So Ileya is right around the corner and that got me thinking about my family. I am a Christian but I have muslims in my family and I am grateful that I have a blend of religions in my family. It has made me a little more tolerant of people. In akwa ibom, people are of one religion and maybe a little bit too quick to judge other religions.
I guess it is the whole 'boko haram' bombing of churches that made me realize that things are not always what they seem. Yes, a particular religion may seem violent but that does not mean everybody following that religion is violent. I guess before I judge based on what I see or hear, I always remember my family (though some of them I barely know) and my friends who are great by the way and tend to understand there are bad eggs in every religion.
My venerable/priest said something on Sunday that is so true and when I was coming back i kinda had that revelation/thought. He said that we should not look at the shrine priests or idol worshipers and think that they would go to hell, that they might hear the word and repent but we that think we are so righteous might end up going to hell. My personal revelation came when I was thinking of all the great men of God and that they are seriously aging. I wondered what would happen to the churches of Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole when they are no more around to intercede for us. And what I was made to understand is that I shouldn’t judge people on what they appear to be. That I might end up shocked about the people that would do great things for God. That I should learn to view people as potentially great and fabulous people no matter how they might appear.
I hope you guys understand what I am trying to say. Let me see if I can state my points. Learn to tolerate people. Learn to understand that you are not better than anybody. Try to work on yourself and believe that there is a good trait in everybody. I know it is hard but try to be at peace with all men. I recently saw this, ‘expecting everyone to be fair to you because you are fair to people is like expecting a lion not to eat you because you don’t eat lions’. I don’t know if I agree with that but hey, you can still go out of your way to be fair to people even if they won’t be fair to you.
That is enough babbling for one night. Hope I would be super inspired to write a better piece tomorrow (actually think this one is a little drab).
Oh well! Have a nice night or day (based on whatever time you are reading this).