Government officials

This morning I had to get into a government office to make a claim for my retirement benefits. At the entrance the security personnel evaluated the documents and gave me #9 as my token.

When I entered the office and numbers were called, the first few numbers had been duplicated, leading to total chaos amongst the people present! The security personnel were being accused, voices were raised and suddenly there was no control until a young government official had to step in. Her role was to calm the people down and she did this very patiently and calmly.

There was pin drop silence. People listened as she explained the procedure and whilst she acknowledged that an error had taken large, she asked her colleagues to take on the duplicate numbers, making it a very fare process and no more reactions by those present!

Services by government officials are rendered free in this country and yet we tend to demand. We never appreciate!

As I sat my turn, I watched the commitment of these officials as they carefully dealt with each individual. I had no words to explain as I can imagine that this is something they must be facing each day! This morning I was encouraged with this verse, I needed to look for Him and His love:

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

Each day we go about our activities and can we look for appreciation or are we waiting for something to go wrong? If things go wrong, how do we react, is it with anger or with patience to resolve? I do not have the right answers but I was touched by one individual who was able to bring about a calm from the storm.

Thank you to those who commit themselves to serve humanity. There are many we come in contact with, we must express our appreciation! Going with the right attitude can make a huge difference, this is my personal experience!

MINEFIELDS

Over the last few months we are enjoying a very interesting series titled ‘Minefields‘ which helps the listener to understand the ‘landmines’ individuals and families must avoid, to be able to live a purpose driven life.

Statistic: It is estimated that there are 110 million land mines in the ground right now and Mines kill or maim more than 5,000 people annually.

3 Surprising Facts about family today dated back to 2015 got my attention that honestly shocked me. I had to read this and obviously more to better understand the challenge society is faced today. Am I really that ignorant?

Family

 

 

 

As I look around my own surroundings I am constantly aware that someone is seriously trying hard to bring about disruption.

Honestly said, everything begins somewhere and it’s very clear to me that the starting point is the home! A wife is called to ‘submit‘ but women’s liberation says, ‘are you crazy?’ and Husband’s are to be ‘understanding’ and ‘honorable’ and the world says that this is rubbish and obviously the most affected are children, who end up in bad company and yes, its their fault for falling into this mess!

But then this is what’s happening inside the home. What happens outside the home is much worse! I am learning and am thankful to know that different ‘models’ of landmines are being planted to destroy families daily and if we make an effort, we surely can avoid being a victim:

  • EXCUSE-ITIS: A disease that blames others and not willing to accepting responsibility
  • IDENTITY-ITIS: A disease where one is suffering from an Identity crisis
  • WORLDLY-N-ITIS: A heart attitude (disease) that tightly attaches to the world
  • ENTITLEMENT-ITIS: A spiritual disease when we have a mentality of expectations
  • COMPLAIN-ITIS: A disease where we are complaining on everything
  • QUIT-ITIS: A disease where one is ready to quit for a given situation
  • IMMEDIATE-ITIS: A disease where self-control is lost
  • ADDICTION-ITIS: A disease of habit that cannot be given up
  • IMMORAL-ITIS: A disease evolving from the Agriculture revolution to Industrial revolution to Sexual revolution to Technological revolution

We sure have a battle on earth but the greatest gift we can have is that by Grace, we are saved! The battle on earth has nothing to do with our salvation, it’s our sanctification.