How Violence Takes Away Our Joy And Peace

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Everyone wants to live a peaceful and happy life, instead many wake up in the morning with fear, because of constant violence erupting around us. Innocent victims, including children are caught up daily, in heinous crimes and violence, making living more difficult.

Many, including religious people, feel that violence is the right answer to provocation, in this way, they kill and praise God for that killing. It’s actually difficult to understand the reason some religious people praise God for killings.

I can understand why many have lost faith and even think God doesn’t exist, but the Bible teaches that violence originated with the archenemy of both God and man: Satan the Devil, whom Jesus Christ called “a murderer.” (John 8:44)

Apart from terrorism which continue to steal our happiness, most of our own misery comes from our homes. The world’s infatuation with media violence, games and unwholesome programs, influence children to indulge in crime. In America many children take gun to school.

The question people often ask is: Why is there so much suffering? Does God care about what humans are enduring? You can find answers to these questions when you read the Bible.

“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Matthew 11:11-20.

In the midst of fear, hopelessness and uncertainty, we need to ask, who are we to depend on for our deliverance or safety? Are we to depend on politicians or church of leaders?

To me politicians have ruined our society more than the terrorists terrorizing us. As for church leaders, some have signed contract with the devil to please them, the reason many have gone astray.

In our present generation, one shouldn’t count on politicians and or some church leaders. The only way we can live in peace is to find ways to make positive changes in our behavior. We should cultivate the habit to forgive and forget, because forgiveness brings relief and comfort.

Above all we should always remember the words of the great teacher, Jesus Christ: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39.


Why We Should Crave For Spiritual Things Than Material Things

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Many dream of becoming a millionaire and they want it quick, because it is made to understand that without money or wealth, there wouldn’t be any success in life. Thus, the love for money and the chase for wealth go on without ceasing, bringing crime, greed, misery and death to our homes.

When the great teacher, Jesus Christ, was tempted by Satan, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Jesus’ answer indicates that human beings need also spiritual food.

What is spiritual food by the way? Just like we need physical food for physical strength, we need spiritual food for spiritual strength. Why spiritual strength necessary for man?  At every moment we need spiritual strength to fight bravely against fear, doubt, worry, jealousy and imperfection. Also spiritual strength helps us to endure daily trials and tribulations, without thinking of ending your life in the deepest crisis.

Evidently, there is no doubt that many people lack spiritual strength to fight some of these unseen forces and immoralities, drifting them into the tunnel of darkness. The Buddhist, Spiritual leaders and Yoga teachers, can tell you the significance of spirituality, because when we pray and meditate, we crave for spiritual things, by reading the scriptures, without much desire for material things. After all what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? We came with nothing into the world and we leave with nothing.

Spiritual strength is acquired through daily prayers and meditation. It gives one the ability to liberate himself and to manifest the Divine on earth.  Many rich people even though have thousands of friends, due to the lack of strength in the heart; they still feel lonely and insecure. It is very hard to forgive sometimes when someone hurts you, but we must try to forgive, because forgiveness brings unexpected showers of blessing.

I have said it over and over that ‘Whatever happens to me benefits me.’ Prayers, meditation, the lessons and whatever I’ve gone through in my life, have given me the knowledge and wisdom to raise a happy family, to avoid crime, being a drug addict or trafficker and keeping me from going to jail. This makes me feel like a millionaire even though I’ve no penny in my pocket.

Love: The Invincible Magic That Changes Our Lives


“We can see how wonderful the world is, with beautiful people, if there is love.”- Joel Savage

Love eases our pain

Love moves us to promote peace

Love enables us to help one another

Love forgives even if we are hurt

Love gives us peace of mind

Love brews a happy heart

Love doesn’t know Chinese, Black or White,

Love doesn’t know a rotten tooth (An African proverb)

Love motivates us to give than receiving

Love gives us faith and hope to be strong

Above all, love safeguards our relationship with our loved ones.

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path For Healing Ourselves And Our World

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness—helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Tutu’s role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven. After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps to healing: Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm; Telling one’s story and witnessing the anguish; Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness; and renewing or releasing the relationship. Forgiveness is hard work.

Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this fourfold path that Tutu says we can free ourselves of the endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution. The Book of Forgiving is both a touchstone and a tool, offering Tutu’s wise advice and showing the way to experience forgiveness. Ultimately, forgiving is the only means we have to heal ourselves and our aching world.

The Author

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was only the second black person ever to receive it. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa.

In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes.

His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of post-conflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.

Black My Story

Ziggy Marley's 'Black My Story' is very inspirational and emotional

Ziggy Marley has grown from the Melody Makers to be one of Jamaica’s reggae icons

Listening to interviews with most great writers, you will know that many of them were inspired by other writers. When you have passion in something, you dedicate your whole life to it, whether you are making money or not. I love writing since from childhood. It might be hereditary since my late father was also a journalist and writer.


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Apart from following my father’s footsteps as a writer and journalist, I get my inspiration tirelessly by listening to reggae music. One thing which comes to the mind of many people when reggae music is the subject is ‘Smoking Ganja.’ I have respect and love for Rastafarians, exactly the same way I love the reggae music but I don’t smoke marijuana.

Since the words of most reggae music are soul uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, satisfying and comfort, to those on the road of trials and tribulations, I have a library of reggae collections I play very often. One of them is Ziggy Marley’s ‘Black My Story’. It’s a great song which identifies and reminds the black man where he comes from to love one another. I can’t say the number of times I’ve played this particular song.

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There are other great inspirational songs, such as Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song,’ Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Sitting In Limbo,’ Peter Tosh’s ‘Pick Me Up,’ and many others. It was through inspiration I had the opportunity to interview many reggae artists, including Julian Marley, Andrew Tosh, Luciano, Anthony B, Capleton, U-Roy, Seun Kuti, Manu Dibango and a host of others, available in the book ‘The Passion of Reggae and African Music.

Black history is very sad. Many feel angry, depressed and sick, when they read what the black man went through or experienced in the hands of the white man, but just as Bob Marley said in his ‘Redemption Song “Some say it’s just part of it ,we got to fulfill the book,” we must forgive instead of being violent. Violence doesn’t pay and as long as we keep past events in our minds, there wouldn’t be any room to think of success or to aim high.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone Happy Xmas Holidays and New Year in advance. One thing I always say is, instead of pointing fingers and accusing each other over the problems of this world, we should put it onto ourselves to restore our nation’s dignity.