JANUARY 26

DO NOT TURN AWAY

Matthew 5:40-41

“And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”

Keti was known throughout the village for his lazy and crafty ways. When he reached forty, he could finally get away with it, claiming he was suffering old age.

One day he arrived with the Christian men to dig my well. Instead of working, he sat down under the shade of a baobab tree to sleep. He stayed for the big supper I served the workers.

When the church men came to build the rock wall behind my house, he sat down under the shade of a mango tree and slept.  And stayed for the meal.

I contacted with a mason to make mud bricks, but the only person available to help was Keti. It was the first time I’d ever seen Keti work, but not too quickly or too diligently. After they had finished the job, the mason charged a fair price, but Keti said he should get twice as much because he was an old man.

I laughed but paid the fee. Keti was one of the biggest, healthiest, and strongest men in the village, and if he wanted to could work hard. He simply chose not to.

Lord Jesus, help us go the extra mile.

 

 

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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