Love over fear

Love over fear

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To stop the advances of the Russian tank column, the decision by the Ukrainian Arm forces was to blow up the Henichesk bridge. The engineer, Skakun Vitally volunteered to perform the task. He mined the bridge but couldn’t leave and then, he blew it up together with himself after which the unit successfully redeployed. He gave his life for his people and country. Apart from Skakun another person that displayed heroic action(s) is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to the Associated Press, when the U.S. government offered to assist him to leave the Kyiv, he turned down the offer. He said, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.” There are several others including a lady, Iryna Tsvila of Ukraine’s National Guards Rapid Response Brigade, killed repelling a Russian armoured assault outside Kyiv. Obviously, these people knew they would or could die but they decided to place the love of their country above the fear of death. They chose love over fear. Many of us will never be in a similar situation like these courageous Ukrainians, but we will always consciously or unconsciously make decisions from the place of love or fear. Let me give you two personal examples. I choose my love of exercise every morning over fear of being attacked by a thief whenever I leave my house at 5 am. I choose my love of writing and sharing over fear of you not liking what I have written. So, each time you are faced with a choice between love and fear, choose love.

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus Christ

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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