THE JOURNEY TOGETHER IS SHORT

I came across this story and thought I should share….

bikesA young lady sat in public transport: an old grumpy lady came and sat by her as she bumped into her with her numerous bags. The other neighbor got upset, asking the young lady why she did not protest and insist on her rights: she responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something so insignificant!’ I’ll alight at the next stop, our journey together is so short, replied the young lady”.

Here’s a response which deserves to be written in golden letters in our daily behavior and everywhere: *It is not necessary to argue over something so insignificant, our journey together is so short*. This touched my heart and set me thinking. If everyone would realize that our passage down here has such a short duration and; to darken it with quarrels, futile arguments, un-forgiveness, ungratefulness and bad attitudes would be a waste of time and energy.

Thy wordDid someone break your heart? Be calm, the journey is so short!! Did someone betray, bully, cheat or humiliate you? Be calm, forgive, the journey is so short!! Whatever penalty anyone serves us; let’s remember that the journey together is so short. Let us therefore be filled with gratitude and sweetness. Sweetness is a virtue never likened to bad character or cowardice, but better likened to greatness. Our journey together down here is really short and cannot be reversed.

As we wake up to see each day light, millions of people: young, old, mid-age somehow get to their respective bus stops and must alight. We all pray to live long. The journey is so short. Therefore, cherish and hold on to friends, family and the people around you! Be calm, be respectful, be kind, and be thankful. Love God; hold no offence. Be forgiving!!! The journey is so short! No matter what anyone has done to hurt you, always remember that: “it is so insignificant.” Be quick to forgive. Hold no grudge; the journey is so short. Never forget that however long we pray to live for; the journey down here is so, so short!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR 2017 By Magdaline Kiyeng ’11

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THE SEED CALLED HONESTY

I got this week’s post from a colleague and it amazed me……Read on.

enock 3An old King who had no biological son realized that if he died he had no one to take over his throne so he decided to adopt a son. Full of wisdom, the king launched a competition and 10 boys were selected. The King said to them, “I have one last test and whoever comes top will become my adopted son and heir to my throne”.

He gave each boy a seed of corn and told them to take the seed home, plant and nurture it corn-seedfor 3 weeks. The 10 boys took their seeds and ran home to plant their seeds.  In one home, the boy and his parents were sad when the seed failed to sprout. The boy had diligently done everything required but he failed. His friends advised him to buy a seed and plant it, but his God fearing parents who had always taught him honesty refused.

After the three weeks, the day to give account to the King came and the 10 boys went to the palace. All the other 9 boys were successful with their seeds. The King went to each boy asking “Is that what came out of the seed I gave you?” And each boy said “Yes, your majesty”. The King would nod and move down the line until he came to the last boy in the line who was shaking with fear.

The King asked him “What did you do with the seed I gave you?” The boy said Stammering “I… I… I… planted it and cared for it your majesty but it failed to sprout.” The King went to the throne with the boys and said, “I gave these boys boiled seeds and a boiled seed cannot sprout.  If a King must have one quality, it must be honesty and only this boy passed the test.”

tripple-filter-image-2We live in a society where people will do anything for success. God sometimes does not give us things because He wants to teach us a lesson.  How many people out there have achieved success the wrong way? How many people send their children to expensive schools build houses, buy expensive cars, etc., with stolen money? How many people are occupying top positions yet they stole the certificates? How many people are successful out there at all costs?

WILL YOU BE CROWNED AS  A KING IN HEAVEN FOR BEING FAITHFUL AND HONESTY UNTIL THE END?

 Magdaline ’11

TRIPLE FILTER YOUR INFORMATION

I came across this and felt I should share. I have passed it tripple-filter-image-1through the triple filter…….

In ancient Greece, Socrates (the famous philosopher) was visited by an acquaintance of his. Eager to share some juicy gossip, the man asked if Socrates would like to know the story he’d just heard about a friend of theirs. Socrates replied that before the man spoke, he needed to pass the “Triple-Filter” test.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

“The first test is that of truth.  Tell me, do you know that what you’re going to tell me is absolutely true?”  asked Socrates.

After thinking for a moment, the man said, “I heard this news from someone else, so I’m not 100% sure if it’s true.”

“The second test is that of goodness,” Socrates continued, “Is what you’re about to tell me something good?”

“No, actually it’s the opposite…”

Socrates interrupted the man, “So what you’re going to tell me is neither true, nor good?”

The man was slightly embarrassed and shrugged his shoulders.

Socrates continued, “There is one final test which is usefulness.  Is what you’re about to tell me going to be useful?”

“Probably not,” the man replied.

tripple-filter-image-2“Well, if you’re going to tell me something that’s not true, good or useful, then why tell me at all?” responded the philosopher.

I’m sure that we’ve all indulged in a bit of gossip from time-to-time.  We all come across salacious information occasionally that we feel compelled to pass on to others.

The next time you need to say something, pass the information through the triple filter test to see if you really should be telling others.

Proverbs 26:20 says, “Without wood a fire goes out, without gossip a quarrel dies down.”

Let’s be peace-makers, not trouble-makers.

Food for thought…..

Do have a triple filtered weekend.

Magdaline Kiyeng’11

Class of ’96 Signs MOU with Daystar

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Rev. Prof. James Kombo, Acting Vice Chancellor & DVC Academic Affairs (centre) with the two beneficiary students Shamim Bilha (far right) and Wonder Mwadzichema (far leftt), together with their sponsors, Class of ‘96, represented by Ms. Catherine Butaki (second left), and Mr. George Menge (second right).

During the Daystar University 2016 graduation, the class of ‘96 marked 20 years since they graduated from Daystar University. The class marked the milestone by sponsoring two students; a lady and gentleman who are already enrolled in the University. This is in celebration of God’s faithfulness and also in line with the Vision of Servant -leadership.

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The actual signing

On Friday, 30th September the class of ’96, represented by Mr. George Menge and Ms Catherine Butaki signed an MOU with Daystar University; represented by DVC Academic Affairs Prof. James Kombo, stating that the Alumni Class of ’96 will provide sponsorship opportunities to students with excellent academic performance from needy background.

The scholarship will be given annually. As a call to action, to be emulated by all other 37 graduated classes, Class of ‘96 have committed to walk with and mentor Shamim Bilha and Wonder Mwadzichema, as the first two privileged students to receive the sponsorship. Mr. Menge supported by Ms. Butaki encouraged the two to continue in their academic excellence but not to forget that they too are pioneers of this initiative and that they will have to carry on in the same spirit of giving back to the needy at Daystar.

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Exchange of the Document (MoU)

Rev. Prof. Kombo reminisced with the alumni on their early days at Daystar and how the struggles they went through molded them into a unique group who do not take servant-leadership for granted.

In conclusion he greatly appreciated the Class of ’96 for their heart of service and wished the two students all the best in their studies and future endeavors.

Call for Action: The rest of the classes let’s emulate the good work that the class of 1996 is doing.

Don’t React to Life, Respond

sailorA beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:

The cockroach theory for self-development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.

pathIt is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies. I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.

More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:

I understood, I should not react in life. I should always respond. The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.

A beautiful way to understand LIFE……

Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life..
He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!

Beware of Compromise

HopkinsHave you ever heard the story of the fellow who could not decide what side he wanted to fight for during the Civil War? He decided to put on the coat of the North and the trousers of the South, and guess what? He got shot at from both sides! I would want to believe that the capitalistic mindset predominant in the day to day business, has contributed to a large extent in making compromise a lucrative venture for many. The outcome is that compromise insidiously erodes the already unstable value system, throwing everything that matters down the drain and this could lead to the death of our societal moral conscience.

 All it takes is a moment of hesitation to do the right thing, desperation, and choosing whether to give in to fear or to make the right choice. The famous “grey area” metaphor seems to be the tune that most people have adopted, making honesty a very precious commodity. The societal norm has leaned towards accepting and adopting the attitude that has allowed black and white to be turned into grey, even terming the acts of compromise as “necessary evil”

The question then remains, whether right or wrong is enough to evaluate the consequences of an action anymore. “No, there has to be another explanation! We can justify our actions! It was necessary! There was no other option!” these and more are only too familiar phrases that we hear when the ‘grey area’ has been crossed. For some time now I have wondered whether losing one’s integrity is worth the disastrous results that is the aftermath. Has the societal values been watered down by the innumerable times we have had to compromise? The norm has been ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ but we can spearhead change in our various spheres of life.

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In your workplace, it only takes ‘NO’ to acts of bribery and corruption or fleeing like Joseph did, and you will be on your way to start a new culture of honesty. When Joseph was faced with a very enticing offer to commit adultery, with Potiphar’s wife, who had tempted him not once or twice but on several occasions, Joseph literally fled.  Joseph’s response, was not only verbal but also physical, followed by an acknowledgement that what Potiphar’s wife was asking of him was in direct violation of God’s will.

Looking at Joseph’s response to the compromising situation, I believe that it’s not just enough to say I will not do it when it pertains to compromise, but your actions and beliefs as to why you are not indulging in the vice need to clearly come out. To stand apart, you need to be different, unique in the way you do your things, and having integrity is a sure way of making you the Joseph of today.

It is also often said that a man’s greatest strength are also the source of his greatest weakness. Looking at Samson, whose strength was his hair and also the source of his downfall. Once he was shaved by Delilah after enticing him, Samson was captured and turned into a slave. If we are not careful, sometimes our strong convictions could lead us to compromise. We need to be firm in our beliefs but we cannot rely entirely on our strength, we need to rely on God for guidance.

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Compromise causes us to begin rotting slowly but steadily in the inside. It is a conscious step to refusing to follow the right path and plunging head forward into the deep sea of sin. The Bible clearly says, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”(1 John 1:6 NIV) this means that you cannot proclaim to be a Christian while you give room for a little compromise.

Quoting the lines of the song by Casting Crowns, Slow Fade, relying on the text of the lyrics, the message is clear.

“…It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade…”

To listen to the whole song go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUa8FSVv5Ag

 

By Drusilla Anyango’15

The ‘Jonah’ Experience

HopkinsYou are in this traffic that seems not to move even an inch. You stay there until you are tired and decided to opt out of the bus and start walking. Barely two steps away and the road opens up as though there was no traffic before. This is like an hour since you waited. I have always made fun of this and say was I the Jonah in that traffic mess?

The story of Jonah and the Whale is one of the strangest accounts in the Bible; it begins with God speaking to Jonah, son of Amittai, commanding him to go to the great city of Nineveh and Preach repentance. Jonah found this order unbearable. He went down to the seaport of Joppa and paid for a ship to Tarshish, heading directly away from Nineveh.

The Bible tells us Jonah “ran away from the Lord.” God sent a violent storm, which threatened to break the ship to pieces. The frightened sailors cast lots; and the lot fell on Jonah, meaning he was responsible for the storm. Jonah said “pick me up and throw me into the sea”. First they tried rowing to shore, but the waves got even higher. Afraid of God, the sailors finally tossed Jonah into the sea, and the water immediately grew calm.

Instead of drowning, Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, which God provided. In the belly of the whale, Jonah repented and cried out to God in prayer. He praised God, ending with the prophetic statement, “Salvation comes from the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9, NIV)

Jonah was in the great fish three days and three nights. God commanded the fish, and it vomited the reluctant prophet onto dry land. This time Jonah obeyed God. He walked through Nineveh proclaiming that in forty days the city would be destroyed. Surprisingly, the people of Nineveh believed Jonah’s message and repented, wearing sackcloth and covering themselves in ashes. God had compassion on them and did not destroy them.

The lessons I have learnt in this story is that God is in control. God commands everything in his Creation, from the weather to a fish, to carry out his plan.

You may be in a situation like Jonah’s. He found it very difficult to take the message of repentance to the Assyrians who were going to destroy his own people. His emotions clouded his judgement and he made a decision to ‘run away from God’ Jonah did not trust in God enough, to deal with the hearts of the Assyrians and change them. He could not see past his fears. However, love draws out fear, another important lesson to learn.

sailorGod knows our hearts, and even when everyone else is busy judging and condemning our mistake, God’s plan for our life does not change. He is a perfect God who uses imperfect vessels. He did not appoint someone else to go to Nineveh when Jonah refused. God simply prodded Noah and He saved his life, so that he can complete his mission. God does not write us off at the slightest mistake. He is full of compassion, and He would want us to accomplish our purpose. Whenever we hit a snag in life, we should not think of giving up or running away. We should stick to our course and wade through the turbulence, because what comes afterwards is normalcy and tranquility. Storms act as an eye opener to what the real purpose is. When we weather the storm, this is when we are truly able to focus on the assignment.