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Daily Reading: The Story of Judas

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•Matthew 26:13-15
Then one of the Twelve-the one called Judas Iscariot-went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.(NIV)

•John 13:26-27
Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.(NIV)

•Mark 14:43
Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. (NIV)

•Luke: 22:47-48
He (Judas) approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (NIV)

•Matthew 27:3-5
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders…So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. (NIV)

 

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WHY TEAM WORK IS ESSENTIAL IN LIFE

HOW TO GET AN IOTA OF TEAM WORK

by Wilson Chipangura

The most difficulty or mind boggling problem I have seen in life is, watching human beings trying to conglomerate the same way major commercial institutions merge.

Notwithstanding the obstacles these entities have faced over the years in trying to fully merge under one umbrella with one common goal being to realise profits, humans have been more unfortunate due to their combative nature of trying to work together.

Most of them have failed due to the essential elementary tool, that is TRUST, this seemingly useless discipline has gone on to affect the global governance over the years especially political institutions trying to coalesce with one aim being to change the fortunes of their country for a better future to all even the future generations.

Most humans have lacked trust towards their fellow mates due to the issue of self-aggrandizement rather than selflessness.

The following are some of the key essentialities in summary that might help one to see the importance of team work like animals or birds of the sky do rather than self-serving fellars who dig down their mates for their individualist gain :

1) TRUST

While this has been a major two animals demonstrated trust. The bird was seen carrying a creature which looked like a rat on its back flying it to safety when the jungle had caught fire.

This really demonstrated the thin line of trust between the two animals of different species and it also challenged the human pride with this : “Humans were given dominion over animals but if animals exhibit the true spirit of trust and team work then why do we[humans] lack the element of humanitarianism.”

2) VALUE UNITY

In order to realise the full essence of co-ordination and team spirit, the second quality is being united. This is what team work is all about.

There can be a team without unity but this means that it will be same as a bunch of nonentities bundled together with no mean achievements to show off except failure.

Unity is knowing that you need to pull in one direction with the rest of your team partners whenever something orthodox is being conducted and trying to lay out your points in a mannered way in whatever you don’t agree with. Be humble and be able to know that you are equal with you other partner despite your major life strides.

3) ACCEPT REALITY

Trying hard to please someone you don’t trust is never going to create a winning team in your life endeavour and as such this is going to create an unbalanced yielding at the end as all the conditions will be tilted favourably towards a fellow mate.

In one of my quotes I wrote this ;-

“The best way to mistrust is being suspicious of everyone you see but still never judge them by your thoughts.”

In this quote I tried to cogitate about how people who have never seen the great characters of the life movie tend to completely pass a verdict towards everyone they fail to admire at a first glance.
Usually when one fails to extract the perfect impression out of somebody they would have met one day, there is a tendance that their psychology will try to put judgmental codes using the past bad encounters as case study.

The best approach is therefore not to literary conclude that one person is a perfect evil like another fellar we have met up with over the years hence the need to assess and better be suspicious but still remain within the broad line of never judging everybody conclusively at a first glance without substantiated evidence to suffice your initial thoughts because the real value of team work might be shoved under a tattered carpet which expose the whole shame like a person washing a dirty linen in public.

This is the same reason why I had to write another seemingly similar quote on trust which read like this :

“The greatest mistrust is being
suspicious of everyone you see in life,of course some are in queue to goodness not all are bad apples.”

This quote was largely influenced by this thought – let’s say I offer somebody I have met today a rotten apple and they realise it later when they are hungry that it is not edible. They will curse everything and even tomorrow when they want to buy apples or somebody offers them one their mind is turned to that past encounter of being given a bad apple and as such they will thing there are no fresh apples anywhere or there are no kind people who may give them one.

Therefore the bestway to live to accept a reality that is value team work with everyone because you don’t know who is coated with real gold gem and who is coated with fake plastic material, it will be better “to trust but not too much” or ship out and accept that life goes on with a positive mind that tells you that the closure of one small door is the opening of another big door.

4) RESPECT THE THOUGHTS OF YOUR MATES

Joel Osteen once said, “If you cannot be positive then at least be quiet.”

I would like to think that reading this statement for the first time gave me a conclusion that this author(Osteen) was trying to shut the door for criticism of everything in life.

Wondering for some minutes I dismissed the statement as misguided but after deep thought I came to see that the best to derive a meaning from this quote is to know that Osteen was never against the notion of criticism.

He had seen it all that there are people who have destroyed others by offering criticism in life and never brought a solution for something which they are saying is not ideal. That is great negativity because for everything a bad thing can be found but it is the evaluation that separates a good policy from a ill-advised one.

There are most people who offer points to dissuade and those people are usually talkative but they are not essential team mates because of their pro-criticism and solution-less treatise.

This is something that is found in the modern gospels in churches where preachers have diverted from the real goal that is to break an impure thought by offering them an alternative choice that best suit their converts.

It is wise to accept our lives,try to value our good deeds and respect our team mates’ choices by trying to give them a perfect helmet in a mine field or be like that bird which saw that its other team mate can not fly and as such it offered to carry her on his back that is the perfect character of love and humility.

Wilson Chipangura is a Zimbabwe-born author of The Return From Exile Poems & Other Stories, Bachura of Row, A Eulogy of Divorce among other books(unpublished).

CALL FOR MANGUDYA’S RESIGNATON IS MISGUIDED

THE MANGUDYA RESIGNATION CONFUSION IS MISGUIDED

Good day my fellow brethren. I hope I find you so well even in this crunch economy of our beloved country Zimbabwe.
Things are very hard and unbearable in every aspect of the economy,political pillar and societal groupings that is undeniable.

It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to be able to see that Zimbabwe is stuck in doldrums of disaster.

Last week we saw,read or even heard some groups upping their game against our Central Bank governor Dr John Mangudya.

Whilst I was watching from a distance of benevolence and nuetrality I was left shell shocked by groups which were calling for the immediate resignation of the gorvenor over what they call his utmost failure to turn around the fortunes of the economy of our beloved country.

It’s not that I consider Mr Mangudya as someone who has done well but my thought is that the ‘war’ against the governor was and is still illogical and wholly misguided.

Those who called for the resignation of Mr Mangudya pointed out that the man has to do it for the sake of the economy of our country. Really!

So if Mr Mangundya is to step down today do you all have firm hope that his predecessor will deliver on what you think he has failed. Do you think cash shortage problem will be solved and the economic growth will be realised.

In as far as I am concerned on this one my dear brothers and sisters in another quarter of the political sector have lost the radar manual to know or even see that the crisis does not lie with the men and women at the Central Bank offices but by the big cockroaches(sic) at the Monomotapa buildings who continue to draft misguided policies that continue to drag the country into mess.

Do you think the resignation of Mr Governor will be a panacea to the corruption scandals that continue to grip every essential sector of the economy.

On whose orders does Dr Mangudya live by and on whose orders will the new governor whom all and sundry think will move the economy forward live on.

To be honest keeping the current governor at the helm of the Central Bank day to day business is the risk worth taking for now despite the fact that the bond notes he injected into the financial sector have continued to face some challenges which are slowly uncovering their failures.

The obdurate truth is only that the man of finance has done better to avert a great crisis that was looming when the cash shortages crisis started to knock on the door of the financial index of our beloved country full of valuable minerals than any other global nation that it continues to go poor.

Before thinking of responding to the anti-Mangudya campaign try to answer the questions: Do you think his successor will do better appointed by who?
and answer the question: Do you think Mangudya has done bad that he has failed to ‘align’ policies that can take the country to a high level when he has limited power that allows him to sing for his supper.

Then: Why have we started to direct our strength in the wrong direction,is it a sign that we are failing as a whole nation?

Of I go. Till we meet its bye bye for now.

Wilson Chipangura is a Zimbabwe-born author and Chief Executive Officer at Heavmany Production Group (Pvt) Ltd.

Authentic Authorship: Not A Stroll In The Park

AUTHENTIC AUTHORSHIP: Its not a
stroll in the park

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An insert from Chinua Achebe’s great book Things Fall Apart. It serves as an inspiration to all aspiring scribes and other authors.

LAST STORY by Wilson Chipangura

 

The old adage nails it all that a journey of a thousand miles sets of with a baby step. This popular proverb has proven to be a bitter sweet pill to swallow for some in this global village.

If one is to take his/her precious time analysing the statement they will easily be put into dudgeon by the reality it might pose.

A baby step can be considered the slowest pace ever that can be made by a serious emissary with the intention to walk a marathon of thousand miles.

However, in as much as one might try to be put off by the reality of setting out on a journey with a baby step being the initial step,it should be true that the principle has to be followed by those who wish to succeed.

Starting something begins with a calculated movement which means there is no need to rush to reach dizzy heights. An aeroplane is a good example one should take to further
authenticate this ideology.

An aeroplane goes through a runway so
as to gather some required technicalities to help it balance in the sky from the moment it takes off up to its finito expedition.

This therefore should serve as a rude awakening to all who have dreams to achieve big things in life. They need to commence their missions with a single step so as to gather and give off the required aerobics and anaerobics factors in order to counteract foreseeable hiccups in the long journey to stardom.

Some stratagem fundamentals need to be conceptualized so as to strengthen the missile bag by the emissary.

One would later find out that the slow pace would only be an experience of the initial stages of the journey which would slowly evanesce as the race gathers some momentum.

This is only realistic if one adheres to the principles of endurance which is vital for the promised land to become a reality.

The outline highlighted above can also be applicable to those in the writing industry. Writing is a broad term which might mean anyone who can write with a pen or anything that demonstrates excellent calligraphy.

It can also mean one who is capable of scribbling an opinion for the sake of having it published in a print newspaper to gain some credit from among a bunch of their colleages.

However, the writing which this columnist is going to tackle on concern authentic art work for the sake of seriousness and promote one’s brand plus reputation world wide.

This type of writing includes the following but not limited to: journalism,poetry,plays,motivational works,amanuensis report and novel writing.

The writing which is going to be elaborated by this columnist is the one that focuses on art work or literary creativity.

Loosely all and sundry know it as authorship of novels or different types of books.

Writing a book or books is not something that is as easy as it might sound. Some of us do think that it is relatively an easy task to get down on your sit, take a pen or whatever apparatus that they can use and start writing.

Many would even go a step further and point out that they can also write a book just because John whom they look down upon or is their colleage has written a book.

Well, it is good to be courageous but sometimes behaving like a mountebank living in a state of
somnambuloquy such that you begin to cogitate that you are a great orator might be catastrophic.

You might even step out of the limits and later on realise that it is no oratory at all but one disease of sleep-talking.

It is also imperative for those who have great desires to tread their feets into the world of authoring books.

One might be disillusioned by their great skills in essay writing or documentation of their lamentations and go on to conclude that they are great authors.

Ages and ages they will only get a rude awakening when they commence works on their projects and realise that writing is no easy job after all.

Yes authentic authorship is no stroll in the park, rather it is something that is pragmatic.
Whether it might be educative novel authoring or ludicrous writing all needs pragmatic techniques and ammunition.

Sometimes authors especially debutants will find the task rigorous somewhere somehow as they go through the process of penning their
materials.

Some of them will end up even throwing in(sic) the towel when they are halfway through their work or almost drawing near to the Promised
Land.

Of course,as one embarks on a journey in mountanious terrains s/he will experience some painful moments especially when they reach at the apex or peak point of the hill.

That is certainly the most fascinating moment if one has determination to clearly figure out that it is almost the last pain stocking point in their journey.
After that adventure,its all an avalanche and no more energy would be required as the journey becomes automated and a free-fall sliding will become the new adventure to reach to the purpoted destination.

However, before one can become convivial about the last part of their expedition, they have to go through the hardest part which is the peak of the mountain.

This momento does not need those who have a light cadiac rather it requires the ones with strong determination and those who are dynamic to every situation.

Every situation needs a new stratagem and this does not favour one to continue clamouring as a static person.

The world over is fast changing with technological advancements bouncing to different levels each and everyday.
Everyday is a new day and it needs a pugnacious person to advance rather than the one of fixed aboard.

Yes aggressive approach to mind blogging situations is certainly superlative.
While resorting to aggresiveness when the going gets tough is helpful in one way or the other, it all needs one to be a good statistician who can be able to calculate the limits of adopting a pugnacious formation in a game.

It is imperative to know this if you are an authentic author that when you get down to serious business,you will lose some of your valuable assets.

Friends, spouses, business opportunities might skip your line as you begin the journey of writing your book.

While morale will reach an all time low and as you go on and on and on you will feel mister dizziness knocking on your door. There is a tendency to get put off by everything that you see or hear.

Some will even go on to lose their trust in issues partaining religiosity. The spirit of atheism will creap in as you go through your work. However, when you happen to reach
that level which is bitter-sweet and awesome you need not to tolerate the most striking mistake of accepting to segregate aggressive prayers to the Creator.

There must be a simbiotic relationship between you and the Creator in order to restore determination in your work.
Yes penning a book needs God like everything else in life. He is the one who relinquish the older you and unveils a new look author in
you.

It should also serve as a good lesson that writing all this from experience I have learnt that facts are obdurate. But in as much as facts are stubborn this does not mean they should be sidelined from being parcelled out to
the directed recipients whether old or young.

My factual point is that authentic authorship is not a stroll in the park. Authorship does not need plagiarism ladies and gentlemen rather it needs people who come up with seemingly
fresh staffs.

The reason for the use of the words seemingly new is because certainly it is true that there is nothing that is wholly new under the sun these days but with you something new can be articulated.

The only clandestine to creating new contents when you are an author is to conduct extensive research for and of every subject you are going to try and articulate.

This will increase your knowledge of the topic you are going to write about and also give a good perspective that what you are going to ‘bake’ is certainly a new ‘recipe of a cake’ that no one has ‘baked’ before.

It is true of course that there are times when we get excited that we have come up with a new idea that we think will help change the world over only to get disappointed by realising that it is certainly a primitive ideology which we had been carried away of.

Therefore, it is also good that we get prepared to learn rather than to always remain holed up in our illogical pedagogy. The only problem though is that most of us wish to always commandeer others and think that what they offer is always right.

This is catastrophic when you are an author,yes you must stick to your guns but you need to debate your ideas with other people and note down positive and helpful points they offer.

Finally getting rid of ‘useless’ elements in your path should be an essential priority if you wish to succeed as an author. There are those who will discourage you and there are those whom you purpote to be your allies yet they spariously go on a back stabbing mission in an attempt to attain free PHDs(pull him/her down syndromes) through you.

Those are the rogue elements you ought to get rid of and also getting prepared to let go some of the people or materials you consider as your
best. This will help you to attract the very best of opportunities and personalities into your net for the principle says it all that opportunity cost is the best alternative forgone in preference of the very best.

A serious author must thus be rational. Authentic authorship is thus no stroll in the park for it needs one to get up from their laurels and focus on the real thing if you are to publish a book as an author.

Off I go. Till next time enjoy your precious lifestyles by making the most of it and don’t forget to take care of your loved ones and each other. It’s bye bye for now.