Good Friday Thoughts

Its Good Friday today, and as usual, like magic, the holiday spirit has rested on everyone. There is this thing that blows over us once it’s a holiday, especially a religious one. It’s as if we take a break from all the pressure we’ve been battling with all year, and for that period, we just enjoy being alive. I wish we can learn to do that more often, not only during the holidays (that’s a whole new topic). Anyway in the spirit of feeling very light and happy, I say Happy Easter to you my good friends.

Irrespective of my cloud nine holiday feeling, I took time out to reflect on the whole Easter story, especially what Good Friday has taught me about making the best out of life. On Good Friday about two thousand years ago, Jesus took the merciless thrashing; battering and eventual crucifixion that eventually gave birth to the Christian doctrine. The idea behind the gruesome crucifixion was that mankind had offended God and broken His laws and had to pay the price for it, which was death. The problem was that man could not pay this price, since he was already spiritually dead and more importantly, if he paid with his life, then he’ll be dead and won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of the price he paid. So man needed someone who was not in his shoes, someone who didn’t have a debt of his own to pay. That someone could stand in for him and pay, so that man could still be alive and yet enjoy a debt free live. Ladies and gentlemen, that is where Jesus came in, being sinless and debt free in the eyes of God; he died for man so that man could pay his debt of death, and is still alive to enjoy the benefit of his debt free live. (If you think that was complex, read some of the theological treatises on salvation).

So, the purpose of the coming of Jesus was to do for mankind something it could not do for itself. It struck me, that this is the key to purpose; it is doing for mankind what it cannot do for itself.  It is being in a position where you have something that someone else needs, and you are willing to give it freely so that that person could become debt free in that area of live. Whether it is paying for a meal for someone who is broke and hungry, or mentoring some young person starting off in business, or spending your time with the bereaved who is mourning. Life is about giving something you have so you can make someone else’s life better.

The contributions we make in all areas of life that we are paid for are very valid contributions; like your job, businesses, inventions. I’m not talking about all that, I’m referring to the contributions you make for free that you don’t expect to be paid for by the recipient. You are not living until you start making these free contributions to life. That does not mean that you have to float an NGO, but you can contribute to one, financially or by lending a hand.  

Whenever we think of making contributions to humanity, we thing of hungry children in Somalia, or refugees in warring African countries or natural disaster victims all over the world and we often conclude that the UNO and philanthropists like Bill Gates should take care of them. what about the child on your street who goes to school every day with torn uniforms, the couple down the street that has pulled all the children out of school because the breadwinner got laid off, or the old man that opens the gate for you at the office every day dressed in rags and you know he has five children at home. What of your uncle whose 504 Peugeot car no longer has a defined colour, has it not crossed your mind to spray it?  All around us every day, there are millions of opportunities to pay off a little of someone else’s debt, and if you really wish to find true fulfilment in life, start paying from today.

Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyable read Pee Kay! I wish more of us actually see life this way. Thanks for sharing :)