Positive Quote For Today

"The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself."— C. JoyBell C.

My Laptop Battery Conks Out

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One morning in early 2016, I bought a Lenovo laptop with some of the money I had earned from my piano-teaching jobs the previous year. It being the first laptop I have ever owned, I came to treasure it in the same way a doting mother values her baby child. I have taken utmost care of the laptop over the past five years by regularly wiping dust from it, keeping it away from direct sunlight and disconnecting it from power whenever its battery has been full.

A few years ago, the laptop battery started malfunctioning in spite of me having taken utmost care of it. This is what would happen: the laptop would indicate on the screen that the battery had, say 80%, of power left, only for the figure to suddenly drop to 6% or less, thus making a certain light emitting diode on the laptop to turn red.

About two or three months ago, I woke up early one morning and tried to remove the battery from the laptop so that I could give it to Dad for him to buy a replacement when he traveled to Nairobi City that day. Try as I might, I just couldn't extract the battery from the laptop. And since I don't like forcing things out of electronics gadgets for fear of causing more damage, I gave up removing the battery and hopped back into bed for a few more hours of sleep.

Yesterday evening, just before I went jogging to my hometown of Kiserian, I switched on my laptop. Everything went smoothly as I turned on the laptop. And when I logged into my account, I checked the amount of power left in the battery so as to judge whether I would leave the laptop connected to the power supply or not. Guess what! Instead of getting the usual figure expressed as a percentage, I got a message that said, "Estimating..."

Having never seen such a message before, I assumed the laptop operating system was genuinely estimating the amount of power left in the battery. But when I clicked the battery symbol three or four more times, I got the same "Estimating..." message. Eventually, I ran out of patience and switched off the power supply to the laptop to see what it would indicate on the amount of power in the battery. And wa! No sooner had I switched off the power supply than the laptop suddenly shut itself down. Oh my, the damn battery had conked out!

I felt dejected that my laptop battery had conked out. As I went jogging to Kiserian without my usual enthusiasm, I thought of how I would have to put up with a laptop with a dead battery. It disturbed me to think that the laptop would suddenly shut down without warning whenever there is a power outage. As those discouraging thoughts raced through my mind, I remembered the lyrics of the wonderful old hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow" whose first verse goes as follows:
Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely?
And long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion,
My constant friend is He;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
While I can't exactly recall if the hymn brought cheer to my discouraged soul, I remember hoping and praying that when I went back home, I would be able to remove the battery from the laptop - something I was unable to do two or three months ago as I have already told you.

Much to my disappointment, I was again unable to extract the battery from the laptop. And when I turned to my tablet and googled for instructions on how to remove the battery, I was taken aback to learn from a YouTube video that removing a battery from a Lenovo laptop is not as easy as ABC; it is a complicated process that involves unscrewing quite a number of bolts and dislodging the hard-disk as well as the keypad.

Since I have a poor manual dexterity, I thought the game was not worth the candle because I could end up doing more damage to the laptop by disassembling it just to replace a malfunctioned battery. So I have decided to continue using the laptop with its dead battery. And from that disheartening experience, I have been reminded of two valuable lessons.

First is the value of money. I am sure if some rich people I know had had their laptop battery conk out, they would have rushed to an electronics shop the following day and bought a new laptop. Money is important in life, I tell you. So I have resolved to continue charging people for any service I render.

The second lesson the laptop experience has reminded me is to always be thankful for what I have before it's gone. I have therefore made up my mind to continue thanking God for the blessings that many of us take for granted. Blessings such as good health, access to food, water, internet and electricity as well as the company of family and friends. Adieu!

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Emulating King David

This is me in my den holding one of the Bibles that I read in an effort to emulate King David. More about David in the story below.

Who is your hero in the Bible? Mine is David who at a young age summoned the courage to confront and kill a giant named Goliath, and later became the king of Israel. I admire David not only for his courage and for the good looks he was said to have but also for the way he grew rich, famous and honored during his time on Earth.

After reading about the life of David, I have discovered that David and I have so much in common. To begin with, David was oppressed while he was young. I, too, was somewhat oppressed in my boyhood days; I grew up as a timid and confused teenager. And some people would take advantage of my timidity and confusion by making me do demeaning tasks without pay. Others would utter condescending remarks about me.

Then, like me, David had an interest in music and writing. He composed hymns for God and wrote a number of psalms that are in the Bible. Given how passionate David was about music and writing, I have a feeling that had he lived in this age of the internet, he would have been an avid blogger as I am.

David points out in the book of Psalms that he went astray at some point in his life. That's another fact about him that made me discover I have so much in common with him because I also went astray in 2008 when I was at the university in JKUAT, and again in 2011 when I was at the University of Nairobi - an ugly story I have narrated before on his lovely blog of mine.

Even after I dropped out of the University of Nairobi in 2011, I continued being rebellious. I would run away from home whenever my family failed to meet my needs. One night in 2011 when I ran away from home after my family members refused to fund the production of a song I had written, I sent them a message that I would commit suicide. Like David, I suffered from terrible guilt and distress as a result of my rebellious ways.

And how did David overcome his rebellious ways and disadvantaged background to become one of the richest and most honored persons in the crowded canvas of human history? First, by loving God with all his heart. It is apparent in the book of Psalms that David was totally dependent on God. He approached Him in prayer in times of joy and sorrow. That's why he has been described by historians as a man after God's heart.

Secondly, David attained his success by studying and meditating on the Word of God regularly and diligently. As he put it, he hid God's Word in his heart so that he might not sin against Him. I just like the way he says in one of his psalms that "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears".

Lastly, David succeeded by following his passion for music and writing. Chuck Swindoll, a venerated theologian in America, has described David as "a man of passion and destiny" in one of his books. I am sure that passion for music and writing contributed to David's enviable mental clarity. Little wonder that he grew wealthy and respected.

Because David is my hero in the Bible, I have resolved to emulate him. How? By following my passion for music and writing and by earnestly seeking God through prayers and diligent study of His Word. I have this firm belief that if I do so, I will gain peace, wealth and honor, for David observed that God never leaves on the lurch those who trust in Him.

The only trait of David that I will not emulate is infidelity. David was unfaithful in marriage; he slept with the wife of a man named Uriah. And when he realized he had committed a grievous sin by doing so, he tried to cover up that sin by having Uriah killed in a battle. If I ever get married, and I am believing that I will, I shall strive to be faithful to my wife. Adieu!

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