Unexpressed Gratitude Is Ingratitude

I have been sharing about how I went back to school after 4 years as a drop out doing all sorts of stuff out there in Nakuru. When I gave my life to Christ and after moments of spiritual nourishment I decided to go back to school. For several months I raised Ksh 5,000 which I used Ksh 3,000 to buy school uniforms, shoes, books etc. Note, I had dropped out of school in the year 1999 as a form two student in Bavuni Secondary School. When I decided to go back I applied faith(what I have been calling Faithing Up) that I would join Anestar Secondary School in form two. I bought uniforms and form two books believing by faith I would be allowed in. Surprisingly when I reported in January 2004 I was allowed to join form two without even sitting for an interview. That is a miracle and faith at work.
I paid the Ksh 2,000 that I was left with and started my education. After severally being sent home due to school fees I decided to approach the School Director Mr. Gatimu and told him that the only option I had if he sent me home for school fees is going back to the streets and I begged him to allow me to be working in the school during holidays to raise my school fees and he accepted. For the three years that I studied in that school I worked as a Mjengo guy during holidays and some weekends at Ksh 120 per day and all that amount would go to pay for my school fees.
In form 4 during second term I realized the borders were having early morning and night classes which day scholars were not benefiting from, also at hope we didn’t have electricity and my parents were not able to regularly afford paraffin. I talked to a form 3 student called Marcel Ayanga to allow me to be using his bed at night when he is studying and that’s how I became a border illegally. For two terms Marcel allowed me to sleep on his bed. He would sleep at 10pm, wake up at 1am come to study room, I would go sleep upto 4am then he would come wake me up to go study. That is how I became a border without the management realizing it, though when appreciating Madam Gatimu she confessed they were aware I was boarding illegally but because they knew my motive they decided to pardon it. May God richly bless Marcel.
After we cleared our KCSE Exam, that afternoon I went to Mrs Gatimu to appreciate her for allowing me to work in the school so that I can raise my school fees. She was so much amazed that I did not go to thank her because they sponsored me(yet they have been doing it to hundreds of students and some never went back to thank them), but because they gave me a chance to raise school fees. She gave me the story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19. She was grateful for my gratitude. I had a School fees balance of Ksh 22,700 which she cleared that moment and so I went home without any fee balance. I went home ‘made whole’ just like the one leper who went back to Jesus to thank Him. For your information I got an A minus in KCSE and was the 4th best student that year in Anestar High School.
That is the value of EXPRESSED GRATITUDE. I might have gone home happy but with a school fees balance but because I went back and expressed my gratitude to her, the school fees balance was cleared immediately. Glory to God and may God bless the Gatimus.
What have you missed in life because you did not express your gratitude?
Unspoken gratitude is Ingratitude. Think about it.

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Amb. Steve Mbugus is an enthusiastic Ambassador of Safety and wellness with in-depth training, safety advisory and Workplace Safety Behavior Change Coaching experience. He is the am the Founder and Executive Director of Makinika Afrika Int’l , a Health and Safety Training Firm in Kenya  and Group CEO  Nairobi Safety Shop Limited, the largest Security, Safety and Health Store in the East and Central Africa and Managing Director, Stewa Safaris Kenya Limited a Premier  Tours and  Travels Company in Kenya.

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