Praise God in all circumstances

17th January 2018
ERNESTO'S BRIEFS
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By Ernest Moloi -


A New Year, new beginnings, new babies; and hopefully, a New Order! The snake is a marvellous creature. Every year, it sheds its old skin and wears a new one! We too, must strive to emulate this fascinating trait of regeneration. But let’s start by asking which skin or mask must we shed? What skin does a person wear?A person has basically two types of skins – humility and arrogance. No one is the load of flesh he purports to wear in his or her body. Although mere mortals, we are creatures of reason, all seeking a common purpose of God awareness and self awareness. In our mortal sojourn, we defer for the most part of our lives, to the desires of the flesh, which is enmity against God; our reasoning is consumed by things tangible and corporeal.

And as we lust after these, we lose sight of our purpose we ascertain one another on the basis of material possessions and accumulation. And this is the origin of arrogance. Suddenly, we equate ourselves with our levels of opulence; the more we have the more we look down upon the indigent, we scoff at those who don’t have the means or the ways to hoard worldly riches; we disparage childhood friends and in extreme cases, disown our own families! Let’s all hearken to the Beatitudes of the Prince of Peace, the Ancient of Days as inscribed in the Book of Life that, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’. Poor in spirit! who is poor in spirit?

That’s when your spirit craves understanding and is not full of self! Please don’t misconstrue my viewpoint. I am not advocating for people to starve themselves of foods that their bodies require for sustenance, as many do in the false belief they’re fasting! Rather, we must deny our minds the corrupt thoughts that daily afflict us; we must deny our emotions control over us; we must take control of our cognitive functions – to think before we speak and to do unto others, as we would have them do unto us! Now, that’s the skin of humility, which we are all called upon to wear! If per chance we could hasten to such a calling, then we’d enter the glorious presence of the Omnipotent; we’d become our brothers’ keepers and partakers in his house even as we hope for the glorious redemption!

And just like those common values we imbibed in our kindergarten when we shared meals from the same basin/plate, we would drink from the common fountain of wisdom and knowledge to become children of God, no longer tossed to and fro, as Apostle Paul says, ‘and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive’. Let him who has ears, hear! We at The Midweek Sun had a pretty rough jolt at the end of 2017, when some of our colleagues – business editor Portia Nkani; all-round reporter Jimson Kemoreilwe; photographer Tshekiso Tebalo; graphics designer Moruki Difongo and Graphics Editor Tukagano Kolago – got sucked in the whirlpool of retrenchment! Hard as it is, we are comforted by the knowledge that one door closes for another to open; that every dark cloud has a silver lining. Indeed, in all things God be praised because all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose. Selah!




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