack of empathy. If we always think of ourselves as the best we often find ourselves not tolerating others. This kind of attitude simply works against peace rather than for it. Moderating our own convictions to allow others to speak out theirs is noble. If we build enough walls we ought to build enough bridges to cross them.

I need to be called a child of God? I need to be peace itself. In this way, we will make heaven to be crowded which is a basic call for all of us.

Are you qualified for the title CHILD OF GOD? If not, strive for it.

What will people say; an already murdered notion.

Advancement in science and technology in the modern world is a great achievement worth applause. It is a great milestone that has enabled man to live a more comfortable life free from insignificant issues that could have otherwise bothered him. What a good thing! Technology, in particular, has brought about many changes in the world today. Without any iota of doubt, it is true to say that “technology is the engine that drives the modern world, both for destruction and good.”

The social media phenomenon has helped to open up even the remotest village to the world. Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, snap chat among others have become very accessible to almost every common man thanks to the internet. Thus in a simple click of a button, the entire world knows what’s going on.

How do others see me? What do they say about me? How are their feelings? How do they react? Are they comfortable? Do I become the topic at their home in the evening? Am I the example they draw to their children? Do they think I need to do something about how I look, talk, walk, eat, dress, hairstyle, company I am with, the environment I am in, my social status, etc. if I could see myself in their eyes what could I see??

During my days in primary school, I read a book titled “wui wiiji atia?” (what do you know ). A story is told of a young woman whose grandmother is always reminding her that she needs to repair the broken mud walls of her room so that a hyena may not enter. “I don’t care” attitude is evident in her as she always claims; ‘ntithinga, ona ndariwa ndi mukenye ntithira’ (I will not repair; even if the hyena comes I am a girl it will not eat and finish me). The story continues until she is eaten up by the hyena.

Morality in many African settings demands that we should care. We should always be concerned with our Self-image resulting from how others see us and Self-image resulting from how the individual perceives others see them. In other words, what will people say?

Slowly but surely, this notion of what will people say is dying. Many have developed a I don’t care attitude. That’s why you will sell a school going girl in a night club in the name of ‘pekejeng’. A schoolboy strolling out at night in the name of looking for ‘mayengs’. You will see school-going adolescents walking holding hands in town in kissing in public to show us how they have perfected the art of kissing. And social media is helping us propagate ideas on how to kill this noble notion. We no longer care about what will people say. Do we no longer care about our self-image?????

I care about what people will say. Do you?