MY MOST UNFORGETTABLE UNCLE

by Ederlinda Musngi

I will never forget this person in my life who has been a beautiful part of my childhood memories.

Sometime in the early dawn of November 1997, my mother woke me up and broke the news in whisper, “The finding was terminal cancer, we were just waiting.” I cried to death. It cannot be. How come it happened? Two months ago I saw my uncle sweeping their backyard. Just like ordinary days, he would do the normal chores around the house so as not to make himself a burden to his family despite the difficulty and pain he often felt at his back when he is fatigued. But time passed by too swiftly, it wiped away his presence. The impermanence of life always prevails and it has always been evident around us.

He stood with shoulders slightly slanted and in a lanky state as a bamboo tree. He was nearly six feet tall with a thin body built that looks unsteady when he walked. His wearisome shoulder used in carrying cavans of rice since childhood has been made more obvious in the way he limped. Nevertheless, he climbed up trees with confidence and with a speed like a cat running after its prey.

In the middle of the crowd he can easily be recognized because of his posture which tend to lean toward the left side of his body. He has brown complexion, the real color of a man natural in every farmer who works everyday under the sun cultivating rice fields for as long as there is a streak of light. His chiseled nose and medium sized eyes and his glossy white teeth are features made more attractive when he smiled. His fine and shiny hair stretched around his head is suitable to his delightfully oval-shaped face, which is pleasing to see. His grinning smile gives comfort and assurance to the heart of a person who loses hope.

He is a man of few words, a man of courage and encouragement. He is very reasonable and understanding toward his neighbor. He is a very patient fellow, full of love, reasons and understanding. Many come to him for advise and give him gifts. He is sensitive enough to know what to say to a person who is in need and weary.

I remember when I was a little kid, I used to play active games and sports, and often go home bruised and wounded. My mother would scare me that from that wound would come out different kinds of creatures. I would cry and go to my uncle. He would calm me and tell me to stop crying. With voice full of confidence, he would utter, “Don’t worry, that’s just a simple wound, after a couple of days that would be gone.” My heart would then be calm, the fear was vanished.

Even before he died, he exerted all his efforts with hope and confidence that he would soon be able to walk and work again. His enduring spirit and hope counted to make things bearable and gave us life after his death. My uncle was a wonderful person; his memory will remain in me and will be passed to all the generations next to me. To describe him as “The greatest uncle in the whole world”, is an understatement.

And this uncle of mine taught me the greatest lesson that, “Life is short and full of miseries. What we can offer to those who travel the way with us are hope and encouragement along with kindness and love, which will help and last until forever.”

SIMPLE LIFE REMINDERS

– Never give up. Keep on believing in miracles.

– God always give the best to those who leave Him the choice.

– When we do what we can, God will do what we can’t.

– God’s help is only a prayer away.

– Faith parts the sea; a fool pushes the river.

– Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

– The changes, the choices, the characters, the paths – are all up to you.

– Love builds a happy home.

– Love God above all.

– Resolve to laugh at yourself before others beat you.

– Happiness can be found in your own backyard.

– Joy is a daily choice, not a future hope.

– Look for the heaven here on earth. It is all around you

– The earth laughs in flower.

– Sunshine and rain make a rainbow. God’s power and prayer make a miracle.

– If you enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower.

– The heart is the home where friendship dwells.

– True friends are like diamonds – precious but rare.

– If you work hard, success is unavoidable.

– You are not given a dream without being given the power to make it come true.

– A dream is in the mind of the believer, and in the hands of the doer.

– To reach goal, you must leave your comfort zone.

– Keep going, keep growing, success knows no finish line.

– If you catch yourself in introspection, stop then think of how you can make another person’s life better.

– The family is a God-given blessing – a treasury of love and joy.

– God has no grandchildren.

– Have an attitude of gratitude.

– Forget what you give, remember what you get.

– Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear.

– All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

– Faith will turn any course, light any path, relieve any distress, bring joy out of sorrow, peace out of strife, love out of hatred and heaven out of hell.

QUOTES FROM ‘OUR DAILY BREAD’ DEVOTIONAL

Working for the LORD doesn’t pay much, but the retirement plan is out of this world.

Serve the LORD with gladness.

He who holds the stars in space will not let go of His promises to us.

Spiritual wholeness begins with a broken heart.

We cannot avoid growing old but we can avoid growing cold.

An idol is anything that takes the place of God.

Repentance clears the way.

Meet God in the morning if you want to walk with Him through the day.

In surrender there is peace.

To resent and remember brings strife; to forgive and forget brings peace.

You can trust the Bible – God always keeps His word.

In a world of superlatives, only God is the greatest.

God may want to be the answer to your own prayer.

To be content, make God your dwelling place.

God hears more than words – He listens to the heart.

The better we know ourselves, the less we’ll criticize others.

Obedience is faith in action.

To keep harmony in your marriage, keep in tune with Christ.

We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.

Spiritual fitness comes from “working out” your faith.

When God says no to our request, we can be sure it’s for the best.

Faith puts God between us and circumstances.

To lead others out of the darkness of sin, let them see your light.

We add to our problems when we fail to count our blessings.

To live in the past is to miss today’s opportunities.

There’s one thing the Christian gives and still must keep – His Word.

We grow stronger as we depend on God’s strength.

You can stop showing mercy to others when God stops showing mercy to you.

Prayer should be our first response – not our last resort.

To renew your love for Christ, review His love for you.

God opens the door of His wisdom to those who open their Bibles.

If you keep in tune with Christ, you can sing even when all is dark.

The storms of our life prove the strength of our anchor.

Live so that others will want to know Your Savior.

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

No one is hopeless whose hope is in God’s Word.

You are never in the wrong place to serve God.

The lowly Carpenter of Nazareth was the Mighty Architect of the universe.

There’s no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.

To enjoy your walk with God, keep in step with His Word.

Jesus longs for our fellowship even more than we long for His.

We are spiritually blind if we cannot see God’s hand in nature.

To spend time wisely, invest it in eternity.

It is better to be faithful than to b out in front.

For the right spiritual focus, fix your eyes on the LORD.

Morning prayer leads to evening praise.

The world’s greatest glory is but a spark compared to the radiance of God’s glory.

You need to know God’s truth to see through Satan’s lies.

Knowing God gives meaning to life; Obeying God gives purpose to life.

Admitting sin is no substitute for quitting sin.

Man maybe worthy of admiration; Only Christ is worthy of adoration.

There is One God and One Mediator between God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 2:5)

Christ’s empty tomb fills us with hope.

God gives grace just when we need it.

Faith sees what the eyes cannot.

God’s answers are often wiser than our prayers.

Be specific in your prayers if you want specific answers.

Faith in Christ enables us to live above our circumstances, not under them!

No one else can do the work God has for you.

Prayer is meant to be an intimate conversation with God – our Best Friend.

No cosmetic for the face can compare with God’s transforming grace.

God is more interested in our motives than our methods.

We can endure life’s wrongs, knowing that God will make all things right.

Kind criticism is always the right kind.

To lose is not always failure.

God loves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is.

We never retire from being useful to God.

There are many ways to express God’s praise.

Death is not a period – it’s only a comma.

God cares about our cares because He cares about us.

He is not alone who is alone with Jesus.

You can say “I Love You” by taking time to listen.

Our unknown future is safe in the hands of the All-Knowing God.

A life lived for Christ is the best inheritance we can leave our children.

To see God, look to Jesus.

Guilt is a burden our Heavenly Father never intended His children to bear.

Within every human being, our Creator has placed a “God-shaped void” that only God Himself can fill.

The presence of trouble does not mean the absence of God.

When you are swept off your feet, land on your knees.

The richest people on earth are those who invest their lives in Heaven.

The greatest ability is dependability.

The best commentary on the Bible is a person who puts it in to practice.

God’s help is only a prayer away.

There are no good excuses for sin.

Jesus died on the cross for all your sins – not just some of them.

The Bible always points the believer in the right direction.

Evangelism is nothing more than one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

When God forgives, He removes the sin and restores the soul.

Salvation is a gift to be enjoyed – today and forever.

Our salvation was costly to God, but it’s free to us.

To break sin’s grip, put yourself in God’s hands.

When you take your stand for Christ, you will not stand alone.

God owes us nothing but gives us everything.

Faith is the hand that must take God’s gift of salvation.

Be faithful – and leave the results to God.

Deposit God’s word in your memory bank, and you’ll draw interest for life.

When we walk with the LORD, we’ll be out of step with the world.

You can never speak to the wrong person about Christ.

Christ’s death is the measure of your worth to God.

Daily work takes on eternal value when it’s done for God.

God can mend your broken heart, but you must give Him all the pieces.

Hope can be ignited by a spark of encouragement.

Nothing speaks more clearly of God’s love than the cross of Christ.

A lie may cover your tracks, but it cannot hide the truth.

Be wise – do right.

God doesn’t shield us from life’s storms; He shelters us in life’s storms.

Fellowship with Christ is the secret of fruitfulness.

You never win when you play with sin.

The good news is not that Jesus lived and died, but that He died and lives.

When God gives an assignment, it comes with His enablement.

`No one is beyond the reach of God’s love.

A person of integrity has nothing to hide.

God’s hands can mend your broken heart.

God comforts us to make us comforters.

Pray as if everything depends on God; Work as if everything depends on you.

When you are walking with Christ, others will sense that He is with you.

God speaks to those who take time to listen.

When all you have is God, you have all you need.

The best reason for doing what’s right today is tomorrow.

In God’s eyes it is a great thing to do a little thing well.

God uses life’s stops to prepare us for the next start.

God who knows our load limit, graciously limits our load.

There’s no better news than the gospel – Spread the word!

Godly character is shaped by godly thoughts.

People with a heart for God have a heart for people.

You won’t go astray on the straight and narrow way.

We stumble over pebbles, not mountains.

God calls us to get into the game, not to keep the score.

The world rewards success; God rewards faithfulness.

The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow.

God’s gift to a dying world is the Life-Giving Savior.

The way of obedience is the way of blessing.Failure is never final if you begin again with God.

INSIGHTS

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failures.. than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to the new level.” – Diana Meyer

– A man experienced being robbed by thieves. In his diary, he wrote: “Let me be thankful first, because they took my purse not my life; second, though they took my all, it was not much especially my faith; and third, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” In everything, give thanks.

– Don’t worry about anything instead pray about everything. Every flower bud blooms when it’s time. And every prayer is answered in God’s time.

– God is the great composer of life and He made great music for us. But we are still the musicians and we should perform our lives according to His compositions. Keep it playing.

– You are part of someone else’s life. You may never find out where you fit, but others will fill up the empty spaces in their lives with pieces of you. So when you wonder why God put you on this earth, remember that someone else’s life may never be complete without you.