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Week of April 22, 2002
WCR Letters to the Editor
Students, beware sin of selfishnessIn September, there were terrorist attacks. Shortly after that came the war on terrorism. But now we are hit with something even more dangerous. Something that is destroying our world, our views and our very existence.
This deadly issue is selfishness. In the dictionary "selfishness" is described as concerned chiefly or only with oneself.
The main reason I am addressing this issue now is because at this moment I feel it is most present. Those that live in Alberta can recall the strike that sought more education funding. Whether that strike is selfish I am not here to address, what I am addressing is the students these teachers teach.
During the second week of April, students felt it was time to address their concerns on the issue.
It was said some students protested respectfully while others found it necessary to spit and perform other unacceptable acts. What did their signs say? Well the message you could get out of the whole issue was that it wasn't needs, it was wants.
Do you need to have basketball after school? Do you need dances? These were not needs, but rather what the students felt they should have.
In Africa, people are lucky if they can read, let alone go to a school system. While they are appreciative of all they can get, our students are whining, claiming they haven't enough.
Selfishness plagues us, our children and our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a black hole that can never be filled by the world, only by God himself.
These children, who are fighting for their sports and extracurricular activities, need more than that, they need God back in their lives.
Who better to bring God back in their lives then their own parents? Parents teach your children to give, not ask, and children teach your friends to give, not ask. We are a demanding society that has become more self-centred everyday, but thankfully we also have a God who is stronger than anything.
If we submit ourselves to our Lord, than we can surely change how we think, feel and act. So why not today, instead of asking for something, look at those who need and then go out of your way to give.
The reward is always greater in heaven.
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