There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)
Nelson Mandela, known affectionately as Tata Madiba, passed away on December 5, 2013.
I’m not a student of his life, nor could I find much about the man inside Nelson Mandela, but it’s obvious that he was able to contribute to the downfall of apartheid and the rise of nonracial, democratic elections in South Africa. Here’s some brief themes I picked out from his life.
Mandela is recognized as a strong voice against racism. We should all remember that we are all made in the image of God and are descendants of Adam (or of Noah.. read Evidence of Noah’s Descendants Today) .
After his 27 years in prison, Mandela came out as a peacemaker. Some fear that apartheid ended too quickly for true healing to take place and that Mandela’s death will release old angers and hatred. Join me in praying for the Christians of South Africa to be a strong voice as Peacemakers and Reconcilers in the years ahead.
Maximizing Your Potential
I thought his quote, above, was quite descriptive of his life and a challenging one to consider for my own.
In an Easter speech just before his election as president of South Africa in 1994, Nelson Mandela said, “We raise our voices in holy gladness to celebrate the victory of the risen Christ over the terrible forces of death.”
- The photo of Mandela is attributed to South Africa: The Good News.
- The passion-in-living quote is from Brainy Quote.
- The Easter quote is mentioned in Chirstianity Today’s Nelson Mandela Has Died: Some history, thoughts, and reaction from South African pastors
- The movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is in theaters now and chronicles much of the events surrounding his life.