Thursday, 27 May 2021
Title: Killing Lions
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun
The Maasai clan in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania are respected for being fearless warriors. “The Maasai have always been special. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of danger” writes the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The way for a Maasai boy to achieve warrior status was to single-handedly kill a lion with his spear. Many would be scarred in the process and they carry these scars for life with pride. The turning point for David in the bible was when he faced Goliath single-handedly and brought him down. David went on to be one of the greatest kings in the history of the bible.
Every boy in his quest to be a man longs for a narrative of adventure, overcoming dangers and beating the odds. It’s in the core of our DNA to forge a unique path that no one else has tread. We are not excited when things come easy. It’s in our nature to take risks and to take on challenges where others think is impossible. It makes us feel alive. Whether it’s in sport, developing a skill, a career, building a successful business, climbing Everest, driving a fast car, or fighting for the hand of the beautiful girl he thought would never give him the time of the day. These are our modern day lions.
For this to happen, every boy will have to come face to face with his fears. The fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough. This is inevitable. He has to struggle to turn self-doubt into belief. To navigate through obstacles and uncertainty, to fall, to pick himself up and then come out on top.
The disciples were not ready to take on the world when Jesus met them. They were but “boys”, in the figurative sense of the word. They argued with each other, they had little faith, they misunderstood Jesus and denied him in the end. But Jesus knew this. He knew he had to turn them into “men”, what better way than to walk with them for 3 years. He taught them by example. When they failed, He encouraged them, and showed them what to do. He turned their doubt into belief. But more importantly He showed them how to love, and they fell in love with Him.
The disciples went on to be the greatest force to change the world. They spread the gospel with passion, they organized the first church, they drove out demons, they healed the sick, the brought love and hope where there was oppression. They faced the might of the Roman army and did not back down. The went on to kill lions. It was their love for Jesus which fanned the fire that would not go out.
Fathers and mothers, I urge you to teach your sons how to love. Give them a reason to love and this will give them a reason to live, and this fire will never be quenched. It will drive your sons to be the best they can be. It will give them a reason to overcome evil with good and stand out from the crowd. They will kill their lions and become men.
Matthew 10:16, 28
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
10: 16 “现在，我差派你们出去，好像羊进到狼群中间；所以你们要像蛇一样机警，像鸽子一样纯洁。＂