Zambia is a predominantly Christian nation with most people identifying as such even when they are the worst criminals. As such, activities involving Christian themes are usually done in most schools. When I was in high school, one of the things each class did was to sing Gospel songs in their own classrooms for the first hour every Thursday. It was great and we usually sung with youthful zest and tried to outdo the next class.
Human nature is that people are enthusiastic on some days and less so on others, so my class had its own low energy days as well. On such days, some male classmates would ask whether we wanted some ‘pick-us-up’ for a more enjoyable session. We did not understand what they meant at first but quickly caught. We would all shout that we, indeed, need some pick-us-up.
The boys would then leave the classroom and come back after a few minutes. The first thing we would notice were their bloodshot eyes and high level energy. They would then lead us in singing with so much enthusiasm that we had no choice but join in with Olympic winning vigour. Oh, you never heard such singing, such adoration of the Lord, such praising of and thanks to the Almighty! I believe we would all have gone to heaven had the rapture occurred during those times.
Well, we had come to learn that the boys would go to smoke marijuana whenever they stepped out. That is why they came back with seemingly supernatural energy.
However, I wonder whether the Almighty accepted our weed influenced adoration. Do you think He did? Anyway, whichever way, we had a great time every Thursday morning. Ah, the good old days.