The Sunday Mail
Pastor Tinashe Zinyemba The Christian Youth
ONE of the challenges we are faced with concerns leadership.
We tend to think that leadership is the preserve of those who have a title before their name, or those who have been voted into public office or maybe those older than us. In this way, we relegate the responsibility of leading to others.
I want to challenge you and ask why you are not leading.
Most times leadership has to do with standing up for a value, a principle, conviction or just taking responsibility of a situation.
Alexander Hamilton once said, “If you do not stand for anything then you will fall for anything.”
I want to encourage you to stand for something. Begin to lead from where you are. If the situation is bad where you are, what are you doing about it?
Pick up litter, challenge the corrupt official you meet. Change your attitude and approach to life. Take a stand for something right and be responsible for where you are.
Leadership starts with you.
March has been declared the month of honouring women therefore I thought it prudent to write a message that is directed towards young women, but that we can all benefit from.
It is undoubted that females, from a global perspective, have been marginalised from benefitting from opportunities for one reason or another.
Besides being marginalised, girls are also prone to abuse in various ways, be it sexually, physically, emotionally or mentally.
They are prone to abuse primarily because of their nature: they are gentle, meek and more emotionally vulnerable than men. These attributes, which are actually symbols of strength, have been turned into points of abuse and vulnerability.
Jeremiah 6:2 says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.”
If you are a Christian lady, liken yourself to the daughters of Zion who were the young ladies and girls growing up on God’s principles. Undoubtedly you have faced obstacles but that does not make you less of a person, but rather this refines you into the person you were always meant to be.
In 2 Kings 5:4 there is a “daughter of Zion” that I would like to make reference to.
“And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
“And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! For he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.”
This girl is so amazing. Her city is raided by the Syrians, her parents and siblings are probably killed or sold off as slaves. Her life changes in an instant for the worse and she has no say in the circumstances around her.
I would like to believe she had hopes and dreams of her own but, alas, life has dealt her a heavy blow.
She will never see her parents and siblings again. She is all alone in the world, in a foreign country with strangers who speak a strange language.
Soak that in.
One would think that this girl will become rebellious and bitter; that she will give up on life and maybe commit suicide. But that is not the case.
She is serving the people who killed her family. It may have been Naaman who planned the raid on her city.
Naaman had leprosy and that he was a mighty man. His story is so unique and the nature of his miracle is so incredible that it is made reference to it in Luke 4:27.
Do you realise that the key to all of this is the little slave girl who is captured in the raid in Israel?
Despite all the hardships and challenges she maintains her faith in God. She remains as sweet and kind as ever to the extent of offering help to her oppressor.
Of course the Bible does mention that Namaan was a good man – but you get what I am saying.
The world today is geared towards perverting the true intent of what God has planned for us as His children.
The world makes it easier to do wrong and be immoral. The adverts and information available encourage you to indulge in corrupt activities, illicit behaviour and go against what you know in your heart is wrong.
Despite all the pressure around her, this little girl remains true to herself and her values.
Notice that we are not even told the girl’s name or what becomes of her after this incident, yet she has made a mark on history forever. Be strong in God, have strong convictions, be true to who you are, never trade who you are for a cheaper and readily available product that you know is not authentic.
That is all for now. Till next week, God bless.
Tinashe Zinyemba is a pastor with New Life Covenant Church. Feedback:[email protected]