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In Ecclesiastes 3:1, the scripture says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven …. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain …. a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away …. a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak …. a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”.
God provided mankind with the gift of “TIME”; the space within which decisions and actions are carried out with devotion to a great variety of purposes. Our Faith teaches us that God locks steps with us as we take each step of each of our journeys here on earth; giving us hope in TIMES of uncertainty. Life as we know it has cycles of TIME where darkness gives meaning to light, sadness gives meaning to times of laughter, oppression gives meaning to times of liberty and freedom, evil gives meaning to good and scarcity gives meaning to times of abundance. God’s timing is perfect so we should accept experiences and avoid moving ahead of His advice, guidance and protection.
It is prudent for mankind to understand that we can make our plans; we can have aspirations and we can pray for things to happen; but in the end what finally transpires is only by God’s will, grace and making. My Moslem brothers and sisters would say “Inshallah”.
Over the years that I have been here on earth, God has provided me with the gift of TIME during which I have had my own plans and aspirations but His will has always dictated what happens in the end. I am here because of the will of God. I am where I am because of the will of God. My family are a great gift from God. I was born to my family as per God’s will. I was born in my country Malawi not by accident, but by God’s will.
As Malawians, we need to make time to analyze our collective journey so far. We should recognize that we have travelled a long way though from different starting points; but we have a common future and destiny as a people chosen by God for the land called Malawi. We are in need of a common vision to guide our aspirations and actions as a people collectively with a common purpose – Progress.
We should ensure that generationshe who come after ours should say of us and time we were here that we did everything that had to be done; we finished the race and passed the baton…. and that we left our land of birth better than we found it.
My generation needs to do what needs be done for our country to progress and ensure a better future for us and the future generations. Wherever we are and whatever we do, let us be guided by the mindset of “We borrowed our land of birth from future generations“.
Recently, there have been calls for my generation to raise our hands and be counted to genuinely participate in the shaping of Malawi’s future. These calls need to be answered, but for the right reasons.
We are a generation that has spent most of our years being informed, empowered, educated and exposed to different ways that can help us to identify and solve problems, and bringing about progress.
In the face of many challenges that may seem insurmountable, people who love our country Malawi will participate and change it for the better, or at least put it on the right path.
As the clock ticks away into the future, I strive to be more in tune with the timing of The Creator. Therefore I humanly submit to The Creator and his Universe around us all that I shall dedicate myself to take part in positively influencing the mindset of fellow citizens that I engage with, empowering youth in my community and in the nation in order to do my part progressively shaping the future of my land of birth, Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa (http://www.malawithewarmheart.com).
It is a known fact that one of my country Malawi’s arch-enemies is poverty and I promise that I will not be part of Architects of Poverty but Organize Against Poverty together with any willing Malawi Agents of Progress.
Wherever I shall be, I shall not just talk. I shall strive to be part of progressive endeavors for my local community and my country of birth. With God’s guidance, I shall endeavour to do all this with passion, patriotism and enthusiasm.
Please do your own part.
So Let It Be Lord.
Hastings Fukula Nyekanyeka