DO YOU REALLY KNOW ME | Knowing My Name versus Knowing My Story


People are born unique in their patriarchal origins, conception and personal make.

There are no two people who are the same. Even twin brothers or sisters who possess the same biological semblance because of the same parenthood, they are still very different in many aspects of their lives.

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In our everyday lives we meet various people who know our names. They can call us by our first names, surnames or even nicknames. They literally claim to know us and all our behavioural aspects.

However, there is an inherent danger of just knowing someone’s name and behavioural aspects without knowing his or her story. Behind every human being there is a story to be shared; a story to be heard.

Some people have rugged faces that seem to portray permanent ugliness. Others have scars on their bodies that are so visible to the human eye.

Some people have been caught thieving and prostituting. Others have been divorced and remarried more than a dozen times.

Some people are quick in anger and shouting at everyone close to their vicinity. Others are quick to attack their fellow colleagues in defense of their territories.

Some people are afraid to stand in public platforms. Others are skeptical to make friends.

Some people don’t seem to grow in their faith. Others are too emotional if they meet a disturbed person.

Some people drink excessively, smoke and inject themselves with illicit drugs.

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All these symptoms that are there to point you to someone’s story. People have got stories that you need to hear out first before rushing to judge or condemn them. They have gone through a lot in their lives, publicly or privately. And even in those dire situations, they could still be trying their best to correct their anomalies. Do not preach to them the gospel of condemnation, but instead show them true love and acceptance. In their time of need, you could be the answer they have been praying for. Your actions could shape or destroy their destinies forever.

While it is important to know people by their names and characteristics; it is much more important to hear their stories first before judging or condemning them.

You have a story; I have story too!


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