Let’s Make Room for Each Other
On-line shopping’s retail revolution is causing traditional marketing heavyweights some major headaches.
Major shopping centres and supermarkets once replaced local corner stores, and made door to door deliveries of milk and bread or meat obsolete, by offering easier access to a greater range of goods. Off-street parking for increasing numbers of cars and greater freedom of movement combined with the trend, to make shopping more of a social occasion.
But now these major centres are working harder to attract customers who have access to a wider range of goods than any major centre can offer. And freedom of movement for customers now means travelling no further than our home computers or our mobile phones, to log onto a world-wide range with no pressure to search for parking spaces!
While this trend offers us increased personal freedom, we need to guard against reduced personal interaction with others; whether our contact is regular or unexpected. Right from the beginning, God said that it was not good for us to be alone; for interacting with others is a key to seeing how to make our world a better place for everyone.
In fact, the Bible outlines two keys to effective living: loving God with all that we are; and loving our neighbours as much as we love ourselves. For love brings out the best in our relationships and in our reflection – when we need our personal space – and it motivates us to keep seeing the value in people regardless of social or financial trends.
On behalf of a church near you
Inviting you to explore God’s love
Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.
Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally. Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.
He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!
He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.
His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them. The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians. He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.