Day 17: Fearless to sow seeds - 23 November 2017

Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Five minutes. This is more or less the time a volunteer spent with a primary school child during a Samaritan's Feet outreach. During this time, the volunteers wash the kid’s feet, pray for them and lastly present them each with a brand new pair of shoes. To some of the children this is their first pair of new shoes in their lives.

Earlier this week, a school secretary, Lindsey Cupido, from a poor school in Bonteheuwel, an area on the Cape Flats known for poverty and gang violence, shared during our radio programme how this outreach touched their scholars’ lives.

Lindsay told of a boy she had had a conversation with the week prior to the Samaritan’s Feet outreach. He is a known troublemaker and was already expelled from his previous school. During the conversation, the boy showed Lindsay his latest tattoo. Knowing that his father and uncles are all involved in gangs and that his mother has a drug addiction, Lindsay asked him what he plans to do with his life after school. He laughed and said he did not plan to finish school and that he, like his family members, wants to be a gangster.

The day after the outreach, Lindsay saw the boy again. She could immediately sense a change in the boy. To the question what he had experienced, he was surprisingly positive. The boy concluded the conversation with the words: "Miss, I do not think I want to be a gangster anymore. I am going to finish school and become a policeman. I want to be like those people who visited our school. "

A five minute conversation was enough to touch this boy. Seeds of hope were sown. An alternative future vision was presented. And who knows what the impact of this five minutes can have on this boy’s future? What struck me most is that the volunteer who prayed for this boy, probably never knew his situation. All the volunteer did was sow seeds of hope and love. The ground was ready.

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul reminds us that some of us are called to sow seeds, others to water it and yet others to bring in the harvest. In verse 7 we read: “It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” God does the work through his Holy Spirit. We just have to be obedient to His call.

Every day we are presented with a lot of opportunities to sow seeds of hope – in the workplace, in the community and even in the shop buying groceries. Are we seizing the opportunities to bring hope and love? Or are we allowing fear that we might fail or look stupid to prevent us from reaching out? A five-minute conversation at the right time can change a life. It most probably did for a little boy in Bonteheuwel. Let's be confident seed-sowers today. God bless.

Father God, thank you for Your desire to reach out to all people on this earth and to touch them with hope and love. Please help me to seize the opportunities today during which I can be an instrument in Your hands. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Day 16: Fearless in humility - 22 November 2017

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

There is one virtue that is easily identified as a weakness. Yet, if present in our lives, it is precisely what causes us to experience God's presence most intimately in our lives. It is a trait that distinguishes us from the world because it defies logic. And even though it might be difficult to practice, it is always worth it. Humbleness.

In James 4: 6, we read: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” In Psalm 138: 6 the Psalmist reminds us that Godcares for the humble, but He keeps His distance from the proud. In Matthew 5: 5, Jesus said: “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” And in 1 Peter 5:6, we read, "So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”

How is this humility in our lives tested? On a stage in front of a lot of people? No. In the church between believers? No. It is tested when a slow driver blocks our way in traffic when we are on our way to an important meeting. When the cashier gives us the wrong change by accident. Or when someone accidentally bumps into us in the store. How we respond, shows what is going on in our hearts.

Humility is an attitude. Having it means you are able to look for the gold in people and situations. It means we look for ways to serve others instead of just looking for ways to benefit ourselves. We show mercy and demonstrate Jesus' love the best when we choose to compliment rather than criticize. And when we do engage in those tough conversations, it is always done in love – striving for a peaceful end.

Humility does not mean that we allow others to walk all over us, but rather that we find our identity in Jesus Christ. And by doing this, we realize that humility truly is our strength. In John 13:15, Jesus says, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” Even though Jesus is the Savior of the world, He chose to wash His disciples’ feet – the work of a slave.

Let's follow Jesus’ example today. Let us look for opportunities to serve others and to be His light in this broken world. Let us choose kind words and search for the gold in every person and situation. Remember, meekness is not weakness. Humility is what draws God closer to us. God bless.

Father God, thank you for loving me as I am. Help me understand what humility is and show me where in my life I still have to work on my own attitude towards others. Show me how I can be a light today in this broken world by serving others. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Dag 17: Vreesloos om saad te saai - 23 November 2017

Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Vyf minute. Dít is min of meer hoeveel tyd ’n vrywilliger tydens die Samaritan’s Feet uitreikaksie het om saam met elke laerskoolkind te spandeer. In dié vyf minute gesels die vrywilliger met die kind, was hul voete, bid saam met hul en trek dan ’n splinternuwe paar skoene aan die kind se voete. Vir ’n klomp kinders in dié behoeftige skole, is dit hulle heel eerste nuwe paar skoene. Die dankbaarheid raak jou hart.

’n Paar weke gelede het die Samaritan’s Feet span Bonteheuwel Primêr besoek. Bonteheuwel is ’n area op die Kaapse Vlakte bekend vir armoede en bendegeweld. ’n Paar oggende gelede het skoolsekretaresse, Lindsey Cupido, tydens ons radioprogram kom vertel watter effek dié uitreik op die skoliere gehad het.

Lindsay het onder meer vertel dat sy ’n week voor die uitreikaksie ’n gesprek met een van hul laerskoolseun gehad het. Die seun is ’n alombekende moeilikheidmaker en reeds uit sy vorige skool geskors. Tydens hul gesprek het die seun trots sy jongste tatoeëermerk gewys. Wetend dat sy pa en ooms by bendes betrokke is en dat sy ma ’n dwelmverslaafde is, het Lindsay hom gevra wat hy beplan om met sy lewe te doen na skool. Die seun het gelag en gesê dat hy nie beplan om skool klaar te maak nie. Hy wil, soos sy familie, ’n bendelid word. Dit is al wat hy ken.

’n Dag ná die uitreik, het Lindsay die seun weer raakgeloop. Sy kon dadelik ’n verandering by die seun opmerk. Op die vraag wat sy ervaring van die uitreik was, was hy verbasend positief. Dié keer het die seun hul gesprek afgesluit met die woorde: “Juffrou, ek dink nie ek wil meer ’n bendelid word nie. Ek gaan skool klaarmaak en dan ’n polisieman word. Ek wil soos hierdie mense wees wat hier was.”

’n Vyf minute gesprek was genoeg om saad van hoop in sy hart te laat val. ’n Alternatiewe toekomsvisie is aan hom gebied. En ’n mens kan net wonder watter langtermyneffek hierdie vyf minute gesprek op sy toekoms sal hê.

Wat my getref het, is dat die vrywilliger wat daardie dag vir die seun gebid het, heel moontlik nie sy situasie geken het nie. Die vrywilliger was bloot beskikbaar om saad van hoop en liefde in die seun se lewe te saai. Die grond was gereed.

In 1 Korintiërs 3 herinner Paulus ons dat sommige van ons geroep is om saad te saai, ander om dit nat te gooi en nog ander om die oes in te bring. In vers 7 lees beklemtoon hy die volgende: Dit gaan dus nie om die een wat plant of die een wat natgooi nie, maar om God wat laat groei.” God doen die werk in lewens deur sy Heilige Gees. Ons moet net gehoorsaam wees wanneer Hy ons lei om sy hande en voete te wees.  

Daagliks is daar geleenthede oor ons pad waarin ons saad van hoop en liefde kan saai – in die werkplek, in die gemeenskap en selfs in die winkel waar ons kruideniersware gaan koop. Ons het ’n keuse of ons dit gaan gebruik en of ons gaan toelaat dat vrees dat ons gaan misluk of dat ons simpel gaan lyk ons oorweldig. ’n Vyf minute gesprek op die regte tyd kan ’n lewe verander. Dit het heel moontlik vir ’n jong seun in Bonteheuwel. Kom ons kies om vandag om saad saaiers met selfvertroue te wees! Sterkte.

Vader God, baie dankie dat U ons almal ewe lief het. Help my om asseblief die geleenthede vandag raak te sien waar U my as u instrument wil gebruik. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen.

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Dag 16: Vreesloos in nederigheid - 22 November 2017

Deur Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Daar is een deug wat maklik as ’n swakheid bestempel word. Tog veroorsaak hierdie deug dat ons God se teenwoordigheid die meeste in ons lewens ervaar. Hierdie eienskap onderskei ons van die wêreld. En alhoewel dit soms moeilik is om dit uit te leef, is dit keer op keer die moeite werd. Nederigheid.
 
In Jakobus 4:6 lees ons:  “God weerstaan hoogmoediges, maar aan nederiges gee Hy genade.” In Psalm 138:6 lees ons dat God naby is aan die nederige, maar sy afstand hou van hoogmoedige mense. In Mattheus 5:5 staan geskryf: “Geseënd is die sagmoediges, want hulle sal die nuwe aarde ontvang.” En in 1 Petrus 5:5-6: “Onderwerp julle daarom in nederigheid aan die kragtige hand van God, sodat Hy julle kan verhoog op die tyd wat Hy bestem het.”
 
Hoe word nederigheid in ons lewens getoets? Op ’n verhoog voor ’n klomp mense? Nee. In die kerk tussen gelowiges? Nee. Ons nederigheid word getoets wanneer ’n stadige bestuurder ons in die verkeer afsny terwyl ons haastig is na ’n belangrike afspraak. Wanneer die kassier vir ons verkeerde kleingeld gee by die betaalpunt of wanneer iemand per ongeluk in die winkel aan ons stamp. Hoe ons reageer, wys wat in ons harte aangaan.
 
Nederigheid is ’n gesindheid. ’n Ingesteldheid. Dit beteken dat ons na die goud in mense en situasie soek. Dit beteken dat ons op die uitkyk is na maniere om ander te dien en lewens te verbeter, eerder as om net te fokus op ons eie voordeel. Ons bewys genade en demonstreer Jesus se liefde aan ander die beste wanneer ons kies om te komplimenteer eerder as om te kritiseer. Wanneer ons ’n drukkie gee, eerder as om iemand uit te skel. En wanneer ons wel daardie moeilike gesprekke moet hê, kies ons om dit in liefde te doen.
 
Nederigheid beteken nie dat ons ander toelaat om op ons te trap nie. Eerder dat ons so seker is van wie ons in Jesus Christus is, dat ons besef dat dit nederigheid is wat ons sterk maak. In Johannes 13:15 sê Jesus: “Ek het vir julle ’n voorbeeld gestel en soos Ek vir julle gedoen het, moet julle ook doen.” Hy is die Verlosser van die wêreld en steeds het Jesus gekies om sy dissipels se voete te was – die werk van ’n slaaf.
 
Kom ons kies vandag nederigheid deur Jesus se lig in hierdie gebroke wêreld te skyn. Kom ons wees goed vir die mense om ons terwyl ons soek na geleenthede om ander te dien. En kom ons soek vir die goud in elke mens en situasie. Nederigheid is nie swakheid nie. Dit is juis dít wat veroorsaak dat ons God se teenwoordigheid in ons lewens beleef. Sterkte.
 
Vader God, baie dankie dat U almagtig is. Help my om te verstaan wat nederigheid is en wys my waar in my lewe ek nog aan my eie gesindheid moet werk. Wys my hoe ek vandag U lig kan skyn en waar ek ander kan dien. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen.
 
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