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Getting our priorities right

This is the law of ownership from a Toddler's perspective

If I like it - it's mine; if I can take it away from you - it's mine. If I had it a while ago - it's mine; if I say it's mine - it's mine.

If I say I saw it first -  it's mine; if you're having fun with it and I'm not - it's mine. If you put down your toy - it's mine; if it's broken - it's yours

We might laugh at words like these but if we are honest, haven't we all seen or heard something like it? As adults, have we really learned what it is to share or to give something that we have or want to others? Oh, I know we put our hands in our pockets for charity and we have a smile and a friendly word for those we meet. But, when push comes to shove, when the rubber hits the road, we can all, on occasion, think of ourselves first and others rather further down the list.

Charles Dickens novel "A Tale of Two Cities” concludes with the account of one man who gave his life on behalf of another. Some say - and I don't know whether this is true - that Dickens was inspired by the story of the life of Jesus. But whether the inspiration for the story came from the bible or not, it’s quite clear that the impact of Jesus’ life, his concern and love for others - and ultimately his death  when he was certainly innocent of every "crime" (except love, as if that was a crime) - has had a profound impact on western civilisation over the past 2000 years.

As John 15: 13 reminds us - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Just think for a moment if you will, about the impact that Jesus’ life has had on so many people - the people of his time and those since. Just imagine what impact on the world around us that we might have if we all adopted his attitude of putting others first. Just consider what difference faith in the living God makes. Would the world then be a better place? Yes! And, we would be better people too because our lives would be transformed and our outlook revolutionised.

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