Wednesday, November 29

Fegiro Oliver: Ragged looking man taught me a resounding lesson

Ragged looking man teaches Fegiro Oliver a lesson about how every individual needs help in different ways with these words ” Don’t we all?”

Bestof9ja News reports as posted on Fegiro Oliver’s Facebook timeline:

I parked in front of the mall sitting inside my car waiting for my wife to get a few items from the supermarket.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what 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 didn’t.

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 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 bus 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 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.

Man teaches Fegiro Oliver a lesson about Help
Man teaches Fegiro Oliver a lesson about 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 on 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.”


Help somebody, you are only a custodian of whatever you possess.

We come, we go; the in-between defines who we truly are.

Credit: Fegiro Oliver | Facebook

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