The Attitude of Jonah

© J. Francois Barnard – April 2020

Yes, Jonah. The same biblical prophet who took a detour through the belly of a fish. Jonah had an attitude, and amid the worldwide Coronavirus crisis, I am reminded of Jonah.

South Africa started on a new journey 26 years ago. A new democracy. New hope for a better future. And for some time, it did go well. As some South African economist once said: “It should go well if the handbrake of sanctions against us is released.” But then the State got captured, and our economy went south. The perpetrators are still flaunting their loot and their freedom. Moody’s bestowed on us a junk status under the leadership of a new president.

Paint the Canvas, my Son!

© J. Francois Barnard – January 2020

The year is 2020, and the month is January. Ahead of you lies the blank canvas of your life. For the last 22 years, you, your mother and I have been preparing you to make those first strokes of the brush. It is with great anticipation that we look at what you and your Heavenly Father plan to paint!

The above may seem to relay so much pressure on you, but this is not it. The pressure is off. Gone are the days of assignments, tests, and exams. The fun is about to begin!

The Oil, the Ozone and the Odor

J. Francois Barnard – 2 February 2019

In 2008 I found myself without an income. My IT-Company was sold, and a restraint-of-trade agreement prohibited me from re-entering the IT-Industry. Being a businessman at heart, I looked for business opportunities. I wanted to get involved in the manufacturing of products, preferably in an area with less competition than I experienced before in IT.

The Buffer and the Bad Blood

J. Francois Barnard – 28 December 2019

More than 22 years ago, I held my baby boy on my lap and looked at his sweet face. Absolute perfection! A perfect baby born into an imperfect world.

As I reminisced about my childhood, I wondered about what my boy would face in his life? What impact would this imperfect world have on a boy born so perfectly?

Civilization

J. Francois Barnard – February 2017

Three hundred years ago, my ancestors traveled from Germany to the harbor of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to set sail for Africa. With them they brought their Christian Faith and their dreams for a better life.

The Cape of Good Hope gave them exactly that – hope. They set off as farmers cultivating the land. They moved a little more inland towards the Little Karoo and later took part in what later became known as the Great Trek.