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God can use an ass. And He does!


There has been plenty of speculation regarding God’s sense of humour. Does He enjoy a good chuckle over the same things we do? Or perhaps there are some higher grade requirements for understanding what God deems funny. But what does God laugh at? I imagine that, after at least the first hundred times, seeing a guy tripping over a banana peel must certainly grow old.

Possibly the funniest story in the bible (in my personal opinion), and proof that God has a great sense of humour, can be found in Numbers 22:28; “Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

Yes, God used a donkey to speak.

And while this remains truly hilarious (we won’t get into the fact that Balaam saw it fit to answer the donkey) I’m convinced that God is still doing this today. He is still in the business of opening the mouths of donkeys everywhere.


donkey – dôNGkē

  1. Noun – A domesticated hoofed mammal (Equus asinus) of the horse family with long ears and a braying call; an ass.
  2. A stupid or foolish person.

The phrase, “If God can speak through an ass, surely he can speak through you”, is commonly used amongst Christians to inspire boldness in those afraid of public speaking or sharing their faith with others. You couldn’t find a better testimony that demonstrates that God is truly capable of using anything or anyone to speak on His behalf. I mean, surely we are more usable than a lazy four-legged grass-eating domesticated animal?

The scripture recently came to mind during a conversation about why God seems to allow certain ministers and ministries to continually preach and teach with false motives. Surely God won’t allow such injustice? Surely He will stand up and avenge His name? Wrestling with my thoughts and personal emotions, I was led to a scripture that some of us seem to have forgotten, or perhaps hid within the back pages of our Bibles; Philippians 1:18.


Paul writes, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.”

Then, like a thunderbolt from sky, it struck me; these people are perhaps… donkeys.

Not in the literal sense of course. But perhaps, just perhaps, these are the only people willing to be used. They just might be the only ones willing to open their mouths and speak – the only ones willing to actually say what God wants to say.

And yes, they might add a few of their own weird thoughts and have false motives – which granted is very wrong… but where are the stallions? Why should God use donkeys if there are men and woman who are perfectly capable of being used?

Perhaps you are one of the many people who openly criticize those who God uses. My challenge to you is simple; If you’re not happy with the donkey that God is using, then make yourself available to be used.


Don’t Ever Lick A Moving Blender!


I think every dad sets out to teach his kids life lessons that will stand them in good stead for a great future. My dad was no different. When I was growing up he used to say to me “if you don’t want to listen, you must feel”. It was painfully practical lesson in action and consequences. So I learnt very quickly that you reap what you sow even if it’s bad ones.

For example, you can’t plant potatoes and expect to pick strawberries because that would be like going to KFC to buy a Big Mac. It’s ludicrous and insane!

Well, my dad was not just a good dad but also a wise man who taught me that the moral of (this blog here and) life’s story is this: Never Lick a Moving Blender!

Go Ahead, Blow Your Own Trumpet!


I’m not really one to get caught up in the hype but I’ll make an exception this time. Allow me to join the New Year’s resolution bandwagon and let me do a bit of reflection.

A few years back, I found myself in a job interview where halfway through, the interviewer stopped the interview. He wasn’t getting from me what he was hoping so he suggested that we to simply talk like two people getting to know each other. The conversation went well until he totally knocked the wind out my sails with this statement. He said:
“When I read your CV I get excited and intrigued by what I read but when I hear you talk, I find it almost impossible to believe that I’m talking to the same person.” Oh my word, I nearly died!

Truth be told, he was right. See what I did was put on this false humility in talking about my own abilities because I didn’t want to be seen as boasting. I was being ‘honest’ about my inabilities because I didn’t want him to have high expectations of me. I was very ‘reserved and professional’ in my approach because I wanted to project the right image. The fact is it was an approach rooted in fear and self-doubt. Most people are like this:  they sell themselves short of who they really are and what they’re really capable of.

Why do we do that to ourselves though?

In her book A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Marianne Williamson puts it very well when she says:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Let’s get into the year that lies ahead, boldly and confidently. Let’s tackle the challenges and opportunities with an audacity that says we’re more than conquerors.

Oh, as for that job interview, thankfully I didn’t take the job. I would undoubtedly have been bored out of my mind, since it didn’t live up to my expectations!

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