- Kelvin Kamau took to Facebook to share a powerful story
- He told us about a time when he learned a valuable lesson that we all need help
- We all need help in different ways and sometimes we don't even know it
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A Facebook user, Kelvin Kamau, posted a touching story about humility and how we as human beings all need something, sometimes it can be obvious but sometimes we don't know what we need until someone points it out to us,
Briefly.co.za that learned he posted the following story on the Facebook group #ImStaying:
*DON'T* *WE* *ALL* ?
I parked in front of the mall sitting inside my car waiting for my son to get few items from the supermarket. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what the society would consider a tramp. From his looks, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.
There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you are just not in the mood and don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."
"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.
He came and sat on the curb nearby but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even get a good meal. After a few minutes, he spoke.
"That's a very nice car, you got there," he said.
He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him.
I said, "thanks," and continued listening to the car radio. He sat there quietly, and the expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside me said, "ask him if he needs any help."
I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice.
"Do you need any help?" I asked.
He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.
We often look for wisdom in great men and women and we expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but outstretched grimy hands. He spoke the three words that shook me.
*"Don't we all" ?* he said.
I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, until those three words hit me like a twelve-gauge shotgun.
*Don't we all?*
I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for transport fare but enough to get a warm meal and a few other things for the day. Those three little words still ring in my ears till today.
No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, you can give help.
Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting for you to give them what they don't have -
*A different perspective on life,
*a glimpse at something beautiful,
* a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.
Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.
Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a tramp, then said, "go minister to that man inside the car, that man needs help."
**DON'T WE ALL?*
Help somebody, you are only a custodian of whatever you possess”
May you have a blessed weekend.
Facebook users responded to the post:
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Graham Bruce: "That is an awesome story, I learnt many years ago at the age of 17yrs when I started my 2yrs national service in the infantry, you never look down on someone, no matter who they are or what culture they are, the only time you can look down on someone else is when you are picking them up, or helping them up, my military training taught me to treat every single person with love and respect, no matter what cultures they came from, and since then, I've continued with that throughout my life. Bless you, all rainbow people........."
Mvuyi Nompandana Maduna: "Wow I'm speechless. You went home yesterday even richer than you could ever work hard for."
Julia Kotze: "Kelvin Kamau, you were sent by a higher Hand to share this with us. Thank you for reminding us again that we were put on this earth with one mission only: to love one another. With love comes respect, consideration, help and so much more. Thank you and bless you. ❤"
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a man, Jacques Grové, has taken to the #ImStaying Facebook group to gush about his thoughtful tenant and how he helped her during the lockdown.
Grové revealed his tenant, Natalie, could not afford to pay rent for May and she could only pay the partial amount for April.
Instead of kicking her out, Grové helped her out. He gave her a discount for April and completely wrote off May's rent. Natalie was so grateful, she decided to do something for her landlord and it touched his heart.
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