“Climb and get some for them … that is how you earn their respect and love”
A Senior Officer at Ekiti State NYSC encouraging me to climb a mango tree to get mangoes for my female colleagues. To me that was ancient wisdom on how to really win a woman’s heart and what it means to be a man not just a male. It struck me more because I often perceived him as one who was always joking yet there was this hidden wisdom in him.
“If you always tell the truth you do not have to remember what you said last”
Mr. Ibraheem Salau back when we worked together at Airtel Nigeria. I was particularly struck by this because some Christians do not have this firm position about telling the truth especially in the workplace when their jobs of professional reputations are at stake. It was a challenge to me as a Christian.
“I know what happened. You were depending on old anointing”
My Mum after I had failed to deliver a sermon in church as expected even though everyone else clapped. Only those who know you well ans really love you will tell you the truth. Sycophants are always clapping for you up to when you fall flat on your face. True friends who love you can tell you your flaws to you face even at the risk of losing you.
“If you read the bible very well, you will discover you are not supposed to abandon him”
Rev. Alan Okumeng Mensa when I asked his counsel on an elderly person whom I perceived to be bothering me with incessant requests for assistance. Some burdens are heavy but necessary and they are the true test of our claims of godliness.
Hope you read something striking! Feel free to share statements from people around you that have stuck with you over the years.