Moments of grace that just bring pride

2016-11-03 06:00
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At times we are told or warned about taking stock of things we do or are supposed to do.

One of these is taking note of things that shape our lives. We are taught to make sure we learn from some of the things we come across or experience. If they are detrimental to our well-being, we make sure we never venture into them again. If they were for the good of our livelihood, we then adapt to them as a guiding light.

Now, I am not sure if it is me just exaggerating things; I feel that, generally, our kids have stopped picking up good traits from us.

We have become a nation that does not learn from past experiences. We are not evolving with the times. All we do is pick up the wrong things and then kind of believe that they are the best to follow and adopt.

I am not trying to condemn everything, as there are some good qualities that most people have adopted.

The other day, I was standing in front of my yard when a young man, barely in his 20’s came up to me.

At first I thought he was lost and seeking directions, but as he spoke to me, I could that tell he was not going to ask me about my racing club or why I had stopped writing for City Vision.

Something in his facial expression told me that he had something up his sleeve.

The next, was him asking me one of the rarest questions ever to have been asked me by a younger person.

Thus: “Do you know Jesus as your Lord and saviour?”

I was lost for words; not for the question, but by who was asking it.

In the society that we are living in, it is rare to see young people who are closer to the salvation of the Lord.

Instead they think church or spiritual wisdom slows down their fast paced lives – ‘sislow down’.

Artificial lifestyle has become the order of the day.

Our society has become such a fast paced race where even seasoned runners like me feel left behind. Siyashiyeka.

Back to this young man. I said to him, “yes I do”, because I’d believed this reply would set him off on his way. Nope.

He further queried about my church attendance, which set the cat among the pigeons, somehow.

Who was he to ask me such a question, after all.

I felt confronted and immediately stepped on the defensive stance.

I told him: “Look, I pray before bedtime, do good, and I live with Christ in my heart.”

I did not want to entertain anything relating to church attendance as I have my own reservations.

He did not look convinced, but my parting shot was that he should rest assured that he did not waste his time with me and also encouraged him to never stop doing what he was doing as we needed more youngsters like him.

Whew, kodwa ukubanjwa lamhlobo. Nevertheless, was I glad I had that little encounter with him, because now I am happy to write about it and say would it not have been better if we could see more youngsters doing same.


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