Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hand out isn't a hand up

“…a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus…” © Mark 10:46-52, NIV (italics and emphasis mine)

It is amazing but true that some folks that you think are your friends actually enjoy when you are beneath them; when you live off their mercy and grace. It makes them feel superior and important. IMF, World Bank and the so called developed countries are good examples with their so called help to ‘developing countries’.

People around Bar-Timaeus were happy to give him alms and ‘spare change’ but when he began to ask for ‘hand up’, they shouted at him to be quiet…you are making a scene, they said and discouraged him from seeking help. You want to know your ‘true’ friends, it is those who give you and hand out when you ‘need’ one but also work hard to give you a hand up.

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Tim J Kyara
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