Church column with Rev Neville Simpson

Rev Neville Simpson.
Rev Neville Simpson.

I have to confess I’m addicted, I need it every week and if I don’t get it I’m like a bear with a sore head. Don’t worry it’s nothing illegal it’s a television series called the Apprentice.

It’s about 16 people competing at various tasks to earn funds and to become a business partner with Sir Alan Sugar.

Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team recruit people to transform homes.

Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team recruit people to transform homes.

Despite their best efforts at least one person each week is ‘fired’ and eventually only one remains who will be ‘hired’.

I’m not sure why I like it as it saddens me to see people with such big egos each convinced they are the perfect business person and invincible quite happy to ruthlessly trample others underfoot for their gain.

Maybe I enjoy them getting knocked down a peg or two and put in their place.

I also love watching DIY SOS. Nick Knowles and the team issue a call to arms and recruit friends, family and local trades to help transform the homes of families across Britain.

All volunteers are hired and all offer who and what they are.

People volunteer their time and skills to bring love and hope to a family in need which is marvellous in itself.

What is so interesting about the programme is the genuine benefits for those who come and volunteer to do the work.

They go away more self aware, more caring and knowing they have made a difference in the world.

This shows a different way of living based on giving of self and serving a stark contrast to the values in the Apprentice. It appears this way of living creates a ‘win-win’ outcome.

This is a challenge to us all to reflect on how we live.

A lot of Jesus’ teaching is about living a less self-centred life and serving rather than being served.

Living in a way where all are accepted and valued for who they are and all have something to offer.

Living in a way that brings goodness, love and compassion into the world and transformation for the better.

In God’s economy you’re always ‘hired not fired’ and the choice is yours to make.

Regardless of religious faith or none why not go out and look for an opportunity to do a bit of DIY SOS in our community by offering to help in some way and see what difference it makes.