I was sharing with my boys over lunch how kind of "disappointed" I was over a certain favor I did for someone ..after hearing what I shared,Jovial blurted out this," Papa,I told you,don't treat people so nice ma,people will take advantage of you one"
His comment shocked me cos I thought he would be like me,"always willing to extend a hand" or had I not thought him more about being "compassionate" but then again,Jovial might have something for me to ponder about.............."We can be good,just don't be too good"
For some examples....
A certain relative almost got my name 'blacklisted" when he piled up "summonses" from some favor I did for him,and he was kind of "angry" with me for "notifying" him of his mistakes without having a single thought of my malaise.
A few times in a month, I would do certain kind of "favor' for someone and she was not happy when I said she should just come and get it from me,(when seeing me busy) instead of me taking a few steps to reach her...(why can't she make a few steps to reach me)
For a few years, I paid thousands of insurance premiums for someone dear,when I was tight and could not go on paying, I was chastised for "dumping" it half way and others example but I rather ditto here.
I have never asked them to "thank" me for the "favors" I extended to them, I only wanted them to know that please don't make me feel as if I am a bad guy when I call out to you,"please don't get me "blacklisted" for I simply hate that" or " please don't take me for a ride"
I remember many years ago,I helped out a friend when he was really down financially,eventually we lost touch but for a good 10 over years,he managed to locate me and gave me a call and told me, he remembered the little "favor" I did for him and I was glad that he was doing great now...( I thank you Joshua for remembering me)
Now,I can concede with Jovial's idea,,I still want to do good but to those who are worthy of me doing good to.....sorry I am not "God"
P/S : Thanks for reminding me Jo........................