Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

The real recycling reason (… what I learnt?)

Yesterday, my (partly) naive world was awakened!
(I am not actually a naive guy, but in this case, perhaps?)

Part of the career exposure / information part of the GAP YEAR PROGRAMME I have been running – I take the students to various places.

Yesterday, I took the students to Kraaifontein Waste Management Centre.
I wanted to show them – where the recycling that we do on campus – goes to.

Here are some pictures:

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To not make this post too long winded: I learnt a lot from that visit.
It’s great to know most items can be recycled and then are put back into the industry to make other things.

I learnt that a lot of our recycling is exported to China, Japan and India.

But I think what WOKE ME UP (or saddened me) was the MOTIVE of it all:

The reasons why people recycle:
1) People recycle, because there is money involved in it.
2) Also (in the case if businesses) one cannot dump at the local landfill sites – there are restriction fines / costs involved.

Hmm, (as one of the students remarked) “money does make the world go around”

DOES ANYONE RECYCLE BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR THE EARTH?

That’s always been my motive!

Whatever you believe, this world, needs us to care for it!
For sustainability sake (the new buzz word in business)…
For our children’s sake…

In the scriptures there is this verse: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Psalm 24: 1) – That’s ample motivation for me! I go green because I care!

There is this row of trees…

In Winston Park (near Hillcrest, KZN, South Africa)
The trees stand tall and proud on both sides of the road entering Winston Park.
What I like about those trees is this – the people who planted them many years ago – are probably dead (have passed on).

They never got to see how stunning the trees look in their adulthood.
But they PLANTED those trees anyway.
For the future generation.

They did something selfless for others…

So in conclusion:
I recycle, because I care for the world.

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Posted in Faith & Church, Inspirational & Observations from Life

You can take a horse to the water…

…but you cannot make it drink (that water).

Horse.jpg

I’ve been thinking about that recently.
And my approach to introducing people to the life and love of God.

I’m not about shoving people’s heads into the water to drink.
I just want to take them to the watering hole.

And hopefully they LOOK UP and see how beautiful that watering hole is!
I don’t care what colour horse you are.
I don’t care if you are a cussing horse.
Or a stubborn one. (stubborn mule, ey?)
Or a doubting one.
Or a unbelieving one. (“I swear I am a unicorn.“)

Whatever “horse” you are…
I just want you to come on a little journey with me.
Come see the watering hole for yourself.

Your heart will be filled with wonder
Your heart will be filled with joy
With love
With perspective
With hope
With understanding

When you are ready… taste the water…
It’s oh so sweet!
And life giving!

After all

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” Jesus (John 4: 14)

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, People

A story of grace and words and small moments leading to larger things (as if this title could be any longer?)

Earlier this week, I took my students to visit MOVEFLOWGLOW You see, Gabriela Charlotte was one of the youth girls in my church, about 10 years ago.
(I was her youth pastor, and she went through Confirmation Classes with me.)

We had connected recently and I heard here story and I wanted my GAP YEAR students to meet with her and learn about the FASHION WORLD* and hear the life lessons Gabi learnt along the way.

(* Part of the gap year programme I have been running is to give the students exposure to various careers.)

As she was engaging with the students I just smiled at the fact that our paths had crossed again. I smiled at how Gabi is living out her passion.

As a youth pastor, I have the extreme privilege to see how the youth who I got to journey with – grow up – and become all sorts of things. To see how their lives turn out. A lot of them are doing so well – travelling and exploring. Finishing off their studies. Successful in the work place. Happily married and wonderful parents. Basically – living life fully! πŸ™‚

So as Gabi was sharing her love for designing and creating things, I remembered how she had made me a hoodie that I really liked. All those years back.
And then she shared with me; how when we were designing confirmation t-shirts – how her design was selected and how that meant the world to her and how something like that – a seemingly small moment – launched her further forward – in following her heart…

And that got me thinking. Life is full of moments. Small ones and bigger ones. And sometimes they’re connected.
We need to pay attention to that.
And to pay attention to how we speak to others. Do we offer words of life?
Do the things we say and do spur them on into something positive?

So there you have it. πŸ˜‰

gabi and i

(Not sure why I am looking so bashful standing next to her)

And just to end off with one of my favourite songs at the moment; here is the Dave Matthews Band with Do you Remember?

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Crossed my mind

“Our song” played on the car stereo.
Made me think of how we were
I see the number plates of the cars on the road,
and remember the game we used to play…

There are days,
when I miss you,
I guess that is expected.

Still can’t believe we are no more.
That dreaded D word
Navigating this new normal

Better days will come.
And yes, we had some brilliant times
But the bitter parts were true too.
And hurt like hell

I seriously and sincerely wish you well
And hope your new chapter of your new story
Will be far better
Than the words and lines we tripped over so often

Leaving us pages apart

We loved
We’re not failures
We tried
But we’re just not meant to be

At war with one another
Losing one another’s essence
Sorry…

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

Another holy moment

Last night the Pneumatix students and I were hosting a youth group evening and we ended off the evening with two songs by the campfire:

Last night's campfire moment was a holy moment. πŸ™‚

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See the song at that link.

Sometimes there are moments that one just wants to capture and hold onto forever.

People there were singing those words with sincere conviction.

A holy moment indeed…

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A holy moment…

Last week when I was with the students of Pneumatix in Middelburg.

There was a moment in the bus when we were driving from one school to another when the song: “I won’t let you go” by Switchfoot played on the car stereo.

At that moment all the conversations ceased as the lyrics of the song drew all of us in. As if we all realized: God was singing that song over us…

It was a holy moment. Set apart.

Here is the song:

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

Early mornings

I like these early mornings with You.
Right now, it’s dark outside.
The campus quad is extra quiet. (The students are away for holidays.)
Before the world wakes up.

Each day, presents various joys and challenges.
But before I face them, I like to just start with You.
A cup of coffee simmers; and I sit with the scriptures open. I, mostly read from Our Daily Bread. (I always see that devotional as “bite size” wisdom or challenge or encouragement from You.)
But it somehow reminds me of those little elements of a piece of bread and a small tot glass of grape juice at Communion – although small – they go a long way.
Maybe that lady (from many years ago) who reached out to just touch the edge of Your cloak knew that truth. “Even just a little bit of You” and we will be alive!

Being a “child of You” or (for the adults): “a person made in Your image” – we need to connect with You. To become more like You.
(Well, it’s more than a need really, but rather an invitation. That I don’t want to ignore. Because a beautiful way of life is found in You.)

The day will throw demands at us. Deadlines, dealings with people, and probably other things beginning with D too. πŸ˜‰

I am reminded of the simple practice that You did that is spoken of (from Mark 1: 35) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place.”

Because in these solitary places we hear from You. We connect with You.
I feel inspired and closer to You. Thank You!

I end off these brief moment, sometimes, reading a little excerpt from the book that I am currently reading. Right now, it’s Anne Lamott’s “Small Victories”
I like how she is so raw and real in sharing her life experiences.

Thank you for this time with You.

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, People

Birthday “well wishes”

One always feels extra special on their birthday – getting shout outs etc.
To return the favour, I want to share all the inspiration I received. And share it right back at ya. (say that with a gangsta accent)

These are either verses or quotes that came across my path on my birthday, the winter solstice (Southern Hemisphere): 21 June 2018.

May it bless you in some way:

“Time management is not about clock-watching, it’s about making the most of the time we have.”

John 6:31 ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’
– The Bible tells that we are not supposed to live on physical bread alone.
– There is something of the divine and the eternal that needs to be part of our lives.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34: 8) – I like this. Use your senses to connect with God…

“Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.”
(Psalm 34)
I am always amazed at how practical and relevant the scriptures are. They always have been, and they’re still are…

Dr Seuss “Today, you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.”

Then CLICK HERE or over HERE to check out Psalm 145.

Take a moment, to soak in every line of that Psalm. Don’t rush it!

I also got sent some rad “memes” or posters, whatever they call them these days:

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, People, Travel & Explore

38 things for 38 years

With two years till I’m 40… I am in an odd place.
I still don’t feel old.
I don’t feel young.
But thankfully, I still feel. πŸ™‚

“You’re never too old” is an old adage that has been around for years.
But I don’t feel like that expression entirely fits me… maybe because it seems to be spoken on the defensive… of being old?
I guess, it’s because I mostly answer when asked about my age; I reply with: “I am 38 years young!”

(Hope that’s not a statement of denial… rather just another perspective to life!)

Anyway, this is what this blog is actually about:

In no particular order, I have compiled a list of 38 things I have learnt over the years. Some are what were you said to me. Some are my own observations.

1) People matter. People before programme and policy.
2) This is one of my favourite songs ever: Last Hope by Paramore
3) Once she said to me “Your soul is evergreen.” Loved that compliment.
4) Live well. Live inspired!
5) A run along the beachfront is always good for you.
6) Listen to listen. Don’t listen to respond.
7) “You don’t need to attend every argument, you are invited to.” Choose your battles!
8) Don’t get worked up about everything!
9) Spend time in the garden.
10) Wanderlust won’t leave me
11) You are a human being, not a human doing.
12) Encourage one another. Just in case you didn’t get that. Encourage one another!
13) Read books. It relaxes you. It takes you places. It educates you.
14) Use words wisely.
15) God isn’t Someone who needs to be solved. Just enjoy Him.
16) Stop hating and complaining about the church! Rather, see how you can help it. And be part of it’s community.
17) It’s okay to say “I don’t know.” You don’t need to have all the answers.
18) Acts 17: 28 “For in Him we live and move and have our being.”
19) Life takes time.
20) I hope to see the Northern Lights before I turn 40.
21) I enjoy my bicycle. Seeing life and hearing it from those two wheels is a great perspective!
22) I am thankful for CS Lewis.
23) A glass of wine, a few nights a week, is good for you. But keep to one glass.
24) Naps are good. Don’t feel guilty to have one.
25) Observe more. A lot is happening around us all the time.
26) So thankful for my brother. (He always fights for me!)
27) “What you look for you will find.” (Rob Bell)
28) Taking Back Sunday – one of my favourite band names. And the band is rad too!
29) I dislike pessimism.
30) I like South Africa (my home country.) But it’s backwardness and brokenness is often so frustrating for me! 😦 (Maybe I should revert to point 29 – haha!)
31) I enjoy sitting in a pub, watching Chelsea play, and having a pint.
32) I quite enjoyed being a DJ (radio presenter) on Link Fm a few years back.
33) Going through a divorce sucked! Pretty crappy thing to deal with! 😦
34) One of the best things about my life – are all the cool people I have met. So many to mention by name!
35) I still want to have a book published.
36) What two things are you grateful for? (Ask and answer that question often.)

37) Creating all the various birds – is one of God’s best ideas! πŸ™‚
38) Thank you God for all these years You have given me thus far!

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Be like this tree…

He had an idea. That He would share with His first followers; and hoping they would grasp it (as with the others to follow Him.)

The smallest of seeds. Could make a big impact. If planted well and nurtured it would become the largest of all the garden plants.

And in it’s lush branches, the birds of the air could perch there. As well as other creatures… they too could find solace among the leaves.

These seeds would be acts of kindness. Words and deeds of grace. A warm welcome. You and I and everyone are invited in.

Question is, years later:
What seeds are you planting?

(based on Mark 4:32)