"We brought nothing into this world and we take nothing out."
Sobering Bible verse, ain't it? Health, strength, friendship, food, clothing and shelter are blessings enjoyed by us until such time. The conscious thinker knows that everything and everyone is transient: here today, gone tomorrow - an unchangeable reality facing humanity. Those who hoard stuff must do so with the understanding that all that we accumulate and amass can dissipate within seconds.
Like the other Christmases, the last one came and went in a jiffy. Some persons have not got a chance to do their shopping - time goes by quickly and quietly. A missed opportunity can blight one's future. Do it now. Make that call and that visit. Help that someone who has been on your mind for some time.
In the making of that New Year's resolution, let's resolve to change our attitude to one another: give more, love more and share more. "We brought nothing into this world and we take nothing out." The fashion designer clothing, house, bus, truck, car and property which we would die for will become the possession of someone else when we are gone.
As we speak, many of our brothers and sisters have no food, clothing nor shelter. We pass them on the streets daily. Some of them are in the churches we attend. They are among the jobless. Some are among the mentally, physically, and financially handicapped. Some of those who reach out for help today flourished in their heyday but, later on, met upon hard times. Many of the elderly who helped to build our nation are among those presently needing our help.
It's time for some introspection - looking within ourselves to see where we have fallen short according to the Maker's plan for us. I've said in this column time and again, that we were not made to function as individuals but as a community in which one hand washes the other. Living by this principle fulfils our life assignment on earth.
You would agree that all the efforts of governments, social-services clubs and institutions, etc, are just a little more than a drop in the bucket in meeting the social needs of people around us. This means that each of us must play a part in the personal welfare of others. Some persons will say that instead of helping an individual, they donate to those social-service institutions established to help meet the needs of the less fortunate. I would daresay that, to my mind, such a stance absolves no one from a responsibility to the individual who may be in need at a moment in question.
To correctly understand the command to "love thy neighbour as self, and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is to see it as a duty and a privilege to help meet the needs of others, bearing in mind that we could have been in their position - "We brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out".
- To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 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. Email: email@example.com .