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A Short Story: Pepper Soup

I thought I was right. Little did I know that I was wrong. I thought God was unfaithful. I pay my tithe regularly. I work in my church. Did I say work? I’m a minister. So why this?

My boss told us earlier that he would surprise us this new week.
I knew it would be a plus for me for all things point to my industrious build and the fact that I’m due for promotion”

“If I’m promoted, I will buy that dress with my next fat salary” I had said to myself when I spotted a lovely gown exposed by the crystal show table at La Boutique.

Two hours after I got to my office, the secretary called for a meeting in the conference room, telling us that our letters were ready.

“Hallelujah, at last” I said to myself while others wondered what the
letters contained. I watched my colleagues come out with joy when the secretary called my name- the last on the list.

The stern look on my boss’ face welcomed me as I stepped into his

“Good morning sir” I managed to say
out of my confusion.

“Here, have your letter” he spoke unexplainably.

“We don’t want thieves in this organization”, he said without any congratulation nor response to my greetings. I heard him say that. I stood still as he dropped the bombshell.

“Get out of my office!” he shouted. I managed to get out of the building with his eyes following me.


“God, why me? I don’t deserve this. I didn’t steal anything. I pay my tithes faithfully. Why? You are unfaithful to Your words” I ranted on as I walked towards my pastor’s office, a considerable distance to my place of work.

“Hello, who do we have here?” my pastor teased.
“Sir, it’s …” he cut my words with his gesture.

“Your work? Before I listen to you, get me a sheep pepper soup” he replied straight-faced.

“Sheep or goat?” I replied with a shock. I’ve never heard of that before.

“Sheep! Don’t come here if you don’t get that” he replied and resumed the file he was studying before my arrival. I left his office confused.

(Hours Later)

“Sir, I’ve searched all places but I found none except goat meat” I called Pastor, with my voice trembling. I was exhausted.

“Okay, come to my office. I don’t need it again” he replied.

“Huh?” I managed to say when I heard the beep signifying that he had dropped the call.

I walked into his office like one ready to fight. I felt he was cruel” I muttered.


“Relax Deaconess Bunbie. Have your seat.” He said when I entered his office.

“It’s right that you pay your tithes and work for God. And that God should bless you in return. However, do you know that the blessing of the Shepherd is for the obedient sheep and not the obstinate goats?” I was shocked.

“It’s rare to find a pepper soup made with sheep’s meat. But you don’t need to stress yourself with goat’s pepper soup” he preached on.

“This is because the sheep is ALWAYS obedient, but the goat will do what will make it get in soup- in trouble”

“Oh! Now I get the gist, I am the goat. I’m in soup because I disobeyed God. But what have I done?”, I asked curiously until he satisfied me with answers.

“You disobeyed God during the weekend. Let me say you “stole” his
glory. That is why your boss called you a thief”, he continued.

“People praised you for the ministration you gave, but you were proud, you didn’t give God the glory.” he preached on. “Is God unfaithful?”



Are you a sheep or a goat? The former will release blessing to you but the latter will land you into trouble. Check your life and repent now!


Author: Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu

Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu is a model Christian who is in love with the pen.

She is a Nigerian, and an undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

Her desire is to see the world ruled by God’s type of love, and to see men fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.

She blogs at Love Shines

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