Earlier today, I was missing-in-action on the streets of Twitter NG. To be honest, I was not entirely busy, but I just wasn’t keen to see what was happening on my TL — my fave ‘newspaper’, by the way.
Fast forward to this afternoon, I EVENTUALLY found my way to Twitter, and boy there were tons of negative tweets and vibes flying around. If you’re Nigerian, or at least have Nigerians as friends, then most likely you’d have heard about the fiasco concerning a celebrity marriage on the brink of a ‘meltdown’.
Who is this celebrity exactly? Excuse you? You want to turn Ms Genesis to a gossip blogger? *side eye* No, thank you .
Back to what I was saying, Twitter NG was buzzing with different sides to the story and the sad part was close buddies were actually ‘divulging’ secrets about the couple to popular blogs. I woulda said “how shameful”, but then God says “don’t judge”, so I’ll just leave that there .
You see, every Tom, Dick and Harry on Twitter and on the blogs had a verdict on this story, with a lot of people giving a “this-is-me-laughing-at-you” attitude yada-yada.
Still, another set of people decided to be pessimistic about the whole marriage “wahala” as they call it. They were going “maybe this marriage thing is nothing but a bottle of trouble”, “this is why I never want to get married”, etc.
Now let’s talk, shall we?
First things first: If you’ve ever laughed at the misfortune of others before (like we all have ), then you need to stop, like right now. Why? Because it’s not right, and most importantly, because Proverbs 17:4 tells us not to “…those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished” . If this isn’t a good enough reason for anyone to stop laughing at the misfortune of others then I honestly don’t know what is.
Secondly, rather than entirely use other peoples’ marriages as a benchmark to determine what to expect and what not to expect, I recommend that we ask God for the wisdom required to make ours’ a success. It might not be easy but it will be possible with God’s guidance . I know this because Proverbs 24:3 says “through skilful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established (on a sound and good foundation)”.
So how about we ask God to grant us skillful and godly Wisdom required to build our homes? And one last thing — would it be too much if we say a simple prayer for this couple instead of laughing at their misfortune? .