We have all heard the warnings, an economic storm is coming, or its here, or the economy is bad, or is worse than expected or not as bad as expected. It can all be so confusing.
Listening to the news you would think we are all going to be in breadlines by the end of the year. All doom and gloom, all bad news, all the time. Let’s take a step back and look at the reality of the situation.
When we enter in to times of economic uncertainty the first reaction most of us have is to start cutting back. In some areas of our life this would be a prudent thing to do. But when it comes to generosity and giving I refuse to shut down, pull back, become fearful and start hoarding. In the proper frame of mind you can choose to step outside the situation and not follow the herd by hoarding.
Allow me to remind you of a Biblical account of economic down turn. This story is found in Genesis 26:1-12. 1 A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time.
12 When (not if) Isaac planted (he sowed rather than hoarded) his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.
The problem as I see it is a lack of faith, belief and confidence that God can and will provide for us if we will be true to the principle of sowing and reaping. Even in economic crisis. So yes, be a good steward, but not one who shrinks back from generosity.
October 30, 2008
I guess it's about time for me to start blogging regularly again. I am sure my 15 faithful readers would appreciate it. I must say it is hard to blog when you have nothing to say. I was encouraged to hear one person tell me that blogging has nothing to do with having anything to say. Then they added, "it's kind of like preaching." Anyway you might want to check back a little more frequent if you enjoy hearing me ramble on about little or nothing. Though it is possible that being an encourager I might say something to challenge ones attitude or lift ones spirit. I'll be back soon. I gotta go think up something.
October 20, 2008
As you may recall from my last post that I got hooked on the TV series Northern Exposure. I am now only 87 episodes away from completing all six seasons. Someone asked how could I get through so many episodes in such a short period of time? The answer is simple. One has to find something to do when the Dallas Cowboys are suppose to be playing football and forget to show up for the game.
October 8, 2008
I need to confess I'm hooked. It all started when I was thinking about Sarah Palin field dressing a moose. Yes, you guessed it. My new addiction is the 1990-1995 TV series NORTHERN EXPOSURE. I remembered how much I loved the show. So I broke down this week and bought Seasons One and Two. For those who either don't know or don't remember, NORTHERN EXPOSURE was originally a summer replacement show, beginning to run only a couple of weeks after TWIN PEAKS in 1990. That first summer season ran 8 episodes and the following spring the second season ran for 7 episodes, meaning that Seasons One and Two had a grand total of 15 episodes. In all there were 6 seasons and 110 episodes. So as of today I am 106 episodes away from seeing them all.