January was a hard month. I was
out of home for the first time in my life and I was living with a new wife!
When I heard my parents say that the January financial blues can strike you hard,
I never paid any attention really. Well, all that lack of attention paid off in
January. I had to work extra hard and be extra patient with the results. Few
people are willing to spend at this time of the year and fewer have contingency
plans (at least the few I knew). I was caught in the traffic jam of
good-intentions and no actions. I learned that you can’t eat Christmas like
kingdom-come because the year is over and next year is on the other side; guess
what- next year is just a week away after Christmas. I learned to begin the year
in November and not in January. November and December were not time for me to
achieve goals but rather to plan them. January’s rent should be ready by November.
This way I would hit
January running. When everyone else will be making resolutions and planning the
years, I will start executing mine.
Turi and I had our first
valentine’s day as a married couple. In
the excitement of man-woman relationships, we took time to thank Christ for our
new marriage. Love lessons from February can be summed up in 1st
Corinthians 13 and in the previous blog
. However, this stood out for me in
2013: marriage is not the end of the pursuit game of love- it’s the beginning.
Dating is training, courtship is warming up and marriage is the race. It
doesn’t matter who wins because it’s not that kind of race. But it matters that
you both finish. Finish the day as friends. Trouble will occur in every relationship
but you cannot leave your partner behind. The best way to win this race, as I
have learned in 2013 is to befriend your spouse. Date her! Romance her! Play
together! Whatever you do, finish together.
My new book, The Human Temple,
was out for a month by this time. I was animated!
It was a long hard road for Turi and I. the success was a long wait for us and
we were happy with the results. However, even in your success, not everyone
celebrates with you. The Lord taught me not to depend on man’s approval but only
on His. I learned to rejoice with those who rejoice and to harbour no envy for
those that go before me. It takes the assurance of Jesus not to be deflated
when those whom you esteem do not uplift you. It takes the power of God’s Word
not to be intimidated by resentful remarks. It takes the Grace of God not to
retaliate evil with evil. And it takes the confidence from the Holy Spirit not
to feign false humility. The book blessed the hearts of many and it still does.
As soon as The Human Temple was out, I began writing my new book, Lust and the City.
have combined all these months because I remember no outstanding feature
in any of them. That has taught me an important lesson for the coming year.
Journal. I am sure there are great things that the Lord did during this time
but I wasn’t taking any into account. Write- you will read and rejoice!
The year was looking bleak. It
had gone so fast and I was feeling unaccomplished. I figured that promotion was
overdue. My career did not escalate (it did not plummet either, thank the Lord)
but Christ opened opportunities for growth in many other areas. My
relationships became more refined as my male friendships deepened. My character
through patience was tested in my career wait and proved to still be infertile.
The Lord brought more opportunities for our origami.
I learned not to limit
success through looking through one window. Life has many windows that bring in
the fresh air of success but we can be too obsessed by one window to notice
the rest. Take a step back and look at your multiple windows in life. There is
a lot to be grateful for.
We celebrated one year of
marriage in September. The twelve months went by so fast, we hardly kept up! In
this month, Pen Strokes became popular. I wrote a certain blog
marriage that dragged 32,000 hits in less than two weeks. I learned the power of
personal testimony. Majority of the people who responded to that blog were
appreciative of the fact that we used our own lives to share the truth. I was
humbled because of all the blogs I had ever written, I felt that that
particular one was the worst. I wrote it in a hurry on a Monday evening and
posted it without editing yet the results were greater than what I imagined. I
learned that God uses weak vessels for His glory. What I thought was a useless
blog became the most popular and powerful article I had ever written. You can read it by clicking here
I also learned to be sensitive to
the Holy Spirit. At this time of the year I had many dreams that came to pass. I
began writing down the dreams and was very surprised when they came to pass. I
told my wife about them. It did not dawn on me the purpose of these dreams until
I had a dream about a Mall in Nairobi invaded by gunmen. In my dream, gunmen
walked into a Mall full of people and began shooting at will. In the dream they
killed my wife and my daughter (I have no daughter yet but in the dream I did).
Blood stained the floors from the bodies of my dead family. I woke up shaken
but paid the dream no attention. Three weeks after that dream, Westgate
happened. Terrorists invaded Westgate mall in Nairobi and did exactly what
happened in my dream. Vessels of God need to be sensitive to pray. To be
forewarned is to be forearmed.
I learned to depend on God
during this period. I learned that we are commanded not to worry about anything
(Philippians 4:6) but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
to present our requests to God and the peace of God that transcends all
understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I learned that my
heart and my mind can be weighed down by the troubles of this world. However,
Christ taught me to know the battles to fight, those to ignore and the wisdom
to know the difference. There is always
something that can cause us to worry every day. However, Christ said, each day
has trouble of its own, so worry not about tomorrow. Christ never lost His grip
I finished reading Timothy
Keller’s book, The Prodigal God.
also doing the Gospel of John for my Quiet Time. From these two books I have
learnt that pride is the carbon-monoxide of sin- odourless yet lethal. You can't smell it yourself but you begin to
know that it is there when you start to feel the sting of death in your
relationships. I have also been impressed in my heart about the Spirit of Christmas.
Christ being born as a human in a hard world at a hard time depicts a God choosing
to be humble despite His infinite power. His humility awakens us from the
carbon-monoxide of pride. Christ humbles us out of our self-righteousness and
affirms us out of our weaknesses. He is too great to be super like the comic
heroes- He is more; He is Wonderful! Wonderful Counsellor, Everlasting God,
By His Grace we will live to see
2014. If 2013 was hard, stand firm, Beloved. If death struck your loved ones
and if turmoil was the order of the day, hold fast. I cannot ascertain the
future but I can pray that whether 2013 was glorious or not for you, that you will
live in hope. I pray that you may be burdened with godly purpose in the
forthcoming year. I pray that you will
trust in Christ more. And I pray that you will keep reading Pen Strokes: Strokes of the Pen for the Glory of His Name
From the Wamboyes, have a Merry
Christmas and Happy new year!