We had just come back to the students’ hostel after a tiring day at the clinical attachment at the Teaching Hospital where we’re undergoing training as Physiotherapy Students in Kano. I was tired and needed some rest, so I pulled off my ‘lab coat’ and lazily reclined on my bed for a quick nap. I heard someone tap on my door, and reluctantly opened and it was my neighbour; “Ultaz Ibrahim” whom most Christian students dreaded for his fundamentalist tilt and anti-Christian tendencies.
“Can I get some money from you?” he requested.
“Emm. I really don’t have much on me now, but..” I stuttered, not ready to part with the little change on me. I heard a silent voice deep within that said to me, “It is an honour and privileges to give to another who asks of you for you’re doing it on the behalf of God. When you give to others in need, you’re answering the prayers of others who are bombarding heaven for resources to meet their needs”.
Without much hesitation, I quickly shared what I have with him and we remained good friends until I graduated and left
To lead or live an others-centered life is a tough choice we must not run away from if we really want to be people that would impact others positively. Those who touch others are among those that walk on the ‘strait and narrow way’, and basically serve those that are cruising through the ‘smooth highway’ of life. Those who live for others live sacrificially and are like the Priests of The Old Testament who lived and ministered to God and His people from the Inner Court in the Temple, while the Congregation were at home in the Outer Court.
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But life was not ordained to be lived that way by God. It is said that a tree doesn’t produce fruits for itself as it has no mouth to eat the fruits. Rather the fruits of a tree are meant to meet the nutritional needs of man and animals. The tree sends its roots into the soil to draw in nutrients and water which it uses to produce fruits for us to enjoy without getting any reward in return. In the same vein, God, The Creator of the universe also expects us to be a tree to our sphere of influence, and especially our immediate communities and society at large. We were given gifts and talents which we are to discover, develop and finally deploy for the good of others, just like a flower blossoms to the delight of anyone that comes within its vicinity.
Living for others may be tough for sure, but the merits outweigh the demerits. History records the life of those who lived for others. Many put their lives on the line for the sake of others. Many died for noble causes and suffered danger and peril for others’ sake. Some have sacrificed their financial fortunes to meet the needs of the downtrodden and poor. Some had to jettison their personal dreams and goals when they were confronted by the travails of others who suffered utter deprivation and danger. Some who live for others may be unpopular, and may even live in obscurity all their lifetime, but their fame would live beyond their lifetime. They are the ones who make and create history.