It has become absolutely necessary to write this article because in this part of the world, our so called politicians and others in authority are left out in the realities of times most probably out of ignorance or due to a very limited vision.
Life itself is transient. One day each and everyone of us will pay the supreme price – that is death. When this death will come, no one knows. It is only our creator that has the prerogative of this. Be you small or old, male or female, rich or poor, it will definitely come one day. My candid advise here is “to be prepared”. And to think of it, no matter how much money you have accumulated over the years or the numerous properties you own, either here in Nigeria or abroad, you most leave everything behind when it is time to answer the clarion call. In Job 1:21, the bible tells us that” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”.
The million dollar question here is that will you merely make a living or will you make a difference”? will your case be “old too soon, wise too late”? if you continue to do good or bad, the choice is yours.
Some of our Politicians and those in one form of authority or the other merely forget that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. That is probably why when some of them relinquish power they are like “fish out of water”. May I remind us that success in life is not a measure of the huge amount of money in your local or foreign account or the properties you have acquired or amassed. Simply put, it is what you do for others. You feel uplifted when you do something good for someone else.
Maybe the simple joy of having to help another in a serious moment of need. In order words, choose being kind over being right, and you will be right every time. – Richard Carlson.
Furthermore, according to ELLA RANDOLE of Vanguard Newspapers kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. While kindness maybe perceived by some as naivety or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength, it’s an interpersonal skill”.
When you violate your conscience, it’s hard to live in your own skin. When you trade your core values for money, your success can be hallow and your guilt heavy.
The other day, I was perusing through the scriptures and I came across Hebrews 13:2 which says “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels”. And I said to myself “WOW”. How do you feel? Do you feel the same?.
There are times yours sincerely would have only N200 home or abroad. I will call a few friends, maybe one or two of them will explain that things are not well with them but can I manage N1000. “Please send it immediately”. Will be my response”. And when eventually it is sent, I will therefore have in my kitty N1,200 to take care of the meals and sundry movement for that day. Such is life. I am always contented with the little I have. I bear no grudge to anybody because I definitely know that these are no normal times and it calls for extraordinary measures to survive.
A lot of Nigerians are going through excruciating pains at the moment as a result of the downturn of the economy. It is not as if, the Government of today is not doing its best by the introduction of trader moni and other empowerment initiatives but I must confess as I have always written in some of my recent articles that these various initiatives are not getting to the grassroots, to the real masses who feel the pinch of the various shoes they wear. As a result, Government should seriously monitor the distribution pattern to ensure its objectives are met.
In the midst of this obvious deprivation confronting majority of our people, same cannot be said of some who are relatively comfortable by any means whatsoever. In the book of Galatians 6:10 (NLT) the bible tells us that “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone”.
Also, in the same Galatians 6:2, it says “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ”.
Furthermore, in Galatians 6:9, it says “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.
Giving without expectation leads to receiving without limitation. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. In the book of Proverbs 11:25, the bible tells us that “A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”.
Before concluding this article I cannot but let the readers know what the scripture says in 1Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble”.
Life after all, shouldn’t be more stressful as it is when both the rich and the poor have their origins from God almighty. “Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly but the proud he knoweth afar off” Psalm 136:6. Be considerate! And more considerate!!.
By Kenny Okotie
Abadingo Abadango Foundation (AAF)
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