The following is an abridged version of an article that appeared in a financial newsletter a number of years ago.
As with many such articles, it challenges readers, but leaves them without any real answers.
‘‘We live in a time where we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but buy less; we buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger homes and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; more knowledge but less judgement.
‘‘We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too much.
‘‘We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life; we’ve added years to our lives not life to years.’’
(Feeling depressed? It gets worse.)
‘‘We’ve been to the moon but have trouble crossing the road to meet a new neighbour. We’ve cleaned up the air but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom but not our prejudice.
‘‘We have higher incomes but lower morals. We’ve become long on quantity but not on quality.
‘‘These are times of tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships. We have more leisure but less fun; more kinds of food but less nutrition. We have two incomes but more divorce; fancier homes but broken homes.
‘‘It is a time when technology can bring you this newsletter; and a time when you can choose to either make a difference or just throw it away.’’
As well-intentioned as the writer of this article may have been, it fails to provide one essential ingredient: it does not tell us how to make a difference.
There are different ways people react to articles such as this. The cynic says that as there is nothing people can do about it, they should just put up with it, while others get so overwhelmed they develop a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. The optimist says, ‘‘it’s all right, things will work out in the end,’’ and others simply shrug it off and say, ‘‘who cares, as long as I’m all right’’.
My opinion is that we can, and should, make a difference. By ourselves we are limited but if we are prepared to embrace God, and all his resources, we can make a positive difference.
The choice is ours; it’s simply a matter of taking that first step and asking God to help us help others.
By George Deeble,
Euroa Christian Fellowhip