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Africantrumpet-The voice of Africans
ORAL VILLAGE IDEAS BY
With Prophetess Rose “Naliaka” Walker
Welcome readers to Heart To Heart. I want to share with you on the topic “Restoration” . What is restoration? Restoration in the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary is defined as: A return of something to its original origin. Biblically, it is defined as: To bring a person back to its formal moral condition.
Take for instance, Just like a house on the outside, that the paint has become dull and faded due the different sea- sons, and the effects of the sun and rain over time, the color fades, and the wood chips, or begin to peel. Of course, that house will need a physi- cal makeover.
On a spiritual aspect, many of us need an internal makeover, and need to be brought back to our formal moral condition. Many have fallen away due to betrayal, divorce, bad relationship, drugs, alcohol, the loss of a loved one, rape, etc. Whatever the circum- stance or situation, God wants to restore you again.
In Galations 6:1 says: Brethren, if a man be overtaken (caught) in a fault (a deliberate overstepping of divine boundaries), ye which are spiritual, restore (bring back) such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thy- self, lest thou be tempted.
Ministering and counseling with men and women, my most encounters are with those that have had problems in relationships, rather it be dating or married. With those that are Christian singles and dating, many have crossed the spiritual line and engage in sexual activity. You may be saying okay Prophetess Rose, what do you mean the “spiritual line”? When you have sexual relations with someone other than your husband or wife, you have crossed the spiritual line. The Bible speaks of fornication and adul- tery. The majority of the relationships end after the “sexual encounter” takes place, and then, the guilt and condem-
nation steps in. Thank God that in his Word He says that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) We have all sinned and fall short. Repent…it is a simple as that. Repent means a change of mind, and that you are truly sorry. If you continue to fallback in the same situation, you have not truly repented, or maybe an addiction you are experiencing.
A word of wisdom to the person that is helping a person being restored…Watch out that you that you don’t fall into a trap with the person that you are helping! I have encoun- tered many cases where the person that is helping someone that is recov- ering or being restored back to their original moral state, end up participat- ing in the same act as the person they are helping.
Take for instance, you were a person that at one time used drugs, and the person that you are helping is on drugs. Make sure that you are strong enough or delivered from drugs, because you can find yourself falling in a drug trap.
Here is another example: A prayer partner of the opposite sex. Make sure your prayer partner doesn’t become your “sex partner”. This has happened to many people. If you don’t stay plugged into the Word of God, and have a strong prayer life, you can find yourself falling into a sex trap.
It is imperative that you keep that spir- itual line in between the person that you are helping. As a leader, you don’t want your good to be evil spoken of. The person that is coming to you for help needs help, not for you to make their situation worse by falling with them. I’m a firm believer that as many people you can help, you can hurt.
If you are a person that is reading this, and you are experiencing some hurt in your life, just know that God
wants to restore you. This column is not to judge, nor to condemn you. This is to help you get back to your original moral state. You maybe say- ing Prophetess Rose, I’ve done some horrible things in my life, and I don’t feel worthy of my life. Reader, you are not alone. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Healing is a process. Take it day by day, knowing that its FAITH and TRUST in GOD that WILL deliver you.
As you are reading this, I pray that God is giving you clarity and under- standing. Most all, I want you to know, that there are people that love and care you. People have hurt some of you, over and over again. Oh but God wants you to love yourself again.
So my friends, dry your tears, and know that there is purpose and des- tiny in you. You’ve tried drugs, alcohol, many sex partners, maybe even a sui- cidal attempt, and still those things has not brought peace to you.
“I prophecy, in the Name of Jesus, peace to your mind, a will to live, and change in your life. If you let go and let God, He will deliver you, says the Lord”. He will bring you back to your original moral state. There is “Restoration” in Christ Jesus.
Say these words: Father in the Name of Jesus, I am a sinner, but in you, I know that I am saved by grace through faith. I ask that you forgive me of all my sins. Please come into my heart, come into my life, and for- give me of all my sins. I receive and you as my personal Lord and Savior. Welcome my friend, into the Kingdom of God.
Remember, God has a plan and a future for you!
Jesus loves you, and so do I. Meet you next time with…”Heart To Heart”
The consequences of being chronically late run deeper than many people realize, according to psychologist Linda Sapadin, PhD, author of Master Your Fears. "You're creating a reputa- tion for yourself, and it's not the best reputation to be establish- ing. People feel they can't trust you or rely on you, so it impacts relationships. It also impacts self-esteem."
Once you feel motivated to make a change, Morgenstern says the next step is to figure out why you're always late. The reason can usually be classified as either technical or psycholog- ical.
The culture of "African Time" has been identified by some people as a major obstacle to development in black Sub- Saharan African countries. Indeed, "African time" syndrome is arguably the worst single enemy of the continent. It is per- haps worse than HIV/AIDS or Malaria. Africa loses thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year and lags behind other continents in development as a result of its peoples' poor time consciousness. Poor sense of maintenance culture in the society as a result of this social malaise accounts for huge wastages and colossal losses in human lives, infra- structure, productivity, revenue generation and business profits. It also largely accounts for series of land transport, mar- itime and aviation disasters that afflict our nation.
Based on this, it is the convic- tion of this writer that no African country can satisfactorily achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations without first inculcating time conscious- ness in her citizens. We cannot fight diseases effectively or develop an efficient health serv- ice system if we are not strictly
NEVER ON TIME: THE AFRICAN SLOGAN?
For some people, being on time seems nearly impossible -- no matter how important the event. They're always running out the door in frenzy, arriving every- where at least 10 minutes late. If this sounds like you, have you ever wished you could break the pattern? According to Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, the first step is to make promptness a conscious priority. "Look at the costs of being late and the payoffs of being on time," Morgenstern advises. She says it's important to recog- nize that being late is upsetting to others and stressful for the one who is late. "I think people's stress level is very high when they're late. They're racing, wor- ried, and anxious. They spend the first few minutes apologiz- ing. One of the payoffs of being on time is that you eliminate the stress of the travel time and you eliminate the time spent apolo- gizing."
The Consequences of Being Late
time conscious; likewise educa- tion, transport, power and ener- gy, security, science and tech- nology, infrastructure, agricul- ture, aviation, industry, com- merce, budget implementation systems and meeting contractu- al obligations. Indeed, to set a nation on the right path of rapid and sustainable development, its civil service and the entire public sector must imbibe time consciousness and discipline in policy formulation/ execution, Legislature/ Judicial functions and in rendering service to the people.
Oral Village Ideas has also observed that there is a correla- tion between time conscious- ness andtransparent societies. In other words, we cannot effec- tively fight corruption or entrench due process and rule of law in a society without improving the people's level of time consciousness and disci- pline. This is because punctual- ly, honouring one’s obligations promptly and display of honesty are virtues of time conscious- ness which give dignity to a man, a corporate body or a nation. In short, time conscious- ness is a key catalyst for good governance.
African time syndrome is preva- lent in virtually all Sub-Saharan countries. In October, 2007, there was a national campaign against this social malaise in Ivory Coast (Cote d'voir).
campaign was backed by the Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo and it received interna- tional media attention. The slo- gan of the campaign was "'African time' is killing Africa - Lets Fight it". An award winning film, "Binta" depicted African time in Senegal.
October, 2003, BBC World news aired an embarrassing report entitled, "Can Africa keep time?"
Can we really manage time? Can we stop it, start it, change it or modify it in any way?
answer is NO. Time moves at its own pace as it has always done. I believe the pace of time can change, be modified, start- ed, stopped, etc., but not by any humans with current technology today. So, if we don't manage time, what do we manage?
Is it possible to manage time? Can we make the clock run faster? Can we make it run slower? We have no control over time. Each of us begins the day with 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds. It's your per- sonal inventory.
You use the time or you lose the time.
There are simply no alterna- tives. Each week has 168 hours, no more and no less. While managing time is out, managing yourself is in. Remember, as Henry Ford once said, "Don't complain, don't explain."
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