JERICHO (READ ZIMBABWE) WE HAVE A PROBLEM | BRING SOME FLAVOUR

Going through my Bible this morning, I was just reflecting on how each of us is a solution to most of the problems we have at a family, business, church, organisation or national level.

As we bring our hearts (passion), heads (knowledge) and hands (skills) to every situation something begins to change. This is how we can change our condition and the state of the world around us.

Reflecting on my Bible reading this morning, I recalled reading this very same scripture on the 27 November 2017 so I went back to my notes and would like to share as is:

2 Kings 2:19-21

Now a delegation of the city officials of Jericho visited Elisha.”We have a problem,”they told him.”This city is located in beautiful natural surroundings, as you can see; but the water is bad and causes our women to have miscarriages.”

“Well,”he said,”bring me a new bowl filled with salt.”So they brought it to him.

Then he went out to the city well and threw the salt in and declared,”The Lord has healed these waters. They shall no longer cause death or miscarriage.”

Here are some few key lessons on the metaphor of salt. Take your own pinch …

INSIGHT

It is instructive that when there was a problem in Jericho, Elisha asked for salt to fix the issue. Today your nation, family, church, business could be in a similar situation be the salt:

1. Salt is a preservative. Things must never die under your watch

2. Salt is a flavor and seasoning . Add value wherever you

are.

3. Salt is odorless but powerful. Influence without pomp

CREATED FOR MASTERY PART 1

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power – Lao-tzu

Have you ever sought to understand why some people seem to be more successful than others? Why do other people appear to always be making progress where you battle? Are great or successful people born or made? Are some people wired for success while others are not? In my search for answers, I have come to the revelation that there are four levels of mastery in life namely Personal Mastery, People Mastery, Societal Mastery and Business/Organisational Mastery.

If you are going to be a success in life, you need mastery in all these four levels. Mastery is the possession or display of great skill or technique. It is the power to dominate or defeat or the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond the usual limits.

Created to Dominate

“Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” – Gen 1:28

The very first commandment to man, by the Creator was for us to be fruitful (profitable), multiply (replicate and expand our sphere of influence) and to have dominion (mastery). This is the general purpose for which you were created. This settles any lingering doubts you might have had about whether you were created to be great. If you are not pursuing a path of greatness, you are abusing your general purpose in life. The genes of greatness are set in in you. If you do not activate this greatness, your life is like a Mini Cooper running on a Mercedes Benz engine. You are limiting the full potential of what’s inside you.

Personal Mastery

Your life is like a ship. The seas of life include the winds of economic cycles, the pirates of bad politics, the storms of failure, the icebergs of uncertainty and calm moments of smooth progress. You are the captain of that ship called your life. Is your life in safe hands? Can you trust yourself at the helm of this ship? It’s not what happens on the sea which determines whether a ship reaches its destination safely – it’s what happens in the ship’s control room. If you are not in control, you will soon hit an ice berg or you will be swept away by stormy seas of life.

In order to be a master at anything in life you need to master self. Personal mastery is the ability to make the most of your abilities, strengths, passions and talents. This helps you navigate through challenging times with confident balance. It is an ability to deeply listen and respond skillfully to the soft whispers that warn you when you are drifting off course. If you wish to control and direct the forces you possess, you must act from the throne of your being – the head office of your life.

Personal mastery is continuously making conscious choices…to get from who and where you are to who and where you want to be as opposed to wandering through life making unconscious choices. It is playing the game of life…enjoying the journey of life and not just waiting for the destination. You always have choices and you have the power to choose. You are never a victim of circumstance, but a product of choice. Personal mastery is managing the conflicts you face each day between expectations, consequences and choices.

Steps To Personal Mastery

  1. Create A Personal Vision: Where there is no vision, a life will perish. A personal vision creates a central theme for your life. It gives your life meaning and a sense of purpose. It’s the roadmap to your destination of greatness. It’s the shining beacon which keeps you focused, motivated and fulfilled. It accelerates the progress while inspiring creativity and risk.
  2. Self Awareness: You are a creature of thought and habit. You therefore need an awareness of how your beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviour impact yourself and your environment (family, friends, and colleagues). An awareness of your strengths and weakness determines how you position yourself in life, how you build your personal brand, and play your strengths (competitive advantage)
  3. Self Acceptance: own your thoughts, belief and blind spots and stop believing that the world is doing things to you. Neither does the world, employer or your country owe you a living. A captain of a ship who is always blaming the sea elements for lack of progress will soon give up. You are in charge of your own success – not your employer, organisation or the people around you.
  4. Self Responsibility: understand how your choices (action, attitude, thought) influence and create your life. It is also about integrity – a life based on values and principles. Without these your life is like an unfortified city which will soon be run over by enemies of your success.

Quote of the Week

He who rules his spirit has won a greater victory than the taking of a city – Yeshua Mashyach

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O HAIL NEW SEASON | IT’S SPRING TIME

 

Winter is gone. Spring is here in all its magnificent splendour. Summer is right behind like a best lady. I have been meditating on the meaning of the change in seasons. Winter has got a way of numbing us as we all retreat to find a niche of warmth. Spring has got a way of making us all bounce back. This morning I have been watching the red spring blossom of Msasa trees, hearing the enthusiastic chirping of birds all under a serene blue sky – what an explosion of edenic beauty. Flowers as if on some regimented cue, are all strutting their beautiful blooms at the slightest push of the gentle whispers of spring breeze.

All this we see in nature is a promissory note from the bank of heaven that nothing lasts forever even the coldest and longest winter has to give in. The destruction of the old brings the construction of the new. Every exit…is an entrance to somewhere… The sun sets today to rise tomorrow. Your situation is not your destination. Your temporary condition is not your permanent position.

If I had time if I had time…. I would tell you of one story that grabs me. A story of one paralytic man who had been immobile for 38 years… he had “a deep seated lingering disorder”:

John 5:5-8

There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!

Jesus asks the man a question. I am reminded of the story of Job – for a good 37 Chapters God is silent. In the 38th Chapter, God finally speaks and asks Job questions:

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel. By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.”Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. – Job 38:1-4

Going back to the Old Testament, instead of getting an answer God asks questions and tells a Job to basically zip it! Fast forward to the New Testament , the paralytic man who wanted to have a pity party was also told to zip it!

Friends today you are being asked questions as well. What is your answer? This ain’t time for a pity party. This is not time to feel sorry for yourself. BUT…

1. RISE UP (above negativity, from slumber), TAKE UP YOUR BED (circumstances, limitations) and WALK (pursue purpose, do what you couldn’t do)

2. Write that business plan, publish that book, go to that place, meet that person, read that book…do that which you have always wanted to do but couldn’t

3. Cheer up. Chin up. Head straight. Chest out. Square shoulders . Spring in your step. There is more in God…there is more in YOU

It’s a spring time!

CELEBRATING HEROES DAY | MY PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

“Love urikugayei?” there would go the question. I would answer ” Ndirikugaya Makeyi”. The next question would be “Makeyi aendepi?”

“Makeyi aenda kuSobhaya” , I answered. This would be a typical scene at my parents shop at 37 Ross Avenue in Rusape, a place then known as Evergreens. This was in 1981 when my siblings and some of our staff would ask me why I would be in deep thought. I was just about 5 years or so and I was close to my dad and would be sad when he travelled for a few days. Makeyi was slang for Baba as I used to call my Daddy. Sobhaya was slang for Harare then known as Salisbury (Sby).

I have been reflective for a number of reasons. Tomorrow it will be 31 years after my father’s passing. But this week is also our Heroes and Defence Forces Holiday. Let me take you back to the trips my father was making to Harare a lot. My father had a number of shops during the war in Manicaland in places like Mandeya 2, KwaZindi, Vengere, Nyazura. Like many patriotic Zimbabweans he supported the liberation struggle with his substance. In his office when we went through some of his documents after his death we saw letters from Makomuredzi ( liberation fighters) written to my father. Some of the letters would read:

Wadiwa Baba

Makadii Baba. Tiri Vana venyu. Tinokumbirawo rubatsiro;

1. 10 X Kingsgate Cigarretes

2. 10 x Madison Cigarettes

3. Jeans & Jackets (Denims)

4. Matendafoot (Tennis Shoes)

5. Batteries for Radios (used to be called Wairesi – Wireless Radios)

….the list would go on.

Pamberi Nehondo! Pamberi NeGutsaruzhinji!

Wenyu Muhondo

Comrade Canada Dry

My mother confirmed to us back then as we painfully went through my father’s office and papers after his death in 1987, that this is typically the letters that would have been dropped off and passed on to her via the Mujibha’s or Chimbwido’s for Baba’s attention.

So why was my Dad travelling to Salisbury a lot those days? This was soon after the war and there was a talk that the government would ‘compensate’ business people like my father who had contributed to the liberation struggle. His trips to Salisbury where to go to some of the ‘offices’ to follow up. I don’t remember my father getting the compensation , but that’s not my point. On one of these trips Cde Canada Dry who was now a top military man even phoned and asked to speak to me and he said “Mfana tinaBaba kuno kuSalisbury, hold on and speak to him” That made my day and I can ever forget its effect on my impressionable young mind and heart then.

This is my point in sharing this:

1. The liberation fighters were respected and respectful people

2. The liberation struggle was a joint effort between the fighters and the people

3. Therefore let’s always celebrate days like these because of our common history as Zimbabweans

As I am writing this now, my little boy came and asked me what I was writing. I explained to him. It’s important that present and future generations are proud of their history. The past has got a way of informing the future. Our children will only be determined and courageous going into the future when they know their rich heritage as determiners of their one history.

Happy Heroes Day Zimbabwe.

JERICHO (READ ZIMBABWE) WE HAVE A PROBLEM | BRING SOME FLAVOUR

Going through my Bible this morning, I was just reflecting on how each of us is a solution to most of the problems we have at a family, business, church, organisation or national level.

As we bring our hearts (passion), heads (knowledge) and hands (skills) to every situation something begins to change. This is how we can change our condition and the state of the world around us.

Reflecting on my Bible reading this morning, I recalled reading this very same scripture on the 27 November 2017 so I went back to my notes and would like to share as is:

2 Kings 2:19-21

Now a delegation of the city officials of Jericho visited Elisha.”We have a problem,”they told him.”This city is located in beautiful natural surroundings, as you can see; but the water is bad and causes our women to have miscarriages.”

“Well,”he said,”bring me a new bowl filled with salt.”So they brought it to him.

Then he went out to the city well and threw the salt in and declared,”The Lord has healed these waters. They shall no longer cause death or miscarriage.”

Here are some few key lessons on the metaphor of salt. Take your own pinch …

INSIGHT

It is instructive that when there was a problem in Jericho, Elisha asked for salt to fix the issue. Today your nation, family, church, business could be in a similar situation be the salt:

1. Salt is a preservative. Things must never die under your watch

2. Salt is a flavor and seasoning . Add value wherever you are.

3. Salt is odorless but powerful. Influence without pomp

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THE MORNING AFTER | BEYOND THE POLITICS

As the Presidential results are released tonight or whenever they are released I want to share some encouragement. There can only be one President at a time so I know some of you will celebrate and others will be sad at that point. Everyone wants their candidate to win. But I want you to know that worldly governments come and go but in the heavenly kingdom this is our kind of government:

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…” Isaiah 9:7

A few eternal truths to hold on to even in these times and always:

1. Your destiny and success is not dependent upon the occupants of State House, but the One who sits in the Throne Room

2. Your times and seasons are in the hands of the Lord and they shall not be altered or adjusted by anyone or anything.

3. All things work together for your good, including the government of the day, even that Ward Councillor and MP from the party you didn’t vote for

4. You operate according to God’s agenda, calendar and timeline because your “times and seasons are in His hands”

5. Where you are is not who you are. Your situation is not your destination. You will flourish wherever you are planted even in 🇿🇼

6. Your blessing is not determined by politics or geography but by divinity

7. Your life is bigger than the politics of the day

Having established these truths what do you do? Good question. Here are some practical things to do:

* Have a plan to succeed/prosper regardless of who is in State House. Your destiny is too big to outsource to one person who is voted every 5 years

* Avoid toxic and negative conversations about why this or that person could be better as your Councillor, MP or President – you will live with them for next 5 years

* When the wind blows some build windbreakers others build windmills. Be the latter and position yourself

* Leave politics to politicians – rise above it and move on. It takes a heart to forgive and a head/brain to move on

* Don’t curse your country. Bless it with your words.

* Wake up everyday and tell yourself that “I am an answer to Zimbabwe’s tough and stubborn questions”

* Get up. Dress up. Show up and show up early…

Declare this prayer:

Dear Lord. You have given me a great work to accomplish. I war for the releasing of finances and all resources that belong to me. Every single plan concerning my life will come to pass. No more delays or denial. I call forth resources from south, east, north and west. I am ready and equal to every challenge and opportunity in this season. Amen!

HOW TO BUILD YOUR CORE TEAM & TO BE PART OF THE INNER CIRCLE : LESSONS FROM JESUS

Matthew 5:1-2 MSG

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he CLIMBED a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the COMMITTED, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said…”

Nobody was as smart and wise as Jesus. That’s why I study his word. Let me unpack this one for you…

INSIGHT

1. Jesus was drawing large crowds – and he knew the majority of them were CURIOUS but not SERIOUS

2. In life you have HANGERS ON and the CLINGERS ON. Hangers-on come for benefits, clingers-on come to serve. Discern the difference!

3. Jesus CLIMBED a hillside to eliminate the uncommitted. Once he had eliminated the CROWDS…He started unleashing CLOUD stuff – what we know as THE BEATITUDES.

4. You must always TEST before you TASTE or TRUST

5. Don’t share everything with everybody. Jesus only shared with those “apprenticed” to Him

A few afterthoughts:

~If you want to be part of an inner circle – serve with your HEART not just your HEAD (ideas) and HANDS (skills)

~When you serve always think about what you can GIVE than what you can GET

~Those who CLIMB with you will never let you DOWN

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AN UGLY PROBLEM AT THE GATE BEAUTIFUL: LESSONS IN PROBLEM SOLVING

“A man … born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in” – Acts 3:2

I am a corporate troubleshooter. I make a living by solving organisational problems. I am trained to identify, analyze and solve problems. Without knowing what the real problem is, you can never get the solution right.

Reading the story of this lame man in Acts, I could tell that the man didn’t know what his real problem was. It is ironic that a man with an ‘ugly’ situation was always stationed by the Beautiful Gate. He begged for money when he should have sought healing. His problem was not hunger but being crippled. It took trouble shooter like Peter and John to solve this lingering problem.

A few insights:

1. You only solve a problem you know

2. A problem is not solved by osmosis – this man was by a Beautiful Gate yet he remained in an ‘ugly’ situation

3. For every problem there is a “Peter and John”. You need to identify your Peter and John

4. You don’t cure a headache with a bandage. Each problem has a specific solution

Be a problem solver!

DON’T CREATE A MONUMENT OF THE PAST : INSIGHTS ON MOVING ON

“So Moses, the disciple of the Lord, died …. and the Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but no one knows the exact place” – Deuteronomy 34:5-6

It is instructive that God buried Moses out of sight. The children of Israel up to now do not know where the grave of Moses is. It’s pretty clear God wanted the Israelites to move on and possess the land and not be sentimental about Moses the deliverer.

A few insights as I read this scripture:

1. Emotions take you to the past. Motion takes you to the future
2. You were created for movement, not monuments
3. Aim for attainment not sentiment. Sentiment affects your mood but brings no good
4. Not everyone who starts with you must finish with you
5. Move on…you are not a robot. Your feelings don’t always get it

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER : A LESSON IN GETTING WHAT YOU WANT

Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives – Numbers 27:4

The daughters of Zelopehad had real guts. Their father died in the wilderness. He had no sons so according to Jewish laws his daughters could not inherit any land. They challenged this and they got the land!

INSIGHTS

1. Rules are for those who can’t make their own
2. If it has never been done before…there is always a first
3. Never accept a NO…when there is a YES in you
4. Lack of precedence does not stop an incidence

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LEAVE YOUR VILLAGE: LESSONS IN PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

“He took the blind man by the hand and led him OUTSIDE the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him….Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “DONT even go into the village.” – Mark 8:23-26

I love this scripture. What grabs me the most is not that this blind man was healed. It’s the process of how he was healed. Interesting that Jesus grabbed him by the hand and took him outside the village. Only then did the man start to see. Secondly once he was healed Jesus banned him from going back to the village.

Here is my take on the significance and symbolism of what Jesus did:

1. In order to experience the new you must leave the old
2. Your eyes can’t be opened to new possibilities and opportunities if you remain in familiar surroundings
3. Comfort zones are not even comfortable…they are just familiar

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