Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 31, 2013

A positive minute: D is for Determination

Dr. Michael Layne
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — “Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea.”

We see and hear much about relief efforts when a powerful storm or, other disaster strikes. People come together and pool their resources and find other ways to bring some help to the victims.

In our passage from the Bible, we read where the disciples were determined to send relief to the brethren in Judaea. So, the effort to help others goes back a long time in history. This is only one example of determination.

Have you been determined to get a project accomplished and just have never got around to it? That happens and, sometimes we struggle with getting things done and there can be any number of things to hinder us.

Have you wanted to help and even with good intentions, failed to follow through? I’m sure most of us have had that kind of an issue at some time. We hear or see of a need somewhere whether local or long distance, and with good intentions we have a desire to help, but we forget to follow through.

We have so many things that hinder us from our determination. What hinders you from doing good deeds? Consider your reasoning behind not helping.

Sometimes we just don’t have the money to spare and other times we just plain forget. However, there are some ways we can help without money. Volunteering at those places that reach out to people is a good way to fulfill our determination to help.

Norman Vincent Peale was one of the most prolific speakers about positive thinking and he coupled that with Christian living. One of the things he said was: “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

It really doesn’t matter how much you have in the checking account when it comes to reaching out to people. If we allow our imagination to go to work for us, we can find ways to help others.

For me, it’s important to dream big so I can do something significant with my life and for others. I don’t have the money to fix everyone’s needs and most of us fall into that category, but together all of us can certainly find ways to assist. We just need to think about it and then act on it.

Nothing in this life comes easy. It takes work, thinking and prayer to figure out what to do and how to do it. So, if you have a desire to reach out to the struggling, consider how much energy you are willing to put into the cause. Seek out others that share a dream like yours and pool your resources. Make it happen!

Determination, when acted upon, will bring a person to the place of fulfillment and certain joy.

Don’t let your dream fade. Get up right now and start. Don’t delay until tomorrow what you can do today.

Rev. Dr. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or doclayne@yahoo.com.