Share your opinion with editor@langleyadvancetimes.com

Share your opinion with editor@langleyadvancetimes.com

LETTER: South Langley man urges people to devote themselves to helping others

If every Canadian volunteered one hour each week, nation would be the envy of the world, he writes

Dear Editor,

Peace starts with me.

All humanity longs for a world of peace, yet in every country of the world today, world peace remains a distant hope. Well-meaning people and organizations such as the United Nations have contributed significantly, yet conflict continues. At the same time, we experience the erosion of morals and family values that bring confusion, conflict and despair into our lives.

For many hundreds of years there have been no solutions that offer lasting success. Today our young people walk out of school in protest, sincere groups and individuals demonstrate and protest seeking resolution, and politicians promise with loud proclamations. But real solutions to climate change, famine, disease and tyranny are nowhere to be seen.

We continue to seek peace through war. How ironic. But, if war were a solution, we would have a world much different than it is now. We cannot “force” peace.

A true solution must include God and also deal with the source of the problem not only the symptoms. Where God always gives unconditionally, we often look for what we can “get”. Perhaps we need to call on our conscience and contemplate how we can be more “God-like” in our daily lives?

Perhaps, we need to change our perspective to become people who volunteer, take care of family, friends and community, and make a contribution to our neighbours, community and society. Perhaps we can help to bring a solution by thinking first of others, not myself?

Volunteers know that when we give and serve others unconditionally, we feel happy and fulfilled in our lives. The more we give, the more joy we experience.

Could thinking first of others contribute to world peace? If every Canadian volunteered for one hour a week, I suggest we would have a nation which would be the envy of the world.

But it begins with me, with each one of us.

Drug use, sex trafficking, moral confusion are the result of family breakdown, but what can strengthen our families and end the erosion of our families, the fundamental foundation of a strong and good society? Thinking of others first? Volunteering? Making moral and self-less choices in our lives?

The question is, “are we willing to rise to the challenge by living the way of goodness, giving and volunteerism, or will we choose a path putting ourselves first?”

John Abelseth, Fernridge

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Black Press Media files)
‘Potentially damaging’ winds expected in Metro Vancouver

Wind is expected to pick up late Sunday night

A hand-drawn ‘stairway to heaven’ was part of an memorial left for a cyclist who died from a medical emergency near 206 Street and 66 Avenue on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Children leave memorial for cyclist who died in Langley

‘Hope you make it to heaven’ the note reads

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks to reporters from B.C. legislature. (B.C. government/Special to The Star)
Ryan’s Regards: You’re not a lesser person

Premier Horgan’s simple words about the virus are necessary for all to hear

Share your opinion with editor@langleyadvancetimes.com
LETTER: Langley could make 208th Street hill safer with little cost

A left turn onto 208th Street hill makes intersection dangerous

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

(File photo)
Vancouver police warn of toxic drug supply after 7 people overdose at one party

Seven people between the ages of 25 to 42 were taken to hospital for further treatment.

A man walks by a COVID-19 test pod at the Vancouver airport in this undated handout photo. A study has launched to investigate the safest and most efficient way to rapidly test for COVID-19 in people taking off from the Vancouver airport. The airport authority says the study that got underway Friday at WestJet’s domestic check-in area is the first of its kind in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Airport Authority *MANDATORY CREDIT*
COVID-19 rapid test study launches at Vancouver airport for departing passengers

Airport authority says that a positive rapid test result does not constitute a medical diagnosis for COVID-19

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net on Nov. 7. The BCHL press release did not name the player who tested positive.(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Vees quarantining after player tests positive for COVID-19

The team, staff and billets are isolating while they are tested

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)
B.C. returning to ‘stand-alone’ forests, rural development ministry

Horgan says Gordon Campbell’s super-ministry doesn’t work

Most Read