Friday, September 18, 2015

'Emulate the Good and Shine the Light' (a personal story by Chibuike Chinaka)

What elevates a person more? Exemplary behaviour, good deeds, or travesties and misdemeanors?

Back in 1992 when I was in high school, a particular event shaped my life and left a profound impression on me. As a young adult then, I was moving in the circles of certain “friends” that were leading a life of “fast and furious”.

They were engaged in all kinds of misdemeanors from petty thievery, substance abuse, thuggery, bullying, and malicious destruction of properties. One fateful night, we set out on a mission to commit mayhem of untold proportion on a rival gang.

Just before we were about to start committing our pre-planned atrocities, a member just asked a simple question to the group: “Wherein lies the honour in being malicious to others?” With this he left the group. At that point also, one of the Sunday School lessons that I learnt came to me strongly - do good to those that hate you and be kind to all.

Needless to say that I also jettisoned the group and the mission. They went on to carry out their mission but fate played a cruel joke on them. They walked right into the long arms of the law and were all rusticated from school and ended up in jail!

That simple question - “Wherein lies the honour in being malicious to others?” - saved my life and my career and has shaped how I treat others, leading to my having a blissful, successful, and fulfilled life.

Guys, you can emulate the good and shine the light for others to follow, it pays big time!


1 comment:

Joseph Mhina said...

What a great personal story!
As I read this, I can’t help but reflect on my personal life. I can recall several “close calls” where a slight change in circumstances would have resulted in terrible situation for me and others.
I credit Christian values that were instilled in me growing up in a God fearing Christian family. These values have guided me to question and resist some “malicious mob mentalities and trends” while navigating the maze of growing up.
Luke 6:31 teaches us to “Do to others as we would have others do to us”.
None of us enjoys being bullied, harassed, embarrassed or other hateful things done to us. Luke is teaching us to refrain from these activities, instead dwell into loving, caring, helping and encouraging one another.
Thank you Chibuike