Motho ke motho … alive in community

Words to live by …

… learned at a young age through the life-lifting devotions penned by Herbert Brokering and Scott. C. Noon in my belonging in various forms of youth ministry …

A tree can only live
in an environment.
A word can only live
in a context.
A baby will only live
in an embrace.
A thought will only live
if received.
A human can only live
in a family.
A noun can only live
with a predicate.
I can only live
in community.

… lived in the gift of multicultural worship and the learning of an unfamiliar tongue …

Motho ke motho ka batho ba bangwe –
loosely translated as “a person is a person because of other people.”

… longed for in the wide open spaces of a new(ish) land …

“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”

Romans 5:2 (The Message)

Promises

Meditating on Covenant, preparing to make promises, wondering why we rank eloquence and emotionalism over simplicity and integrity in judging whose promises are trustworthy….

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.”
Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
~ Matthew 5:37

May my “yes” mean “yes”
and my “no” mean “no”
Why do we always
have to go
to extremes
to prove our sincerity?
Is there no value
in integrity?

The road to hell
is paved with good intentions
Yet the highway to heartache
is littered with solemn declarations.

My oath …
My pledge …
My vow …
My word …

The best words suited to indicate
my commitment and intentions:
a “yes” that’s “yes,”
a “no” that’s “no”
will take us where we need to go.