I am a firm believer in the parable ‘ Charity begins at home’ and this parable always brings to mind a trip i had with my family as a 15 year old to visit to my grandparents. It was getting dark outside when my fathers personal assistant returned from the post office.
I knew my mid-school results would be in the post and I quickly grabbed the first letter addressed to my dad and opened it myself – It had 9 A’s, and a demerit in the language ‘Hausa’.
I was excited by the high grades and literally ran over to my parents at the back of the house
“Dad, Mum – i did it….am off to the Science class – i am a TOP 5 student”
He didn’t seem impressed – he pointed at the accompanying letter and said “My Son, I love you , but your integrity is more important than your success”
The narrative from the school report read “Great student with huge potential…” but, needs to work on his ethics…!!!
Dad continued to say, I’d rather you come home with an average result, but get credit for being the most outstanding student in terms of your behaviour, how you carry yourself and carry my name.
I cannot believe in your success if the ethical foundation is missing.