“When you have this very vanilla-type faith presentation, of everybody smiling like they just got their teeth cleaned? That’s not where real people live! Real people live with being Christians with cancer, Christians with AIDS, Christians coming back home with limbs missing from war, Christians being evicted and Christians losing their homes. If you don’t paint that picture too, then I think that you are misrepresenting what the faith really can look like. The faith is not always sunny days. If we don’t do that, then I think that we are selling the wrong message”
I was in need.
But instead of helping me
I helped you.
I did because I realized
Your need was greater than mine.
But did that erase my own needs?
No, it delayed my own needs being met.
It’s called sacrifice, fellow feeling.
Being Christian, maybe.
But after your needs got met
You forgot to “help me help me”.
Somehow you forgot that sometimes
Unmet needs produce more needs.
So eventually my needs did increase.
Maybe I did mention my needs at a point.
Maybe I never did.
But somehow I thought you will just know
One good turn deserves another.
Maybe I thought you knew
How unwise it is not to return a help.
I thought you knew
Not keeping to a promise creates unsavoury reputation
And breaks the beautiful chain
Of being a blessing to others.
Maybe I got it all wrong.
Maybe I should have just rather helped me.
But by not helping me help me,
You have now created in me
A fear of helping others.
But no, others we must continue to help
Because it’s our Christian duty to.
And our defaulters we must forgive.
©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2016
Marriage & Personal Development Author