Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UNZA Days

I am absolutely going to miss my university days. I will not miss the stress of it or how everything was so complicated, Zambia being what it is, but I will definitely miss all the fun times I had with friends.

In my fourth year, I got to live with three amazing young ladies. They were unique in their own way and we got along just fine. One was like me in certain aspects and as I like to say, "a worser version of my character". Where I worried, she worried even more; where I was stressed, she stressed even more. The other had a very strong personality but sweet at the same time. And the third had a strong personalty but unique and loving too. It was a blessing to live with these girls because on top of everything, they were Christians and from whom I learnt so much spiritually and while I lived with them it was always a constant challenge spiritually. I had 3 other young ladies to whom I was accountable as I lived my university days.

The 'Cottage Girls':



Above: Moi and my room mate
     
(My two other housemates)

Another highlight of University was the fellowship with fellow believers that I got to experience at the Zambia Fellowship of Evangelical Students (ZAFES) Meetings. From my fresh man year to my last year of university, I was amazed at how the Lord would speak to me from the various fellowship meetings we had. I realised from the meetings that I was not alone in the race and at other times that I was not the only one struggling with a certain experience. I got encouraged by the lives of the Christian brethren there and I got to learn alot about God and what He expects of me. ZAFES members were my family and I will miss them dearly.

Some of the Zafes family:


Without the school part, university life would not be complete. I spent my first year trying to make it into Law School from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Lord was pleased to enable me to make it into Law School. For the first time in my life, I was actually the highest ranking in terms of school and it was such an amazing feeling. School life afterwards seemed more difficult as I progressed in to second year (first year of Law School). It was so rough and proved to be such a challenge and yet to everyone else, I was sailing through. But despite the rough tide, the Lord saw me through. Looking back, I see Gods hand constantly as I went from one semester to the next. The Lord was gracious and faithful to me and I am so grateful to Him for everything.

Lastly, I made friends who will forever be a part of my life on Campus and who I will treasure always. I thank the Lord for letting me cross paths with each one of them.

Today, I am a graduate and it is all because of the Lord. He is truly at work in our lives, whatever it may be, He is there. I have seen Him so clearly in my university days and I will always be grateful.





Monday, July 23, 2012

A WORD TO THE YOUTH

A WORD TO THE YOUTH

Its been a while since I blogged but today I thought of writing about something that has been weighing heavily upon my heart.
I am a young person myself and I am constantly amazed at what we are engaging in as young people today. I often think to myself that if someone like Paul was given an opportunity to live in these times, he would be greatly disappointed and yet he is but mere man. What more the Lord! How does he feel when He looks down at this generation of young people, the vibrant youth of today?
We are lovers of self, we abuse alcohol, go clubbing, smoke, engage in sexual immorality and so on and so forth, the list is endless. We do all this without the slightest regard for our maker, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We could care less about living pure and blameless lives. Sadly, this is so even among those who profess to be Christians.
What then is the problem with the youth of today? Why do we live in such a blatant disregard for the Lord?
  •  Firstly, we are sinners and hence, totally depraved. This is the biggest problem man has and has always had from the time of the fall. We are enslaved to sin and do not desire to listen to God nor to walk in His ways. It is because of sin that as young people we think the world is cool and think godly living is so boring and not for us. And we often think to ourselves, "I will turn to the Lord when I'm older, I do not want my life to be boring just yet." But sin blinds us to how lovely life would be with the Lord. I became a Christian at the age of 9 and looking back as a young lady today, I wouldn't want my life any other way. I have seen just how much sin blinds people and doesn't enable us to see the Joy that comes with Christ and Oh, how I wish young people could see and know what life is with Christ. And such a life can only be known by a realisation of how depraved and lost we are as sinners, giving our lives to the Lord and turning away from all that we know to be sinful.
          Rom 6:23
         23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
         ESV

         Rom 3:23
        23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
          ESV

  • Secondly, we do not want to be considered as boring or backward. But at what cost? The grave yard is full of young lives that would still be roaming the earth full of life had they not engaged in what they thought at the time was cool living. A few years back, I lost an aunt who was in her 20s. Upon meeting her she was the sort of person who just made you feel comfortable and right at home. She was the life of the party and extremely friendly. But one day she went drinking with friends which led to a horrible accident because they were so intoxicated by alcohol that they were not able to navigate the car they were using in a proper manner. I will never forget how she looked lying in the coffin. In front of the coffin was a beautiful picture of a young lady but in the coffin was another person because the accident had distorted her face. She died along with another young lady who was her best friend. Two sets of parents lost two beautiful daughters and why? Because they were probably having a blast and were living what they thought was a cool life. It does not pay to be cool if at the end it will lead to an early departure from earth, contracting a deadly disease such as Aids, having a little infant who will call you dad or mum or a life lived in regret. I would rather be considered as uncool and backward as long as I can die happy, knowing I lived a life that pleased the Lord.
          Eph 5:15
          15  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise
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  • Thirdly, we think these lives are ours and we do not have to give an account to anyone for how we live our lives. How foolish such a thought is. Scripture says, "The fool says in his heart, there is no God". How foolish indeed. We will have to give an account to God. Like the Parable of the Talents, Christ calls us to be good stewards of the life He has given us. Being a good steward requires us to live not as unto ourselves but as unto God. These lives are his and every day He blesses us with life giving us an opportunity to turn to Him. Oh, young person, wont you see that Christ loves you and wants you to live for Him.
Sadly, as Christians, we too can live as if Christ has not changed us. It is even sadder for us who claim to be Christians to live in such a blatant disregard for the Lord just because we want to be counted among the crowd. We want to be among the clique that we think is enjoying life or do not want to be mocked for how we live our lives. That is being ashamed of Christ. How then, can we expect Him not to be ashamed of us? It's as if we want the best of both worlds which we know can not happen. It is either you live for Christ or you live in the world. It is not right that we live such hypocritical lives. We ought to show that Christ has changed us and made us new. So what if we are mocked? We may be mocked on this side but we will live eternally with our Lord. We are in the better place and our fellow youths who are not saved will never see this because they are blinded by sin. Let us stop living double lives, that is not a mark that Christ has changed us. It will not be easy but with Christ, we will be able to say as Paul, "We have run the race and fought the good fight". Eph 4:20-24
 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
ESV

We should not take part in the darkness but instead expose it.
Eph 5:11
11  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
ESV

Oh young person, life is truly cool in Christ. Lets stop giving Christ conditions for us to live for Him, wanting Him to stoop down to our standards. We ought to be accepting Him by His standards. He who created all that we see and runs it all, how can He fail to know what is best for us. He knows that his standards are for our good and for His glory.