‘Let your light so shine’

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - To help, please call 3348165, 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 hel­loneigh­bour@ya­hoo.com.

HELLO MI neigh­bour! ‘He that hath an ear to hear let him hear’: any­one with the ca­pac­ity and op­por­tu­nity to help a needy per­son and re­fuses so to do is in dire need of help. Act now!

Quite likely, such mind is clogged not only with self­ish­ness but ig­no­rance of hu­man so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. This con­di­tion of the mind, rapidly spread­ing across our so­ci­ety, has plunged so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to a new low. No need to won­der, there­fore, why peo­ple will help them­selves to the be­long­ings of ac­ci­dent vic­tims rather than help­ing them out of their suf­fer­ing. And, they ac­tu­ally have the gall to jus­tify such be­hav­iour. What good is such mind­set? What is go­ing to be­come of us?

Be­fore answering those ques­tions, here’s an­other: what do we want to be­come of us? Fol­low me –

“If you see your brother stand­ing by the road With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed And if you see your sis­ter fall­ing by the way Just stop and say you’re goin’ the wrong way You’ve got to try a lit­tle kind­ness yes show a lit­tle kind­ness Yes shine your light for everyone to see ...”

Yes, shine your light for everyone to see. I re­cently came across young QT* who is bit­ter to the bone – so bit­ter that he is shunned by al­most everyone. He has no friends, ‘fren nuh good’. He even thinks that God might be ‘pick­ing on me’. He feels cor­nered with no es­cape route in view. He seems to hate everyone, yet be­lieves that everyone should be reach­ing out to him. “Why should they be eat­ing three square meals a day and I can’t even eat one for the en­tire week?” he ques­tions.

Not only does QT* need help out of his dif­fi­cul­ties, he makes it dif­fi­cult for any­one to help him. He’s had a rough up­bring­ing, like many in our so­ci­ety. He is blind with pain, anger and mis­ery. He has very low self-es­teem and will stop at noth­ing just to ‘get on yuh nerves.’ It takes much grace and pa­tience to in­ter­act with him even from a distance ... but he needs help. He is blind to any pos­si­bil­ity of a change of fate – no faith to see any­thing but a fruit­less future ... “Pre­cious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m worn ...” Just thought I’d in­ter­ject that plea there. Hope it helps some­one.

For those of us who can, let’s use our God-given fore­sight to look beyond the faults or fail­ures of peo­ple and help to ‘raise them up to stand on moun­tains’ – they may be ‘di­a­mond in the rough’. None of us be­long in the pit even though we of­ten cre­ate our own pit­falls. Ev­ery day peo­ple are vic­timised by cir­cum­stances and need to be de­tan­gled by the un­tan­gled. So, “Don’t walk around the down and out Lend a help­ing hand in­stead of doubt And the kind­ness that you show ev­ery day Will help some­one along their way You’ve got to try a lit­tle kind­ness ...”

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