I used to know a gentleman whose life was so mysterious to behold. In secrecy, I studied his life as if I was doing a Harvard thesis.
This guy was not exactly a one percenter (super rich) but he was well to do. How could a person fly business class on one day and be on an outreach to feed poor people the next day? How could a person be lounging in Europe in a season and the next time you see him, he is fellowshipping with prisoners in a dirty Prison in Africa? The thing that fascinates me about this guy is the fact that he feels comfortable in all these places; be it with the high-class places or with the poorest people in this world.
This guy shows respect to the CEO and the cleaner; few people I know do that. He once told me that “on a spectrum of respect, no human should ever start at the bottom. Though the CEO gets more respect because of his status, the cleaner deserves my respect too; just because he or she is Human”. A lot of people that I know are status-conscious yet this gentleman is different. He views that statement very sacred: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
It is a complicated thing to completely vouch for anyone and I won’t be doing that but to the best of my knowledge I do not know of anyone that has accused or alleged that this gentleman has acted inappropriately, sexually or otherwise, with them. I have had females confide in me that they thought he would take advantage of their vulnerability and were surprised that he only comforted them and did not make any devilish attempt; they told me that this guy is different.
It is not as if everything is perfect for this guy; I am privy to some of his struggles. I remember asking him how he finds the strength to do the right things despite his enormous struggles and rejections. His words: “Everything I do is as unto the Lord. There is a God that sees in secret and if we as humans do everything to please him, then we will serve each other better. Even, when I face rejection at work, I keep doing the right things as I know that the Lord is the one that will reward me”. No wonder this guy was stagnated, career wise, for many years and yet never lost his “smiles” for one day. I have witnessed people shut him down and yet he was gracious.
Sometimes, I wish I could have that kind of graciousness and kindness; I am trying but I am yet to get there (lol). While observing this guy’s life, one thing I have learnt is never to give excuses for my bad behaviours. There are “angels among us” who also go through the hustles and bustles of daily struggles and yet have chosen to be gracious, kind, merciful and strive for a better humanity; this guy is one of them and I am hoping that one day, not far from now, I will join that group (Amen).
There was an article I read many years ago. The author theorized that there are people in these world that are silently making huge impacts in the lives of many people, just by living their own lives in a certain way. The author wrote that these “angels among us”, by striving to be better humans on daily basis, have succeeded in challenging the rest of us to want to imbibe good habits, be better humans and follow good examples. These people may not be widely celebrated like the other heroes (names like Mandela, Ghandi, Church-Hill, Lincoln etc come to mind) but their impacts on Humanity is just as huge and profound as the celebrated heroes.
To the “angels among us”, I say more grace to you and your endeavours. You bring out the best in us. To the rest of us, including myself, desist from taking advantage of these angels. Everyone already has a burden; make sure you don’t add to the burden of others. These people may be gracious, that does not mean they are not hurting sometimes. I rest my case.