Priority Number One

Kenya, with its many attractions, is arguably a magnificent country. It is home to the Big Five, the Great Rift valley, the Mount Kenya, sportsmen and sportswomen who are world-beaters, and many more. 

Cheetahs are some of the most fascinating animals dotting Kenyan Savanna. It is the fastest land animal. According to animal scientists, a cheetah accelerates from 0 – 100Km/hr within three seconds. That is stunningly fast! In simple terms, motor vehicle engineers tell how fast a vehicle can accelerate by measuring the time it takes for the speedometer needle to move from 0Km/hr to 100Km/hr.

The story of a cheetah sounds like a cock and bull account. The cheetah has no competition in the Savannah and very little of it on the road. However, it could probably get considerable trouble from Lamborghini Aventador, Hennessey Venom GT and Bugatti Chiron.

Technically speaking, there are few cars on Kenyan roads that can contend with the mighty Maasai Mara cheetah. The commonest cars on Kenyan roads, on average, accelerate from 0km/hr-100km/hr between 4 seconds to 11 seconds. 

In theory, a cheetah would outrun all the cars on Kenyan roads. The downside is that it runs out of puff incredibly fast. It always turns out to be huffing and puffing.

Redeeming time

The fact that a cheetah can sprint faster than any other predator in the wild does not mean it is always successful. The slow-paced lion uses its strength advantage to terrorise and steal a kill from the cheetah. The cheetah and her cubs are constantly on the move. They are running away from the impressive predators of the savannah. It is interesting to note that being the fastest over here does not necessarily guarantee success over there. Perhaps that is why the Scripture wants us to know that the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

Priority numero uno

Our lives accelerate as fast as the cheetah. A year is such a short time. It starts and ends within no time. Seasons come and go. I sometimes find it hard to keep pace with the developments around my life and in the world.

A fast-paced world requires a priority mindset. Every passing day is an opportunity for me to reset my priorities.

According to Jesus, the priority of every Christian is to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Unfortunately, I always find myself doing the contrary: seeking the kingdom of man first and his opulence. I conduct my affairs as if I will live forever. For a moment I tend to forget that life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. Fame and popularity are fleeting. The vineyard of the Lord has plenty of harvests but few labourers. I would want to be among these few labourers. Nevertheless, I believe my dear reader will join me in this vineyard and the number of labourers will grow.

This reminds me of the Muungano Christian Choir from Tanzania. The one my mother loved. Decades ago, before I knew these stuff am writing, they produced a song called Mahangaiko, which is a Kiswahili word for busyness. The song goes like this,

Mahangaiko na mahangaiko

Na hizo shughuli za kila siku

Zimewafanya wanadamu kumsahau Mungu wao.

The busyness of life has made humans forget their God.

We should not be busier than God intended us to be. D.L. Moody brought this out perfectly when he said, “My friend if you are too busy to read the Bible every day you are busier than Almighty God ever intended any human being should be, and you had better let some things go, and take time to read the Bible.”

We ought to work when it is still daytime. A night is coming when we will not be able to labour. This is not the time for hemming and hewing. Rather, it is an opportune time to burn the rubber.

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