How do you deal with it? Can we overcome it? There is a sickness in America today and it’s not on the CDC’s watch list nor is there some miracle drug out there for it with a list of side effects that would scare away the healthiest of us. This sickness is brought on each of us, in one form or another when we are children and it gets worse, gradually, as we get older. Unless it is stopped or cured or overcome in some way, this sickness can ruin not only your life, but the lives of your family and ultimately the nation itself.

What disease or sickness is it that is doing this to us with our own consent? So much so that our economy depends on it, thrives on it and cannot do without it…this sickness and disease is consumerism. It swells at all times of the year, depending upon the date and the holiday approaching or maybe a birthday or anniversary, then at times it reverses itself in the form of giving to a worthy cause or charity. Our society seems to thrive on its ebb and flow, but why? Why are we programmed this way almost from birth to be consumers?

Because, I think, we see nature around us and it seems that it is a natural part of the world. The birds and all other animals from the smallest to the greatest in size consume food, every day. God mandated that we have to eat and they do to, it is not a voluntary thing to do this. You either eat or eventually you will die, a very simple outcome. But, humanity consumes things, not just food but stuff that we can live without. For instance, how many shoes do you own? I have about seven to ten pairs of shoes, which isn’t much compared to some people, but you can only wear one pair at a time. How about dress shirts or pants, casual pants and shirts, the list could go on for miles. Then today’s consumer also has to have the latest in electronic gadgets such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and computers, gaming systems of all kinds, flat screen televisions (the larger the better), and yet what are these things for?

The phones, tablets and laptops and computers almost all serve the same function, so there is a massive redundancy there. You can use your phone as a way to keep in touch with your family, but my goodness there are so many ways to do so today! You can call, text, Skype, Face time, message through numerous ways, Facebook, and email family and friends all from your phone, your tablet, or your computer. Now, you even have smart TV’s which have wireless capability and you can do the same things with your TV as well.

What would happen to the world at large if we stopped buying stuff that we really don’t need? Just get the basic things like food, pay your water and light bill, maybe your phone bill and give up on consuming so much. For many people, this would be like living in hell! Would the economy collapse? Yes, it would dip quite a bit, but I think that we could live through it. I am not talking about going back to lamps that you light with a match, no electricity or running water, just trim down to the basic necessary things to live, not so much redundant gadgets or amounts of “things” in our lives. Is this possible today?

I am not sure. It wouldn’t be very popular, because so many people have grown so accustomed to “things” and “stuff”, until a sudden shift to living without all of our stuff would be a hard pill to swallow. The question is this: Could it be done?

Yes, it could, and I believe it will happen soon. But, it won’t be voluntary. When, not if, the world’s economy crashes down, and it will, everything will be cut off for a time…everything. Many people are going to be mad, angry, frustrated and upset over the situation. Many are going to die. The only way to be safe and secure in this will be to turn to God in faith. Ask Jesus to come into your life and give you the strength and the ability to live through this, to make it until He comes again. Only by His second coming will the world see that it has been wrong, that their way of life and living doesn’t help many people, it only hurts them in the long run.

Think about it. Seek God in His Word and pray because the time is near at the door that we will see the kind of strife described in Revelation.

There are no accidents

Your life is not an accident, it is not an accident that you are reading this. Your life is valuable to God! How wonderful is that? The Creator values your life and mine for who we are and what we can do for His Kingdom! Isn’t it wonderful that each of us is valued and loved by the Creator of the universe!

We need to know that life was planned by our Creator, not an accident, not random convergence of cells. God loves us and Satan hates us because of it, that is why there is bad stuff happening in our world today. God allows it, but He knows about it and all of it is part of the plan. Satan tries to make people believe that God doesn’t care, that our life doesn’t mean anything to Him and that He is not in control or that He is the One doing all of the “bad stuff”.

God has a purpose in all of the things which happen in our lives, good and bad, and He will cause them to work for our good. We may not be able to see the outcome right away, it may not happen for a while in our lives, but it will happen if you will follow Jesus and seek His will in your life. Satan is the one that uses our circumstances against our beliefs and causes us to blame God for them.

God loves you far more than you know all that you need to do is have faith in Him and choose to follow Him in your daily life. Things will work out for the best, because the best is what God has in store for us in His time.

Living well is possible

We are people who like to think that we know how to live, and live well, but can you explain it to someone else? Is it possible to tell someone how to do it and then expect them to be able to go and do it?

Believe it or not, it is possible to do this! The news about all of the people in the world, whether they are in Missouri or in Iraq, being upset about something which they want to fix even if it is none of their business and truly there is nothing that they or you can do to fix it!

Sounds like a crazy world doesn’t it? Well, it is and it is this way because of the time that we are living in. I am not speaking of the second decade of the twenty-first century, I am speaking of the time of trouble that is spoken about in the Bible.

Uh-oh, there he goes again talking about that book again. How is that supposed to help me live successfully? Because there is more business advice in this one Book, than most people learn in an MBA course of study! Getting angry and upset about things because they happened to someone else or because you think it was a slight against your religion is just plain stupid!

What are you accomplishing by doing this? We can live a successful life by following Jesus and His teachings because He said that our life is important to Him! If your life is important to Jesus and to God, and I am talking about each person out there, then don’t you think that you owe it to yourself to find out what God says about living your life? The only way that you can do this is by reading the Bible and praying your way through what you are reading.

God will show you what you need to know for your business and for your life when you do this. Then, be thankful that you have access to a Bible which has both the Old and the New Testament in it because one explains the other. Help yourself with God’s wisdom so you can be a help to someone else.

Time, is it on your side?

Many people think so these days. The culture tells you that unless you have an incurable disease, you will live a long, fulfilling life so don’t worry about tomorrow or even next year. Is this the truth? I don’t think so. You want to know why? It is because we are not guaranteed tomorrow, none of us are. Kids who are in high school have heart attacks today, when did that begin? I never heard of anyone having a heart attack in their teens until recently. You can have a car wreck going to or coming from work. There are a number of ways that you can die, but God knows exactly when your time is up. Time is on God’s side, because He can see the end and the beginning for you and for all of humanity.

What will you do with the time that you have, today? If you wake up tomorrow, then you may have the whole day to do something with your life, then what? Are you working for something that is temporary or something Heaven? The rewards which you have here are fading and only temporary, you can’t take them with you when you die. Build up treasure in Heaven, where it cannot be stolen from you and you will have an eternity with the fruit of your labors in Christ.