HELLO, MI neighbour! People who commit murder or suicide thinking that once the deed was done, it was all over, have made grave errors.
How tragic! It's the beginning of sorrows for the families affected. No amount of sympathy can heal the emotional and psychological wounds inflicted on those left behind. Sadly, these murderers forgot that there was a day of reckoning awaiting them. That day is called Judgement Day, a time when all human beings will answer to their Creator concerning their treatment of one another on this earth.
No fairy tale. As a Christian nation, there are Bibles in most households - Matthew 25 is instructive - feel free to do your own research.
And while you are at it, search your heart: have you figured out how you will respond on that day when questioned about your attitude to others? Lies and lawyers will be of no use to you at that time. If your deeds were evil during your lifetime, you will be rewarded accordingly. If you showed kindness to others, you will be equally rewarded. Some may want to scoff at this as mere religious bigotry, but it does not negate the fact that our actions affect our future - negatively or positively. Just look around and you will see what people's actions have done to them, especially in their sunset years. Be careful, there's more to come!
Despite life's mounting problems with little or no solution in view (for some), we must make decisions that will lead to good results for all. Hurting others because we are hurting is madness. And this also goes for the hopeless weak-minded who tend to make irrational decisions. Here's a good deal: feed your minds with good thoughts and it will be easy to make good decisions. The converse is also true: unhealthy thoughts lead to bad decisions and corrupt actions.
You must be a little tired of hearing this, but the good book mandates us to love one another in order to live a good life. Failure to carry out this mandate will redound to misery. Love for others means love without discrimination.
love them as ourselves
And this does not mean treating everyone alike. For, there are persons whose company we enjoy more than others for various reasons. Yet, while we cannot be friends of all, we must love them as ourselves. Loving them as self means that instead of wilfully inflicting pain (of any sort) on them, we make deliberate or conscious effort to help them.
Until next time, let's remember to watch our steps and see to it that we do not step on others, especially the vulnerable. There is a day of reckoning coming. And while we prepare and wait for that day, help someone along the way. Please see list of opportunities to help below.
Thanks for helping:
Jerry Allen and Gary Hylton for giving complete bed to Ms Lynch, single mother, St Catherine.
Dr W Sinclair and N Seaton, St Andrew, for giving a bed to Ms Marshall, St Andrew.
Alex Import and Albert assisting with clearance of cargo on behalf of Hello Neighbour.
Ruddy Spencer, St Andrew for contributing to food and eye drops for eight-year-old Ms Campbell, St Catherine.
Thanks also to Chun, St Andrew, for assisting Ms Campbell with food and eye drops.
Opportunities to help
Neighbour, due to marital problems, wife who is eight months pregnant had to leave home. Needs clothes for newborn.
Neighbour, needs bed linen and cooking utensils.
Neighbour diabetic patient needs a refrigerator for storage of insulin.
Janet, St Andrew needs a stove ... unemployed.
Neighbour wants to pursue career in nursing. Asking for neighbours financial help.
Angella, St Catherine, unemployed, asking neighbours to assist with uniforms, bags and books for girl, 14 and boy 9.
Neighbour, needs a stroller and baby clothes.
Missionary Scott, unemployed, son was killed. Grandchildren need a television and a refrigerator, which she cannot afford at this time.
To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.