I’m geared with my heritage, but rooted in Christ.

HeritageI want to look at a sensitive yet simple topic particularly in this Heritage month as we celebrate it in South Africa. I’m saying this because I have heard people proclaiming that  they are not even concerned about where they come from, and they have no history, what they know is that they are living in Christ. For me as a Child of God myself I encourage to have Christ supreme of everything, because our God is Love and we need to allow Him in our heart to live within us on daily basis.
If you look at the book of Matthew, the very first chapter it talks about the genealogy of Jesus Christ, from Abraham to David to a point people of Israel they were exiled to Babylon and to Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Christ.  That was very important to be narrated so we can see the fulfillment of God’s promise that through Abraham’s generation will have the Messiah. If that was not clearly outlined it was going to leave God’s promise open for people who would have denied that. 
Now back to the heritage day, in South Africa is a day in which the founder of Zulu nation king Shaka kaSenzangakhona was assassinated. He was significant to our country because of his capabilities of forming the internationally recognised Zulu Kingdom. So he is a person who contributed to our identity as Zulu’s and South Africans. Now that has become part of our Heritage, how the nation was formed and who was involved and the strategies that was employed at the time. Just like I’m a Gumede it is very significant for me to know which people who played the role within our big Gumede clan, who were heroes and heroines at the time. Just like it is illustrated in the Holy bible in book of Matthew. So that will give me a right to say I’m a Gumede for the Zulu nation in South African and I fear God.
God Himself has encouraged the church to praise Him in different ways according to the ways in which as a nation celebrates. That is why you can dance the way Zulus dances, Xhosa’s, Venda’s ext. That dance and instruments is our heritage, now that can be used in praising the Creator. If you do that, you will do at the best of your ability because you are doing what you know best as member of that particular nation. All is welcomed as long as it is directed in serving the Living God, if fact He made use to be diverse like this so we can praise him in different ways. If we don’t use our heritage for God we are in danger of not gaining people of different nations for God. They will fear that to be the Child of God requires you to forget who you are and start to be this person from space.  As most believers will know that we are not of this world, but we live in it. So the strong connection with our head office which is in Heaven is supreme because without it our life is worthless.
People often confuse heritage and culture, once you pay less attention of the two you are bound to make and uninformed conclusion.  Culture is small part of heritage and if you look at in in conjunction with Christianity that is the topic for another day maybe. What I’m emphasizing to people, don’t be afraid to take pride of your heritage and you can even go further use it to praise God.

By: Musa Gumede

The Smart Way To Handle Failure

When you fail, you have a choice – focus on facts or feelings. If you emphasize your feelings after an instance of failure, you’ll succumb to the victim mindset.
The Victim Mindset
If you are a “victim” of failure, your focus becomes your misfortune. You’ll concentrate on how it feels to have failed (lousy). This is a bad idea for two reasons.

1. You might not try again. Feeling bad and dealing with negative consequences are not the outcomes anyone hopes for when trying something new. Dwelling on these will associate them with your decision to start, and make you less likely to try again.

2. This mindset puts all of the emphasis on the end result, and none on the journey. The journey is never worthless, and is often the greatest part of any project. In a journey that ends in success or failure, you will learn much.
Don’t accept the victim title if you fail. Victims are passive and helpless, and you are neither of those! Failure feels worse than it actually is, which is essential knowledge for handling failure correctly.
The Smart Way To Handle Failure
The best way to handle failure is in the form of a fill-in-the-blank sentence. This sentence puts the emphasis on the facts, and puts your mind in problem-solving mode.
The sentence starts off by saying “next time,” which implies that you’re going to give it another shot! And why wouldn’t you try again? Weren’t you aiming for success all along? How many dart players quit after they throw the first dart and it isn’t a bulls-eye? None. They adjust and try again, and you should too.
The first important thing you can do when you fail is find out why you failed. The unknown blank in the sentence focuses your mind on finding answers; instead of sulking, now you’re problem-solving. When you find out why you failed this time, you can likely prevent it from happening next time.
But what about the emotions of failure?
It’s not always easy or possible to brush those aside. Maybe you feel sad, defeated, and even angry.
The smart way to deal with negative emotions from failure is to transform them into a nothing-to-lose determination. If you already feel defeated, then the bar is low and you can give your next attempt everything you have, without fear. If you feel angry, that’s a great segue into determination and focused intensity.