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Day Seven: Gratitude Challenge

The Bible teaches that we should have a heart of gratitude as in the last days people will generally be  ungrateful and ungodly. I take this time today to reflect and thank God for a few friends who have made a difference in my life. The Bible does teach that there are friends who sharpen another man’s countenance and those who in the manner of Christ are friends that are closer than brothers. I have been blessed with a  few good men who have made a difference in my life. Being  a reserved person (off stage) I do have very few close friends. Today I take time to reflect on these and thank God for their impact on my life.

I thank God for Dr EC Majachani whom I met at the UZ way back in 1986. I don’t even remember how exactly we met at Campus but I now we were members of the Family of God Church group together. Majee has become a covenant brother indeed. Now an accomplished Obs and Gynae specialist based in RSA we meet less frequently because of distance and technological challenges (on one part) but every time we meet he is just a source of encouragement and refreshment. I am honoured to be counted among this gentle servant of God’s friends. I will never forget his kindness to my family and I in ways that can never be put on paper during a very trying time for us. May the Lord God of heaven who sees remember and reward him openly for that which he did in secret. And I thank him for taking care of my daughter Edith. (For all I know he may never see this posting because he has no time for this kind of technology).

in 1998 I was working on a business plan to develop a significant chain retail dental surgeries together with a few colleagues. To complete our financial modelling we worked with a sharp MBA consultant. This consultant once he had gone through the concept introduced us to a medical practitioner Dr Matt Wazara who was working on a complementary healthcare project. We became great friends. Although we never managed to  consummate the business structure we discovered that we were kindred spirits. Thank you Lord for Matthew and Priscilla Wazara and for their friendship. Due to various commitments chiefly that Matt is a busy Specialist General Surgeon, astute business man and also that now we fellowship in different churches, we struggle to meet as often as we wish we could . However the few moments that we can grab out of our busy schedules still remain significant divine moments of refreshing. Matt my brother I love your pure and un-defiled love for Christ, for your wife and for the church. I love the way you communicate the riches of the Gospel with style, sincerity and simplicity. More importantly I love you as  a churchman par excellent! Would to God that he would raise in our nation many such church statesmen like you my brother with  a love for both the Lord and His Church!

I have come to discover that there are some relationships which simply flow. They are not difficult to sustain and neither do they require extra energy to maintain. You can have “heavy maintenance handle with care” relationships which are painful to nurture and sustain. Pane hushamwari hunorema! My friendships with these two doctors are almost “maintenance free”. I thank God for these brothers and their input in our lives. May the Lord increase their footprint and impact for Christ!

During my sojourn I have come to treasure the friendship of Justin Machibaya and his family. Justin has stood with us and helped us fight some of our fiercest battles with a heart that simple shocks me. An accomplished businessman in his own right and a Kingdom financier par excellent Justin reaches out to minister to others with unfeigned love that lacks pretensions or fan fare. Thank you Lord for Justin and his family. I am honoured to be counted among his friends. Its always a pleasure to partner you in some projects like we have done in the past and keep doing!

I am no longer sure of the order but Justin either brought Vincent Tendayi or the other way round into my circle of friends. Thank you Vincent for loving us and standing as a brother indeed. I do enjoy your company especially after cell on Wednesdays. You are  breath of fresh air. I love your passion for God, nation and business. May the Lord who has brought you this far raise you higher in your influence. The unassuming and quiet Kingdom financier who mostly works behind the scenes unless of course you are talking about ACBF, this brother is going places. May you keep your heart and focus squarely set on our Redeemer!

Finally I thank God for a young man I struggle to categorise. I am not sure whether to call him a friend or a brother. It could be both. I thank God for Fungayi Moses Makoni and his family. I still remember the day at the Hotel School  Bulawayo in the beginning of 2008 when I was asked by my assistant pastor to come and meet this young man who had given his life to Christ in the service. I met you then and was both your pastor and elder brother. We have come along ways since then and I cherish those moments. I love your passion for business and your sincerity in loving God. My family and I are indeed eternally grateful for the acts of friendship and love that you demonstrate. I am eternally grateful for providing the Pathfinder Luxury coach to ferry people to Dad’s funeral. The Lord sees and may He reward you as only He can. May your reach be increased for His Glory.

I am indeed a rich man because of these deep friends. There are many others who have touched my life as I cannot mention everyone by name and to them I say thank you and may God bless you. Others I cannot consider them friends as they are heroes I look up to as elder brothers. It would be too presumptive of me to consider them my friends. Thank you big brothers!

Finally  — and yes one more finally – allow me to say thanks- a million thanks to the friend of friends – my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Who though He is King he dared to call me friend! Yes the Lord of Lords calls me friend. Thanks Lord Jesus. Where would I be if it wasn’t for you? Again I say thanks!

Day Six: Gratitude Challenge

Seeing that Dad passed on into eternity a year ago, it left me the inevitable and unenviable task of trying (sometimes unsuccessfully) to fill in his place as head of our family. It is in this regard and in that capacity that I take time today to thank God and pray for this family which I have inherited as head. Lord I thank you for each of my siblings in their uniqueness. In each one’s different way they enrich my life and enrich the family. I thank you for the differences in personality, temperament and gifting. I thank you Father that you have always cherished not uniformity as that would be monotonous but unity in diversity. Thank you for the emotional diversity and expressiveness that I see in the family and I declare that even in that diversity I see a unity that is bound together in the bond of the peace that is in Christ. I thank you Father for a family that though it has origins in Bvekerwa, Rusape has truelly become a global family with members scattered across the globe.
Father I thank you for each one of the family members as they have come to a saving knowledge of Christ and declare that they will serve you all the days of their lives. Father I thank you for their children who will all grow up to serve you in their generation. Lord it can only be a working of your grace that can bring a whole family to salvation. For that I am thankful. May every member, their spouse and offspring always bring you glory and pleasure.
Lord I thank you for the way you work in our lives even in moments of disagreement and sibling rivalry. Even then you are at work in our characters and personalities both to will and to do of your good pleasure. Would to God that you bring this work to completion that in all things we may bring you glory?
I thank you for Rufaro Magnus the first born and pioneer academically in the family. Thank you Sis for being who you are. I declare that you are the beloved of The Lord. You are not forsaken or forgotten by Jehovah. I love your gentle spirit and your passion for intercession. May your children and your grandchildren grow in the fear and knowledge of God. I am so glad that The Lord is your anchor and strength.
Lord I thank you for Shingai Felicity Patience because she was the firstfruits of salvation of the family – having believed in Christ first. I love her sweet spirit that lies beneath that volatile and expressive personality. I admire her commitment to self improvement academically and thank God for the victories that He is giving you. I will never forget the excitement that you exhibited in February 1982 when I gave my life to Christ in that SU meeting under the ministry of Mr Muti. You were so excited that it brought me embarrassment. Thank you for leading the way for the family into the saving faith that is in Christ. Thank you Lord for Shingai’s family and I declare total and complete restoration in all things.
Father I thank you for Nokuthula as she represents the lineage of Venencia. Father I pray that she may walk before you and live in your presence with an expectation of the glorious reunion over yonder! I thank you Lord for the work that you are doing in her spirit and soul bringing her to Wholeness and purity of purpose and mind. Lord I ask that you deliver her from the wicked one and keep her from harm.
I am thankful for Gervase Pfungwa (GP – God’s Property) who nominated me to this Gratitude Challenge. Lord I thank you for him and his family. I thank you for the work that you are doing in his life as a minister of the Gospel and an educator. I thank you Lord that he took over the mantle of MGM as an educationist. Father I pray that you enlarge his territory and increase His influence in his area of calling. I pray blessing, stability, and favour over him and his family. Father I thank you for all that is his and declare them blessed going in and coming out. I declare to Satan that GP is God’s Property and so you can not touch him neither can you do him any harm.
Lord I thank you for Kudzanai Charity. I thank you Lord for her dogged determination to become all that you have called her to become. I thank you for the persistent stretching of herself to become the best that she can be for you. Lord I ask you to continue to reward her effort and bring her to her place of destiny. I declare the grace and favour of God that causes her to enter into God’s rest and destiny. As I thank you for her I ask that you protect her tender heart and heal it from wounds of the soul. Keep her in perfect peace because her mind is set on you. May the desires of her heart be granted as she continues to pursue you. I bless her family and declare greatness upon her family and offspring. May they be mighty in the earth for our King.
My King I thank you for Maita Mary the peace keeper in the family. Lord I thank you for her heart that is always persuaded better things of others. Lord I thank you that though she is a lady she indeed is a Barnabas in the family – a son of Consolation. Thank you for the way she refreshes the bowels of the saints. I declare Lord that you are not unrighteous to forget her labour of love. Father even as she sows peace and seeks peace May peace always be her portion. May you cause people to arise and favour her and her family. May they receive unexpected favour and support in unexpected places and unexpected times. May you raise up people who will fight for her cause at school at work and in life. May she never lack for people who will champion her cause and speak up for her when others rise against her. Bless her family and make them a beacon of light and hope in a dying world.
Finally I thank you Lord for Tendekai Stephen and his family. Though he be last born Father may you work in his life to confirm your word that says the last shall be first. I pray for an elevation that comes from God. Lord I thank you that you are working in him to cause him to cease from striving for acceptance as he is already accepted in you. May he learn to rest in you and in your love. Father I thank you for faithfulness as he -as a delegated authority – takes care of Mom on behalf of the family.

I am thankful Lord for this great godly tribe that you are raising to influence the world for Christ. May they, their spouses and their children and grandchildren become a mighty company in the earth. May they become a mighty righteous generation for your glory and honour! I place each one of them under the protective cover of the blood of Christ as I commit them to your care and watch.

Day One: Gratitude Challenge

Having been nominated by my brother GP Makoni to undertake a 10 day challenge in which I daily post at least one thing I am grateful for, I heartily start the journey. I have an attitude of gratitude.

On this beginning day I remember my Creator, Lord, Saviour and Redeemer. Thank you Lord for thinking of me and bringing me onto the earth for such a time as this. I believe I am part of your deliberate and well thought out strategy to defeat Satan and bring solutions to the world. I thank you not only for creating me but for saving me from my sins and planting my feet on the paths of righteousness. Because of your gracious work on the Cross today I stand redeemed and saved. Though I was a sinner yet through your amazing grace you transformed me into the righteousness of God in Christ. Thanks a million Jesus!

Today I take time to thank you Lord for not only saving me but for also dealing with my faults and failures mercifully. I can identify with the songwriter who sang Here am I so unworthy of the Blood, unworthy of the Blood and yet it flows for me. Yes though sometimes I falter and bring you shame, yet just a drop of that blood makes me whiter than snow. Thank you for dealing gently with me. Yes you have always looked beyond my fault and seen my need. You see me with the eyes of mercy!

Finally I thank you for preserving, protecting, delivering, prospering and healing me. I can boldly declare that I am what I am today because of the grace of God. Thank you for your redeeming grace! I am indeed forever grateful for the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ. Today I am seated together with Christ in the heavenly places far above all principalities and powers. Right there where the devil cannot do me any harm!

Not to us. Not to us. But to you be the glory Lord! Ndinodzorera mbiri Yose kuGwayana! May my life always reflect your Glory Lord and bring you pleasure for that is what I was created to do!

Soli Dei Gloria! To God Alone be the Glory