The Art of Doing Nothing-Perfectly

This is a short post about doing nothing perfectly.  Do you need to make a life changing decision? Are you unsure about were you are right now? Do you feel like things are moving too fast and if you don’t do something soon it will be too late? The best thing to do is, nothing.

We are in so much hurry to do things and go places and say stuff and often times, this leaves us more confused that before. It’s good to stop once in a while and focus. Even the good book tells us toStand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” Jeremiah 6:16.

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Someone said that if you find yourself in a hole, the best thing to do is to stop digging. We don’t need Wikipedia to tell us what will happen if we don’t stop digging. And so, in a system where everything is spinning so fast and you either spin with it or be trampled, we need to learn the art of dong nothing-for a little while.

I respect people who put things on hold until they are sure that they want to move on with it. Because the other side of that is those who keep going and then at one point realize that they were never supposed to be there, doing that with this person (or people). And then they get depressed.

So, are you in a relationship that you aren’t sure you want to pursue due to various factors? Stop. Take time and think. Are you in a job that you aren’t sure is taking you anywhere in terms of you goals and passion? Stop. And think. Are you torn between things that could affect your life in any way? Do you just swallow food without really tasting it and enjoying it? STOP. This life is supposed to be enjoyed with ease, why else do we have taste buds?

We need to learn the art of doing nothing, for a little while. This will help us avoid a lot of grief later and also ensure we move on with a clear head and a stronger resolve. The stopping will cost you, no doubt, but then again, what is a great life without sacrifices?

I’ve had to stop many times to think and do things the right way. I can tell you, it has always been worth the while. So, before you make your new year resolutions, stop. Take time to do nothing but think and pray. That way, the resolutions will go beyond 2nd January. I guarantee you.

Have a silent reflective Christmas and a sober new year 🙂

Is Jesus Serious?

I have been watching KTN’s series on the bible. They have tried to depict as truthfully as possible the real events of the bible and while a few things have been edited much to my dislike, one thing stands out; Jesus is serious business.

I have been reading the bible too, more seriously now that I am somebody’s running mate 🙂 and I have seen more and more that Jesus is serious business.

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The early disciples had it rough; they stood for Christ at a time when it was really hard to oppose the powers that were. The gospel was expensive and people paid dearly to spread it. Why then have we made it so cheap today?

The sole purpose of preaching is to direct people to God. The gospel is the good news, news about a much needed saviour to much needing sinners. Good news that all is not lost; there is still hope for us despite Adam’s big blunder. Good news that Jesus is the link between God and man, the ONLY way to heaven. That is serious business.

So when I see people reduce the gospel to seed planting and prosperity business, I’m furious! Imagine the price the early disciples paid! Some were fried in boiling oil, some were sawn into two, some were shipped off to an isolated island, some were beheaded at the request of a little girl and her evil mother – does that sound like prosperity to you?

The bible does well to let us know that if God remembered all our sins, no one would stand. I keep thinking God should send thunder and lightning to strike all those people watering down the gospel to their own economic gain. But then again, I would probably be caught in the thunder for my own little blunders so I shelf those thoughts.

I know Paul said that it doesn’t matter the reasons for preaching as long as Christ is preached. I too wish they would preach Christ and him crucified. Then it wouldn’t matter how much they ask for in return because at the end of the day, Christ is preached.

But they don’t! They don’t preach Christ crucified or anything close. They pick little line from scriptures and magnify it out of context to swindle people of their money. The ‘gospel’ thus ceased to ‘set the captives free’. Their version of the gospel doesn’t save anyone. Theirs is the sugar-my-tea and butter-my bread version. That is not the gospel.

I imagine Stephen being stoned and Paul being imprisoned just for telling people that Jesus rose from the dead and that HE is indeed the Messiah. What would he think of, say, pastor Kanyari of the famous 310 seed if he met him today? Would he tell him that he is a workman approved by God? Would he say to him and his mother, Nduta?

“I have been reminded of your faith which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice?”(2 Timothy 1:5)

No he wouldn’t. I know that because Nduta seems to have taught her son how to rip-off money from ‘innocent’ church goers.

It’s time we stopped hiding under the ‘I don’t want to judge’ umbrella and speak the truth. Because truth is supposed to set people free but today’s version of truth creates more bondage than the lies.

Jude says,

“Be merciful to those who doubt, snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted fear”

The gospel is serious business; let us handle it with heavenly seriousness, like it is a matter of life and death. Because it is.