On this intense walk of personal growth, I am ever sensitive to needs beyond my own, and today I was reminded of that. Several hours earlier, a call came in from an International scammer who I identified as being from my native country. My initial response was to read him the riot act, but on hearing his voice, I immediately became aware that it was an opportunity to attempt to make a difference in this young man’s life.
In the middle of his pitch, telling me that I was a jackpot winner, I began talking to him in our native language, which placed him immediately at ease to share how hopeless life has become for him. Naturally, I assured him I empathized, but that doesn’t justify his actions, which ultimately will result in his demise. His response to that argument was, life has lost meaning. He has no opportunities, no hope, which has pushed him to resort to robbing unsuspected victims. On ending our call, I had to pause and count my blessings. I wondered what if the script had flipped and we had switched places? But for the grace of God! The lesson I gained from this exchange is not to be critical of others even in their imperfections; not all who have done bad things are evil. Some have fallen through life’s cracks, and it’s up to us to make a difference in their lives when given the opportunity. Sometimes, all it takes is a word of encouragement, which is less costly than being at the receiving end of someone’s desperation, like that young man’s.
In recent years, I’ve had issues with my knees, which have worsened to the point of immobility. I should have addressed the problem with my knees as deemed necessary. However, I resorted to exercising. I thought exercise would take care of the problem, so I exercised, which only worsened my condition. There was too much tension on the joints. As a result, the cartilage is almost completely gone from the knees, which exacerbates my condition.
Last night, listening to Apostle Joshua Selman Nimmak from Nigeria, Pastor of the Eternity Network International, he made a profound statement that made me pause to think. He said, “Every indecision is a decision.” Therefore, when one avoids a decision that act already placed in effect, the effects of that indecision. Fast forward to past years; I’ve been having concerns with my knees for many years, but I didn’t want to face what is presently confronting me, ‘knee replacement.’ Most certainly, I could have saved myself the unbearable pain that has become part of my daily life if I had taken a different approach to address it. I share this to highlight the practicality of handling all of life’s issues by making decisions that benefit wellness on this journey we are on, life! As I began preparing for surgery, I used this time to take inventory of life to see if there is anything else I’m indecisive about not doing because some pain is avoidable, starting by making the right decision.