I walked into Sunday service on Sunday 16th December 2012 with the sound of a sister giving a testimony about winning a medal. She had testified about winning a gold medal for Lagos state in the just concluded National Sports Festival tagged EKO2012 held in Lagos some weeks ago. The festival is a bi-annual event and I was surprised that someone worshipping with me was involved and I didn’t know.
I quickly fashioned out a brief interview with the gold medalist. She won the medal in Taekwondo. The congregation had celebrated with her as she flashed her medal around and the youths were proud to be associated with her. Interviewing was superb for me because I didn’t have the chance to be a proper journalist at the games.
After the brief interview, my happiness was questioned: did you contribute to her success? Did you help? You are happy to associate with success? Where were you when she trained and needed support? How many even knew about her involvement?
How positioned this world is. The happiness in the air for her was like everyone knew about her dealings, as if they had a little hand in making her. She had spent several months training and had a lot to do.
Don’t get me wrong: it is good to praise God for his works, grace and mercy. But wouldn’t it be of greater joy if we were involved in people in their travails and when they are yet made?Wouldn’t we nod our head in approval for someone we had grown from grass to grace together?
We are fond of quickly associating with the good: fine. We are living by the “follow the best, join the winning team” adage. We are eager to help people that are already helped. We through deaf ears to pleas from people of need and we take glory in their victories when they are made.
Let us learn to help in any way. A cup of water can go a long way. A dime, a smile, a helping hand, a free lunch, a free ride, a nice chat, a simple prayer, a mere greeting can give fathomless joy. show a little kindness.
Great things start from small beginnings. Someone needs your little help to win that medal. Seek that person and help.