This lockdown have given me many thoughts!…But this one, Feels Wrong! A terrifying long thought that is a neighbour’s-life-threatening; if not well argued. A Scratchy thought that is screaming loud ready to let-out-open; and be heard. Maybe for the right or wrong reasons. “I have been a victim, fallen short of Grace many times and led-a-rushing_ destructive idea towards another’s human life. An idea not to uplift, encourage or assist but degrade and distress.” There’s no telling ‘how wicked that is.’ It’s burying me alive. My soul slowly dying of guilt and shame. I am at the crossroads, chased by my consciousness, and before I can get to a point of no return. Am here to buy myself a return ticket. Am ‘gonna’ let it out! Clearly Spoken Thought to make peace with my consciousness and head home. Wherever that is. If! “am to take you through my journey home. Try think what am thinking.”
How easy it is, to open the mouth and talk!
It’s very easy to say. Especially about something that concerns other people. We most humans somehow enjoy gossiping or rumour-spreading and listening, more so adding some more salt; making it ‘sweeter for the suitors.’ The guilt that wears me to ask myself: “There is this Question that sincerely-sadly-speaking lingers in my Unspoken thoughts. I let my brain crack open wondering. ‘But do we step a side!’ for a moment and ask ourselves; What if it was me being said about? What if! I heard about it? How would I feel?”. Come to think about it! So that next time you’re about to indulge in other people’s business either to judge, spend lies or criticize them. Then you’ll think twice and keep it to yourself, even better mind your own business. If it calls for you_ cleverly address the bothering neighbour’s issues with wisdom, love and compassion.
Think of it as your own missteps, miscalculations, situations and circumstances. That same care and effort you’d put to clear your name, consciences or to improve your life. Input it to see trouble and suffering out of the ‘subject’s life.’ Instead of adding salt, then more and more pepper to a fresh or swollen wound. Undressing it for the world to see, won’t do you any good. Breaking someone else’s spirit or lowering their self-esteem or worsening and threatening their life situations doesn’t make you a hero, rather a monster; ‘reflecting satanic images and behaviour.’ Save your soul; Try offer a shoulder to lean on for a hurting soul, or assist where possible with your capabilities and resources. A piece of prayer also can go a long way changing their life for better. Mustn’t be a loved one or colleague; could be a total stranger. Humanity calls for care of all human known or unknown. I think, it also makes a lot of sense serving others in Love, as it is to God a service too. He instructs us in Leviticus 19:18 and Leviticus 19: 34.
…;18 ~You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons said your own people, but you shall Love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
…;34~The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall Love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
But of all the times, there’s is a part of me that have let astray and missed His point of accommodation and compassion for other human beings; ‘my neighbours.’ I’ve Judged others through their physical appearances and in a short glance of time in their company, without really getting personal to understand them so as to show compassion for these ‘images of God.” Now when I think to myself, maybe! A little bit more kindness for humanity is demanding.
As I read through those chapters and verses in Leviticus. I am moved a mile by God’s Love for Us; ‘for Humanity’; ‘for His own image and likeness.” I feel that I have in certain ways been half-less-never-baked; to deserve it at all. A love so wholesomely-recklessly-willingly-able to change and improve lives. Lives willing and even other so hesitant and stubborn to accept Him, so that He may save them and carry their burden of sin. ‘A Love for all; them that needs it and them that believe they can survive and exist without it.’ He doesn’t bargain or choose who gets His everlasting Love. Although He talks of Judgement in the last days for all. He have continued to shine light and give rain to them that believe, and those that forsakes Him. Meaning He cares and love all. The repented and the unwilling-to-repent sinners. When we continue to pray “Our father in Heaven Hallowed be Thy Name Thy Kingdom come…” we mean a father for all not only for the chosen few. Whose Kingdom is coming to ‘will on earth’ full of believers and non-believers of His kingdom. We all should ‘Be Thankful and Welcoming’ of this type of Unconditional Love. A rarely thing to find. If ever it might exist elsewhere.
There is so much Joy when you have such kind of love free given to you. However we humans are forgotful and at times ungrateful for so many things and gifts. When I say I have so many times fallen short of Grace. Let my try explain myself for such utterances.
Our mouth is very sweet and good, but also poisonous. It all depends on how we use it. We can use it to bless or curse. Missing a mouth with voice is very difficult to exist in a world so cruel for helpless souls and even for every soul .Well! Not to disrespect anyone here or out there, with a disability in speaking or any other disabilities, caused by reasons known or unknown, whether born with it or acquired as they grew. I can’t say I understand what it feels like to lack a body part or have it not working as primarily intended by our creator “(to have it function normally for a healthy being.)” I respect and admire so many people who at some point had, and others who still do have some disabilities in their bodies. Yet! Made so much great and important impacts in the society. It’s true what they say “ Disability is not inability.”
So much talent and potential, even so many achievements made by people who were abled-differently in one way or the other. There are those that are still impacting the society in many admirable ways even now; proofing wrong so many avenues that make them feel less for their disabilities. Looking down on someone with a disability is evil and unacceptable. It’s like judging God. Who created them and allow them to exist . Seeing them as half-a-person is rude and a sin against humanity and God. More so! Opening a month to curse them, is inviting God judgement and punishment on yourself.
When do we shut up!?
Just for a moment and listen? Listen keenly, pay attention to hear and understand and give another person a chance. A moment to talk out! Their thought and opinions, so that you can learn what they really feel as they are trying to say; to express. It’s true! Talking is easy. On the other hand, staying quiet is a hell lot of work. But you must teach yourself to ‘Shut Up! And listen for once “listen to listen rather than listen to respond.” Being the one sharing, teaching or instructing and having people listen, is exciting for many individuals.
I think most people, almost everyone loves to be listened to. Who doesn’t?
However, being the one talking all the time, and always having something to say or comment about anything and everything. Most times is annoying to recipients and audiences around. And it neither matters whether is in an official company meeting, friends’ parties or family gathering; nor is juniors, seniors ,colleagues or loved ones listening. Sometime you ‘got to sit down and listen to other people’s thoughts, opinions and experiences.’ It doesn’t make you less important or less knowledgeable. This makes you wise and accommodating. I believe that “ A great communicator ( speaker) is first a good listener.” As a writer myself; am learning to listen more to people express themselves and to read more ideas, thoughts and opinions from other people. In order to understand how they communicate and share their feelings and ideas, and know ‘How well I can pass my message to them.’ In a way they will also understand and maybe use it at some point in their life for better improvement.
Most times! Always being silent is deemed weird and even mistaken for a less knowledgeable personality. But I refuse to agree that this is always the case for all. Well! Logically speaking there might be some truth in that perspective, but not fully-the-truth_ for everyone. Some silent-listening-moments invite and shouts out wisdom for most people. Many times it even gives a clear progressive perspective to the issues at hand. And the ideas behind that silent-listening-Brain might be the solution needed. So that when it speaks, it yields and gives concrete problem-solving ideas.
My sign out advice for all is: that I personally believe that everyone is important for a purpose, and God had a reason to create and allow them to exist until now. In that same regard; I think everyone has something important to say about certain or most issues. However, I also understand and agree that no one is perfect to have or know it all. We all need each other; to listen to, and work with one another. So as to live the way God planned and intended for us. A Noticable Constructive Growth and Success is mostly achieved when we hold hands and have every one playing their part correctly, with less or no mistakes at all. Let’s also be driven by Kindness and Compassion to Love and Accommodate everyone in God’s creation.
By Author: Fredrick G. Kanja