Striving for positive change

Friday March 24, 2017 Written by Published in Church Talk
Members of the Seventh Day Adventist church youth team did their bit for the community recently, making sure party-goers got home safely by providing sober drivers. 17032329 Members of the Seventh Day Adventist church youth team did their bit for the community recently, making sure party-goers got home safely by providing sober drivers. 17032329

Life is so unpredictable, isn’t it?

 

We cannot be certain if the things that we desire will stay the same. People wish things would stay the same for various reasons.

Others prefer to make good changes for better life. Then there are those who may not know how to change a negative situation into a positive one.

There is no way I can know where you are in your personal journey in life. But I believe we all can strive to make positive changes in our personal lives or the lives of others we care about.

I happen to be surfing the net some months ago and I came along to this quote by former US president Barack Obama which said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we are waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

In others words, good and positive changes start with me and you.

Last weekend I joined a church youth group which provided free sober driving service. It was an eye-opener for me. It made me realise that there is a real need in our community to help save people from having accidents.

Furthermore, offering such a service helps to inform our friends that we care for their lives. Peoples’ lives are precious to the families and the communities they come from. What I appreciate more about this service is the joy of helping and interacting with people who are grateful for it. And this is not the only positive change we can provide our community.

Another observation I noted was that there are many young children and teens walking the streets at night and congregating in groups. Why are these young people out so late at night, unsupervised? There is a need here that we can fill for the community, and there are many other needs. Let’s open our eyes and lend a helping hand.

During Jesus’ time here on earth he saw many needs in the community. At the time of Jesus, many people were oppressed, suppressed, outcast, ridiculed and so forth because of who they were and what they had done.

I am reminded of the passage in John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Jesus’ desire is to bring about good life and full of wonderful blessing to us. Jesus wasn’t afraid to bring changes in the lives of the community that he lived in. He met their spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs. Many people were saved because of the changes Jesus made in their lives.

Jesus did his best to make positive changes in his community. Most importantly, he had a heart of care for people.

Friends, we too can make positive changes. Let us strive to do more so we can live in a better environment and community.

I trust and hope the spirit of God will impress upon your heart to touch someone’s life today.

            Pastor Sarah Aratai

            Seventh-day Adventist Church

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