From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin
Dale Carnegie once said, “When we are not engaged in thinking about some definite problem, we usually spend about 95 percent of our time thinking about ourselves.”
We just can’t seem to help it.
Our society is forever pushing its selfish mantra of looking out for #1, Numero Uno (yeah, that’s YOU!).
The Bible takes an opposite approach.
The Lord wants us to have our radar on for people and situations that need addressing, taking the focus off of ourselves and squarely on the situation at hand.
Christmas is a good time to start noticing problems and issues that need our attention, especially when those problems and issues centre on the needs of those less fortunate in our community.
Someone once said, “If you’re not part of the solution then Buddy, you’re part of the problem!”
Is there a senior or housebound neighbor whose yard needs attention before winter?
What about that single mom whose kids don’t have adequate clothes or groceries are scarce?
What can you do about that?
Have you ever approached your pastor or priest and asked if there was a family in the church who was in need?
Perhaps you are handy and can do small jobs?
The list is endless, but you have to be proactive in taking the attention off of yourself and putting it into a situation where help is needed.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent marking the beginning of the Christmas season.
Why not get off to an efficient start and see whose world you can make better this week?