What We Can Learn From History
Success is something every father wants for his children and what we all aspire to achieve in one form or another. Mothers want to be successful; parents want to be successful. We want our children to be successful in careers or employment. We all hope for the day when a reward will come to assure us that we have been recognized or rewarded for our efforts and hard work. There is nothing wrong with that God-given desire but we need to guard that it does not become an addiction of covetousness or greed. But what is true success? I believe we have lost our bearings today about what is true success. I want to begin by saying any success without God in the equation is not true success. Without God, you will be a looser in the end regardless of how much wealth you accumulate or assets you amass. 1 Timothy 6:7 gives an important truth: “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
Sir John A. MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving two separate terms: 1867-1873, 1878-1891, a total of almost 19 years. He is most recognized for bringing Canada into Confederation and giving birth to the national CPR railway that connected the provinces. Yet there is another aspect of the first Prime Minister’s life that is not publicized very much but every Canadian needs to know.
Jimmy Pattison was born in Saskatoon in 1928. He started off his life moving from Luseland to Prince Albert then Saskatoon then Vancouver B.C. where he has built his business empire and still resides to this day. He early life was changed when his fathers life was changed after attending a preaching meeting downtown Saskatoon on a cold winter night when his Dad went into a little church to warm up and heard CK Moffat preach the gospel. He was saved and his life was changed forever. His life changed for the good as anyone who accepts and believes on Christ always changes for the good. Christ will make you a better husband, a better father, a better business man and a better citizen. God never changes a person for worse. He accepts us at our worst as sinners and cleans us from the inside out and gives us a new beginning. 2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ he is a new creation; old things are passed away and behold all things become new. This new thing that Mr. Pattison’s father discovered that night in 1932 is what people in Canada desperately need to discover today. When a father is saved it affects his family into the next generation. Much of the mess we are in today is because fathers have dropped the ball in their responsibility to lead their families because of misplaced priorities.
I had a very interesting telephone visit with a man who over his lifetime has greatly impacted Canada with his business success. I had the privilege of having an interview with Jimmy Pattison, who owns the Jim Pattison Group of Companies based in Vancouver B.C. I learned some of the background and life of this man who has grown from having nothing with getting his first loan in 1961 from the Royal Bank of Canada to having a group of companies with revenues last year of 12 billion, 700 million dollars in revenue and employing 51,000 people across Canada and around the world. Two businesses his holding company owns in Prince Albert are Save On Foods and AM radio station CKBI.
I am becoming more convinced with each passing day of going through this present pandemic crisis that we are facing a much greater danger than Covid-19. This is the danger of divisions that the pandemic is causing. We are witnessing nations divided like never before, communities divided, business enterprises that used to work together divided, churches divided from each other and, worst of all, families divided. I have also noted that China is not divided. It rules with a strong communist hammer and everyone submits to the rule of government. Are they trying to convince the world they are the model to follow?