Author: Daniel James Vonumiko
1. WHO OR WHAT DO WE LOVE MORE?
A man was polishing his new car; his four-year-old daughter picked up a stone and scratched on the side of the car. In anger, the furious man took his child’s hand and hit it many times, not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all her fingers due to multiple fractures.
When the child saw her father, with painful eyes she asked “dad when will my fingers grow back?” the man was so hurt and speechless. He went back to the car and kicked it many times. Upset of his actions, sitting in front of the car he looked at the scratches, his daughter had written ‘love you dad’.
Moral Lesson: Remember, anger and love have no limit. Always remember that “things are to be used and people are to be loved”. But the problem in today’s world is that “People are being used and things are being loved”.
2. NEVER GIVE UP
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey discovered what was happening and cried horribly. Then to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovelfuls later, the farmer then looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovelful of dirt that fell on his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He will shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on the animal, he will shake it off and take a step up.
Happily, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and totted off.
Moral Lesson: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is not to get bogged by it. We can get out of the deepest wells by not stooping. And by never giving up! Shake it up and take a step further.
3. A YOUNG SOLDIER’S STORY
There was a young soldier, who was finally coming home after having fought in a war. He called his parents to inform them. Mom and Dad, he continued “I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I will like to bring home with me. “Sure,” they replied supposing it was a wife.
However, “there is something you need to know the son continued, he was badly injured in the fight. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm cum a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come and live with us”.
“Am sorry to hear this son, maybe we can help him find somewhere to live”. “No mom and dad I want him to live with us”
“Son,” said the father you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He will find a way to live on his own.”
At that point, the son hung up his phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the police. That their son had died after falling from a building, and it is believed it was suicide.
The grief-stricken parents flew to the scene and were taking to the morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their dismay they also discovered something they did not know, their son had only one arm and one leg.
Moral Lesson: The parents in the above story are like many of us, we find it very easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. It is better we stay with people who are healthy, charming or as smart as we are. To the glory of God, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love someone who welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.
It is my pleasure to ask that you always say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us, amen!