What You Sew You Shall Rip… Anonymous
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
‘Did you hear that Tunde’s house burned down to the ground? ‘..the young man asked me the moment I stepped into their office.
Noooo. Burnt? How? When? What do you mean?
This was the gory news I got about Tunde, a former client. He went to the monthly Reedemed Camp Meeting. Before he came back from the 2/3-day event, his apartment had burnt to the ground with nothing, absolutely nothing left. Apparently an electrical malfunction turned his house and all the contents into ashes. I was shown the picture of the burnt flat, and was again reminded of how much we need to do as country. Of course the Fire Service would arrive (if they come at all) after the conflagration has finished its dastardly act. the fire truck would have a dead battery, flat tire or there wouldn’t be water.
I am ashamed to confess that, after the initial shock, I was not particularly sorry to hear of this mishap happening to this man. WhIle not rejoicing at his bad fortune, I was thinking, God is a god of vengeance!
Callous? You may want to ask, why?
I firmly believe in retributive justice, also known as the Law of Karma. This is the concept of what you sow is what you reap. Without going into the slimy details, this man whose house got razed down has been less than honest in his business dealings with me, and left a sour taste in the mouth. Even his colleague who facilitated the business deal was apologizing copiously.If he could unapologetically do this to me, it is safe to assume that this is a dishonest person at heart, and probably cheats other people in business too.
The question of why bad things happen to good people is as old as sin. But when bad things happen to bad people, we get some consolation that maybe, just maybe, life is paying them back with their own coin. While this life sometimes seems to reward bad people inappropriately with good things, that is a topic for another day.
The fact that this young man lost the major part of his material possessions in two days (apart from the car he travelled to Camp in and and a landed property) emphasizes the importance of investing in the intangibles…those things that are very important but cannot be touched, torched, carried away or burnt down. Some of those things are love, friendship, good health, peace of mind, goodwill and a sterling reputation..
While the electronics in one’s house can be stolen or incinerated, your education / knowledge can not. True friendship and the love of your spouse cannot be carted away. Your reputation as a man of honour and integrity cannot be destroyed overnight in a fire.
Your reputation is what people think you are; your character is what you truly are
This brings to the fore the importance of simultaneously investing in things that cannot be destroyed by external factors, while we continue our rat race of building up / accumulating material possessions.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
The quote above is talking about investing in “gold” rather than “butter”. Gold metaphorically represents something of lasting value, while butter refers to ephemeral things. Let us pay less attention to ephemeral things like physical possessions, but focus more assiduously on building character, enhancing personal network, spreading love and encouraging harmony.
It is interesting that the major part of the effort we expend in life centers more on building our physical possessions and invigorating our careers while the more important things do not get so much emphasis.
Perhaps we need to reshuffle our priorities..