By Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Omusinde
My line of work demands I instill a sense of hope, peace and resilience into those I encounter.
Unfortunately, these virtues are bound to easily escape us if we lose the sense of who we are as a people. I regularly encounter many people who, for various reasons, are trampled and stuck in the dark.
It is a kind of pressure that tramples individuals and societies into believing they are no longer useful.
So if we remain stuck, it does not just rob the individual of their purpose in life, it deprives the world of the wonderful things that a person and, by extension, the society can achieve.
Staying stuck can lead to a tragic cascade that begins with the loss of faith, our core beliefs and our life vision.
Losing our core beliefs may be bad news but it does not have to be fatal.
Jesus reminded a down trodden and subdued people that they are the salt of the earth. “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” Matthew 5:13.
He was alluding to the fact that even though these people were subject to inconceivable atrocities that included dehumanization, oppression, poverty and irrelevance, they were inherently capable of overcoming their predicament should they repent, which is simply changing their mind. The one principle that I try to use in trying to get stuck people moving again, is to restore their faith.
This can be done by reminding them that they are “the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13).”
Saltiness can be lost when we focus on our incapacities rather than potential.
The challenge of regaining saltiness is to reexamine and ratify the beliefs that have been passed down to us in order to be in control of our beliefs and vision.
Whoever controls what you believe controls you. The risk of letting others control you is that when you are spent, they will discard you or trample you under foot.
The next step in getting unstuck and moving forward is exposing your light.
Jesus teaches in principle that a candle is to be lifted instead of being put under a chair so that the people in the house can see and give glory to God.
A stuck person or organization needs to be encouraged to shine their light on their positives.