Lest ya’ll think I’m a bitter, angry *[email protected]%, I figured I’d better write a follow up to yesterday’s rant. Let me start by saying that the rant was in no way intended to minimize whatever struggles you have gone through or are going through, no matter how small they seem in comparison to others who have it much worse. But getting a clear picture of your problems and struggles from a broad-term perspective really truly can help with healing. When I am stressing out to the max because money is tight, it helps me tremendously to remember just how good I’ve got it when I watch a documentary on starvation in third world countries or the homeless problem in America. It helps me to focus on the blessings we have instead of how much debt we have left to pay off, and it helps me to have a perspective of gratefulness.
Friends, I fear America is headed for some tough times, and if I’m right, those tough times will be extraordinarily difficult for the “soft” to handle if they don’t get some real-life perspective. My love for human beings, (which I learned to have through my relationship with Jesus Christ and intense and on-going study of the Bible), makes that thought of people not knowing how to handle a serious economic downturn or other national disaster very upsetting to me. It pains me to great lengths to think about, and it is something I stay up many nights praying about, that those in this country will gain wisdom about how to think big-picture and long-term so that they will be more prepared for any serious national disaster that may come our way.
As a student of the Great Depression through the study of the many books and films on the subject, it was heart-breaking to watch people who’d gotten so used to the affluence America experienced after WWI all of a sudden have their rugs ripped right out from under them in terms of what they thought and expected life to be like, compared to the new world of the 25% unemployment rate, the record foreclosure rate and suffering throughout the country like they’d never seen before.
I don’t want that to happen to the people of this country that I love so much. I want them to be prepared, and to have the wisdom to know how to deal with any disaster that may come our way. I pray to God I’m wrong and that America will continue to recover and come to thrive again like it once did, but I just can’t see it happening with all of the global unrest and a national financial situation that is on the tipping point of disaster.
Know that I love all of you – whether or not you agree with my crazy rants 🙂 – so very, very much. The compassion I have for the people on this earth simply overwhelms me at times, and it is my heart’s desire that your life is filled with joy, peace and much, much happiness. 🙂 It’s also my heart’s desire that if and when big-time trouble comes to America that you have the perspective you’ll need to handle it like a champ. So, please, search your heart today and look outside of yourself for some perspective and for some wisdom. Research what it really takes to be prepared physically, financially and emotionally for any trouble that might come our way.