February 27, 2017 by Kgalalelo
In June of 2015 I visited the orthopaedic surgeon having had a constant pain on the smallest toe of my foot. It was in the beginning of the winter season and I only became aware and experienced the pain during that time as I had begun wearing closed shoes.
I was at a funeral with my husband one Saturday morning when I started complaining about the excruciating pain on my toe. The burial was long and we had been standing on foot for quite sometime. He turned to me and muttered, ‘why don’t you visit the doctor and check it out?’. I never thought it was a big deal, though the pain was severe but took his advise and made an appointment with the GP on Monday morning. The consultation led to a referral to the orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital as the doctor couldn't tell what the problem was but hinted that I could be sent in for X-rays.
I visited the surgeon the following week and indeed the X-ray seemed to be the natural and common step to take for such an occurrence. I spent approximately thirty minutes at the radiology division and was referred back to the surgeon with the results in an envelope. What came out of the X-rays was feedback that my toe was in fact broken and I could see how crooked it was from the images. It was such a huge surprise to learn that I had been walking around with a broken toe as the doctor explained that it couldn't have happened recently. The extent to which the toe was bent indicated the severity of the problem and required surgery to correct.
I listened patiently as the surgeon explained the procedure to be followed in trying to rectify the situation, avoiding medical jargon as much as possible. I appreciated the simplicity in which he explained and the honesty in the knowledge that any medical procedure is risky and complications may arise including infection. He made it clear that the small toe was delicate and needed extra care in the operating room. I left the consultation room with a clear understanding of what needed to be done as we agreed to see each other again the following month in July for the procedure. In the meantime I could either endure the pain wearing my usual shoes or purchase bigger ones and free the poor toe.
The July appointment was on a Thursday which was the day that the surgeon usually performed his surgeries. Other days were dedicated to other functions including seeing patients and making rounds at the wound clinic to visit those who have already been under the knife. I was given the instruction to be there at 6.a.m. for admission, the command which I honoured. Unfortunately the admission had to be delayed as all the beds in the orthopaedic ward were still occupied. I could only go to the ward at 10 a.m. when some of the patients were discharged.
On my arrival at the ward, I was immediately prepped by the nurses who were expecting me. The anesthetist came shortly afterwards followed by the surgeon who reiterated the procedure he would perform, for my comfort. He simply explained that he would make an incision on the toe and insert a small nail to try and straighten the toe. He explained that the procedure would take a short period of time if complications didn't arise seeing that the bones on the toe were quite small. I signed all paper work provided and was shortly whisked off to the theatre by two hospital staff. It seemed like a longish trip as we made a few turns down the corridors and soon the bed was pushed inside a huge elevator that went downwards.
The theatre was on the ground level and the temperature there was colder than in the ward. Everyone was very friendly; I suppose to keep all patients calm. There were few people in surgical masks there and it was difficult to tell who was part of the team but as soon as the surgeon approached and spoke to me, I recognised him and I felt at ease. I was prepped again on the theatre bed by a different team of medical staff and shortly fell asleep.
I came out of theatre after a while with a cast on my foot and around the ankle. I was wheeled back to the ward still feeling dizzy but responding well. The operation was complete and successful and later on I could see the nail protruding at the tip of my little toe. I was kept in the hospital overnight for observation though I felt fine except some pain I felt on the foot. I was discharged the following morning and given crutches that I had to use at home daily and follow other strict doctor’s orders. Fair enough, I did follow the orders and it was easy as I was booked off from work for a few weeks to recuperate.
I was scheduled for check-ups afterwards in order for the doctor to determine whether there was any improvement. I went for another set of X-rays after six weeks and when they came back, the surgeon informed me that the nail didn’t improve the condition that much and he suggested another method where he would insert a small screw on the toe this time around. There was no resistance from me as I wanted my toe to function well and so agreed on the date for the second operation and when that time came, I visited the hospital again and taken for another trip to the theatre.
The second procedure was also successful and instead of a cast, I had on a moon boot to support the foot. It was amusing how everyone thought I had a huge injury on the leg when they saw the moon boot, only to find that a very small toe was tied in bandages inside that boot. I stayed home for a while again and elevated the foot as much as possible not to put pressure on it.
One Saturday, I went with my husband to the bank for a transaction and I had forgotten the proof of residence and the banker refused to assist me. He turned to my husband to break the news to him in a sorrowful way and when we left we both wondered why he didn’t tell me directly. I had been sitting on a wheel chair at that time as it was tedious hopping around with the crutch on one foot at the mall. Funny how he thought I couldn't comprehend just because I was injured.
I kept the moon boot on for a while and on Sundays would go to church and back home without really thinking that I was in fact, in God’s theatre. I met one of the mothers at my children’s school when we were both dropping the kids off who said to me ‘why don’t you go to the pastor to pray for you’? It was pretty surprising that the thought never crossed my mind nor did I make a big deal of the condition of my toe but I knew that she was right. She was an angel sent from God to tell me that the season had come. It was still in the middle of the week and I prepared myself through prayer to receive from God. I went to church that Sunday with an expectation as I knew that the time had come to receive my healing.
There are many instances in the Bible where God called out to people to receive what He had in store for them, be it a better life, inheritance, healing, protection, a good future and so forth. You need to recognise the season and be obedient as seen in the following scriptures:
There are many other similar examples throughout the Bible and in everyday life.
On the Sunday of my healing, the pastor indeed made a call to all those who required healing for all bone related injuries and I knew that I had to step out in faith and meet him at the altar, which I did. I had made contact with the heavens and my healing was imminent. The pastor prayed for me and requested that the boot be removed and the crutches taken away and I simply took the step and walked. I was under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and could not stand for long and fell on the ground and then got up again and walked and it was final. I walked out of God’s theatre without the boot nor the crutch. My husband had taken them to the car. When I got home I could still feel some pain but I continued to stand in faith that I was healed and never went back to the crutches. I took a step forward and never looked back and today I have fully recovered.
I have seen more from God and obeyed when given guidance and direction. When I spoke to the Holy Spirit also about my intentions to begin the blog I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I had a set of ideas for articles that I would be working on but the Spirit of God had a different plan and I had to throw my own titles out of the window. The book that I wrote also happened the very same way, I had ideas about the book but as soon as I started typing, I took a completely different direction. I was given the title and the contents for the book the same way that I received the title for the website. Knowledge just came and I knew that I had to follow the wisdom that I was receiving. I had recognised the times and acted upon the inspiration I was receiving.
I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity and the platform I have been given to send the message across. This is not by my power or might but by the Spirit of God. If your season to take action has come, then do it and don't delay. God is waiting on you, it’s not the other way round since God is always ready. He is not taken by surprise nor does he need to take time to think something over. Do not hesitate, recognise the season!
February 20, 2017 by Kgalalelo
Everything about the Holy Spirit overflows. When He does something, you better be ready as He will give you more than adequate. Until you say 'that’s enough!', He will keep on pouring His goodness over you in any form. He opens the floodgates of heaven according to Malachi 3:10 and pour out so much blessing that you won't have room enough to carry it. He imparts knowledge into your spirit, grants you wisdom, provides financially and otherwise, bestows gifts unto you, gives you good health and communicates abundantly with you all day long if you take time to listen. He gives you guidance, direction, leadership and shows you the way. He says 'here's the way, walk in it' as Isaiah 30:21 puts it and He can be very persistent as He has so much to say and give.
David says, “You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over” (Psalm 23: 5) and yet another scripture says, a “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your bosom” (Luke 6:38). This is the nature of God, He gives you a surplus and you are only left with sharing with others.
When the Israelites complained to Moses and Aaron in the wilderness about a lack of hearty food to eat, and how they used to sit around the meat pots in Egypt and eating bread plentifully, God made a plan and sent them manna and quail to eat, exactly what they wanted and complained about, meat and bread. They only had to gather enough manna for the day and thinking about the number of Israelites who were in the wilderness, it was hundreds as they multiplied but they never lacked food to eat. Even those who gathered little never had lack. God has the ability and the means, He is rich in everything.
There’s yet another woman in the Bible who cried out to Elijah for help. Her deceased husband’s creditors needed to recoup from her and during those times, the sons could be taken as slaves if payment was not forthcoming. The woman cried out to Elijah, the prophet, who instructed her to borrow empty jars from the neighbours as she only had one small one filled with olive oil. He said “do not gather just a few” (2 Kings 4:3). He knew that the God of miracles, was about to perform one gigantic miracle and indeed that’s what occurred. When the woman received the jars, Elijah said she must shut the door, poor the olive oil into all the jars and when each was filled, she was to take another and keep on pouring. Oil stopped flowing when there were no more jars to fill. God can fill your vessels the same way when you present them to Him. He gives blessing after blessing for as long as you ask and allow yourself to receive without resistance. He doesn’t hold back, it’s His nature to give and when He does give, He blows you out of your mind.
God can activate talents you never knew existed in you or sharpen the active ones to your fullest potential. You can therefore excel in anything as the Spirit works in you and through you. Have you seen actors in movies, they go from one movie to the next, portraying characters and learning new and different skills and God enables them. As you watch them in movies, their act seem effortless and that is because God bestows several gifts to be able to play different personalities. God can take your simple talent and make it great, he can turn it into a passion and give you success in it. He works with anything. Jesus said you can ask God for anything using His name and He will do it for you. At the ultimate end, it’s God who receives the glory. Your talents and abilities glorifies God including the capabilities of the elements of nature and all living things.
As I was writing an article one evening, wisdom and revelation kept on pouring, I couldn’t keep up with the Holy Spirit who was whispering in my mind. I usually sleep around 21:00 p.m. and this time I found myself still awake and writing at 22:45 p.m. I had to say, ‘Holy Spirit let’s continue tomorrow’. I needed to sleep as the following day was work and I usually wake up at 4:30 a.m. I prefer my 8 hours of sleep but sometimes if you have things to do and listen to the Holy Spirit giving you dictation, you have to shorten your sleep like I did. There are certain things that when the Holy Spirit reveals to you, you need to catch them fast or else you will forget or miss out on important data.
I felt that night that the Holy Spirit still had more to say to me, if I didn’t close the book to sleep, I would have written the whole night. I reckon, the Holy Spirit longs for companionship and when He gets a chance to fellowship with us, then He goes all out. He pours Himself out on you and gives you wisdom that you wouldn’t have received anywhere else.
When I woke up the following morning, I went to prepare lunch boxes for my children and as I was busy in the kitchen, the Holy Spirit started speaking again, continuing from where we had left off the previous night and I thought, ‘I can’t leave and sit with Him as I need to prepare for school’. I said ‘Holy Spirit you can’t let me do incomplete work for my kids now. After the lunch boxes, I need to iron tunics, pack their swimming gears in their sports bags and then check their school bags’. The message was urgent to Him and to me too but looking at the time, I didn’t want to be late. The Holy Spirit really loves fellowship and I wondered whether I was grieving the Spirit of God. I also knew that this was a disadvantage for me too but before I could feel guilty, He then impressed on my mind the testimony of a brother in church who once said that when God gives you the anointing, he never takes it back.
He said at one point in his life he was leaving a life not worthy of a child of God and he had been given the anointing for healing people. He said that he lived his life engaging in wrongful actions but when someone came to him for healing prayer, they got healed. He then realised that when God blesses you and gives you the anointing to do something, He never takes it back. God never withdrew the healing anointing from him no matter what he did in his private life and people received healing when they came to him. He was appointed as a vessel for God to use to heal those who came in faith. I therefore, received my own revelation that the Holy Spirit will surely speak to me again, He opened my abilities to receive communication from Him and anytime I was ready to receive and listen, He would speak at anytime and anywhere.
I then paused and said to Him, ‘Holy Spirit, let’s talk later then, as soon as I am done' and as soon as I had finished and focused my mind on Him, He spoke. This time, the kids had finished preparing themselves for school and had had breakfast including my husband and were all waiting for me to finish typing and switch off the laptop. I am grateful, that I can have a conversation with the Holy Spirit, I always have to remember to listen and not be lazy. Laziness is a huge hindrance in the kingdom and a deterrent to achieving that communion.
I pray that you may receive the impartation of the Holy Spirit in your life today and have a hearing and listening ear. God speaks all the time with His children, we need to pay attention and not deny or doubt the wisdom and clarity we are receiving. We need to trust the process as it is indeed such a smooth one and really it’s the still small voice of the Spirit that you hear. The Holy Spirit doesn’t make noise but He is easy and soft and once you allow Him to speak, it’s like you have opened the tap of water and can’t seem to close it. The water comes gushing out. Trust in your abilities to receive this communication and give thanks now that it is so.
Footnote: All scriptures are taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
I believe that we all prefer a shorter route to get somewhere or an easier way of doing things without struggle or strife, and if we knew a shortcut, we would probably take it without flinching. It’s nice to arrive at your destination quicker and be on time, you enjoy the benefits. If you went to the theatre for example, and you arrived there earlier because you took the shortest way there, you would avoid the stampede and long queues, and if everyone was allowed to sit wherever they wanted, you would probably choose the best seat for yourself.
When I think about my book ‘We live in the mind’, which tells my life’s story and adventures, I appreciate the spiritual content that comes across; the paths I have taken, the places I have been to, the people I met along the way and all the experiences I had. All of them served me a great deal.
I was introduced to Jesus at the age of nineteen by a fellow student that I was studying with at the university. He was in my political science class. We met at the library and he came to sit next to me and started talking about Jesus and asking me questions. I was young and doing my second year and all I was thinking about during that period was completing my degree on record time. At the end of his talk, he asked me if he could lead me to Christ in prayer and I agreed so that we could finish our conversation and I could get back to my studies. He had interrupted me in a way. I never really made anything of the experience of receiving Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour at that time, nor understood what it meant. Coming to think of it, I would love to meet that guy again as I last saw him when we graduated. I would love to thank him.
Anyway, my journey has been remarkable with different twists and turns and though I was given a shortcut through Jesus, I decided to take different paths home to God. Every step taken, however, was perfect and valuable for me. I still have such admiration for the many teachers who took me on a tour of the different spiritual perspectives and wonderful practices and I fully believe that as a person you will ultimately know where you belong. After all, it was Jesus Himself who said that 'my sheep hears my voice, and I know them, and they follow me' (John 10:27). I am a member of His flock and He always had a way of returning me back to Him.
The story of the prodigal child in the Bible came to mind as I was writing this article. Even if you are not a Christian, you would relate to it. The son decided to take the wealth his father gave him and roams around the world, spends all of the money he had been given and then realising that he is in a fix, runs back home. His father welcomes him with a feast, happy to see his son. I don’t mean in any way that I was a prodigal child, it’s just an illustration to show that when Jesus has chosen you and you belong in his cab, he stops the taxi and awaits you. He will make room for you as his cab is never full. He leads you back to Himself and then throws a party for you on top of that. Is it not a wonderful and simple life? I think it is.
The second time I remember meeting Jesus was at a Pentecostal church I was attending years back. Those who wanted to receive salvation were invited to the altar and I answered the call and went, this time I was clear-headed and had a bit of awareness. Even so, I’ve always been fascinated by the different ways people practiced spirituality and being a huge observer of life, I observed and partook in some good practices that served me. I believe it was part of my curriculum in this embodiment. I value the practice of meditation that I was taught by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University for instance. A simple practice of quieting the mind and focusing it on God. My mentor would say, 'even when you are driving, be in meditation by remembering God, think about Him constantly', and that made things easy. I can tell you that there is nothing spooky, intimidating or sinister about sitting in silence and trying to still your mind, in fact, that is where you get to hear the still small voice that guides you as was the case with me.
I also fell in love with practicing affirmations, writing my own and getting some from my teachers and on the internet. Affirmations are simply confessions of faith when using a popular Christian term, nothing to it. I’ve also been a great fan and a student of the teachings of the science of the mind, seeking to understand the power of thoughts and how to change my thinking patterns. Great writers like Florence Scovel Shinn, Dr Wayne Dyer, Ernest Holmes, Charles F. Haanel, Thomas Troward, Genevieve Behrend, Catherine Ponder, and Charles Fillmore, comes to mind and the list is endless. They have written great books about the science of the mind and studied the thought process in-depth. Those are fantastic readings.
Anyway, back to the journey, when my husband and I got married, I was in charge of creating the invitation cards. I remember going through a few spiritual messages on the internet to use on the card and what captured my attention was the message that read in-between ‘united together in Christ through eternity,’ and it clicked. The message was perfect and I knew it was the one to use and I sat there contemplating every word. I knew that was the right message but all of a sudden fear came over me. I wasn’t sure if I was afraid of the eternal part of the message or that Christ was mentioned and He was the one taking us to eternity; or I was just anxious about being married and having an eternal covenant, nonetheless, I was afraid. Eternity sounded like a very long time, a forever and binding kind of time and I was anxious but the Spirit of God confirmed the message and it was settled in my heart.
I had to announce to the world that marriage is indeed an eternal covenant entered into with God whether I drove my husband crazy sometimes or he me. Nevertheless, I shared the message with my husband and it said ‘Amen’ in his heart too and I proceeded with the arrangements for the design and printing of the invitation cards. You see, Jesus appeared again in my life. He surely knows how to hang on to a person and if you belong to Him, He shows up to remind you whom you belong to.
I worked as a communications professional after finishing my studies and travelled quite often. I enjoyed every moment of it and never refused any trip nor assignment I was given by my supervisor. One time, I was requested to go to Upington in the Northern Cape, to deliver the prize that a learner had won for the competition arranged by the company. I had to leave on Sunday for the Monday’s appointment at 9:00 a.m. and the distance was 600km from where I lived and so I left in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and arrived in the afternoon. It was a long journey and I was driving my newly purchased sky blue Toyota Tazz hatch bag. It was my very first car and I loved it and enjoyed taking it for a long drive to Upington. The sun was blazing and the temperature was 35℃ and even worse, 40℃ in Upington. My car didn’t have the air conditioner and so had to endure the heat throughout the trip and I promised myself that the next car I will purchase would have air conditioning.
I arrived around three o' clock in the afternoon, relaxed at the hotel until dinner at seven. I was exhausted from the long trip and the heat and so ate quickly and went to my room and watched television. It was a very hot summer night too and the aircon helped to cool the room. I must have fallen asleep quicker as a result of the exhaustion. In the middle of the night, I heard the door of my hotel room gently open and I froze with fear. I pulled the light duvet to cover my head, curled up and hid under the covering. I was very scared. I felt Jesus entering my room and drew closer, the experience was very real and I knew in my consciousness it was him. I curled up like a baby under the sheets the entire night, covered the whole time until the morning. When I woke up, the experience was still vivid in my mind and I couldn’t make sense of what had happened during the night as Jesus never said a word to me. I called my husband to tell him but couldn’t express clearly what had occurred except that I had been afraid to even peek when I felt Jesus's presence in the room. I couldn’t escape Him again.
I took a bath, packed my bag and I left the room perplexed that morning and went to complete my assignment at the school and left Upington shortly afterwards. Many people that I’ve met in life, told tales about their wonderful experiences of meeting Jesus face to face but mine was a little awkward. I went to Upington several times after that experience hoping that it would repeat itself but it never did. When I went again in December 2015, this time I prayed and asked Jesus to reveal Himself and finish what He had started, so to say. I was ready this time to meet him 'woman to man' but the experience eluded me.
When I sit and think about the finished work of Jesus on the cross and the grace that we have received as children of God, I realise that Jesus was offering me a shortcut all along. All that I needed to do was to truly accept it in my heart and thank Him for all that He has done.
I comprehended later on that this is what Jesus was trying to tell me all along. He made the way simpler for us, we don’t need the middleman; we can approach God directly and boldly just like a child approaching a parent. You only need to allow yourself to accept and enjoy the benefits of salvation. No special whatever thing is required except gratitude for what we have already received. We are rewarded for accepting grace that Jesus came to share with us, isn’t that wonderful! It’s truly is a shortcut to a good life.
I could exchange some of the education, beliefs and concepts that didn't serve me anymore for grace once I began grasping the mission of Jesus Christ. I realise as I look back from that moment at the library that I have come full circle and can actually enjoy the simplicity of life through gratitude and acknowledging the shorter path afforded us through the gift of grace.
On 10 January 2017 I was inspired to read the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible and verses 11 - 25 struck a chord with me. I felt like I was receiving divine revelation as many other scriptures that resonated with what I was reading began pouring in my mind. Verse 11 says:
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. The trend from there is the creation of the sea creatures, the birds and the animals, all according to their kind.
God created diversity right from the beginning of creation, a variety of different species of plants and all living things on earth. If you read in the New Testament you find yet another inspiring verse in 1 Corinthans 15:41, that says “There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory”. The range that God created even extends to the different lights in the heavens and these vary according to their glory. Their splendour was not made equal but yet not insignificant. God is the Creator after all and can do anything He wants. A creator has complete control over what he creates; he has the plan, the scope, the means, the right and authority over his creation. He can model as he pleases and how he sees fit.
On the other hand, we have seasons, days, months and years and each is no similar to the previous or the next. The events, circumstances and experiences of each day, differs. I have a ritual that I use at the end of every month and the beginning of the new one. I thank that month for having served me whichever way it did and welcome the new month, baptise it a success and thank it for serving me for the next 30 or 31 days. I do this daily as I have to record all experiences in my gratitude journal to be able to honour that month when it comes to an end.
When God created man on the sixth day, He gave him dominion over the fish, the birds, the animals and the creeping things. He gave him all types of vegetation too and nowhere in the scriptures do we hear that there was competition among all of these or are we told about the order of their importance. Every species of every living thing is as important to God as the other.
The fragrance of the rose is no better than that of the carnation
The growling bear is no better than the bellowing cow
The chirping bird is no better than the squawking mouse
No plant for food is the same nor grows in the same season
God created it all in different ways for us humans and for His enjoyment too.
You see, we were created in the image and likeness of God, and He also created us different with unique features according to race, height, figure, complexion and the like. Those with the know-how maintain that there are six basic classifications of skin tone; light, fair, medium, olive, tan-brown and black-brown. God goes to the minutest detail to display His unlimited abilities with just a single aspect of existence.
He created others with particular fine and delicate features whereas others are rough and strong. It tells me that He enjoyed the process of creating and if He delighted in creating, that means He delighted in his own creation and still does. Otherwise he would create a different species of humans and we would cease to exist as we are now. So far, my features are still the same, meaning that God is pleased with me and of course you. If you were making a clay pot and made a mistake, you would recreate or remodel whenever is necessary.
We are finished products in God’s eyes and so is everything else and if His likeness is in us that means we can do what He can do. In 1 Corinthians 1:5, it says that “we have been enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge … so that we don’t come short in no gift”. We always see lack in ourselves, forgetting all that God has imparted in us. My husband often says that since all of us are God’s children, then no man should place himself as a standard above the others to be followed or copied. If someone has the so-called fashion sense and dresses in a particular way, then there’s no reason to believe that that is the best or only way of dressing up. We have different tastes according to what God has given us. It also doesn’t justify sloppiness and we need to be modest.
The moon never questions the rising of the sun nor the stars question their variation of glory, they twinkle the best way they can and all to the glory of God. God calls the sun the greater light that rules the day and the moon the lesser light that rules the night. There is great intelligence and a deep understanding of the different roles each element plays to keep everything in place in the universe; the solar system, the galaxies, the ecosystem and all that is required for perfect universal functionality. There is no struggle and we shouldn’t struggle with ourselves and each other too.
We also have been created to glorify God and we should be like stars, shine in countless ways, that’s how God receives His glory. Like the moon and the sun, we have prominent gifts in us and some that are lying dormant and need to be activated and honed. All of these, serve God’s purpose and when combined, creates the Oneness and completes the picture.
I often tell my nine and six year old daughters that God is very clever. He is a genius. My kids enjoyed watching child genius competition with me some time ago and I said to them that God imparted knowledge in those kids which is above the intelligence of the normal nine or ten year old child and they shouldn’t in anyway compare themselves with those kids. As parents, we need to harness what God has implanted in our children without pressuring them to be like others. They need to know that they have different gifts and encourage them to do well in their studies and even help them, however, there will always be a child that is smarter than the other but is not athletic, one that can swim very well but can’t sing, a great artist but finds it difficult to play a musical instrument and so on.
I am also amazed about how God takes the human body and give different talents and abilities to medical professionals. He created the complete physiology of a human being but gives different skills to everyone and a particular area of focus. In the scope of medicine you find neurologists, dermatologists, cardiologists and all are specialists in the particular aspects of the human body and not the entire body. God Himself is the Master physician who can handle all of these because he created every atom, cell, neuron, organ, system and so forth. He can handle any kind of complication.
God took His own image and likeness and divided that into smaller pieces forming different categories and degrees of operation. We therefore need to celebrate everything on earth that God has created and celebrate our very own differences because there is glory in all of us humans including all of God’s creation. When He completed every task including the creation of every species of living things He saw that it was good, but when He completed all of them collectively and finally man, He saw that it was “very good”.
Let us honour the tall and the short, the heat and the cold, the genius and the average, the red and the blue, the bold and the meek. All serves the divine purpose.
When we learn to celebrate each other; jealousy, envy, strife, worry, fear, hatred, bitterness, anger and resentment disappears. We would simply enjoy God in all of His magnificence as He created all things according to their kind. Be grateful for who you are and who another is!
Footnote: All scriptures are taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
I completed my M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) and the decision to take this direction came as a huge surprise to me as initially I had registered for a Masters in Corporate Communication. I was still working as a communication professional when I was informed by my former supervisor that I needed to move to Pretoria as he intended to centralise the communication division. This meant that all communication officials in the organisation based in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg including me in Bloemfontein had to relocate.
I had registered with the local University of Free State at the beginning of 2002 and thought to myself, ‘how would I be able to study if I am in Pretoria?’ I couldn’t come up with a workable solution and decided to cancel the registration as it was still in the beginning of the year and see how the centralisation plan would unfold.
Days turned into months and I found myself still in Bloemfontein without an indication from the executive about the move. A year passed and still the centralisation didn’t occur. I decided to visit the university again in January of 2003 and see if I could register again and this time, I was inspired to look at other programmes that the Department of Communication Science at the university was offering. I came across the integrated marketing communication programme and resolved to engage the lecturer in the department to find out more about the course. I also did my own little research to establish further interest and fell in love with what I learnt. In short, I applied and was accepted into the programme.
IMC is a concept and practice of combining promotional tools to create synergy. These include advertising, public relations, sales promotion, direct marketing and personal selling. By integrating all tools of marketing communication, you get more benefit out of your campaign unlike using a single tool. You receive maximum impact of your intended communication with your target audience by honouring the aptitudes of every tool. When you use a unifying approach, you create harmony as the organisation begins to communicate a consistent message with one voice.
From a human relations and spiritual viewpoint, I perceived a similar concept as an ideal way of approaching life. I have been a spiritual seeker for years and in my search and going through tons of spiritual material, attending seminars and teachings, going on spiritual retreats and engaging in different spiritual and psychological practices like meditation, praying, affirmations, reiki, hypnotherapy and the like, I came to honour the different yet similar approaches and applications. We often focus on how separate we are, rather than how unified we can be.
We can learn and adopt good and noble practices from each other without seeking to make another ‘wrong’ all the time. As a Christian, I believe that there is a thread of wisdom and some commonalities that run across all religions and spiritual disciplines through my observations, experiences and travel. It could be a sentence or two that you hear from a sermon in church, a reading in the temple, a discourse, a speech, a lecture, a pilgrimage, devotion, act of worship and so forth. We don’t always have to aggressively oppose things that we do not understand or shut our ears from the world because we do not believe what another is sponsoring. At the end, it’s good to know that we all make our own individual choices and need to use discernment. You need not eat the entire cake, however, you can benefit from the words of another being on the opposite site of the continuum.
In 2003 I embarked on a journey with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University resulting in two trips to India at different times. The irony of the matter was that I was busy with my studies and focusing on integrated approaches from an academic point of view and the Brahma Kumaris made me realise that to a greater extend, we are actually preaching the same things in different ways as I got to know and understand what they stood for. The Brahma Kumaris practice Raja yoga meditation which “gives you a clear spiritual understanding of yourself, helps you re-discover and use the positive qualities already latent within you, enables you to develop your strengths of character and create new attitudes to life” (www.brahmakumaris.org).
I have acquired a wealth of knowledge and good practices through this spiritual university; a place that is dedicated to spiritual teaching and the journey was remarkable. This is where I became aware of the resemblance with some of my Christian education and other religions. The deeper and inner goals being taught everywhere about loving each other, serving humanity, giving, appreciation, moral discipline, purity, virtues, changing our thinking patterns and above all, connecting to the source of life, which is God. The very early hours of the morning, 4:00 a.m. to be exact, are dedicated to meditation and being in remembrance of God and, is it not what many others are doing around the world, praying in the early hours and spending time with God? It is!
There are fine principles of living that can save humanity if we took time to search and listen without judgement. I’m certain that a peace rally is something that is common to everyone and a noble course no matter who arranged it. When you practice reiki for instance, you are laying on hands on another for positive energy of healing, and the laying on of hands is also common in prayer to achieve the same goal, which is healing.
We are often clouded by terminology based on our socialisation, conditioning and training. In politics we often hear the term, being ‘politically correct’ and perhaps we are also trying to be ‘spiritually, religiously or socially correct’ in our practices. We condemn, judge, ridicule and belittle each other in the name of God sometimes, and Jesus said, do not judge lest you be judged. First remove the log in your eye before removing the speck in your brother’s eye. It’s a simple biblical principle that is beneficial to all humanity despite religions or any other form of spiritual discipline or philosophy. Internal wars go as far as common practices within the same religion or spiritual group too; this preacher against that one, this church against that one and accredited practitioners in the same field.
We can draw wisdom from various, tools, experiences and methods by bringing similarities together and seeing how different approaches complement each other. Gratitude is one of the many and one of the simplest of commonalities that runs through all forms of worship. It doesn’t require too much effort, debate or deep understanding. It only requires awareness and an open heart.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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