They went to secondary school together
Those days were something else
They were just wild
They started smoking in SS1
Cigarette was what they started with
There were six of them
Three of them moved on to marijuana
The other three stayed with cigarettes
The youngest of them was very reluctant
Eventually he succumbed to peer pressure
By the time they got to SS2
The three marijuana smokers amongst them had started sneaking out of the boarding school to the brothel three kilometers away from their hostel to sleep with prostitutes
The other three stayed with their cigarettes
They had become addicted but they refused to move on to higher levels of addiction
The youngest of them barely smoked a stick of cigarette a day
He was a social smoker
Just did it to save face
They moved on from secondary school
One of them travelled abroad
Two became clerics
The other three went on to the higher institution
One to the university and the other two to polytechnics
The youngest of them went to a polytechnic
He became a “Big” boy
But he couldn’t drop the cigarettes
From a social smoker, he had become a chain smoker
The one that went to the university dropped smoking all together
But they all kept in touch
They graduated and started working
The youngest of them invited the one that went to the university to spend the weekend with him
They called it the pre-reunion of the four (they had lost touch with the religious clerics)
They met at a club on a Friday night
They hung out together
He noticed that the youngest one had changed drastically
He couldn’t say a word of truth!
The youngest one told his friends that his secondary school pal just returned from the USA and came to pay him a visit!
USA? He had never been on an aircraft before
Why was his friend saying all these?
When they left the club he asked his friend
Why were you saying all that?
“I was hyping you” came the reply
Hype? Who would hype his friend by lying to his other friends?
They got to his friend’s house
His friend opened a bottle of beer
He saw the fridge stocked with all sorts of alcohol
“You drank eight bottles of beer at the club! Isn’t that enough?
His friend laughed!
“I am no longer the small boy you went to secondary with bro. I am now a man”
He couldn’t say anything
This was an innocent boy he believed would turn out better than all of them
He was smoking like a chimney and drinking like a palm wine keg!
That night because he was in a strange environment, he could only sleep lightly
He overheard his friend screaming from his sleep!
Screaming in terror!
In the morning he called his friend
“My brother, the alcohol you take is just too much
The one pack of cigarette a day lifestyle will send you to an early grave
You need to tone it down!”
His friend agreed but bad habits are difficult to break
The weekend was nice in its own way
There was fuel scarcity and they had a good time hustling for fuel
They also went to some nice places and had great fun
He was happy he was with his friend
It was always towards the evening that the demons emerge from the shadows
His friend would drink himself to stupor and smoke like someone who was determined to bring about global warming
No amount of appeal could get through to him
His friend also had many girlfriends
It was as if he was keeping a harem
His friend’s phone was always ringing
His friend was indeed a single fine boy who had a good job and lived in a flat
Many ladies would die for that but to live a life without boundaries was to court disaster
His friend also had many other friends
Those involved in internet fraud, human trafficking and drugs
His friend met most of them on his night escapades at different night clubs
He realized after the weekend that his friend’s lifestyle did not fit into his own
Sadly, he would have to wave goodbye and stay away from his friend forever
Early that morning (as he was preparing to leave his friend’s house) his friend got a visitor
They talked for a while outside the main entrance of his friend’s sitting room
Few minutes later, his friend brought the visitor into his flat
His friend: So and so, I want you to conform to my friend here that I paid you so and so thousand dollars yesterday to help me get some stuff from the USA
He looked at his friend
He had collected no such money and he wouldn’t admit he had done so in the name of friendship
“No, I didn’t collect a penny from you” he said
His friend looked at him, totally alarmed!
The visitor walked outside
Minutes later, a police officer walked in and arrested his friend!
What was going on?
His friend had lied to another friend that he had contacts who could bring this and that into the country for a fee
His friend was paid
His friend spent the money
His friend had been lying to the people he collected money from for many months
On the day of reckoning, his friend was even willing to implicate him in a matter in which he knew nothing!
Old friends are truly very dangerous
It took him three days to bail his friend out
His friend was very angry
“If you had said I gave you the money, he would have gone away! What sort of friend snitches on his friend like that? What sort of friend are you?”
He couldn’t believe how warped the thinking of his friend had become
He was now the evil guy for telling the truth and his friend who tried to implicate him was the one playing victim
He left his friend’s house that evening
He swore he would never be seen around his friend ever again!
His friend’s lifestyle was not only headed in the path of destruction, and it wouldn’t take long for his friend to implode
He said his goodbyes and left
After then, his friend would call him often to come and hang out with the boys!
He always declined!
His friend’s lifestyle was built on subjective truth, not objective truth
Subjective truth always led to chaos and mayhem
He declined every invitation from his friend
He had seen too much of the world not to be able to chart the course of his friend’s life in the nearest future
Three years later, he saw his friend on the television
Paraded by the police for a crime (This turned out to be false accusation, the criminal was eventually arrested)
He wondered how much the secondary school peer pressure had to play in his friend’s present condition
He wondered if there was anything he could have done differently during their weekend together
He went to the police station
He made his inquiries
He saw his friend
He apologized for not introducing Jesus to his friend throughout the weekend he spent with him!
“I didn’t know how to tell you about the love of Jesus without offending you! I am sorry but you cannot totally be free unless you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior!
Jesus will break the yoke of addiction, deceit and affliction. He will set your life on a glorious course. I used to be far worse than you. Just look at my life now!
His friend agreed.
“I will accept Jesus as my lord and savior, I have tried to change but I found myself going back to my old ways after a few days”.
Say “Father, thank you for saving me and for being my good father! I ask the lord Jesus to come into my heart, soul and body! I surrender my life totally to him! Ask that the Holy Spirit take over my life! Thank you father for saving my soul today and giving me eternal life and eternal purpose. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
His friend’s life transformed positively after he made this bold declaration
He stopped smoking and drinking immediately!
Just like that
Three months later, his friend was baptized!
Months later his friend asked “Why didn’t you tell me about Jesus earlier”
“I tried but the timing was just always off. I prayed for you every day and eventually God made a way!
His friend is now happily married with a child
Let Jesus transform your life today, don’t wait a day longer. Call on the name of Jesus now!
PS: This event happened in December 2016
His friend is now married with a daughter
His friend’s new found faith helped to reshape his life without stress
All his friend’s other babes and friends stopped calling him after he became born again
He stopped night crawling
His habits and lifestyles became healthier and more productive
He paid off his debts and had no reason to lie pathologically again
He became a new man
Do you love your friend and family members who are living dangerously?
Tell them about Jesus today!