Three decades ago on a day like this one, a baby boy was born and was later named Confex Mwayi Makhalira. As usual, little or nothing was known of who and what this baby boy will become. But now, looking back from where I have come, I have every reason to fall on my knees and praise God the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ for his immeasurable love, grace, kindness and mercy upon my life.
I wouldn’t say I have had it all, however, through it all, God’s gracious land has led me. The journey as usual has passed through mountains and valleys and yet even though I did not know it, God guided every step and movement I made. Where I am is where he wants me to be and where I will be tomorrow is where he, before the foundations of the earth were laid, determined that I would be. Honestly, I can’t fully understand it all but because Scripture tells me so, I believe it entirely.
As God has been molding me to be who and what I am today, he has used many vessels. I thank God for my mum and dads for being there for me always. God thank you so much for my granddad who taught me to work hard and love mankind despite where they are from and what they do in life. From the very early days of my life, he taught me to love God and value Him above all. I always cherish that gift of Westminster Shorter Catechism you bought me when I was still young and said, “Son, next to the Bible, believe this teaching.” I also thank you Lord for my grandma who taught me generosity and the importance of sharing, especially, within the family.
Many teachers in primary and secondary school, college and church have also done a great and commendable work in producing the final product that I am today. Oh, how can I forget relatives and friends, too numerous to mention, for supporting and lending a helping hand through out my journey of three decades.
My wife of one and half years, Mwai, also deserves a special mention and thank you. I thank you Lord for this wonderful and great friend and lover. Apart from you Lord, she is the next person that is ever close to me. Some only hear of tears I shed when the going gets tough, but she is always there to wipe the tears and offer a comforting hand. Similarly, when I laugh, she is the first person to hear the laugh before it echoes in the lives of others.
Above all Lord, I thank you for the gift of life in Christ Jesus so that I can appreciate all these people and things. Freely you have given me this life and freely you sustain it according to your will. Words can’t fully express how grateful I am. I am now feeling the way King David felt when you made a covenant with him:
“Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And this was a small thing in your eyes…and what more I can say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. For your servant’s sake, O LORD, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness…There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you (1 Chronicles 17:16-20).
Jesus once again, thank you for my life of thirty years. Thank you for saving a wretch like me that today I can sing of your goodness, grace and love. Oh, how I love you. Friends, join me as I celebrate and exalt the greatest name of all, Jesus Christ. You are my all in all.