He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Wise saying I tell you. I fell in love with it from the first time I heard it. For many months and a few years, I threw it around whenever I had an open window which was plenty you know because I love to talk so it wasn’t that heard. It spoke to many of the people I said it to but for me, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I learned what it really meant. What is it I hold onto so dear but sometimes perhaps I hold so tight that I end up chocking it? Hold that thought.

You must have heard the song Clear the Stay by Jimmy Needham, wow wow wow!!  I love the message in fact I am in love with it.

Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze
If that’s the measure you must take to crush the idols
Jerk the pews and all the decorations, too
Until the congregation’s few, then have revival
Tell your friends that this is where the party ends
Until you’re broken for your sins, you can’t be social
Then seek the Lord and wait for what he has in store
And know that great is your reward so just be hopeful

‘Cause you can sing all you want to
Yes, you can sing all you want to
You can sing all you want to
And still get it wrong; worship is more than a song

Take a break from all the plans that you have made
And sit at home alone and wait for god to whisper
Beg him please to open up his mouth and speak
And pray for real upon your knees until they blister
Shine the light on every corner of your life
Until the pride and lust and lies are in the open
Then read the word and put to test the things you’ve heard
Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken

‘Cause you can sing all you want to
Yes, you can sing all you want to
You can sing all you want to
And still get it wrong; worship is more than a song

We must not worship something that’s not even worth it
Clear the stage, make some space for the one who deserves it

Anything I put before my God is an idol
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol
Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol
Anything that I give all my love is an idol

‘Cause I can sing all I want to
Yes, I can sing all I want to
And we can sing all we want to
And we can sing all we want to
We can sing all we want to
And still get it wrong
Worship is more than a song

Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze
If that’s the measure you must take to crush the idols. 

Back to letting go of what I cannot hold onto to get that which I cannot live without. A few weeks back I got tired of the cycle of life and decided to find something more exciting to do. My excuse is that I want to be a better person, but really I am a spontaneous maniac so I gots to find something that boils my blood and gives me a rush. Let’s just say that life as we know it had started to bore me. Here’s my plan, to clear up the clutter and the excuses I give for being busy such that I can live. I love music oh how I love music but music without the soul is a waste. I think I love music because of what it stands for. How it finds the balance between emotion, expression, love, joy, misery, pain all of that to see me through all times in my life. It’s amazing, right?

So I decided to use my two favorite things to change my life: Music and Photography. By now you should be able to see just how cluttered my mind is. Anyhow, I gave my plan a go and it worked for a while until I GOT BORED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. Then I realized there was something greater, far greater than me and you. I was raised Christian so this should not be news to me but apparently it was. It really was. I learned something new over the weekend.

The bible records a story concerning two ladies. Mary and her cousin Martha who had the privilege of hosting our Lord Jesus Christ during one of His walkthroughs. Both ladies welcomed him but Mary sat at his feet eager to listen to what he had to say while Martha was very occupied rightfully so preparing him something to eat. The bible says she was distraught by Mary’s refusal to help her that she asked Jesus to have Mary help her in the kitchen. I thought that was fair, right? I mean if we had a visitor, I would want my cousin to help me out as opposed to merely sitting at Jesus’s feet. If I did the same we would have nothing to eat right? Anyways, so Jesus tells Martha that she is engrossed in many things all of which are not as important as what Mary chose to do. WHATTTTT! Like are you kidding me?

The thing is Jesus was passing through as you would drop by a sick friend’s house on your way to the office. You would not expect them to cock for you, would you? Rather you would be pleased to know if there is an improvement in the person’s health. Mary allowed Jesus to serve her through his ministry while Martha chose to serve Jesus. Was this wrong? No, Jesus only said Mary had chosen the greater thing. After attending a bible study on the same passage, I learned that you and I have nothing to offer God in fact he owes me nothing. Like Mary, I should yearn to sit at the Lord’s feet and let Him fill me that I may be able to overflow with Him and therefore serve others in service to God.

Discovering this was a relief! You have no idea how many times I have beaten myself up trying to do the right things to please God but ended up doing exactly the opposite. I am free indeed as of today. I just thought it might be useful to think out loud!!!

Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.


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