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4 things Lions can teach you on being King of your Jungle

I live in Kenya and we have beautiful lions! You never really get used to seeing a real life lion, it’s always epic. He walks confidently looking around; like he owns the place then does this terrifying roar just in case you hadn’t noticed. I love it.

The King of the Jungle can teach us a few things about being King in our chosen fields.

1. A lion is not the biggest or fastest or strongest animal in the jungle but he is the king

He looks at a gazelle and decides – that’s lunch. He works skilfully to make up for what he doesn’t have. Some lions hunt in pairs approaching the prey from opposite sides. One lion will spook the gazelle who runs off in the opposite direction, straight into the arms (or rather mouth) of the lion waiting on the other side. Brilliant Strategy! Brains not brawn.

  • We can become king if we get ambitious, know our weaknesses and leverage our strengths to get there.

2.  Out of every four hunting attempts, only one is successful

This could translate to; out of every four businesses you try, one is successful. The last job you got fired from does not define you, you can still succeed. The last two girls said no to you is not a life sentence, you’ll find your love.

  • Failing at something doesn’t mean you should quit on your dream – you really can be the king.

 3.  Lions get injured a lot

Why is the king over ambitious targeting giraffes or buffalos when he could easily get squirrels? I suspect you are like the lion, wanting to play big and win big and that’s how it should be. Blood, sweat and tears are part of the journey to become the king of the jungle.

 Staying safe and suppressing passion and ambition kills your soul.

Even with the blood dripping on his mane, he keeps fighting and could win, take the animal back to his family who take care of him till he recovers. If he realises he cannot win, he runs away, saves his life and lives to fight another day.

  • Keep fighting, lean on your support system and yes, there is a time to run away, strategize and come back.

4. Lions can be becoming lazy scavengers

A lion can choose to wait for weaker animals to kill then show up, scare them with a mighty loud roar and steal from them. When a lion chooses to pursue a strong animal, it’s a choice to put aside mediocrity and become great.

You choose to be great when you choose to study an extra hour, choose to try a new strategy at the business, choose to forgive your partner one more time – Greatness is a choice.

  •  You have the potential; make the choice to be great.

Stop giving undue attention to your shortcomings, your imperfections and whatever else says you’ll  never make it. You really do have what it takes – you are all that!


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This time, it will be different

This piece is dedicated to all those that are reaching up higher, looking up and working toward things greater than them in spite of being pulled down, right left and center people, circumstances and the past.

Listen up; my friend shares his story.

I’m a great guy, I think. I’m not perfect but I try to stay out of big trouble. My small sister says I’m the most handsome guy in the world and I choose to believe her. I’m told I had refused to come out a birth. Mom really suffered, huffing and puffing and pushing but it was too comfortable and I tried to hold on to the wall but after a while, I was overpowered and I was thrust into the world. I came out screaming at the top of my lungs. My mom didn’t take that episode lightly and she never let me forget it. She told everyone about it.

Most of my life, I always felt held back. Somehow things never added up. I would read, be confident in exams but I never got the A. I even helped my classmates and they passed better than I did. I started a small business but it’s not making much progress; seems like its plagued by bad luck or something. In spite of my efforts and hard work, somehow I don’t achieve as much as I worked for.

I pray a lot but it seems like I have a half blessing; when I can read the word, I can’t pray. When I have a girlfriend, no money; when she flew out, I got a great job. I try so hard but it seems like my efforts are not good enough, I’m not top of the line.

Everything around me seems to scream ‘You’re Average! You’re good but not quite.’

This is very scary. I’m ready to work hard but I’m discouraged. I couldn’t stand to fail again. I’m afraid I might never fully achieve my dreams in life. I can’t stand to think that I’ll have to settle for what I get rather than get what I want. The worst part is that I feel held back by something I have no control over.

If God asked, “What can I do for you?” I have a list;

_I would like to break out of my past bad record of unfulfilled dreams and frustration; Lord help me.

_So far, I have worked so hard and not achieved much. I feel I could be so much more!  I need YOUR BLESSING.  

_Allow me to see what You see in me; my potential. Allow me to know why You created me; my purpose. I’m confused by all the voices of people around me. Allow me to spend my life living my purpose and achieve my highest potential.

_Keep me from problems, pain, hurt, and all these issues that seem to follow me everywhere. 

 Will it really happen?

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez ‘because I bore him in pain’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel saying, Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your Hand might be upon me, and you would keep me from pain. And God granted his request.   1 Chronicles 4: 9-10

God has done it before, He can do it again. Yes for you, He can do it for you.

 Do not remember the former things…..Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43: 18-19

It will be different!

 


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Its Obvious!

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Look at the fine print

My neighbour’s niece, Lillian, who lives in the countryside comes to town during holidays now that she is in college. This April as she was going back, she decided she did not need an escort to Machakos Bus Station since she’d been there twice before. She was walking leisurely, sucking on a lollipop and enjoying walking in Nairobi alone when, a 40-something lady (let’s call her G) asked her for directions to a Public Toilet. Lillian was more than willing to help. She felt it was an endorsement of her “knowing Nairobi” and looking city-like. Outside the Public toilet, another even older lady came (let’s call her One) and greeted G heartily. They said how they had not seen each other in many years, blah blah blah. G went in to use the loo and left her bag with Lillian and One. When G had finished, One went into the loo leaving her bag with Lillian and G. Lillian also figured the journey to Machakos was long and went into the loo leaving her handbag and half eaten lollipop to G and One. When she came out, her bag, lollipop, G and ONE were all GONE!

I was in tears as she told the story! Laughter and tears.

What Lillian and the rest of us need are QSU skills – Quick Size Up skills.

Immediately a stranger stops you, regardless of their age and gender, train yourself to do a QSU. Does it all add up; their accent, dressing, size of bag carried, the grim beneath their finger nails and their story. As you do this, keep a straight face listening and responding to what they are saying. If it really is an old classmate from High School, you don’t want to look like a snob.

What determines the accuracy of your QSU? 2 things (a) Experience – Learning from your own situations and mistakes and those of others will make your QSU more accurate. (b) Keeping an open heart – this will stop you from becoming paranoid. Paranoid is a very mzungu word which means mistrustful, fearful, unreasonable, suspicious, obsessed. There are situations where you will need to be compassionate but with minimal risk to yourself.

The most awesome QSU tool we have is – a relationship with a God who knows everything!

Joshua and the Israelites were conned by their neighbours so simply and subtly; Joshua 8. The Gebionites lied to the Israelites saying they came from a distant country and they even had mouldy bread and worn out clothes to prove it! The Israelites signed a deal not to ever kill them. Three days later, Joshua finds out that they are actually very close neighbours and their land was next on his “to conquer” list but by now, his hands were tied, he had to keep his oath.

Joshua 8:14 the men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not enquire of the Lord.

Joshua and his men examined the evidence and decided, “This is obvious!”

QSU 1 – you are a 30 year-old man, have a steady job, life is good. Obviously, its time to get a wife!

QSU 2 – a new job offer pays better, you get a bigger office, subsidised lunch and medical cover! Obviously this is it! Lord you have answered my prayer.

QSU 3 – everyone at work is joining this sacco; obviously I should also join and get cheap loans, its how people survive!

QSU 4 – a stranger leaves you with her handbag as she uses the toilet, should you also leave her with your handbag and lollipop as you enter to use the facility? Ha ha ha…

Any decision, it’s never that obvious.

Lord, help me to be patient to enquire of you, tune my heart to hear and my feet to obey.

 


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Worrier

All my friends were talking about it. I decided to finally just get the Series and see what they were talking about; I wanted to join the conversation. I went to my video guy and took Season I and Season II. He informs me that now he runs a delivery service and for Season III & IV, I can just call him from home and he will deliver at no extra charge – yay for competition in business leading to better services and yay for more convenience or is it laziness – I digress.

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series about Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine (drug popularly known as meth), in order to make a tonne of money and secure his family’s financial future before he dies.

In Season Two, Walter White has finished the first stage of chemotherapy and undergoes a scan to check the response of the tumor to the treatment. He has to wait for one week for the results – this is a long one week. He expects the worst and even begins to prepare his family for his death.

I feel sorry for Walter, his wife and teenage son. They all start to imagine how it will be without him and the episode ends. For a while my feelings were caught up in the TV world – I felt sorry for his wife and his son who were trying to imagine a life without Walter. Then it hit me!

If there’s a season IV, Walter White must still be alive! The main character never dies in any quality production! All of a sudden I felt so much better. Plus, I could just press play and find out. Phew!

This is how God must view things when he says, don’t worry. He looks into the future and knows what will happen. If something bad will happen, God knows He will be there for you and will help you through it. If something good is about to happen, He knows you will enjoy it. Worrying just makes you miserable while you wait, it doesn’t change anything.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes?

Life is more than food and clothes and houses and cars and money and marriage – life is more than that. The scripture here implies that when we focus on attaining these things, we miss something more important – life.

God has seen the next episode in your life, actually He knows all the way to the end. He knows.

You can ask Him; you can trust Him; you can follow Him confidently into the future as the seasons unfold.