If I asked you to try and remember one word, phrase or piece of advice that has stuck with you for life, could you give me an answer? You know what I mean, right? It’s that word or phrase you have on repeat in your head when you are going through a tough time. Maybe it is, every cloud has a silver lining or this too shall pass. It could be something your parents would constantly tell you when you were growing up. Well, I believe these particular words stick with us for a reason, and I want to share my word with you. The word on repeat in my head is…Bambalela.
Bamba what?! Bambalela. It means hold on. You see, when I was in high school I attended Woodleaf Younglife camp. If any of you reading this have been to a Younglife camp, you understand the huge impact a week at camp has on your life. Well I attended Woodleaf almost seven years ago. It was right before I entered my senior year of high school. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was a week of discovery. You, along with several of your friends, go through a journey desperately trying to figure out why you’re here, what you’re doing, and where you want to go. Did I mention we did this all in ONE WEEK? Deep stuff…but the absolute best. You can only imagine how hard it was to jump on a plane back to reality after going through a life-changing experience like that. To help make the transition easier, two of our leaders held “Bambalela” on Tuesday nights at their house. It was technically a bible study, but for many of us “regulars”, it was way more than that. It was a place we could all go to hold each other accountable. We all wanted to move in the same direction, taking a step forward, moving one foot in front of the other. Every Tuesday night was another step. We made a commitment to stay true to our faith journey, and that is what brought us back each week. It was a place of comfort, reassurance but most importantly love. It was a place to hold on.
Fast forward almost 7 years and here I am. I’m still Bamalela-ing. I know this post sounds like me rambling about my high school days, but I promise there is inspiration hidden in these words. Are you on the brink of letting go? Are your dreams, goals and promises crumbling? If so, this is for you. No matter what season of life you are in, you must hold on…and hold on tight. No matter what happens to us day-to-day, petty or important, has an effect on us. We get “weathered” through life. I believe the test is how true we can stay in the midst of the good, the bad and the ugly. Do you throw in the towel? Do you choose a new path? No. You know what you do? You Bambalela. You’ll get to where you’re going. You just need to hold on.
Cheers to a new week!