Let live

It is an ordinary day around familiar people and you are doing your usual thing. You are carrying your tools in one hand and a bottle of drink to quench your thirst on the other. Your skin is burning, head drenched in sweat you feel fatigue taking over. It is almost noon so you decide to join your group to rest under the shed.

That’s when you notice this man who seems to be from out of town. He stands tall, modestly clothed but appears noble, very confident and knowledgeable. He approaches your group.

You can tell people are sassing him but the more he speaks, it seems, the more people are drawn to his eloquence and charm; as if they are hanging on to every word that comes out of his mouth. However you can tell that a few are already bothered by his presence and the attention he is getting.

Time passes and it becomes apparent that this guest wants to be a part of the community. The more he speaks and the longer he stays, the more people he attracts.  Indeed several people find his manners refreshing.

But as his popularity grows by the hour, those who express their dislike from the beginning become more critical and jealous of this man. They are determined to “put him down” by questioning him continuously aiming to discredit and embarrass him if and whenever they can.

What we don’t realise is that he was sent by his father who owns all the land we are farming, to connect with us, engage us and provide tips so we can get the best harvest at the end of the season. But because of our jealousy, insecurity, fear, malicious minds and self-interest, the few who see his concern as arrogance are sabotaging his reputation, worse stopping him from fulfilling his mission.

This is similar to the story of Jesus – an epic tale of rejection the parallels of which still find its way in some groups, clubs or organisations. In our era, our term for this is “tall poppy syndrome”.

At school, there have been testimonies of bullying just because a student is “a nerd” or is excelling better than their peers.

At work or in a small community, some people are criticised for their talents and achievements.

In a small group I know, when a project, an event or someone had been given special mention, others could not resist formulating negative thoughts, spreading malicious lies, tainting the acknowledgement and worse, becoming hindrances to people creating bigger and better things for the community.

What people do not realise is that their deeds are not too far from those of the Sanhedrin and Judas who were instrumental in the trial and death of Jesus. God created us in His own image. Each one of us has a purpose. If you “stone” someone and attempt to stop him/her from fulfilling his purpose, then you are choosing to be the enemy not only of that person but also of God.

New Year beckons us to reflect on our lives: what we have achieved, what we want to learn/do/accomplish and at times, question our purpose. While we are doing that, we can maybe tell ourselves as well that this world is not for me alone? That this world is created to be shared, that each one of us delivers according to His will, fulfill our destiny and realise our purpose?

As the good book stated, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

 


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2 Comments on this Post

  1. Hi Jayson,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    I have a secret to tell. Most of the time, just before I write, I pray to God to use me through this skill He has given me. If I touch people then I hope I have served Him well or this is exactly how He planned it to be.

    I also have faith that there are a lot of kind-hearted people in our community. I am very fortunate to meet a few who had helped anonymously both in the mainstream and the Fil-Oz communities. And just like you, I have also seen and heard people who seem to be doing it to promote their image in preparation for their political ambitions.

    If you look at Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, it is just human for people to seek self-esteem; only that we all have different ways/processes on doing it based on our values, knowledge, experience, beliefs and status in life.

    But you know what? For people who’s intentionally hurting others – It’s their problem. We will be held accountable for our own actions when our time comes on judgement day.

    But let’s not forget that there are those who are criticized even when they are doing the right thing – only because others are free to do so…. and this usually happens when they are doing it really well. And this is what I am trying to point out – the “tall poppy syndrome”. The thing is, they are doing it well because it had God’s blessings as it is done according to His purpose.

    Since the time of Jesus we had our Peter, Magdalene, Caiaphas and Judas – and they are still among us doing what they are meant to do. I guess we just have to keep learning about ourselves, God and His plans.

    At the end of the day, in my humble opinion, we are given talents/resources we are free to use and that we are mere instruments for His grand plan.

  2. Jayson Almeda

    Well said, Bless. You have touched a lot of people there which now probably placed you in either their list of friends or list of people to avoid! Unfortunately, 99 percent of those in this business of community building are not only doing it for their own self interest but actually a masque to promote their business; some have a dire need for recognition despite their unemployed status, financial insecurity, dysfunctioned families and relationships. The worst are those who actually are there to dupe unsuspecting citizen. But don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for those who honestly worked hard to get where they are. And it should not be at the expense of others. An honest business person has transparency in his intentions. And there’s nothing wrong in making money where both parties benefit squarely. Have a great New Year!

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