Tuesday, October 07, 2008

There's one certainty in uncertain times.

This past Sunday evening my wife & I were winding down the weekend, getting ready for the work week ahead. As we were preparing to turn in for the night we admitted to each other how downtrodden we were both feeling the prior week. The funny thing is neither of us knew why. We had just completed a six month process of building a home and were pretty well settled in. Certainly relieving the weight of said process from our shoulders should have replenished our minds and bodies. Also, the gal is three months removed from completing the course work for her Masters degree, another task where the end was welcome.

As we sifted through all the possible sources of our consternation, we realized our feelings stemmed from all that is taking place in our country. If one takes the current financial crisis in America and combines it with the prospect of a President Barack Obama (a/k/a a 21st century version of the Jimmy Carter administration), that’s enough to depress anyone.

Immediately, once we identified the issue, we began to rejoice! That's because we know our true source of happiness, which is our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And as the latest Break Point column reminds us, there's plenty of opportunity to strengthen the investments which will last an eternity.

As this financial crisis spreads uncertainty throughout the markets and across Main Street, there’s another opportunity on the table—that opportunity that we Christians have to witness to our neighbors.

How you react to this crisis—in conversation with friends, in helping a family in trouble, in how you live within your means—will speak volumes about the confidence you have in Christ and in the sovereignty of God.

Now is the time for the Church to do as it has always done in difficult times: to reach out to those who are hurting, to give hope to those who fear, and to point to the God who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills.”

Now there’s an opportunity we dare not miss.

Given the current state of our economy, there is a lot of uncertainty in the minds of many Americans. But I encourage you to rejoice in what God's word says in Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God bless you all!


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