“Greed is defined as intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power or food”. What about a situation when someone owes his landlord about one year’s rent and he suddenly hits a jackpot that is four times the amount owed, yet he or she refuses to pay the rent? What is the name for that kind of attitude?
The fact that a person owes his or her landlord over a year’s rent may sound absurd to people in Europe and America but in Nigeria, most people pay annual rents upfront. Whenever people fail to pay, landlords tend to give them some slack, hoping that they will pay within the year. Some people will complete the whole year without paying their rents; if you try to evict them, you will find out that the tenancy laws are more lenient towards the tenants.
I know a reverend gentleman whose tenant owed him over eighteen month’s house rent. Initially he persevered with the guy without bothering him until he realised that the tenant took the debt for granted. The tenant, a family man, always had lots of excuses for not paying his rents. So, the gentleman resorted to praying for his tenant. According to him, his main prayer point was that God should bless this tenant so that he could pay his house rent.
After few months of waiting and intense prayers, this gentleman had a dream. He told me that in his dream, he saw an angel of God and he complained about his own financial situation to the angel. He said he mentioned the fact that his finances were in tatters, school fees had not been paid for his kids and that his family had not eaten good food for a while. Then, the angel asked him a rhetorical question in that dream: “Has your tenant not paid you? I recently provided him with some money he was not expecting and I did it so that he could pay you”. According to him, that was how the dream ended.
After few more months of continuous excuses from his tenant, he finally got to know the truth; his dream was for real. The tenant confided in a friend who later exposed the greedy nature of that individual to his landlord. Apparently, the tenant, after he had lost his job, started a book writing ministry that was focused on religious themes.
He then wrote to some Christian ministries in the USA for assistance and to his biggest surprise they sent him some money; four times the house rent he owed. But instead of paying the rent, the guy enhanced his lifestyle. He bought new appliances; life can always be better when there is money. Did he even spare any thoughts for his landlord? Nope, he didn’t.
Let me put what that tenant did into perspective. As an individual, he knew his owed his landlord. He knew his landlord was in a financial mess; as per what I was told, the financial situation was very precarious. This guy got a “windfall” of financial assistance that was enough to pay his rent and still remain a huge amount for his business; yet he chose to be wicked and greedy.
He kept everything to himself; spared no thoughts for his suffering landlord. If he vacated the flat he was living in, another tenant would move in and pay the landlord. The guy chose to stay, refused to pay, continued with the “no money” excuses…that’s wicked. I really wonder how those kinds of people sleep at night; lol.
The challenge with greed is that any individual that possesses it cannot be hundred percent pure at heart. “It is served with some form of callousness”. Life should always be “Live and Let’s Live”. No one has to die or lose for another person to succeed. If all of us want everything for ourselves and our families alone, the world will become a very dangerous place.