BY T.F. STERN
I remember listening to a motivational talk, can’t remember who it was giving that talk off hand; not that important… He brought up the idea of a man who was looking to feed his family while out of work.
He knew his neighbor had plenty of food so he went next door and asked if he could borrow a loaf of bread to feed his family, which he’d pay back as soon as he could; but the neighbor turned him away.
After a few minutes he returned and knocked on his neighbor’s door once more; but this time he begged his neighbor for the loaf of bread, explaining that his family was desperate. Again his plea was denied and the door was shut.
This part I remember… He thinks to himself, “Your family is starving and you will do most anything to keep them alive”. The next time he goes to his neighbor’s house, desperate now, “Watch your bread”.
Since the talk was to young and eager business people seeking ways to improve, this motivational speaker then proposed the next logical question, “We know what you’d do to survive; but what are you be willing to do to succeed?”
In these troubled time; the economy in a dark place with so many individuals laid off and out of work, businesses failing as folks are locked away in their homes or have no money to spend; what kind of desperation is lurking behind those shuttered doors?
At a certain point we’ll see who prepared for “a rainy day”, or for many who live from pay check to pay check and have nothing in their pantry, nothing in savings; who will sink into “Watch your bread” mode, perhaps without ever asking for help first.
Being prepared doesn’t apply only to the material aspects of life. What about your emotional preparedness, your spiritual preparedness; are your oil lamps filled with enough oil to get you through?
Far too many individuals have been ‘casual’, a mild explanation for ignoring their relationship with God. They are, for the most part, good people living their lives in an honorable fashion; but without a perceived need to understand anything about their Father in Heaven or their older brother Jesus Christ.
You’ll hear some spout off, “I’ve no use for religion, that’s a crutch used by weak minded individuals who can’t make it on their own.” What they don’t understand about the eternities and this short time we call mortality is staggering.
Often times it takes a major upheaval in life to get us to think about such things; a death of a loved one, the birth of a child, divorce, getting laid off or fired. These things happen; but what we do about our lives when they happen determines which path we’ll go down. Will it be a path of Despair or will we find the one marked Hope?
If you’re in doubt, don’t know where to turn for truth in a time when the major media outlets have become corrupted, you doubt anything that comes across social media because each site is at odds with the next… then perhaps you should turn to the scripture found in James 1:5 which reads…
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
If your soul is troubled and in need of peace this might be a good time to find the source of all peace.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”
Be thankful for simple blessings and don’t worry about things that are out of your control. Now, go out and have a great day.
Self-Educated American, Senior Editor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Houston police officer and, most recently, a retired self-employed locksmith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.