It’s all a trade-off

compromise

When you stop and think, you find that life is not nearly as complicated as it seems.  At the end of the day, many choices you make are simply a trade-off between time and money.  If you want a bigger house and nicer cars, you work more…but you have less time to enjoy them.  If you want more time to spend in leisure you work less…but in most cases you will not be able to afford bigger houses and nicer cars.  I don’t think one approach is right and the other wrong.  In fact, I have at times in my life adopted each approach so maybe it is situational.  When i was young, alone, and full of energy, I worked all the time.  When I got married and started a family, time became more important and the struggle between providing the lifestyle I wanted for my family vs my ability to spend time with them became a big deal.  Balance is the key here and it is difficult to find.  A person is lucky to have a good paying job at a place that values the employee’s desire to be with their family.  If you happen to be one of these lucky people, thank God for it and do what you can to keep that situation intact.  Sometimes we have to endure tough economic times, and in those times the odds of finding that balance are diminished.  Provide for your family the best you can and strive to make the most out of the time you get with your family.

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Changing Weather

changing-weather

I remember as a kid, never knowing what the weather was going to do, and I think I liked it that way.  Where I grew up, we were not close to any city large enough to have its own TV stations.  We were 90 miles south of Nashville and nearly as far west of Chattanooga, so neither of their weather reports were of any use.  To make matters worse (or better), where I lived was in a valley with a large lake.  So weather either seemed to skirt around us, or get down in the valley and go crazy.  In any event, we predicted the weather by looking at the sky…that’s the best we had.

Today, however, we have weather information coming from everywhere.  Some people think we are having more severe weather than we used to, but I think its just a matter of the weathermen making a bigger deal out of it today.  Plus, we now have Super Duper Doppler 12  that can pick up the faintest whirling dervish in the middle of who cares where…and that my friends, will trigger a TORNADO WARNING!!!

One thing I am puzzled by…what happened to Fall?  It seems like we keep going from 90+ degree Summer days straight into Winter.  My wife loves Fall.  I hate Winter, so Fall kinda gives me a way to ease into it…therefore I miss it too.  If anyone figures out where Fall went, please let me know.

Forgiveness

If you have never been in a situation where you either needed to forgive someone or needed forgiveness yourself, you are lucky.  No matter which side of the situation you are on, it is a difficult thing to deal with.  I don’t think one can really comprehend how important it is to forgive others until you’ve been the one who desperately needs the forgiveness.  If there is anything more painful than not being able to forgive, it’s not being forgiven.  And there is no greater relief to the offender AND the offended than when one puts an arm around the other, looks them in the eyes and says “I forgive you…forget about it”.  As a special bonus, once you’ve been there you have a new and overwhelming appreciation for God’s forgiveness.

Political Correctness Run Amuck

If you don’t think political correctness has gotten out of control, consider this.  Throughout recorded history, when a nation/people/tribe went to war with another, the winner basically owned the loser.  The people of the losing team became subjects (maybe citizens) of the winning team.  The land, property, etc of the losing team belonged to the winning team.  But somewhere along the line, in fairly recent history, things changed.  Now, we go to war with a nation and defeat them, then spend billions of borrowed dollars rebuilding them, setting them back up, and handing everything over to the first cousins of the people we just killed.  All this, just so we don’t have to appear as “conquerors” or some other politically incorrect term.  And for the record, I’m not suggesting we start wars just to expand the nation.  I’m talking about these conflicts we are constantly pulled into by the actions of others.  Just for fun, start in recent history and work your way backwards.  Think of every military conflict the USA has engaged in and won, and consider the possibilities if we had made the defeated entity part of the USA.    We’ve been taught that “conquering” is bad, maybe even sinful.  I encourage you to read from the Old Testament and see if you can get an idea about what God thought about it, back before political correctness crippled his people.

How did this happen?

I just don’t understand what some people are thinking these days.  Most Americans have completely lost sight of, or possibly never knew, what this country is about.  The principles that our country were founded on are fairly simple and well documented, so there’s not really a good excuse for being unaware of them.

When my grandmother passed away I found a small booklet at her house that contained a copy of the founding fathers documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other publications by them that give some background on their views.  If you actually sit down and spend a few minutes (that’s literally all it takes) to read the Constitution and accompanying amendments, you immediately realize just how badly the Federal government has exceeded it’s authority and scope.  We are all to blame for allowing it to happen, just as we will be to blame if we allow it to continue.