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Nairobi News : December 18th 2013
22 Wednesday, Dec 18 - Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke mytake Njoki Chege City Girl Men and women of the (luxurious) cloth, repent Kaz’s nude photos. They were photos of a popular televangelist’s palatial home. The mansion, complete with a swimming pool, vast lawns and a gazebo big enough to be a house, got tongues wagging across the country. How times have changed! Pastors T are no longer the broke and humble men and women of God who shepherded their flock without expecting anything in return. Pastors’ homes are no longer the refuge for stranded sheep who would walk in unannounced for a meal or a place to crash for a night or two. They are heavily guarded ‘no-go- zones’ for anyone without an invite. Pastors today are little kings with cronies who worship the ground they walk on. Their wives are little queens with numerous servants at their beck and call. Being a pastor’s wife is no longer the calling it used to be but a title to be revered and worshipped. Starting point At this point, I would like to remind you about Jesus. You know Jesus? The meek Messiah, born in a Catherine Mbura Urban Mum Rare. Many parents put a lot of time and energy into raising their children and they deserve a pat on the back for it hear names of renowned personalities. My eldest son — a teenager and therefore less than dazzled by his somewhat frumpy mother — predictably named an extremely successful celebrity as his hero. My eight-year-old daughter how- I ever surprised me by saying that she wanted to be just like me. It was all I could do not to spout a fountain of tears at this heart-felt confession. I sought to understand why she would pick me as her hero when there were so many other more qualified candidates who fit the bill. In her view, her excellent perform- ances in class, prowess in Kiswahili poetry (mashairi), excellent physical and dental hygiene, fairly decent manners and the fact that she does not think of housework as a word are almost solely attributable to my tireless efforts. In our rush to fulfill the countless re- sponsibilities that assail us as parents, we often forget to give credit where it is due: To ourselves. Any parent will tell you that it takes real patience and skill to juggle par- recently asked my children whom they most want to be like when they grow up, fully expecting to Give yourself some credit enthood, career, extended family and whichever other commitments one may have. Being a role model does not require a very high IQ, a posh residential address or the most fashionable clothes. It does, however, disqualify those who have flexible stances on ethics and morality. Being a role model also requires parents to go the extra mile, which all good parents must do. Fortunately, there are no traffic jams along the extra mile. Pleasantly surprised Before my daughter admitted her admiration for me I would never have thought that what I do, and consider ordinary, makes me an extraordinary person. But I looked at things from a dif- ferent perspective and came to the conclusion that I must be a good role model. A recent instance comes to mind: My daughter and I were taking a stroll around our neighbourhood recently when I spied Sh100 on the ground. She insisted we leave the dirty note on the ground as she does not subscribe to the widespread belief of ‘finders keepers’. I suggested we pick up the money and give it to a beggar who lives near our marketplace, which suggestion was met with the maddening rejoinder that I should stop behaving like Scrooge and give the beggar money from my own pocket instead. I could not help feeling irritated be- cause, at that particular moment, I was coming across as a person who doesn’t always practise what she preaches. Later though, I cut myself some slack because it was my advice at an earlier date that fuelled my daughter’s conviction that accepting freebies should be avoided — she was modelling her behaviour to fit what I had told her time and again. Every hero has his Kryptonite, and I live in fear of inadvertently leading my children down the wrong path. However, I remain encouraged when I see the innumerable examples of family and friends who give their all to their families, and who are models worth emulating. To each and everyone of these, I say congratulations on a job well done and remember to give yourself some credit for raising your children well! manger, raised in a carpenter’s household who walked with 12 normal chaps and rode on a borrowed donkey on his last journey to Jerusalem? Yeah, Jesus. When this guy was about to ascend to Heaven he gave his disciples an assignment. He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15). The idea was for his disciples to follow in his footsteps; to preach the Word of God, heal the sick and exorcise demons. But what did they do? They started well, I won’t lie. Until they discovered that the flock was not only lost but desperate. Then they began taking advantage of the flock. Asking them to pay for prayers, wo years ago, several pictures went viral. No, they were not taxing them for healing miracles. They forgot their best example, Jesus Christ, and started to love the world and its trappings. The hallmark of Christ’s ministry was humility and modesty. Ministry is not about an individualbut about the Gospel. It is not about lavish lifestyles, choppers, Range Rovers, palatial homes and limousines but about the gospel. Healing of broken spirits and bod- ies. The blind who see. Criminals who change their ways. Prostitutes who return to their first love (not you, Pastor Njoroge). It is not about the money (Wake up, Pastor Kanyari) it is about the love. So, next time your pastor boasts about the holiday he enjoyed in London with his wife, ask him how he feels about fasting for 40 days and 40 nights — just as Jesus did. Lessons from the Messiah • Loving: He was a humble bloke who hung out with children, prostitutes, failures, widows and lepers. • Selfless: He walked miles to preach the Gospel, multiplied fish and bread for his flock and ate after everyone else had taken their fill. • Focused: He was the son of the Most High but he stayed in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food and water to connect with his Maker. • Freely gave: Think of it: If Jesus had a dollar for every miracle he performed, how rich would he have been?
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