The Root Of The Matter…

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Continues from No One Is Disadvantaged…

Lk.19.2 (KJV) And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

Suddenly, Zacchaeus lost sight of the hullabaloo around him as the crowd of tall people grew to welcome Jesus. He recalled how he had lived all these years.

He was a rich man by all standards.

The sad thing however, was that he got everything he had by crooked and dishonest means.

Not as a matter of choice, but because he never saw any other option or alternative way of living.

Unfortunately, Zacchaeus had never believed he stood any chance in life.

Throughout his entire life, he had always believed that he had to cheat and manipulate his way through life.

He had never believed he could offer any good enough thing to have made him prosper otherwise, having tagged himself ‘less privileged’ and ‘disadvantaged’.

Therefore, he never stretched his mind,

never engaged his mental capabilities,
never explored his potentials
nor maximized his opportunities!

He had never for once considered that there are several better options in life; neither had he ever even seen any new possibilities or alternative lifestyle.

“What’s the point when he was the only ‘odd man out’ and every other person was naturally ‘better priviledged’?

Surely, his chances were very slim…”

Thus had been his thinking pattern almost all his life until THIS golden opportunity crossed his path that fateful day!

This one was the eye opener.

How on earth could he have been so blinded by his inadequacies to have believed such pure lies all these years?

“If the race is not necessarily to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…” He mused,

“If there is a God who is the Maker and Sustainer of all,

Then in what way are these ‘taller’ people better than I?”, he wondered.

These thoughts made him all the more determined to try out something new- if only to prove the validity of this new outlook on life.

Revelation- you may call it!

And he did not mind risking a limb or even his life in the process!

He had to do what he had to do and that was final!

There was no stopping him this time!

(Next: What Attracts Like A Magnet…)

Prayer:

Lord,

I often get caught up in a web of iniquity… Not willingly, but because I haven’t figured out an alternative means of manoevering my way through life, being totally blinded by my inadequacies.

I sometimes exaggerate facts because I don’t believe my honest but simple account will be weighty enough to get my desired responses.

Besides, I play hard to get because I am not confident that the little I have to offer is enough to command the attention I require.

For how long Oh Lord!

I wish for a honest and simple lifestyle. A life void of all lies and excesses….

Forgive my iniquities Lord and please set me free to be the ME you have made me to be.

Amen.

Funmi Adebayo (c) 2013.

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