Telling a story on this day of 2nd January, 2016, wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. It would rather go a long way to buttress home a very critical aspect of ‘New Year’ in Africa, Ghana especially.
One thing that characterized the speech of my basic school headmaster at the closing assembly of the first term of every academic year is the phrase, “new leaf.” Little did we know as pupils that our headmaster was not flexing his idiomatic expressions’ muscles, but was rather sending us home on a good note to come back next term better and blossoming in good deeds. Amazing!
The message behind the expression never made it beyond our ears as the time for analyzing it was spent figuring out the kind of things to tell our parents had they asked about our terminal reports. Those with really bad reports thought of how they could manage a red ink to alter the positions attained for the various subjects studied that they performed poorly, as parents never bothered the cumulative marks that earned their wards the positions. Being successful at altering the positions in the report card saves one a lot of rebuke, criticism, embarrassment and ignominy, and the lucky ones end up getting rewarded handsomely. Thinking the brilliant ones, as usual, assimilated the message in the headmaster’s speech was the greatest mistake of a life. They rather spent the time thinking of stupid things that this medium is not proper for me to share.
Let me not digress, but our ignorance of the message preached was evident in our nicknaming him Mr. Turn New Leaf. Today is the fsecond day of the new year, 2016, and I want to share with you this message of turning a new leaf. First day of the month of January comes in the season of Harmattan and as such all dry leaves realizing that they can not support the tree effectively any longer fall off giving room for new and fresh ones to sprout and grow. In other words, all leaf bearing plants who want to see the light after the harmattan turn new leaves. I realized not long ago that our headmaster was trying to tell us to come back to school the next year dropping the bad parts of us; like, truancy irresponsible attitude towards school chores and studies, laziness, fighting friends and insulting teachers. Please kindly help me tell each and every reader of this blog to let go those inefficiencies and irresponsibilities, and let those things remain with the year gone by. We can not afford to live this year like we did last year, this is a new year and an ever blazing opportunity to open a fresh chapter of efficiency and responsibility.
If you are a husband who has not been acting responsibly, turn a new leaf. Not only does your wife look up to you, you are your children’s hero and immediate role model. If you are a wife who has not been acting responsibly, turn a new leaf; your husband believes in you and your children see you a God, life wouldn’t be worth it in your absence. And if you are a pastor or a church leader who is not living up to it, please turn a new leaf. You are a shepherd of the Lord’s own chosen flock, and mind you, the penalty of leading them astray is hell. Sailing through this year graciously and successfully, no doubt is a herculean task that only the favour of the Lord can help one achieve. Let’s together put to death our weaknesses, short-comings, and wrong-doings and with broader smiles walk on the road to eternal happiness. Even the Bible tells us to cut off any part that draws us nigh hell for it is better to enter heaven without a body part than enter hell whole.
Happy new year everybody.
1 Tim 4:12-13
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
1 Tim 4:16
Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.