My beloved Country
It’s taken a while to start writing this blog post. I just haven’t really been in a state of mind to write. It’s been a dark time for South Africa, my beloved country. The truth of the matter is, that it’s actually been dark for much longer than just this last while, but it appears as if though people have finally reached a point of admitting defeat and have now resorted to their own methods of trying to come back from it.
I had to think long and hard before addressing this topic and trust me, I’m treading very lightly. I, myself, have also just finally reached a place where I can no longer live in denial. The truth is, our nation is in a dire need. It’s been for a very long time and if I were to stay true to the dream for Brave Development, which is to invest in our next generation, I’m probably going to have to deal with the tough topics too. I’m going to have to start actively listening to the cries of our children and take active steps to do something about it and I’m hoping that by reading this, you would be too.
Just this morning I visited a new client in the Cardio-Thoracic ICU department of a hospital. Now for those of you that don’t know, in medical terms cardio refers to the heart. So I found myself looking around seeing so many people, both young and old, with heart problems, fighting for survival and it got me thinking: What is the state of my heart?
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” This of course resulted in me having to do some introspection. What is overflowing from my heart? Defeat? Anger? Or is it hope? Faith? And if we admit defeat now, what are we leaving behind for the generations to come after us?
It’s lead me to make a conscious decision to choose hope, to be the light amidst the darkness. Matthew 5:14 says, “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?” Why don’t you join me in bringing more light into the dark places. Let’s be brave enough to not only discuss the tough topics but to actually become catalysts for change.
Don’t hide your light! Don’t doubt your influence!