Why can’t we put God and family first?

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After watching the politicians go round and round for the past few months, (seems like years already!), I still haven’t heard what I am looking for, but in glances.  What is the REAL solution to the dilemmas that we face as Americans today?

Our society has major predicaments that stretch across and deeply effect all classes.  I could name them but why waste your time, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  The one cause that the serious problems all really point to when all of the smoke clears is the family unit.  What has happened to the American family unit?  Why don’t any of the presidential candidates speak to the disintegration of the family as a point of emphasis?  Is it because there’s no money in it?  This brings me to the real heart of the matter, money and our insatiable appetite for it.

We as Americans have been convinced that we need more money, no matter how much we have.  It’s not enough to be able to live the happy life of raising up a family that loves the Lord, (which,  by the way, will get us ALL that we need).  No, we have been sold this idea of enormous wealth being the end goal and we as a whole have bought into it, (but not without a coupon we got in the mail for 25% off, of course.  We Americans do love a bargain!)

More toys, (that cost more money to play with and maintain), a bigger house, (that costs more to maintain and one day you will grow out of and ultimately lose anyway), a more expensive car, (so you can feel the fleeting joy of fulfilling an unrealistic childhood dream).  What is life REALLY about anyway?

So from where does this love of money come?

Studies have proven that the first three years of life are the most crucial, and from there our real memories are made.  Our childhood is what shapes us.  All things are seated in our upbringing, whether we want to admit it or not.  Not placing blame, just sayin’.

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And so here we sit atop a giant mountain of “what we are” according to what we have internalized as “important”.  Now I ask you to look down and recognize what your pile is really based on.  Is it the love of money above God?  Be honest with yourself

I say this because if we really want to solve the multi-level crisis of today then we have to look inside the box.  We as parents and role models NEED TO raise our children properly from the beginning to the end.  Teach and show them that putting God and family first is the foundation on which all that is truly good is built.  Otherwise the cycle will continue and we will be continuing to put little bandages on gaping  wounds.  Shouldn’t we be actively trying as leaders to prevent the wounds in the first place?  But then again, think about all the money that would be lost, that’s what all the politicians do….

If we put Father God first in all situations, “good” or “bad”, the multi-dimensionally confusing situation becomes crystal clear and it seemingly takes care of itself As God intercedes for His children.

Money isn’t the root of all evil, greed above God is.

Keep your eye on the ball parents…….the world and your children’s future depends on it.

How to TRULY forgive

How can I forgive the fact that a person has stolen something of great value to me, or has done me a deeply felt trespass? How can we truly forgive someone?

True forgiveness can only be had from God if we first forgive those who have sinned against us. We as Christians have been taught this by Jesus from understanding the Lord’s prayer, “and forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us”….so how do we forgive someone?  After all, it’s apparently pretty important!  Here’s how, and it’s really quite easy once you understand it as a gift.

Having been led to the truth and been given a wholehearted and true faith I have come to know that God has a plan and that it is truly inconceivable to man. I also know that it must simply be accepted, so I do. In this acceptance I also realize that whatever part I play in it, I must also accept that as well, both in the calm and the storm. So with this in mind I know that what I may perceive as “bad” is actually for the better for God’s children, as is stated in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God”. So, in keeping this at the forefront, I know that whatever has happened to me has been God’s will, and in knowing this, I am thankful for whatever He has gifted me with, both “good” and “bad”. With this knowledge how then can I not forgive? Here’s an example from my life.

I lost my first family through a painful divorce many years ago. At the time I, and my dream of how my life was going to be, was shattered. I barely ate or slept for two weeks. It seemed unfair and I suffered immensely. But, I am now in another even more miraculous dream that I had no idea even existed. Father God had a plan for me that was beyond my ability to comprehend at that time and His dream was to make beauty from the ashes of my sufferings. I simply could not have understood it from the vantage of my position at the time.

From that experience I know now that trying to understand and therefore predict God’s will is foolish, so I now just accept it, and in doing so, how can I not forgive those who have sinned against me? They were an integral part of the plan for me to be in this miracle that I now live in. I am actually thankful for what they have done as I now see that if it weren’t for what happened at that time, I wouldn’t be in this wonderful life that I have today.

Maybe now you can look back on your journey and see where this may be true for you as well. Also, I hope you can take heart in knowing this. If you are in a less-than-desirable place today, stay calm, because much, MUCH better is in your future as long as you take the high road, love and pray.

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