The Colour of Greed

By On Thursday, 9th January 2014

Q knew what greed looked like. She knew that silver devil all too well. She had seen it in her father and it did not take long for her to see its silver claws encasing her boyfriend’s heart.

As they sat there and as he spoke to this new Jezebel that was straight from the pits of hell, she couldn’t help but smile a mirthless smile. This was like all the other business meetings. He insisted that it was his idea to invest in a coal mine. Q wasn’t surprised. Jezebels are convincing.

She watched him with wonder. It amused her that he could not see himself. See the silver devil’s grasp tightening. See what his face showed so plainly. Want. All he ever did was want.

He really wanted. He wanted to be rich and he wanted it now. It was obvious how much he wanted money. He was just short of salivating as the Jezebel explained the expected returns. He wanted to seem influential and he wanted that real bad too. He wanted fame and prestige. He dressed the part and drove a fitting car. It wasn’t enough. Not yet. He wanted more. He really wanted.

Q had often told him to take his time getting rich. It’s better to let the investments grow slowly. Twenty years is not too long to wait for riches. Our fathers did it. There is no shame in humble beginnings. It was of no use. How badly he wanted money! Much more than he wanted Q.

The first time he made that easy fifty thousand in a land deal at his work place is the day the silver devil lured him in. Easy money is the most bewitching. Today they were having coffee with the sixth Jezebel – in a line of many - as they planned on how he would finance his coal mine project.

Q was amused. The want in her boyfriend was more than that of a desolate orphan. It was as though he had nothing. And the more he got the more his want grew. Had this Jezebel bewitched him? No. The Jezebel too was under a spell. She was a slave of the silver devil and he made her do horribly degrading things to maintain a way of life that had no future.

So he was going to get rich or die trying. Rich is not a finite figure. The more money he had the more he wanted to be rich. Q knew this meant he would die trying. He would die a poor man with more money than most rich people. The silver devil enslaved him and enjoyed watching his desire grow every time he made a little progress, but the silver devil is cruel master. The silver devil desires too. The silver devil desires death of its slaves.

The want in her boyfriend’s eyes was evident. That silver gleam. He wanted money but he wanted the Jezebel too. The Jezebel showed him where to sign. As he signed his name onto yet another loan, yet another enslavement, Q knew not to blame him, we’ve all got to serve somebody.

And Q knew not to blame herself for she too deserved pity. Greed, that silver devil, had his hooks in her too. She too wanted. She wanted love and she wanted it now. The scraps that she got were a poor substitute for love but the promise of commitment was always almost within reach. She too was greedy. She too would not wait for love. She too was a tired slave under some cruel spell that never let her leave the circus. She gave more, sacrificed more and tolerated way more than sanity and common sense allowed. Yet all she did was want more. And she too would die trying.

Q sighed as the Jezebel laughed with her boyfriend. She looked at her hands so she did not have to see that silver gleam in her boyfriend’s eyes; that familiar want. She squeezed a silver coin with her fingers as tight as she could. She only hurt herself.

Surely, the colour of greed is silver and the fruit of greed is hard and cold.

Revelation 3:17 You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.”But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in fire, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Deuteronomy 30 See I set before you life and prosperity, death and destruction. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

As I write this it’s new year’s eve, a couple of hours to midnight. I am not at some concert pulling an all -nighter, neither am I in church praying my way into the New Year. I am home alone seated on my bed. Me, my laptop and my thoughts; I cannot imagine what better thing to do than write. As many are doing this time of the year, I have spent quite some time putting the outgoing and incoming year in perspective. My goals, my plans my prayers; I have had some pretty low lows but nothing close to what my 2012 looked like.

Christmas Musings

By On Friday, 20th December 2013

Today our muse is by a guest at the The Saturday PM website. Itunu is a cyber (read facebook) friend of mine who allowed me to re post his thoughts that originally appeared on his Facebook notes.

I am especially grateful that he allowed me to do this even after i had confessed how i worked my cyber stalking skills on him. (trust me, its not as creepy as it appears to sound).

Enough about me: have a read and enjoy.

THE LORD’S LONG WAIT

By On Wednesday, 11th December 2013

THE LORD’S LONG WAIT

BY SIMON NDOO

Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Rom. 2:4

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Ps. 145:8-9.

Why has not God dealt with you up to date according to your sins?

Because He is gracious, full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Why does He wait for so long before executing judgment?

1. Because He doesn’t desire any to perish: 2 Pet. 3:19 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

2. Because He doesn’t delight in the death of a sinner: Eze. 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the Lord GOD: and not that he should turn from his ways, and live?”

3. Because He loves the lost, John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Therefore in His goodness and mercy, God bears with you, blesses you, spares your life, and gives you opportunities to hear the gospel. He doesn’t terminate your life or deprive you of blessing – he doesn’t deal with you according to your sins.

Wrong conclusions you can come to with respect to the Lord’s long wait.

1. That God does not exist

2. That God is a weakling

3. That God permits sin and evil

This is not so.

What the Lord requires: 1 John 3:23 “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”

Therefore God waits on you to turn to Him, and shall wait on you for your entire lifetime. But not any longer after you have crossed over from this life to the other.

Therefore, do not despise the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering; for the goodness of God leads you to repentance.

First of all, let me just start by stating that;

that

is

not

possible.

There is no way to get to Ngong via Mombasa road or is there?

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