To the Editor:

“Pay Attention” was the title of my pastor’s sermon last month based on the scripture in Genesis 28: 10-16.

Not a student of the Bible, I find practical meaning and application to my life when a sermon can effectively apply scripture to our everyday challenges. For me, this sermon nailed it.

Such interpretations as “God’s world surrounds you; he will be with you wherever you go; don’t be too busy to pay attention; what encouragement can each of us share with one another” and “be present to the present” reminds us to really listen and respond in a positive helpful way to life around us.

I was reminded that paying attention allows us the opportunity to question what really matters in our lives. Why are we here? What will be my legacy and yours?

In the book, “What Matters,” authors Cameron Thornton and Rob Zeeb ask a few basic questions. What matters most in your life? What are your goals, your life’s mission? In hindsight, will you have led a fulfilling, purposeful life? How will you be remembered? How do you want to be remembered?

Simple but powerful, probing questions; however answering them is more challenging. For me, the teaching moment was relating the expression “pay attention” to what really matters in one’s life: be generous to each other.

It is never too late to affect our life’s story and legacy. We are writing our personal history at this very moment.

Slow down, pay attention, recognize what really matters and how we want to be remembered; it is in our hands.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek

To the Editor:

“God helps those who help themselves.” I do not know who coined that phrase or if it is Bible-based, but my mom quoted it often. Whenever I found myself in a challenging situation that I was not sure how to handle I would hear my mom say, “God helps those who help themselves.”

Today the economy is booming and our great country is witnessing record-breaking low unemployment rates. Local business owners are having a difficult time filling vacant positions and yet I see folks hanging around not helping themselves.

The other day as I was entering the parking lot of Belfair Shopping Plaza in Bluffton, I observed two young, healthy-looking men holding handwritten signs. The signs said they were out of work and needed money to support their families.

After parking my car and entering the Kroger Supermarket, I was greeted by a large poster stating “Help wanted, inquire within.” The supermarket is within spitting distance of where the two men were standing with their signs.

I believe that God was there but the men were not helping themselves.

J. Dexter Pickard

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Well, it appears that the rich and powerful in Beaufort County may be at it again. Why would the county be thinking of closing four solid waste and recycling centers? (Where I come from they’re called “dumps”). Could it be that too many of us use those facilities and it cuts into the profit of the private pick-up people?

Personally, I go to the dump almost every day. First of all, my garage is so full that I would have no room for those containers provided for weekly pick up. Secondly, who needs stinking garbage in a hot garage for a week?

And, another thing! What’s with the dump being closed on Wednesdays? If it needs to be closed one day a week, let it be on a Sunday, so the employees can be home with family, or go to church if they are so inclined.

Don’t get me wrong. I love living here. I love the cops hiding and giving speeding tickets on 170. I love the security people in Sun City just waiting for us to roll by a full stop sign so they can give out $85 tickets to the very people who pay their salaries. How about giving out warnings first? They must be an integral part of the annual budget.

In any case, I can’t complain. I live in the best country in the world, and I have a great wife, and she’s a great cook. Will somebody please tell me to STOP BOORCHING?!

Norman Shapp

Bluffton