Hi friends, from this week episode, I looked like I’m pregnant. If I am, it must be a dream. It’s the loose dress that I wore that is misleading. Also, pray for me and all the people concerning me. To be honest, I’m stressed out. I’m doing my best not to worry because the Bible says in Matthew 6 verse 27, “Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” I really don’t know what God is doing behind the scenes. Pray for me for things to turn out for good for me and those people concern me. May Jehovah be unusual kind to me for I have been through a lot already, and as I’m writing, I’m going through a lot still. Things must change for my good. Breakthrough, breakthrough, for everybody, hahaha.
Anyway, it’s story time. There is this story called “An 8 Cow Woman.” I don’t know if it’s a true story, but there is something we can learn from this story.
There was once this trader man named Johnny Lingo. Everyone in the villages he bartered in knew no one could spin a deal like Johnny could. So when he came around to find a wife, everyone expected him to barter a deal to pay less than the going price for his woman. Two or three cows was the fetching price for an average woman, four or five for someone truly spectacular. The girl Johnny selected was thin and slumped, lacking womanly appeal. Her name was Sarita and she walked with her head down, afraid of her own shadow, hair all over her head. Rarely would she even speak, she was so timid. Everyone thought the girl’s dad would do well with a single cow in exchange for her, and congratulated him for doing so well as to marry her off to such a fine man as Johnny Lingo. But when Johnny entered the tent to meet Sarita’s dad, he walked straight up to him, grasped his hand in a firm shake, and said, “Sam, I’d like to offer you eight cows for Sarita’s hand.” No one could believe the offer. What was Johnny thinking? Eight cows was unheard of, especially for a girl like Sarita. But Johnny delivered the cows and he and Sarita sailed away to Johnny’s Island home.
The story spread far and wide and caused such commotion amongst the villages that several months later, a reporter decided to visit Johnny and Sarita to learn how this happened. Johnny greeted him and graciously opened his home. “You do realize you’re the talk of the villages for quite some time now? No one understands why you paid eight cows for such a girl as Sarita.” Johnny smiled and seemed glad to hear he was the talk of the town. The reporter was disappointed at his seemingly large ego. But then a woman entered the room. She filled a bowl with flowers and moved with such grace, the reporter was mesmerized. She was a wondrous creature with silky black hair, a spring in her step, and an undeniable courage in her eyes. After placing the flowers she was gone, leaving the reporter staring after her.
“You approve of my wife?” Johnny asked.
“Your…w..w..wife? But I thought…”
“You thought Sarita was plain, lacking, a one-cow woman. But as you can see…” Johnny trailed off, then said thoughtfully, “What’s most important is not what others think but what a woman believes about herself. That is what she’ll become.”
The reporter at last understood. “Ah, so you paid 8 cows so Sarita would begin to see her true value.”
“Yes. I loved Sarita. I’ve always loved Sarita. But I wanted an eight cow wife and knew the only way to get one.”
The lesson from the story basically is about what a man can do when he loves a woman. Do you know that song, “When a man, loves a woman…hahaha.” But also, how a woman can choose to recognize and live up to the measure of value and dignity a man can place on her.
If you ask me, there is more to the story than the love of a man and woman. It’s the power of believing in someone, more very important believing in yourself. The miracle of having self-confidence and self-esteem. What’s most important is not what others think but what you believe and think about yourself.
What do we also learn from this story? The value you put on yourself it’s what people will pay. Don’t wait until other people determine the value you carry. Don’t wait until a man affirms you to be the woman you want to become. Don’t allow people to define who you are and give meaning to yourself. Only God is qualified to sit on that seat in your life. Don’t allow people to fix you into their images or what they think you should be. Not everybody will have your best in mind. Unless you put value on your head, nobody will put on it, except people like Johnny Lingo….hahaha.
I mean, it’s nice to get that kind of man like Johnny, but in this current era, there are only few of them, one in a million, and you will get lucky to find them. No one these days want to do the work and water their own grass; they want ready-made, they are willing to find somebody else who has already been watered. And there is nothing wrong with that to find your equal, but make sure it’s real love.
In this microwavable era, money has become very attractive, true love is hard for find nowadays. So many opportunists. Nobody really wants to have the old fashion love; to have someone that together they start from scratch, learn together, laugh together, cry together, water each other, build together, grow together, and so on. Don’t ignore people who don’t have anything to show up today because you never know who they can become tomorrow. You don’t know what God has in mind in their future.
We also learn that when we believe in others, we can make a difference in their lives. Some of us, it was because of those who believe in us, that help to shape us to the women and men we have become today. Their words of faith on us, their support, and the way they model life to us to show us if they can do it, we can do it, have helped us in our journeys. Some of them even stood on our gaps in faith so that we can make it. I’m talking about our parents, close relatives, pastors, teachers, and friends that God has placed in our lives. Somehow these people because of their involvements and contributions in our lives, we are very thankful for them.
But really what do we learn from the story? We see the perfect picture of God and His love for us. God’s love is the greatest love. It’s a different level kind of love. The Bible says in John 3:16, “God so much loved us, and still does to this day, to the point to give His only begotten Son, so that none of us should perish, when we believe in Him.”
The way to prove that we are worth of His love, He decided to sacrifice His Son for us. And through the Lord Jesus, our freedom was purchased with His blood that He shed on the cross, as atonement for our sins. The Bible says God proves His love for us for while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The Lord Jesus even said in the book of John chapter 13 that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It was the highest level of love that God showed us through His Son Jesus Christ.
In the book of Colossians chapter 1 from verses 13 to 23, it says that “For God has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.”
The Bible says also nothing can separate us from God’s love. In Romans chapter 8 reading from verses 31 to 39, it records that “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, Who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
You know, the sign and proof of love is how much you are willing to give to have that someone. Johnny Lingo gave 8 cows…hahaha. You have to give him the credit, because that was the highest bar, and he gave in that level, even though he was known to be cheap…hahaha. The story says everyone expected him to barter a deal to pay less than the going price for his woman…hahaha.
But God’s love for us, is one of the kind. He also gave on the highest level He could; His Son Jesus Christ. After He created the world and everything in it, and gave us all the blessings we enjoy now in this life. But He saw our short-comings. To save us, He sent the Lord Jesus Christ, His only Begotten Son, as the Lamb of God, to be sacrificed to do the job in turn for us to be reconciled back to Him.
Imagine you giving your only son to save your neighbors kids…hahaha. Thanks to God, that test was only given to Ibrahim, when God tested Ibrahim’s faith to give up his son Isaack. It was only a test for Ibrahim’s faith, for God had a plan from early on to bring the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a picture of what He was going to do for us.
We need to raise the standards of how we think of ourselves. If we don’t know who we are, some people may tell us who we are not. If we don’t call ourselves something, people will call us anything. We should keep this in mind that the only one who can tell us who we truly are is God our Creator and Maker. And in His Eyes, we are very precious to Him. We can be secure in the knowledge that our value and worth is based on who we are in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. We can walk with self-confidence today knowing that we are loved and valuable. We can achieve and become all God wants us to achieve and become.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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