Unblock Me…(!)

BY: Dan Phale*

About four decades ago, my life account was opened in the heavenly kingdom at the time when God created me out of His own will. And as per His holy plan, I was destined to get in abundance, everything in life… such as delicious food, very nice clothes, and a descent shelter. In other words, my book balance was sufficient to take me to yonder times if nothing went wrong in my existence on earth.

Having been born from the then husband and wife, Joseph and Beatrice, ignorance distracted me from knowing what future life would be like. As a child, just like all other four children in our family, I was well taken care of. At least I ate three meals every day: breakfast before going to school, lunch after coming back from school, and supper in the evening… Well, those were the old good days when the cost of living was not high as compared to the earning capacity.

In terms of education, I had an excellent performance both in primary school and secondary school to the extent that my expectations were high that I would even proceed to the university. I still recall pretty well that my teachers used to call me as one of the college materials. What a complement. Suffice to mention herein that I lacked adequate finances for post secondary studies. That was probably the main source of the dark age of my life, and in the course of time – Lucifer – the once disobedient angel of the Lord, who is also well known as the leader in the revolt against the holy heavenly kingdom abducted me out of the custody of my creator.

Soon after graduating from secondary school I became a heavy and habitual drunkard. There and then my life became full of troubles as I was entangled in the devil’s nest. More often than not things did not work out in accordance with my plans… In a nutshell, Lucifer hacked my life account; and my efforts to untangle myself from him proved futile. Actually, the more I attempted the more Lucifer enslaved me, and finally he blocked my life account so that I could not succeed in wrestling with him. Let me add herein that when the devil hacks and blocks a person’s life account, such person then becomes an idiot devoid of wisdom, so that an advice which is given goes in one ear and out the other; and to this effect he or she happens to be very a worthless slave of life. He or she is mistreated And consequently, he or she suffers the most of all. I have, actually, seen it with my ears, so to speak.

However, in the recent past, I realized that although I was struggling to recover my account from the devil, I needed the power of my creator… I, thus, abandoned beer drinking habit very which happened to be pleasing the devil, and I returned to sobriety. I, simultaneously, ordered the devil to unlock me; I said: “To you, Lucifer, I shout in the name of Jesus Christ to ‘Unblock me…’ because I don’t belong to you, and my life account was opened free of charge by my Almighty God who created me.”

Frankly speaking, at the moment I am back on track. The index of my economic growth and development shows that I am improving; the smile is back on my face as by and large I am able to retain good reputation as befits a morally upright person; and it is my wholesome faith that my God will be on my side all the times. And from now henceforth, whenever my way is blocked by the evil spirits, I will be swift enough to order such evil spirits to unblock me.


A Stitch In Time Serves Nine

BY: Dan Phale*

Not all of us remember what happened in the past; and probably in future will not remember what happens between now and then. In the same way, in most cases we tend to complain about an outburst of challenges and/or problems which wreck havoc in our day-to-day life. Unbearable situations do emanate from our own omission to do the needful in a range of issues which affect our lives such as behaviour and culture, economy, education, health services, etcetera. But, just like the lost traveler who has no campus in the desert becomes clueless, we seldom realize what actually brings about such challenges and/or problems that inhibit us from getting on well with our lives.

If we critically look at what we are facing today, we shall find out that what happened in the past has a great bearing on today’s life. For instance, within one family or home, children may not be in good terms with each other. And try to analyze how they were brought up, you will be tempted to form an opinion that they were moulded by their parents or guardians into their present personality and status by which they are known, as characterised by their likes or dislikes, hobbies, and their behavioural pattern.

The economic growth and development for all of us, be it at the household level or at the community level, also depends on the past happenings and/or trends. In this regard what a person, whether alone or in a group, did for a living, and how he or she managed whatever he or she got on daily basis has an influence in today’s social and economic graph or status of every entire community which comes into question. We also know that bribery or corrupt practices, greed or selfishness, have very negative impacts on our livelihood.

As per the aforementioned issues, we are destined to get to our future status which strictly is linked to what we do in the present day. It is, therefore, requisite that we should be greatly cautious as we manage our lives. Being extravagant takes us to the road which leads towards the chains of poverty and miserable life. Permitting the spirit of discontentment, greed and envy to exist in our midst will take us to such burdens that are caused by oppression and repression. Allowing any hooligan to exist in our society is more than sowing seeds of terrorism in our own backyard.

So, the question is: what do we have to do to evade such difficult situations? Well; it is very simple. Being proactive is by far better than being reactive. Our elders do say that a stick is straightened while it is still young. We have to fix the root cause before the actual consequences arise… When we find eggs of a snake we should break them up immediately before they hatch into little dangerous reptiles which after growing up, will harm and kill us or will harm and kill the next generation of mankind. As I have always said in other articles, charity begins at home, which is why I advocate that it must start from a family which – in my view – is the domestic school unit for teaching and/or learning advantages and values of the best human conduct.

As clearly hinted above, more often than not, we face adverse situations because of our own default to address pertinent issues at the right time… Well, in line with a motion put forward by the headline of this article, a stitch in time serves nine, let us fix an issue before it haunts us. At least we should be custodians as well as the stewards of our own destiny. The past is there for us to learn, and the present is here for us to manage, while the future is there for us to plan. It is not then but now, or never.

Wisdom Is Imperative

BY: Dan Phale*

Do we take our time to consider the fact that life has its dynamics? In the same vein, has it ever occurred in our minds that our future life is likely going to be negatively different from our current status if we are not sufficiently wise? Do we remind ourselves that there is no any graph which rises up beyond the horizon? Or, Should we say that we are too blind to realize that the endowments which were once given freely by the Creator of universe are diminishing in quantity and quality?

A story which has been so far told to us by the old wise folks about a fish and a crab is recipe for a very much important lesson here and now… Briefly the story says that a Fish and a Crab once lived in the same water source, say like a well. The wise and visionary Crab foresaw the likelihood of water drying up in summer season, a situation that would make life difficult. He therefore dug into the wall of the water source in readiness of the inevitable dry season. On the other hand, the Fish did nothing. So it happened that when the dry season approached, the Crab migrated into the hole which he had dug, whereas the Fish had nowhere to go to… While the Crab lived comfortably in the hole which was always supplied with percolating water, the Fish suffered and succumbed to the scorching sunlight.

Well, we may be rich people today – or we may have rich parents and/or guardians – almost lacking nothing in our homes. But we should realize the fact that there will be a day when all things that are at our disposal shall be gone, and gone for ever. What shall we do in order for us to earn a living? Lest we forget, in life there are uncertainties that can probably pull us down from our status quo… Suppose that robbers stormed into our dwelling compound, or our business place, and ransacked everything, would we be able to sustain our livelihood? Let us also assume that we’re involved in a serious accident – or natural disasters – and we are thus rendered physically challenged, would we be able to live on without much socioeconomic troubles?

It is – in my well considered view – wise that all of us should take an active role in controlling human population at all levels. At the same time, we have a duty to take care of the natural resources which include air, land, vegetation, and water. Simultaneously, we should be very prudent in the manner we use what we have today, otherwise extravagant and impulsive expenditure is a recipe for a decline of our economic development and growth.

Let us be wise and visionary as the Crab is. Otherwise, we shall undoubtedly be as stranded as the Fish. In fact, wisdom is imperative and important… Whether we are business people, or we are employed by others, or we depend upon social cash transfers provided by well-wishers, a day shall obviously come when volumes of all resources which are readily available today, will diminish. There is no graph which rises up beyond the horizon. Gravity is the rule.

The Grand Prize Of Sinful Life Is Death

BY: Dan Phale*

From what we often hear, coupled with what we see, most of people prefer soft life to hard life; and at times this wish leads them to making decisions that are against the will of God. In this regard, many people are tempted to go against the order of humanity as is expected by the heavenly Father, as such their life is characterized by sinful acts. And in this article I’ve picked one of the numerous sinful acts commonly committed by quite a number of people across the world – as our focus – and this is stealing. Of course it is needful, before we actually get into details of this article, to make ourselves familiar with what stealing implies.

In clear and concise terms, theft refers to the taking possession of somebody’s property against his or her will… At law, this occurs when a person, intending to bring about a permanent deprivation, without a claim of right and fraudulently, takes or converts to his or her own use any other person’s property. At times an act of stealing is accompanied by some violence, a situation in which owners of properties are subjected to grievous injuries or in the worst instances, death… And the fact that whenever a person is deprived of his or her property his or her economic growth gets inhibited cannot be overemphasized. As already observed above, this is against the law. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly under Article 17(2) No one should be arbitrarily deprived of his or her property.

Having said that, we have to quickly admit the fact that the victims of robbery and/or theft get not only confused and worried, but they also become angry. And in the worst circumstances, they resort to administer vigilante justice whereby the perpetrators are grievously assaulted or even killed. Suffice to mention herein that two wrongs don’t make a right thing. But what can they do when the innocent people become fed up? Perhaps this is one of the most difficult questions. As a matter fact those who are entrusted with a duty to protect people’s lives and/or property must tirelessly work in order to preserve confidence and trust among the people they serve.

Well, I reasonably believe that it is not by mistake that Yahweh bestowed this planet with such natural resources that every prudent and hardworking person can maximally use in order to enhance his or her life status. The old wise folks in Africa say that Digging is weariness, but eating is sweet… I mean, it is quite important for all and sundry to realize the immense pleasure one gets at the end of working; otherwise it is inhuman and wicked for somebody to reap where he or she did not sow… Well, even the scriptures are very clear on issues of acquisition of properties in a diabolical way. In accordance with Proverbs 21: 6, as per the impeccable wisdom of Solomon, then king of Israel, the riches a person gets by dishonesty soon disappear, but not before they lead him or her into the jaws of death. Simply put, wickedness is the road which leads to death.

Irrefutable Facts, Rarely Spoken By Those In Command

BY: Dan Phale*

It appears that the social structure which exists generally across the world particularly in various work institutions and/or decision making entities has the potential to create discriminatory lines between those in command and their average staff plus those at the extreme receiving end. In this article the phrase Those In Command includes the top dogs in various work institutions, eg the supervisors; those with positions in the society, or the so-called honourable figures.

Let us begin with supervisors… For the purpose of common understanding we have to refer to the dictionary… In this regard ‘to supervise‘ is synonymous with ‘to direct‘ or ‘to guide‘ which implies, in fact, that a supervisor is not actually the lone actor in the mainstream operations. He or she is often supported by his or her junior staff members. In the same vein, it is an irrefutable fact that subordinates are the ones who play a bigger role than their supervisors.

Surprisingly, most of the times, we hear supervisors praising themselves for an achievement which, without their junior staff, would not have been possible at all. At the end of particular work their tongues rarely make use of the pronoun we when giving a progress report. In this way supervisors portray themselves as single-handed heroes… Apparently, the head would fail to anchor itself up if it did not rest over the neck. In accordance with 1 Corinthians 12: 20, there are many parts but one body… Surely, they need to understand that everybody is equally important, whether a supervisor or the average staff.

The other fact which is irrefutable but is rarely or never mentioned by those in command is that no person is holier than another. More often than not when there is a problem, a supervisor is too quick to accuse his or her subbordinates of some professional mistakes, and it is actually baffling to realise that the accusation is phrased in such a way that reflects the holier-than-thou syndrome. But ironically it is very rare for a leader to come in open and accept his or her mistakes. And one wonders if leaders are such angelic that they don’t make mistakes…! For the sake of our integrity as mankind, let us not pretend to forget that they only feign to be gods with small g’s.

As a matter of truth, supervisors are the ones who, more often than not, commit more serious wrongs than those at the base of the file and ranking. This comes about in the spirit of abuse of power as they feel like they are on the tiptop of the world.

This article would be incomplete if we left out the questionable conduct shown by some selfish people who are in the justice administration system in various corners of the world. As a matter of legal requirement, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that everybody is equal before the law. Furthermore it entrenches the right for victims of human rights violation to have unconditional access to tribunals and courts of justice for legal redress; however this is not the reality on the ground, as most of the low class and less privileged are vulnerable to various forms of social injustice.

It is very sad to take notice of the fact that when the so-called high-class men and women are on the wrong side of the law, their titles play a very influential role in evading justice. Sarcastically, poor people are the ones who are mostly deemed to be wrong even when they are innocent.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that all irrefutable facts cannot be suppressed willy-nilly as the truth has the potential to withstand any attempt to overshadow it with lies. I also believe that it is our noble duty, both as individuals and in groups, to bring social sanity in all our communities.

Selling Coffins At High Price Is Bizarre And Inhuman

BY: Dan Phale*

Having consulted quite several people on pertinent issues aligned to illnesses which negatively affect human beings and the subsequent deaths and all other related problems, I have decided to take time to publish this article. The aim is to bring out such views that came out from those people whom I consulted during my research which to some extent bordered on sales of coffins or caskets. Of course I may not be in a good position to know clear facts as to when and how people across the world began trading in coffins and caskets. But I dare say that not even a single person can bring us convincing facts on why things which are supposed to be sold at giveaway prices are more often than not sold at very expensive prices.

In the first place I hereby very sincerely congratulate the one who invented a coffin or a casket. It is too obvious that the primary focus was and is to ensure easy carriage and conveyance of dead bodies of human beings from their homes to the graveyard for burial. Of course the other significant idea which I subscribe to – as many people often say – is to pay the last respect to the beloved one after his or her death.

No matter how skillfully the coffin or a casket may be crafted there is no any single mentally sane person who can welcome death in his or her household; not at all. This is why in order to save their beloved relatives and/or friends from succumbing to different illnesses, people go to various hospitals to seek medical attention. As a matter of fact this is done in the spirit of hope that medical doctors shall use all their best skills in line with their trainings and/or books to help restore healthy lives of the patients. And when the situation fails in any way to improve as expected, patients are referred to other hospitals at least for better medical services. Suffice to say herein that every human being here on earth is a mortal such that he or she is obviously bound to pass away from this planet, one day.

Also clearer than water is the fact that during the period of different illness, resources – more particularly financial resources – get exhausted. This implies that by the time a person passes away the bereaved family may be financially challenged, with very little or no money left in their accounts. Furthermore, it is sad to observe that most of the times coffins and/or caskets are sold and/or bought at very high prices. Additionally, there are expenses which are always incurred by the bereaved family, and these are to do with transport, food, and the like.

Now, my argument – which according to some people, may be construed as very controversial one – is that selling coffins and/or caskets to the bereaved family is somehow bizarre because it is more like cashing in on somebody’s sorrow. I know this is rebuttable, but this is my personal position.

To begin with, let us have a critical look at issues of commerce and trade which are characterized by a common and/or general knowledge that all merchants aim highly at making profits. By virtue of this fact we are fully aware of the reality that any business person looks for the potential customers to buy his or her merchandise; and this happens through various forms of advertisements. Others have even reached an extent that they erect their coffin shops very close to the mortuary. Of course we do not need to remind one another herein that having failed to get the expected returns a business person gets worried.

And we all know that stakeholders across the world are busy day in day out endeavouring to enhance the well being of all and sundry by, among other things, improving health services, promoting coexistence in their countries… So what would happen if the mortality rate got drastically reduced? Would the coffin workshop owner get upset? Else, would he or she pray for the death of somebody in order to make money out of it?!

I remember correctly that when I was still young, people in my home village, under the community leadership, were mobilised to contribute planks and other related raw materials which were stored to be used at the time of any person’s death. This communal initiative lessened the financial burden caused by the death on the part of relatives and friends of the dead person. If anything, a carpenter was only given a simple kind token of appreciation for the job done, and not payment as would be the case with the hired carpenter for other carpentry work. But, by and large, this tradition phased out.

In view of the aforementioned facts, I boldly propose that there be no coffin workshops any more. The time of death is the rarest moment for us to show our support and sympathy to the bereaved family. As I have already stated above, selling coffins and/or caskets is more like cashing in on sorrow… In a nutshell, all I am saying is that somebody’s grief should not be taken as another person’s opportunity to make money. Otherwise, coffins should be sold at very low prices.

No Life Condition Is Permanent

BY: Dan Phale*

It is our common expectation that each of us should have a quality life which is often measured by what we basically need to get pleasure. And it is an open secret that, irrespective of status, each of us wants to be able – and should be able – to say that I get such a significant recognition that I am a human being and I am valued and respected as such; I am empowered to do things that are vital in my life by myself; I live in my own decent house; I am independent almost all the times…” Of course these are but some of the indicators of quality human life. And the naked truth is that there is a good meaning of human existence when there is satisfaction and pleasure. But in a sharp contrast to the expectation, it appears that most of the times we are not able to attain such things. It is in this regard that we find ourselves groaning.

Suffice to say that sometimes we worry too much as if we don’t know that we exist by grace and plan of the almighty God who created us all. In case we forget, it is an irrefutable fact that He who created us is the sole provider of whatever we need for our better being. Therefore we must understand that no matter the excruciating pains caused by the iron grip of Lucifer, but sooner or later the heavens will smile upon us. As such, we shall never be the same for we shall have what we have always longed for.

I remember pretty well a certain man whose means of subsistence was a very primitive one. In fact he was a skilled repairer of faulty bicycles whose owners could approach him for maintenance work, and in return he would be paid. This man, not only liked his career, but was also very hardworking… But after some years of socioeconomic woes, his life changed drastically as he emerged the winner of the grand prize which, in fact, was Six million Malawi Kwacha in a promotion that was organised by one of the mobile phone network operators in our country. Apparently, that was God’s unique way of rewarding the man for his hardworking spirit and passion in his smallscale income generating activity. Thus he became a millionaire simply in overnight, and his socioeconomic life improved entirely. He used some of the prize money to construct two medium dwelling houses for rent. And from then henceforth his duty to bring bread and butter on the table for his family was quite simple.

According to the Bible, a certain woman had been suffering for twelve years from menstrual bleeding. She had consulted many doctors and spent all what she had, yet instead of getting healed her health situation got worse and worse. But at some point in time she heard more about miracles which were performed by Jesus whenever He met and/or taught people in various places. Therefore, she went to meet Him for the healing power, and as she came closer to Him, she touched His cloak and got healed instantly.

There is another story of Hannah, one of Elkanah’s two wives. It is a very much impressive story such that somebody has to refer to it when missing his or her expected pleasure. Unlike her marriage sister – Peninnah – she had no child. And because her womb had been temporarily closed, her marriage sister usually made fun of her in order to provoke and/or irritate her… Year in year out, Hannah never got pregnant which was the only reason she usually wept in bitterness. But, believing that God would surely answer her prayers, she never ceased to pray. And, it happened that in course of time she conceived, and gave birth to a son who she named Samuel. For obvious reasons she was full of joy so that she showered praises to God for answering her prayers.

As a matter of fact, each one of us has his or her graph, and God, vis-a-vis, has His own time to respond to our prayers… We may be leading a miserable life, yes, but our destiny will still come. We may not be promoted to the next rank at our work place, but we will not remain the same. With our God, the life condition for each of us will certainly be changed. We only need faith in Him and when time is ripe our turnaround will come. However, we need to change our life pattern. Each of us must develop such viable plans that will enable us realise our dreams, as we all know that failing to plan is planning to fail. Not only that, we should also be active in putting our plans into action. There and then we shall all be able and proud to say that “No life condition is permanent.”