And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said unto her, weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
As a food lover & blogger, I draw lots of inspiration from what goes on in my kitchen! There are days when I make some really good looking food, just to taste at the end and discover I missed out one key ingredient. Sometimes it is too late to add seasoning, other times just one additional seasoning cube works wonders to my pot of food. I remember back in the days when my mom made fried rice, we had meager means of refrigeration, but no food was ever wasted. If the goodie was about getting sour, she will add that one secret ingredient which always revamped the food and made it taste great again.
Today, my country is going through challenging times which has taken its due toll on the mind. You remember I talked briefly about the struggle last month? Now things are turning sour in Cameroon. My question is ‘Is there any redemption’? When I browse my newsfeed on social media these days, every breaking news literally breaks my heart. Disturbing videos keep me awake some nights, and it’s worse because I can’t connect with family via the internet as before! I surely can relate to Nehemiah:
And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven…Nehemiah 1:3-4
What is wrong with the world? What is the matter with Africa? Why does it seem like that part of the world is never hunger, corruption, trouble, riot or violence-free?…Several questions I have been pondering on; If it is not Cameroon, Gambia, Sudan, then it is Nigeria, Mali, Libya or Madagascar (Yeah, it’s in Africa)!
What therefore is the missing ingredient in today’s world? I take the case of Cameroon, can the pot of soup be redeemed? Or is it too late? What seasoning can give the soup a spin? Our leaders could turn things around if they had this missing ingredient (I sincerely wish they even know the wise thing to do). On the contrary, instead of trying to revamp the pot of food, they have resorted to pouring sand grains into the mix via arbitrary arrests, blockage of the internet from West Cameroon and outright denial of justice! Can we say it is too late for any ingredient to turn things around for good in Cameroon?
I read this article on leadership and the missing ingredient:
Most leadership writing today advises us on how to prosper within the system or perhaps even on flourishing despite the system. What’s missing? Real leadership is about transforming the system.
According to this article, the missing ingredient in leadership is transformation. Maybe we could preach the message of a transformed leadership in today’s world. What good will that make? Our people apparently have become dull of hearing.
THE INGREDIENT WE ALL NEED:
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36.
In my opinion, compassion is what we need in today’s world. Compassion is what will make a leader work for the good of his people. Compassion reaches out to others. it is not flourishing at the expense of whosoever! Reaching out to the needy, moved to granting the desires of the people is what compassion does. Sadly not many people are compassionate these days. As long as I, me and my own flourish, who cares what happens to the rest! Even if I trample on them in the course of getting what I want… not even need.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Matthew 14:14
The world, nations, communities or individuals without compassion can only point us to the undeniable truth that we live in the terrible (perilous) times of the LAST DAYS as apostle Paul told Timothy (2Ti 3:1-5, NIV).
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Compassion is what we need and who else can give us compassionate hearts? JESUS.
Cameroon needs our prayers, it takes only a heart of compassion to feel others pain and grief. Compassion without action is simply pity, this ingredient will drive us to pray! Let Jesus come into the boat and turn things around. It is not too late for the Master of the universe. With humans, it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible. Can I get an Amen?