Finding a Life Line

Watching Circle of Life.JPG

I had planned to sleep early today so I can wake up early for my morning run. But having spent the day with a group of children in Kibera, I have found myself listening to Throw Out The Life Line by Ella Fitzgerald. It goes like this…

Throw out the life line across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody’s brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.

Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! away, then away!

Life is a Song

Songs mean a lot to me. In fact, I have learned a lot from songs and reading, so much that I have managed to attempt things that others are afraid of. And having graduated from the Homegrown University, I can attest to the power of music, positive and negative.

To me, life is a song that every one can find, learn, sing and dance to. When a new day dawns, I am able to look at the things I can achieve as opposed to focusing on what I failed to achieve the day before. I have discovered that focusing on my failures blur and interfere with my vision.

As I will be running tomorrow, I won’t look at the many times I have failed to practice for my first marathon, which is close to 10 days away. I won’t focus on the fact I haven’t gotten 5 more people to help in my fundraising efforts. Instead, I will choose to focus on the 5 who have promised to donate $1 for every kilometre that I will run in the 10K event. In fact, Eric Simba has already redeemed his $15 pledge way before the race has even begun!

Running for My Life

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There are many things that are happening since I begun  ‘Running for My Life‘. Take today for instance. Lifesong Kenya found a lifeline in the form of the Next Generation Global Education (NGGE). As we carried out the learning activity pilot we are working on, the bright huge smiles on the faces of the children gave me joy.

The children enjoyed every bit of it and even though I didn’t sew buttons, I enjoyed the Skype chat the children had with Tracy Hanson, the founder of NGGE, the song, dance and the pilot we conducted.

“Teacher James,” one of the girls called out as the group bid us bye. “Will you come back next week?”

“We will,” I promised, praying and knowing a new lifeline is going to appear.

In conclusion

There is power in calling things as though they are already there. I urge and implore you to see yourself as a winner. Life is a song that you need to learn how to sing and dance to. You are blessed, successful and surrounded by God’s favour! When you say yes to what you can achieve, God will do much more than you can ever think, dream or imagine.

  “God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams.  But He can’t if you don’t pray and he can’t if you don’t dream.  In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.”

Jeffrey R. Holland




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