Is it true that a picture is worth a thousands word? I think it is! The African continent is diverse, beautiful, rich and warm. There is so much to see and discover about this beautiful continent. So here at 1Africa, we are embarking on an exciting mission which we chose to call “Big up Africa“, where we will discover and celebrate our continent, its diversities, beauty, people and their creativity. So wherever you happen to be in the world, you can count on ‘Big up Africa’ to give you a sweet glimpse of my beloved continent and also ‘take you home’ if you’re an African living abroad. Now, because a picture is worth many words, I thought, what better way to kick-off this mission than letting you read in between the vivid images of a music video by Watoto children choir. This video says it all! My Africa is bright!
Have you ever been in a situation where everything in your life seems to be going wrong at the same time and yet in that chaos, you find that you have peace? As human beings we have a tendency to get agitated, fret and scream when we face trouble. I’ll be first to admit it. But there have also been times in my life when in the midst of troubling situations, my heart and mind were at peace. These times have been a bit scary though, I must say. I would ask myself “Isn’t it dangerous not to be alarmed in moments when it is expected of a human being to be alarmed”? But as soon as I’d be done questioning myself, Philippians 4:7 comes to mind: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” This scripture tells us that in Jesus Christ it is possible to have peace even when we face a storm. This is a peace so vast, so deep that even when there is trouble, it surpasses it and instills calmness in our hearts and spirits.
In the world we live in, this is a peace we all need. Don’t we?
Life is interesting! Life is a rollercoaster! These phrases I’ve heard one too many times. What is life for you? Being human and being alive means there will be challenges to face, and I believe it was from tough experiences that men and women gave birth to idioms such as these.
Up to today, I have had to overcome many challenges. However, after looking for strength and peace in many things, I am now persuaded that sustained strength to make it through the dynamics of life comes from God who created me.
“The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall. But those who trust the Lord will find new strength”. Isaiah 40:29-31.
Where do you find strength and peace?