I was looking through the final RECORD for the year (then the Australasian Union Record) published in 1912—100 years ago. A poem by an R L Johnson caught my eye on page 5. The first three verses read:
The end of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to look back and look forward.
I am wondering as I am writing
If we’re giving God His due?
I have asked myself this question,
And I ask it now of you.
With the wealth that He has blessed us,
Be it great or be it small,
Are we willing, cheerful givers?
Do we ever give at all?
O my brother and my sister,
‘Tis a question we must face;
We can all be faithful stewards
In a high or lowly place.
The language may be quaint, and the poem may have been about tithes and offerings, but 100 years on the underlying essential message is still the same. Right now, where is God in my life? Do I really count my blessings or do I just take them for granted? Do I care for the gifts God has given me. . . my health; my mental capacities; my family; my resources?
The end of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to look back and look forward. I wonder where we will be 100 years from now.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.