Happy new year Fam
Welcome to a brand-new year and our very first post for the year.
We thoroughly missed you and we have had a lot of restructuring going on, but we are back and thankfully better positioned to serve you.
A lot has been happening in the world, the latest the plane crash that took with nine lives, loved ones, husbands, mothers, daughters, wives and sisters. It’s a shocking reminder of our own mortality, of the frailty of our lives and the need to live our best lives every day.
We might not all be basketball enthusiasts, but Kobe was a name that was known by many, he was a father, husband and loved by many. He inspired a lot of people to do their best, to have faith, to never give up, to be determined, to be curious, to seek out things we love and always work hard when we find them. He was an example and a role model in every sense of the word.
As such it is fitting to start the year on this note, to know that our time here is measured and one day we will be called to give account of how well we have spent this time.
Now dig in.
Did he really die?
I have found myself asking this question several times since I woke up that morning.
How does someone who was so full of life and so present suddenly leave? How does someone who had so many dreams and plan go forever with the plans staying as they were…as plans?
Such death shook the world and the tragedy of it is surreal. It saddened me, I cried for the loss felt by a mother and wife, for that of daughters and child and as more unfolded, for the loss of both parents and big sister.
Then it dawned on me… every second of the day somebody is taking their last breath. The fact that it did not happen around me doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
The fact that disasters aren’t happening around me doesn’t mean they are not happening. The fact that wickedness isn’t being perpetrated to those around me doesn’t mean they are not being carried out. The fact that people are not being diagnosed by terminal illnesses around me doesn’t mean they are not happening.
Whilst we pray for long life with good health, we should also always first remember to pray for those who heads are bowed down, those grieving, those struggling to hope, those crying, those losing faith. Prayers for faith, for hope and for fortitude in the times of storm; prayers for them to pull through without permanent damage.
And as we do this, let us also live day by day with the consciousness that we may be at that moment experiencing our last moment. As Psalms 90:12 puts it: “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise”
Take a pause; you do not know the hour or time that your life might come to an end, this should be a wake-up call for each one of us.
Would we be proud of what we are doing/ about to do knowing that we may not have time to make amends or ask for forgiveness? Would we still make those choices, hold those grudges, tell those white lies, cheat at those small stuff and live life continuously dancing on the edge? Would we be proud if the chapter we are currently writing of our lives is the closing chapter? Will all those plans procrastinated not seem like wasted opportunities?
Remember, that it is not happening around you doesn’t mean it is not happening.
Today ask yourself these questions:
- Am I proud of the life I am living now?
- Am I making good use of all the opportunities I have,
- Am I living my best life now, will I be proud of the choices and decisions I am currently making now?
- If God asks for my return right now would I be returning to the Father empty knowing that all He put in me has been used to the fullest?
- What would be said of me when I leave this world, what legacy am I leaving behind for future generations?
While you read this, don’t forget to pray for all those whose heads are bowed and whose hearts are breaking. May God release fortitude to bear their losses.
We end with these quotes from Kobe
Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.
I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”
See you all next week, until then remember that God truly loves you much more than you can ever imagine.
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