Monday, September 29, 2008

Financial Crisis

First of all, what does that mean? I guess it depends on who you are asking and when. If you're asking me, I'll tell you its what I've been in since I moved out of my mom's house. It just never seems to end does it? Every time you think you're getting ahead, some unforeseen situation arises which usually requires exactly the amount of money you thought you were saving in the bank account. I know we should look at that in a different light. After all, aren't we lucky that enough money was there because it hasn't always been, right? Many times, I realize that God is taking care of us and our situations in that respect but its hard to keep that in focus. I quickly find myself getting frustrated because I don't get to keep that money or spend it on what I thought we needed. But I have to remind myself that I am not supposed to worry because God has said he will take care of my needs and he's proven that so far in my life.
So what does this financial crisis mean in reference to our country today? If you've seen a newspaper or turned on your television, you're very aware of the situation on Wall Street and the demise of some major financial institutions which have until now been some substantial representation of American wealth. So where does this leave the average US citizen and what does this mean to us? Higher taxes, decrease in our ability to gain credit, loss of stocks and retirement funds, and worst of all, the loss of what little bit of trust we had left in people. How could these owners and CEO's become so greedy that they lost sight of the fortune already granted to them? I'm not judging but truly asking this question because I've never been in a situation of financial wealth and therefore do not understand what it does to a person's way of thinking. Perhaps we can't blame money for a person's actions. I wouldn't think so anyway. After all it's not money that is the enemy but the love of it, right? That's a tough concept to swallow. How many of us, myself included, would be able to say that they do not care about money or that we've never put money first in our lives? If we're honest, I doubt that many of us could say that. Still, I am very frustrated with the current status of our country's financial situation and with those who got us to this point. They were supposed to be the leaders, the intelligent ones who made the right decisions concerning money and they got us into worse trouble than I've could ever imagine getting myself into.... SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS!!! That's ludicrous. And what bothers me even more is how it got to this point before anyone realized there was a problem. If you or I miss one credit card payment, the collectors are threatening to make our lives miserable and take all we have!
I don't have any answers here but suggest you look to prayer and your bible to shed light on this situation. Wouldn't it be great if we could get back to the days of the Old Testament so we never found ourselves in this predicament again?
"They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty." 2 Kings 12:15

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Did They Get There?


Do you ever read a book, watch a movie or see someone famous that you admire for whatever reason and wonder how they got where they are? I like to watching the shows that come on the E! channel showing how famous actors and actresses started out. Some were inevitably going to be stars because of famous parents, siblings, etc. Some worked hard at acting for years and went through many rough disappointments before they finally got a break. Many, however, simply got lucky. I'm sure some of those people would disagree but by all accounts, it seems to be the truth. There are thousands of people who dream of singing in a concert in front of millions or acting in the latest box office hit. Others work hard at writing books, scripts, or plays, hoping to get them published. Still, most of these people face one let down after another. Some, however, are fortunate enough to have the right person see their work, or be at the right place at the right time to take advantage of that big opportunity. The point of this is that it just doesn't seem to be a fair system in comparison to many career paths. Take doctors, lawyers and teachers for example. With hard work, lots of studying and a good school, each of these will take their desired path and become what they set out to be in the beginning. This is true of many professions. I guess this has come to light for me for several reasons lately. My children have really made me realize the odds because Austin wants to be the next sports superstar and Alex wants to be an actress or a Pop princess. I'm sure lots of children have these types of dreams (although I never aimed that high for some reason....) and they may change their minds several times before they get through school. But what if they don't? What are their chances of seeing those dreams come true and is there anything at all that I can do to help make it happen for them? I'm not sure there's much more I can do than dream with them, encourage them and pray for them. I'll dream with them to keep it alive and real. I'll encourage them by letting them know they are capable of achieving it but special even if they don't. And last but certainly not least, I'll pray for them that they always take the path God would have them take and find peace with the decisions they've made and where they end up. Who knows; maybe that's all it really took for those famous people to get where they are!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Something New and Rewarding

I've decided to try something new in my blog. I recently heard someone on a talk show say that before doing anything else, he starts every day by doing something nice for someone else (It could mean starting the coffee pot for your spouse or praying for someone in need). That's a great habit for us all to adopt. Along that same thought, I'd like to make a habit of dedicating at least one post every month or two to honor someone else. It may be someone I know or someone that I may not know but feel they are special for some reason or another. This does mean that I have to start blogging much more often or every blog will be like a biography! That may get old to the readers. However, I hope that this will be something that everyone could look forward to since it may be you or someone you know. I would most certainly welcome the comments on these, especially if its to add something nice about the person. If anyone has suggestions of someone, I welcome those too. Email them to me at carlapc@mail2faith.com. You may be able to give me some insight into that person too! This should be a great confidence booster for people! We should all start doing more for other people. This can be really difficult considering how busy our lives are these days. Still, I think that the rewarding feeling it brings will definitely be worth the few moments it takes. We could each start with a goal of one kind act per day and build up from there. Eventually, it will become habit or second nature to think of others before ourselves. Let's all try to put this into practice for just a few days and see what a difference it can make in our lives and the lives of those we touch!