Sometimes You Need Render Your Service Free
Inspired to share this from a post by Prof Ndubisi Ekekwe from LinkedIn. Here it is:
He(Joseph) was sold by his brethren, and later found himself in a jail with servants of Pharaoh. They dreamt and he interpreted their dreams, a pro bono service which he used to showcase his abilities. But he did one critical thing: he told one of the servants to remember him when he finally gets out of jail.
Then Pharaoh had a dream and was troubled. None of his astrologers and thinkers could help. And one of the jailed servants, now free, told Pharaoh: “Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there…he interpreted our dreams for us… And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened”. Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he helped his master.
Some lessons here:
(1) Joseph did a pro bono (not paid) and showcased his skills.
(2) Joseph was very clear and told the servant to remember him. That request was clear and definite: “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”
This is the deal: until people could recommend you in your absence, the promotion may not come. Joseph was recommended before the king while he was still in jail because he did a great job, and he also spoke for the person to put good words for him.
How many times have you asked your colleagues to put “some nice words” when necessary for you? In my family here, when we wake up, we ask the Lord “as you send your angels on assignments today to bless men and women, remember us. Our hands are raised up unto heavens, for your blessings and they cannot miss us...”
I hope you picked something from it.