The gift of Sankofa challenges the oft-given advice, “Never look back”—at least, the “never” part. “Sankofa,” a Twi word from Ghana literally means “go back and get it.” It is used in proverbs and symbols (e.g., the symbolic Sankofa bird, with its head turned backwards carrying an egg in its mouth) to mean, “go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful.” The Bible doesn’t begin with the birth of Jesus Christ, but with the book of Genesis (or origins, beginnings, or birth of everything)—thus, inviting us to look back. As you wrap up plans and gifts for Christmas, New Year, and other special occasions, be sure to offer yourself a Sankofa gift. Take a long, hard look at your personal, professional, and spiritual life. You can’t live in the past, but you can learn from the it (cf. Haggai 1:5, 7).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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