You wake up one morning to the great news that your childhood friend has just gotten a job that gives him the privilege of meeting with the President occasionally. wow! Awesome right?
Now if you are like most people, you would draw his ear and tell him to remember you when he starts enjoying. That he should not dare forget to mention your name to the President…chai this same president that you admire so much and have had occasional day dreams of you meeting him and oh what a glorious moment…so yea, “remember me o, don’t forget where we started from” are the natural words that would flow from your mouth to him.
Wait, he should not forget you? In this social media age of distractions everywhere, with the new requirements of his work and busy lifestyle of working with the President…he should not forget you?
Before placing such expectations on him seeing no reasons why he should not meditate on your name day and night and help you secure an appointment with the president, has it occurred to you that right now, you are like Joseph telling the butler to remember him as he was reinstated to work in the palace with Pharaoh?
See, as human as Chief Butler was, he got so carried away working in the palace that he didn’t mention Joseph to Pharaoh. It’s very possible that occasionally, whilst working, Joseph’s face would flash swiftly across his mind with the words “remember me” echoing (Nollywood style) but to be sincere, there was little the butler could do for Joseph.
No? Put yourself in the Butler’s shoes. Are you supposed to just randomly walk up to Pharaoh/President and say…Sir there was a guy I met in prison named Joseph, he interpreted a dream for me.
Awkward moment ensues as Pharaoh looks up from the throne confused as to how that is his business in anyway. Do you see?
It would not have made sense for the butler to mention him to the king even if he had remembered him.
But something happened!
A day came when Pharaoh needed an interpreter urgently. Then, it made perfect sense to mention Joseph to Pharaoh.
So, about that friend that just got a job working with the president… How about being someone that is worth mentioning to the president. How about working on yourself such that your friend would have a reason to mention your name before the president?
By the way, it occurred to me, that even after Joseph was mentioned to Pharaoh and he helped to interpret the dream, the reward could have been “freedom”, that is, receiving his freedom in exchange for dream interpretation.
Do you see?
Pharaoh was not obligated to make Joseph a governor because he interpreted his dream. Granting him freedom would have been enough but I realised that Joseph didn’t stop at dream interpretation , he proffered a solution. He said to Pharaoh: “this is what you should do, appoint managers to store food during seasons of plenty…”
There are many problem seers and dream interpreters today, but few solution providers. Your ability to interprete dreams might make you remembered,but it is the solution mindset that would keep you in the palace.
One more thing, when Joseph was called to meet with Pharaoh, he shaved his hair and changed his clothes. Yes, the lord was with him but he didn’t just hop in with unbrushed mouth, chapped lips and dirty clothes. Take note.
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