There’s a part of my series of live-ins that I won’t forgive myself if I don’t post. Follow me as I conclude with this important thought.
Many times when we talk about married people taking in people to live with them, we make it look like the host is the saviour while the person living in is the “lesser person”. If you are thinking this way, then you are thinking short term. I want us to look at the privilege of taking in ‘angels’ just by the act of opening up our homes to some people.
Can you imagine how you would feel when you look at the lives of people you took in 10 years after and they are doing well? Don’t you feel you were a part of their story? I look at my husband’s Uncle and Aunty who took him in back in the days, and how proud they are of him today. They feel great, and a part of his story.
I have been at countless meetings where Pastor Bakare acknowledged people who played simple but critical roles in his life. One woman always gave him beans and bread every night and that was his only meal for the day at that phase of his life. That may sound small to you, but to him, she was a life saver! Another gave him an accommodation and trust me when I say he has paid back in many folds, and he never stops talking about it till date!
There are some people that you will be privileged to host in your home because of how impactful their lives will be in time; and by taking them in when they were needy, you have become a part of a story of impact to millions of lives, and this impact rings from here till eternally.
Some of the people we have taken in and who have gone ahead to start their own homes tell us that they felt a strong need to extend the same kindness that they received to others. If we all say people are ungrateful and so decide to shut our doors, how will the world taste kindness, goodness, godliness, godly living, christian affection and love? It begins with us. People must experience us and experience God; and it’s not always going to be pleasant to us.
By taking in one person, you have reached out to thousands, possibly millions. It’s not always about you, and it’s not always about that one person you are helping. Let your thinking run to eternity. May you be guided to the people you should help, and may you never lose your reward.