“Coming to his home town, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?’ And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honour except in his own town and in his own home.’”
Matthew 13:54-57 NIVUK
‘Anyaneh’ (Gambian Wollof word for ‘jealousy or envy’) – contempt -breeds best in familiar territory.
This is probably the saddest most pronounced reality of the typical human’s lot, within ones own community.
No matter how gifted you are, the people most likely to despise you for it are those who are supposed to be the closest to you.
The celebrity phenomenon almost always happens when an unfamiliar crowd celebrates your gift and pays you most lavishly for the worth of your services.
Only then will those nitpicking members on familiar “home turf” come out of the woodwork to claim you as their own! ”
“He’s one of ours!”, they’ll cry, hoping to be identified as a part of the making of your “success”!
I have always wondered why some people bother to make long eulogies after a person has run the entire course of a lifetime.
Like writing a prescription for a dead patient, these people put off applauding and motivating the person until when he/she is lying cold, stiff and still in a coffin!
At death or retirement, you can hear all the longest, most worthless and unspared speeches of how great and gifted a person was. Yet, while the person was still alive and most useful, there was hardly so much as an acknowledgement of his/her true value!
If people spent more quality time genuinely motivating and helping their closest family members and fellow citizens to fully develop themselves, there’s no limit to the great things these people could accomplish for their communities.
How about you? Do you think you can say something nice and encouraging to someone in your immediate family, to a colleague or to fellow student, today?
Why not spare a moment today to start developing the habit of helping someone else reach his or her full potential by doing something tangible about it?
Why not say truthfully to someone familiar today
“Keep it up, I am with you in this all the way, for real!“
And mean it?