Humans including me, I’m perplexed by us.
I read a strange story a while back; I’ll like to share it with you.
A flock of very much abused and diseased sheep were being prepped by their shepherds to be slaughtered. A man called Zechariah came along, took pity on the animals, and bought them from their owners. He decided he was going to love them and take good care of them.
Some time later, the sheep he had rescued and loved began to take him for granted. They eventually began to despise him. Their lack of appreciation brought this man to a state of burn-out, so much that he became apathetic and eventually decided to quit his job as their shepherd.
This is a man who had done nothing but provide love and care, perhaps, for years, for a group of diseased animals, and at the end of the day, he was tossed aside like the first slice of bread.
And is that not how we can sometimes be ourselves? We tend to walk all over people who truly care for us, who desire nothing but the best for us; but those people who use us to build their empires and their resumes, and buy flashy cars, and walk all over our rights as they grow more and more powerful – we fear and love and serve and applaud those people.
Case in point: Nigerian Politicians and the self acclaimed Nigerian men of God.
If you’d like to read the story for yourself, you can check it out in the Bible: it’s in Zechariah 11:4-13.
Be sure to show great kindness and honor to those who care for you. Don’t take their concerns and love for you for granted.
Have a great weekend.