Hide and Grind.

It is true that what you can grasp is to a degree dependent to what you have been exposed to, forming the background that defines your context.

I’m from Zimbabwe, a landlocked country on the southern region of the African continent. Landlocked countries have no essential need for Navies. The impact of that is huge, the same with someone who comes from and has had experience growing up in a country that is not landlocked.

The beauty of our age however is that our backgrounds have been made rather insignificant to what we can now grasp, simply by the advent of technology and precisely the Internet and Google.

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV
Submarines have fascinated me ever since i was young, mostly because i only got to see them on movies and never in real life. So even though they fascinated me i didnt know much about them until recently when i decided to research about them.
¶Russian Typhoon Class are among the biggest submarines ever built and only 1 is in operation as we speak, they are native to the Russians. Their size is breathtaking and the technologies they employ is simply sophisticated. They are armed with mechanisms that are impressive to say the least. Yet in all that, they are such endowed just so as to work efficiently under the water, with minimal or little recognition.

I find the disparity between their working environment and ours in this age intriguing. We have been pressured to expose our work publicly, every step of the way. We now even crave public attention on all levels even on some things that require only privacy.
We now struggle to live private lives for we desire to always expose our “work”.

It seems we are losing the virtue of minding our own business and working quietly to let our fruit come out publicly. We have become so visible that being invisible is no longer an aspiration. Yet it seems that, a few years back, being invisible was more desirable than being public.

Our progress is now measured by how visible and active we are on the measurements that we have established. We also have unconsciously devised equations that equate success to public spotlight. Is it wonder that we are now pretentious on many levels?

The submarine,if it was a person, would love each moment it had to go underwater, where it would function optimally.

Water is life!
Water is symbolic of the Word of God!
Water is the strength of the fish!

There are seasons where you need to dip your head down in the water of the Word and stay in there. Your time whilst under is nothing compared to the progress you will achieve when it’s over.

It’s important to have seasons where you retract and be out of the radar. Use that time to refresh in Him, His Word and your progress is simultaneous with your seeming passivity as you hide yourself.

Take time to Hide and as you do, your engines will grind faster.

Hide and Grind.

Draw The Line!

You have known the course and you expect it to turn on the next left turn into the right cul de sac. It’s too familiar now.

The sun sets where it should because you have been staring at it for ages, since you started seeing. Never have you viewed it from a different angle, the standpoint that Mom showed you is the one that is safe, so you don’t want to be care free.

You wake up, play your favorite morning song, you spread your bed, head out to the bathroom, brush your teeth and wash your face then go and break the fast. It’s rather too slow a routine that you fear the fast paced for death lurks in it. The habits that you formed 10 years ago are still the same ones you practice now. If only you had formed them willingly then that would have been commendable. It’s only that living enforced itself into the pattern that you  now weave. I hope your fabric is original. There is still worlds to experience, yet you are comfortable in your own little one.

You know where your inner man is drawing you unto but the outer man is pressing you to stay inside. You realise the pit that you have dug, the danger that you have befriended yet the power to get up seems far fetched.

I know, I can relate with you. 

There is a solution however. Stretch forth that finger and point it out as a pencil or rather as a pen for what you now intend to write should be indelible.

Draw the line! It’s the right time to do it.

Get rid of all that you know you should for it is not profitable towards the journey that you require to fly. Resolve to live above the line of those things that don’t profit you.

You are made for more.

Choose to be greater than, not equal or less than your Destiny!

Edelweiss.

​There is a flower known to botanists, one of the same genus with our summer plant called ‘Life-Everlasting”, a Gnaphalium like that, which grows on the most inaccessible cliffs of the Tyrolese mountains, where the chamois dare hardly venture, and which the hunter, tempted by its beauty and by his love (for it is immensely valued by the Swiss maidens), climbs the cliffs to gather and is sometimes found dead at the foot, with the flower in his hand. It is called by botanists the Gnaphalium Leontopodium, but by the Swiss Edelweiss, which signifies noble purity!

These were the words of Ralph Waldo Emmerson, as he prefaced Berthold Auerbach’s book, Edelweiss. It sounds the tale of a daring pursuit, the tenacity to please, not anyone but the reality of victory, which finds an intense demand in our deepest hearts. It has long been our portion to motion towards the mountains, the better strides towards high peaks. Somehow we seem unsatisfied with walking, we would rather run till we can fly until we touch utopia. Ascension seems more attractive than descending. Could it be that there is a flower that promises life eternal for those who grab it in the high altitudes? Is there a mountaineer secret only reserved for those that do actually reach the top? It seems mountaineers know something about it for despite the many documentaries published of the many that have died whilst hiking; nothing seems to quench this upward craving. The deaths have never stopped life moving and those who are still alive live to someday still climb where death seems to reside. Could it be that it’s not the climbing as much as it is about the top? The merry cherry on top bringing non-stop enticing, the icing on the cake of life is better not being butter but fresh cream, for it is sweeter and lighter. As life gets bitter and burdens get heavier, indeed being sweet and light is something we all want. 
If the climax of life is a mountain flower then we are all florists, in the business of the logistics of trading them. That means we are all involuntary learners of the cycles of nature, striving to be able to get the best. The mixture of sadness and gladness is a cocktail that we all have tasted; we are all passive smokers, inhaling the toxins of the processing of our mechanisms.  We desire to be free from our addiction to slavery yet freedom is a costly reality. Beauty will cost us our ugliness being revealed first. There is no place for looking pretty whilst going up, no room to make an appearance of that which is not true. Reaching for the top exerts pressure on our spirits, souls and bodies and confinement in uncomfortable places that we have to coexist with. It takes all of us, a demand we are obligated to pay daily.

We are all in a fight and we have to keep fighting. There was never a promise of exemption from war within and without and am not sure which one is worse. It’s not whether or not we will have to fight, it’s how prepared are we? We are meant for the frontlines of our armies, charging against the odds of survival. 

So it might not be a mountain that you have to climb, up the Alps might never ever be your task but you will always have to reach for something that is not within your reach. It’s what keeps us moving upward towards higher altitudes that will demand better attitudes of us. Forget the comfort of the shore, walk in the sea and see the benefit of forgetting those things behind you to reach for those before you for the clouds that only need your touch for them to release the rain to water your garden! 

Bliss is a reality for those who dare kiss the sun, trusting that which is hard to do is doable and that for as long as they breathe, they will try again!

Through weakness, sickness, disease, death, disappointment, hurt, financial constraints and all hard places that we might be forced to travel, keep struggling forward. Climb all the way up to the top and pick up your edelweiss and let it be a reminder of how consistent you have been despite the obstacles. Don’t give up! 

Above the snake line.


Late last year, as has become my habit, I took some time out to go up a certain mountain. I use this time to seek solititude, introspection and quality time with God. 

As I went up the mountain to camp for the night, thoughts of the effects of going up any altitude dawned on me. As I progressed in the night, Holy Spirit began tutoring me on the realities of living on higher altitudes in the spiritual realm and what that meant in the physical realm.

The next morning, I descended the mountain with a deep appreciation of what it means to live above the snake line.

The snake line is basically a specific altitude where snakes can’t exist simply because of limited oxygen supply. This means that there is a certain altitude that when you exist above it, snakes won’t be your problem.There are a lot of articles I have read on the subject of the snake line and I would encourage you to take time to do research on this reality.

Looking up a biblical parallel to what I was learning the book of Timothy gave a clear insight on it…..

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader,[a]he desires an honorable position.” 2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is ABOVE REPROACH. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach – 1 Timothy 3:1-2 NLT

In the above passage Paul highlights how important living above reproach is paramount to the position of leadership. He also gives the essentials required as qualification for one desiring to lead God’s people. We can draw parallels from this passage and apply it to any domain of leadership simply because that passage summarises credibility! Any office is a vantage point that allows you to view reality from atop view. In essence being a leader gives you that privilege with the demand that you be responsible to maintain it. 

Simply put, REPROACH means anything deserving negative criticism. It also goes hand in hand with the old adage “There is no smoke without a fire”. A life above reproach means there is NO trace of reason for suspicion and skepticism discounting your credibility. It means a life that is credible and integrated with the principles proclaimed in public. In that light, you can view the causatives that bring reproach as the snakes of life. These include all the little foxes, that spoil the vines”[Song of Solomon 2:15 KJV], the private bears that we have to slay before public victory.

Living above reproach is synonymous with living above the snake line. It’s a constant dwelling of pursuing a life that pleases God. In pleasing Him, you begin to realise that your energies are renewed and sustained to only engage in that which is needful. It is a process of continually desiring to live in the presence of God where we will soar to live above that which tries to hinder us from pursuing Him.

At which altitude is your life pegged at?

Desire to live above reproach, above “snakes” that will either poison or harm your influence. An aerial view is not only far clearer but it lets you deal with realities with better energies as you decide wisely which battles to fight and the ones not worth it, as they only seek to waste your energy.

Dare climb up the higher altitudes and exist in a position that gives you clearer views and excellent mechanisms to handle life. It’s a process as you decide daily to live above the easy reach of the that which seeks to usurp your energies meant to be directed towards realising your destiny.

Live above the snake line!

I.M.E [In My Element]

There are 118 confirmed elements that are known to exist in our world. Each is unique and distinct from the next.

The very existence of an individual different element is nature’s way of tutoring us to be the same.

We were created distinct and different and assimilar. That’s the original and intended framework.

I have come to realise that iam supposed to be ME. Not anything else but ME. I have been tasked by my DNA to exude ME.

It’s the same for you.

Existing in your element is simply a reality of synchronization between Heaven and Earth in a human.

Are you the Earthly expression of the record kept of you in Heaven? Are you dispensing the same agenda written of you in the library of Heaven.

The Lord Jesus was clear of the element He was made to be and he could output it by defining his role here on Earth…

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. TO THIS END WAS I BORN, AND FOR THIS CAUSE CAME I INTO THE WORLD, THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH.Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” – John 18:37 KJV

Existing in your element clarifies your purpose and defines your destiny!

The Lord Jesus could only state explicitly with simplicity why He was here on Earth because He understood His distinctness and what He was.

Are you living in your element,are you YOU? This has everything to do with your gifts, talents, masteries; that which is accounted to you.

Dare to be able to say I’M E[In My Element]!

You dropped your cigarette!

“You dropped your cigarette on the roadway”, I said as I pointed him to it.

As I walked away, my mind ran across my spirit to try interpret what was now rushing up in me. 

Was that needful? Was I supposed to tell him so? What would have Jesus done in this situation? As I pondered obliviously on these questions, I found myself introspecting more than anything else.

My father used to smoke. I remember when at times, he would send us to go buy cigarettes from nearby shops. I reckon there is a lot you could say about such parenting. That’s however not the issue here, he liked a certain type of cigarette which was rich in menthol. It probably is the reason why I also like anything minty till now. Obviously when coming back, the kid in me, would put the cigarette in my mouth,just to taste the menthol, without lighting it up of course!

My dad was a “clean” smoker, after a smoke, he would take endearmints to freshen up his breath. This went on for years,until he suddenly quit smoking. When I asked him why he quit, he only said, he felt it was time to do so. I recall talking to my sister about it and she said that she had prayed and even fasted for him to quit. So talk about coincidences happening when we pray?!

Everyone has a “cigarette” that they smoke. It is that habit that we build up and have been mastering over a period of time. Life in itself is a habitual habit. Humans are creatures of habit, the habits we create and habits we pick up. Habits are neutral, we give them their positive or negative.

As I continued to ponder on the dropped cigarette and how I told the guy that he had lost his cigarette,i began also to focus on the heart of why we stick to habits.

Naturally humans crave to be systemic, it creates a subconscious safe-net of existence. It then reveals that actually, it’s really not about the habits we keep as much as it is about the underlying need that we desire to be met.

“All things were made by him; and without him was NOT ANY THING made that was made” – John 1:3 KJV

Everything that exist in nature and even from synthesis,was created by God. This means that EVERYTHING that exists on Earth finds its source back to God. In essence then, God created everything that we have in existence now. The departure from his creation is when what we create as a by-product from His provision becomes the point of perversion to lead us away from Him. The latter is the birthing of idolatry and for both the good and bad habits from repeated cycles based on the created, we displace God from His central place in our lives.

It’s not about the cigarette, alcohol, food, music,money, sex, pornography, stealing and any other vice of bad or good habit that exist. It has always been about what does that habit seek to replace!

I have been on this rediscovering phase. Striving to pinpoint why I like certain things, why I do things a certain way etc. I have discovered that behind everything there is always something! Things aren’t always what they seem! Strive not to be “surfacy”in life, always seek to see the deeper things.

Needless to point out, as I continued to ponder on this incident, I wrestled with whether I was right to inform him that he had lost his “bad habit”or I should have kept quiet. We are either helping people continue their habits or helping them stop them, regardless of whether it’s a good or bad habit. Just check where you stand in line with what you stand on.

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of UNBELIEF, in DEPARTING from the living God. But EXHORT one another DAILY, while it is called TODAY; lest any of you be HARDENED through the DECEITFULNESS of sin” – Hebrews 3:12-13 KJV

As a disciple of Jesus, the exhortation is that you encourage others to stay in and follow Him in every way away from anything that seeks to take away attention to a God who loves us!

We can put an end to all that keeps us away from Him by first turning back to Him consistently.

Right Keys, Wrong Doors.

There is enough literature on keys but few on doors. If you visit a bookstore, you are most likely to find books on solutions which represent keys more than books on realities which represent doors. I’m sure there is a justified reason for this, it’s just that my mind struggled to grasp why on a general we focus less on the doors.


Possessing a key is probably the most liberating and fulfilling phenomenon to experience. Just the reason that you hold the answer to a certain access can be unmatchable close to incomparable. It seems to me though, there is a greater chance to have the right keys on the wrong door than knowing the right doors but with the wrong keys. It could be partly because we are naturally inclined to equip ourselves from childhood to be able to face anything at the expense of actually choosing NOT to pass through certain doors.

Curriculum in schools and even in life are tailor made to make us be able to face everything that comes our way i.e. every key to unlock any door. Perhaps we should be taught more on the doors than on keys. The realities more than the solutions. It sounds weird and backward,i know. Could it be though that if we know more of the doors we would only acquire the right keys.

I had an interesting online conversation with a friend. It went something like this…

Me: Are you home?

Her: Yep

Me: Am at the door

Her: Lol. Wait. Lemme fetch my keys…

Me: Cool

And I waited……

I wasn’t at the door. It was a joke. I hoped for her to say, “I can’t see you, iam at the door and you are not there!”, then I would have said to her “you are at the wrong door”. Absent at her flat’s doorstep but present at her heart’s doorstep! Cheesy I know.

Could it be the same when the Lord Jesus says….”Behold i stand at the DOOR,and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” – Revelation 3:20 KJV

1) Could it be that we expect Him to be at the doors that we are only familiar with hence we only limit Him to come through certain doors?                                     2) Could it be that when He knocks we are so consumed about having the right key to open the door because we always keep it locked?                                                   3) Could it be that we are so focused on keys that we are consumed about our own efforts to accessing what we know we need than to rest in Him who is able to open every door even without our keys?                                                                      4) We are focused on keys more because we are preoccupied with providing our security than to rest in His protection?
My thoughts always run across to grasp what God means, implies and instructs from His Word. It is this reason that realities get me to think and strive to comprehend and apply what he defines in His Word.

Rest in Him who has the keys to all doors but who would rather you focus on Him because you may have the right keys but the wrong doors or vice versa.

He is the door to the Sheep-pen, worry less on having the right keys when you have Him.

Tides and Turns.

As seasons change in your life, and they always do, you will require the ability to discern the difference [WISDOM] between your friends becoming enemies and your enemies becoming friends.

Do not also for a second think it strange or unfair, for life has to move. You will find those that were close becoming far and those that wete far becoming close.

What you SHALL require is the tenacity to not fight the change but rather to adapt appropriately to it. If you dont, you will frustrate yourself trying to hold onto things as they were rather embracing things as they are becoming.

Be alert and have a big heart.

It is well!

KISS the Son!

Once my restaurant manager asked me to write that days’ special on the display board. I saw it as an opportunity to display my “breath-taki ng” calligraphy with a touch of genius. At least so I thought.

After about a 20 minute bout trying to impress,I was done and he then popped by to view my “masterpiece”. I was disappointed by his response….

“Brad, rewrite it again and just make it simply visible”. 

Now imagine that! A touch of genius and he couldn’t even see it? Poor him and all the others who couldn’t pierce through artistry closer to Michelangelo!

Sounds familiar?

How many instances in your own life has that happened to you?Well, I’m sure yours wasn’t as embarrassing as mine but you can relate. I have found that many times than not we find ourselves doing something that we shouldn’t be in the guise of seizing opportunities. After all, they say,if opportunities don’t come your way, make them yourself! So any instance we get we want to maximise it. That’s noble only if it still focuses on the original assignment and meets the expected goal.

In a world with customers coming to us as in a restaurant, the most important thing is that they SEE what’s on special in our lives than HOW it’s packaged. We struggle with that a lot. The struggle to just be genuine. In that struggle we find ourselves in many disappointing and uncalled for situations.

I obviously didn’t like that incident with my manager but I learnt one thing. He asked me if I knew what K.I.S.S stood for and I said I didn’t.

K.I.S.S – Keep It Stupidly Simple!

I have carried that with me ever since. It was more of a re-affirmation of one of the values I hold, simplicity! I believe simplicity births clarity and clears the clutter in our lives, only if we let it.

It’s easy as human beings as kings and queens in our everyday domains to miss the plot and delve into that which is unprofitable under the guise of reigning! It’s no secret, humanity has been finding ways since the Garden of Eden to build a world like God’s just only without Him. It seems far-fetched but if we look closely into out own lives, we will find that there trinkets of that splinter.

Yahweh created you and me. He loved us dearly to give us domains to rule. Let’s not put our trust in our abilities rather let us embrace Him who gave us those very abilities.

We are kings and queens, indeed. Let us only remember to submit, serve and honor the KING of all kings in ALL we do and in everything that we do. Have intimacy with God and He will help you keep everything else in the right perspective.

Kiss the Son!

Black Hand Band.

image

I am not sure if it was pure convenience or just flippancy but I have always had a thing for hand bands.
Black Hand bands to be precise.
I also remember having times of resentments with friends and loved ones when they would buy me wristwatches. I would simply not wear not because they were not nice but simply because I was not into anything else except hand-bands.

Growing up,elastic bands, were either too numerous or too scarce. Whichever it was, that fuelled the invention of just stretching one of them and making them snap and then stick onto my hand. Until it came a time when it was dirty to keep on. At times it wasn’t because it would have become dirty but just that it would snap off on its own.

It’s amazing to me now how I learnt a lesson on that.

Recently I bought a simple black-hand band,very simple actually to be truthful. As always it was stuck on my hand wherever I go and whatever I did.
This particular day as I was taking a shower,it simply just loosed from my hand. Compared to the shimmering noise of the water showers hitting the floor,it made no sound at all.
As I stared on my hand counting my loss,it dawned on me.

It dawned on me how that is exactly the same way chains and any other bands that chain to us are broken.
Quietly and rather unspectacular!

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” – Ephesians 5:26 KJV

This scripture came into mind.
I found it true how the water that was showering me and having an effect on the strength of my hand-band can be likened to how the Word can wash us from whatever chains us.

Let the showers of God’s Word constantly hit you and you will experience the breaking of bands that hold on to you.

For if you continue in His Word,the truth,it will make you free!
Keep bathing in His Word.