My Brother’s Keeper


I just began with a cliché…oh well…

I just got back home for a very long holiday, one of those that everyone expects you to get a job. Anyway, that is beside the point. My brother is a candidate (as we are fond of labelling anyone in class eight) and somehow, it has been said that if he does not pass, it is on me (the things firstborns go through!)

So I started thinking how it was so unfair that my brother has so many people to bank on while it was just me back in the day; back in the day where I had to pass, if not for me, for the others to have an example to follow.

Then I realized how selfish my thoughts were. It was not just me back in 2003, I had mum and dad; two adults who would have had so much for themselves if I had not come into the picture. Sometimes I think I was the experiment, an experiment which turned out quite well if I might say, something like Professor Utonium’s powerpuff girls.

And because I turned out alright, who am I not to give back? Lecrae (everyone who knows me knows I am so crazy about His lyrics) has this awesome track ‘Chase that’. One line totally stands out in this regard,

I used to want to do it big

When you’re only focused on yourself that’s small

How true. It’s not all about me. It is not all about what I want and what I need. It is about helping my brother, both biological and otherwise to get to where they ought to be. As we speak, my brother has renewed energy simply because I also showed renewed interest in his education. And when (not if) he makes it, it will be his success.

Cain claimed he was not his brother’s keeper. I am thinking this is mostly because, at back of his mind, he knew that he was, indeed, his brother’s keeper. Jesus talked about feeding and clothing brothers and sisters. He did it, we should to. Whatever it is you do for someone who is looking up to you or lacking, you do it for Him. I finish off with Jesus’ words of wisdom

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

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