Don’t burn energies trying to outwit others – Harry Kalaba


FOREIGN Affairs minister Harry Kalaba has advised people not to
burn their energies trying to outwit others because “each one
of us has a specific agenda and responsibility assigned to them
by the Lord”.

According to a posting on his Facebook page titled ‘A story to
remember’, Kalaba, who is also Bahati PF member of parliament,
stated, in principle, that life was not centered on competition
with others.

He has challenged those who were in the habit of obstructing
the success of others and engaging in slander to “take it

“I went to the banking hall a few months ago. As I was about to
enter, a lady ran ahead of me and pushed me away, so she could
quickly join the long queue before I could. She quite gladly
did manage to be ahead of me and parked herself in the queue
for ‘cash withdrawals’. I did not say anything. She might have
thought l would come behind her, but I was actually not there
to withdraw cash, I had come to make a cash deposit. With
silent ease, I walked to the deposit lane and I was the only
one there,” Kalaba stated.

“In no time, my transaction was over and I was ready to go.
But just when I was about to leave the banking hall, the lady
came from the queue and she apologised for having pushed me
away. With a somewhat embarrassed smile on her face, she
said: ‘I am sorry sir for pushing you away; I thought you
were coming to this queue’. I just smiled and assured her not
to worry. But since then, the lesson I learnt that day has
kept coming to my mind, and I feel I should share it, for us
all to learn from it.”

He continued in his posting and asked “who are you pushing away
and trying to outrun in the race for destiny, relationship,
business, church or career?”

“Are you sure that you’re going to the same ‘queue’
(destination)? Your path may seem the same, but your
destinations may be so different! How many people did you say
‘sorry to’ after you mistakenly pushed them aside, before you
realised that, that person was not actually going to the same
queue as you? Are you reading this and you are pushing people
away by slandering them, hindering their progress, blocking
their promotion, spoiling their good names through lies and
rumours, all in a bid to ‘get there’ before them? I challenge
you today, to take it easy. You might not be going to the
same destination. Focus on where you are going. Appreciate
the greatness God has deposited in you,”

Kalaba stated.

“You may admire Ronaldo but lack the discipline required to
stay that fit; you may admire Mandela but lack the grace to
forgive that made him great; you may admire Michael Sata but
lack the patience to fight for 10 years; you may even admire
the first lady but lack the tolerance to watch your husband
work without end. Just grab what and who you are and keep
[on] moving forward – alone or in a crowd!”

He added that it might surprise someone that with all their
pushing for success, the people they were pushing away may
still leave them on the ‘queue’ of destiny.

“Finally, as you are reading this, do you feel people in your
office, Church, business, pushing you away so that they can get
ahead of you? If that is your situation, don’t worry; God will
use your case to prove to them that their pushing you away,
does not determine your destiny-it is the Lord who does.
(Romans 9:16). Joseph’s brothers pushed him into a pit and sold
him into slavery with the aim of gaining interim opportunities
from their father who loved their kid brother just a little
more, but at the turn of the full circle, it turned out they
were pushing him into greatness. A story to remember!” stated