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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE TREATED?


 

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36; Psalm 48:2-4,10-11; Matthew 7:6,12-14

 


I want to be treated like royalty. I want someone to send me a text or chat message first thing in the morning, wishing me a beautiful day. I want someone to call me, just to check on me and say beautiful words to inspire and encourage me.


I want someone to prepare breakfast for me, my favourite, toasted bread slices and fried eggs. And a cup of black tea or orange juice to send it down. I want someone to ask me if I have eaten lunch. I want to be invited to lunch at a fancy restaurant where the air is cool-conditioned, and the music is soft and soothing. I want to chatter and rant about how stressful work is while someone listens and nods in empathy. I want someone to console me when I am hurting and frustrated. I want someone to hold my right hand and say, “It will all make sense in the end”. I want someone to send me money before I ask because they know I need it. I want gifts, lots of it; gifts on my birthday, gifts on special anniversaries or seasons and gifts for no reason.


I want someone to give me a ride home after a stressful day or pay for a cab so that I don’t have to struggle with crazy commuters, scrambling to enter a raggedy bus that is more or less a mechanised coffin. I want to be greeted with a hug when I arrive home, with dinner already served and running bath water that is not too hot and not too cold. I want someone to treat me like a priority, like I am the only one that matters in the whole world. I want someone to rock me gently as I fall asleep. I want someone who will give me a kiss on the forehead and say a prayer for me. Not just any prayer – serious prayer, the kind that King Hezekiah made.


It is written that when he was threatened by Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, he took the letter which the former had written and went up to the Temple, spread it out before the Lord and spoke with faith. I want someone to speak to God for me and do so ever so often. I need all the prayers I can get. And I know that God answers prayers. Clearly, we all desire good things for ourselves. Are we as generous with our time and treasure? WILL YOU BE WILLING TO TREAT OTHERS THIS WAY?Scripture requires it of you: "Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

Prayer:

  1. Father Lord, empty my heart of selfishness and fill my heart with love.

  2. My father, open my eyes to see that You love me beyond measure.

  3. Give me true love for myself and the grace to love others as I want to be loved, in Jesus name. Amen.

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