Living for others ( self-sacrifice)
‘For to be free is not just to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that, after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills o climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for worth freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.’
‘Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another .’
Inaugural address in Pretoria, May 10, 1994.
‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination
Long Walk to Freedom (1994).
Free at Last
‘I stand before you filled with deep pride and joy. Pride in the ordinary, humble people of this country. You have shown such a calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own. And joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops – Free at last!’
Speech to the African National Congress in Johannesburg, May 2, 1994.
Ambassador of Freedom Dream
‘We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people.’
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, December 10, 1993
Hope for a Land of Hope
Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.’
Inaugural address in Pretoria, May 10, 1994.
Courage and fear
‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear .’
Long Walk to Freedom (1994).
Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa.’
Speech in Cape Town, May 9, 1994.
Turning your enemy into a partner
‘If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy . Then he becomes your partner.’
Long Walk to Freedom (1994
‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again.’.
Greatest glory in Living
‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall .’
Long Walk to Freedom (1994).
‘It always seems impossible until it’ done.’
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious. —1 Peter 2:4
Read:Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Throughout London, there are statues and other items made from a unique building material called Coade stone. Developed by Eleanor Coade for her family business in the late 1700s, this artificial stone is virtually indestructible and has the capacity to withstand time, weather, and man-made pollution. Though it was a marvel during the Industrial Revolution, Coade stone was phased out in the 1840s following Eleanor’s death, and it was replaced by Portland cement as a building material. In spite of that, however, there remain today dozens of examples of this sturdy, ceramic-like stone that have withstood the harsh London environment for over 150 years.
The apostle Peter described Jesus as a living stone. He wrote, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4-5). Precious in the eyes of the Father is the sacrifice of the Rock of our salvation. Christ is the enduring stone upon which the Father has built our salvation and the only foundation for meaningful life (1 Cor. 3:11).
It is only as our lives are built upon His strength that we will be able to endure the harshness of life in a fallen world.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. —Mote
We have nothing to fear if we stay close to the Rock of Ages.
Despite the economic downturn,
know that you belong to the Kingdom of God.
God is with you, in you and for you.
No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper.
See the present darkness as opportunity
for the light of God to shine through you.
If you seek Him and you will find Him
if you seek Him with all your heart.
Jesus said” In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John16:33
Isaiah 60: The Gentiles Bless Zion
1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’
Another translation puts it this way:
“When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up…” Job22:29 KJV
3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ” Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jer31:3
1 John 3:
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1John3:1-2
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Christ in Our Place
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,Eph2:4
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
13 Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.
God Will Remember Zion
14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 ” Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
Worry is putting today’s sun under yesterday shadows or tomorrow’s cloud.’
It is also the interest you ay on trouble before you get it.
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt6:25-33
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil4:6-7
–“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
Hard work/ Suffering
No price , no prize- Fenny West
There is no such thing as something for nothing, everything including your personal success has a price that must be paid… Napoleon Hill
Your only limitation in life is that which you set for your self or make others set for you…
Declare who you ought to be “I am a limit breaker”
Old age and learning
It is better to learn late than never ~publilius Syrus~
From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own ~Publilius Syrus
A person who wont read has no advantage over one who can’t read ~Mark Twain~
It is better to understand little and make use of a lot of what you understand
‘Than to understand a lot and use and use very little’ Fenny West
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. ~Anatole France~
He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t.
This is an inexorable, indisputable law ~Pablo Picasso
If you think you can’t you have defeated yourself before you start. Fenny West
Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing ~Oscar Wilde~
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much ~Helen Keller
Lets collaborate and do big things
TEAM : 1+1=3 effect
Together each achieves more:
Unity brings synergy Fenny West