March 11, 2019 by Kgalalelo
Today is market day at my children’s school for the Intermediate Phase, meaning the Grade 4-6 classes. It is an annual event held in the last week of the first quarter as Friday is the last day of school. It is amazing how time flies, not so long ago the schools re-opened for the new year and now closing again for two weeks.
I admire the school for teaching children entrepreneurial skills as it is to their benefit. We never had such activities when I was still schooling. I can’t remember if I knew how to check my change properly when I was ten years old.
On the day, learners are permitted to sell whatever food they fancy, with the help of their parents off course. They choose their own groups, usually three or four learners in a group, and decide on the list of items to sell on market day. Parents do assist with ideas to support, purchase or make some of the stuff.
We have moms in the group who volunteered to make things like milk tart and chips while my daughter and I were given the task of making marshmallow chocolate sticks. It sounded easy to make, however, with little knowledge of where to begin I accepted the challenge knowing I had the internet as my help.
My eldest daughter, who is now in Grade 6 was excited about the event and on Saturday we spent the better part of the day shopping in preparation for the market. Her group had decided to wear bright coloured tutus, pink t-shirts and unicorn headbands and we went around town looking for all of these including ingredients for our task. I have daughters and so am inclined to know about girl-trends and these days the unicorn is the in thing. The preteens are loving everything with the unicorn, from cakes to clothing and accessories.
We therefore, went to the mall too looking for a unicorn headband. I couldn’t believe how much it cost, R180 for one headband with a tiny unicorn horn on top! I mean, the local stores are currently making a killing because they are up to date with the trends. They are aware that the season will soon be over and the next thing will trend and that too will take the market by storm but until then, the unicorn is selling big time.
Trends can be universal or national and so far, everyone I speak with everywhere confirms that their little girls are into ‘unicorn-everything’. My brother in Rustenburg is a baker and he recently made a unicorn cake for a birthday, a friend of mine in London, confirmed that it is trending over there, my cousin in Johannesburg too, and my youngest daughter has already ‘ordered’ a unicorn cake for her 9th birthday in June.
This entire unicorn story made me think really hard about our relationship with God; is it also like a trend that comes in and goes? Most of us are not consistent in this relationship; intimacy is the key to a long-lasting, fruitful and enjoyable relationship with our Creator.
We are influenced by trends all over the world; fashion, hairstyles, entertainment, culture, the weather and the like and these often change and there is no guarantee that what is in style today will be in the next season. We all want to fit in with whatever is going on in the world but do we really make an effort to align ourselves with the Source of life? Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. When everything around us changes, God doesn’t change. He remains the same forever.
The universe and everything that is in it was created by God and He is not influenced by anything that is happening in the universe He created. He is never alarmed nor caught off guard. He is able to alter everything in an instant including the circumstances of our lives.
When Noah was building the ark in preparation of the great flood, people were continuing and enjoying everyday life, observing the new trends and going along with them until the flood came and they didn’t know what hit them. They were oblivious of what was about to happen as they were focusing on the what was trending.
As we live in this life and observing the different trends, we should always remember that life everlasting, can only be found in Jesus Christ. When we drift along with Him and following His direction, we are safe. He says in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life”. He is the way and has lived an exemplary life of how we should live.
When we come to a point of emulating Jesus daily in our lives, I can confidently say that we have arrived. Mimicking His every Word and remembering who we are in each moment, we would have arrived home in Him. Most of us are going around in circles and never to arrive because we are trying to keep up with the trends of this world. We go overboard to be like others or to please them instead of pleasing God.
Funny how we quickly adapt to the trends and patterns of this world but find it difficult to live a godly life. What does it really take to follow Jesus and do things the way that He does? Why is it so easy to do everything else but we fail dismally to live a life worthy of a believer? We gossip and fight each other everyday as believers but hardly fight about what’s in fashion this season, even if it means garments that are too revealing.
Everything we need to know about God and how to live godly lives is contained in the bible. The bible is our manual that points to life everlasting. Jesus clearly said that in the world we would have trouble but we should take heart because he has overcome the world (John 16:33). He knew that trouble is sure to come in our lives but we can live as victors that He was and is.
The bible has been there for eons and has answers for every subject we can think of, however, most of us shun away from reading it and learning about what God wants from us. When you read the bible from Genesis right through to Revelation, God reveals His will for our lives and because it is our handbook, we can never be lost.
God has also given us His Holy Spirit who is our inner guide saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21). Psalm 16:11 also says “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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