I have been meaning to buy this book for a while, every time I passed it on the table at Worship harvest, I promised myself to come prepared the next week to purchase it. Starting this year, I decided to buy as many Ugandan/African authored books as my budget allows. First as a way of supporting them but also as a way of increasing my reading with people who hopefully have a closer perspective to mine because of their experiences living in an environment similar or almost similar to mine in terms of the economy, politics, social issues and certainly the jokes make sense. The easiest place to start has been on books they sell at church after the service.
I was drawn to this book mainly because of the title but also because from the day I Ary and learned that she was Mosze’s wife and I was so impressed in how she did not conform to the standards of this world concerning how a pastors wife should behave, dress and what roles to have at church. I was interested in knowing how she got to this point of dealing with the internal and external pressures of conforming to a certain way of life. Eventually after planning for a while to buy the book, I got the opportunity and read it. It is an easy read, it took me less than 2 hours to read it through.
For me the take home was simple – God knows us and gave us the personalities we have. We need to be comfortable in our skins and thrive there, however there is a thin line between this and being open for growth in different areas. There is a difference between growing and taking on tasks that we are uncomfortable with and trying to be who God has not called and equipped us to be which often leads to frustration. Only God will help you figure out which is which on the journey to using your time here on earth wisely. One of the ways to start the journey is to identify ‘who we are’ in connection to our personalities, our likes and dislikes, gifts and talents, passion. After discovering these then we walk in Gods call upon our lives growing in ways to accomplish this calling and not just doing things for just because we are responding to internal or external pressures from people on what we/they think we/they should do or not or ways to behave.