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THE LAW OF RECIPROCITY
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:51:02 AM »
THE LAW OF RECIPROCITY

In 2007 I was in England when I got a call that my father had developed a condition called retina detachment in his only functioning eye. The other eye had previously gone blind from the same problem. Everyone went into panic mode.

My father being a sickler, had all his life fought several health battles. This however quickly became the mother of all his battles. The thought of him not having his sight anymore made him very angry. The anger soon became frustration which then turned into depression. His psychological state made me become even more terrified as I have known him all my life to be that extremely strong, supportive pillar for everyone. Now the helper appear helpless.

I made contact with one of the most celebrated retina specialist in the world - Dr Zedek Gregor. He is a Jew with several awards and recognition in ophthalmology. The outrageous medical bills notwithstanding, I asked my Dad to come to the UK to receive the best care possible. He came alone as my mum couldn't get off work. I became his care giver. At the time, out of everything I have achieved in life, nothing and I mean nothing gave me more fulfillment and pride than being able to look after my father during his own dark days. I will drive long distances to be with him, lead him by the hand daily, cook his meals and sometimes help him to the bathroom. Don't get me wrong, the season had its pain but much more it gave me a sense of purpose. Though I was working for the UK government and my project sites in the midlands were several hours drive from his hospital in London. I made the journey to be with him daily. Sleep became a luxury.

I remember the emotions the day the bandages came off his eye and he could see faintly. We both cried and prayed and cried and laughed, it was magical! Later that week, after paying all the medical bills, I emptied my accounts, gave every pound sterling to him, knelt down and asked him to bless me. That night he called me "Joseph - who was sent to Egypt ahead of the day of trouble". The rest is history.



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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 01:51:42 AM »
Why did I take the time to share this story? I want to challenge you to a life that gives back. Life is designed to run in cycles. Every relationship is designed to give to us just as much we give to it. When we don't give back to the places where we have received then we become thieves Many of us, when we think about our parents, their sacrifices, their love and how far they will go to protect and provide, emotions and deep feelings rise within us. How do we then channel this feelings? Does it propel us to do more for them or still we only remember them when they ask or after we have had our fill and there are left overs. My parents are very comfortable. They don't need my money yet they need my love. So I give them my love, my money and my time. Their grand children (my kids) spends at least half of every holiday with them. This usually means a lot to grannies. My parents are always welcome in my home. We speak on the phone all the time. My Dad overdoes this one. He calls everyday. Yes sometimes twice a day even if just for 20 seconds.


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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 01:52:05 AM »
Your parents gave you life and even the terrible ones among them must have done something right at some point. Honour them, this is the only commandment with a promise. Parenting is a tough job and if you are where you are today, they sure made some contribution no matter how little. You are teaching your children, how they should treat you by the way you treat your parent(s) today. For those who already give and honour their parents, I challenge you to do more. For God is not mocked, whatever a man sow he will reap. A time will come they will be gone from this earth. You will miss them. You will cry for their voice and the things you will regret the most wont be what you did for them but the many other things you could have done but did not.

This is applicable to every other relationship in our lives - marriage, children, local church etc. We must give back to the same measure or more than we have received if we don't want those relationships to die. It's the law of Christ reciprocity.

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