May 20, 2017 – Life Lessons
In today’s world, children are being taught at an early age. 2,3,and 4 year old children already know how to use a cell phone and the internet before they even reach kindergarten. School curriculum has definitely changed and computers are used more and more for teaching. While this teaches them how to use the technology we now have, I have to wonder about how much they are actually having to think for themselves.
Sadly, no amount of education can actually prepare you for life outside your parents home, and sadly many teenagers leave the home without having the slightest idea what they are supposed to do. Most families today have two working parents because that is the only way they can survive in this economy and provide everything they believe their families need so they aren’t able to spend the time they want with their children.
When I was in school, it was mandatory to take certain subjects. We had to take health, home economics, at least one grading period of sewing, at least one grading period of psychology along with all the basics, like math, English, history and science. We didn’t have computer labs, we had libraries. Some of these subjects, such as health, home economics, shop and such are electives now, and some schools no longer teach these “life” classes.
I was the official nerd of the family, I had straight “A’s” all the way up until the last grading period in my senior year, when my grades suffered somewhat because I was already out of the house, trying to work a full time job and pay my own bills. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do.
It’s funny, how my parents never taught me much about the outside world. They didn’t warn me about criminals, rapists, pedophiles, liars and cheats. They didn’t explain to me how to budget and pay my bills and even though my step father knew about student loans, he didn’t tell me I could actually go through college that way. I didn’t expand my education until I was 38 when I finally found out about student loans.
Sometimes I believe that those who have to struggle with life on an ongoing basis from the time they are born until they fly away from the nest learn more. I truly believe that poorer children learn more about humanity and survival that those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. We weren’t rich, in fact there were many times we just barely scraped by, and when my parents could have used these times as life lessons, they did not.
I’ve learned more from just living, having to find ways to survive when it looked impossible. I’ve learned more about society in general and the many different types of people in this world just be being associated with and living among them. I’ve learned more lessons over my life than any school or college could ever teach me. Today I am thankful for the Life Lessons I have learned.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
May 21, 2017 – Needs
What do you count as needs in your life? Sure, there are the basics like a roof over your head, heat, water, electricity, food and clothes, but what else do you consider a need?
Some people are born strong, others become strong through life experiences, and some people never find the strength they need to combat all the ups and downs of life. Those people seem to have more needs than the strong people. They need a support group that surrounds them, helps them cope with every little thing that can go wrong, and if something” big” happens they tend to fall apart.
I believe that God gave me strength from the very beginning. My mother used to say that I had such a strong will, that if I set my mind on something there was nothing that was going to stop that. I learned early in life that I would need that strength to survive.
Some people need a lot of love. It is not enough for them to know that someone loves them, they have to see hard proof, sometimes materialistic proof such as a big diamond ring or presents and flowers showered on them all the time. Some people have self esteem problems and they need people around them to boost them up all the time, to pat them on the back so to speak, every time they do something good or right.
The stronger people like myself have very few needs. We have learned over the years to separate our needs from wants, and many of them such as myself have realized that our list of actual needs are small. Sure, I love to hear someone say they love me, but I don’t require special gifts, flowers or cards for them to prove it. I need love just as much as the next person, but I prefer the simple love, just knowing it is there is enough for me.
My list is very short. I need the basics just like anyone else. I enjoy it when someone pats me on the back, but it is not a necessity in my life, and I don’t need anyone to hold my hand through every crisis I go through although it is nice if someone is available to do that. I need my shelter, my food, my utilities and my health care. I need the simple love that my friends and family show me, and more than anything I need my “God”. Today I am thankful that my “needs” list is a short one.
Matthew 6: 31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
May 22, 2017 – Belief
What do you believe in? Yourself, your family, your friends, your spouse? It is wonderful to be able to believe in all that, but do you believe in a higher power, one that watches over you, often times guiding you, and often times protecting you?
There are so many different belief systems in this world today. One group believes that everything is accomplished only through your own efforts and another group believes that there are multiple deities that watch over and take care of everything in your life.
Some people believe in light and darkness, good and evil, but don’t necessarily believe in God. They believe in a spirit world that goes back and forth creating good and evil times in our lives. Another group believes we came from apes or fish and there is no after life, when we are dead, that is the end of us.
For myself, I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the three in one. I’ve seen and felt the proof. This earth didn’t happen by accident and we didn’t crawl out of the ocean or descend from apes. We didn’t develop from a big bang out in space or one cell that for some odd reason decided to multiply and grow. Seriously, look around you.
Look at the complexity of the human body for instance. We are made of flesh, blood, bone, nerves, organs and a brain, each with it’s own function that keeps us alive, up and moving, thinking and doing. Do you really believe that this is all an accident?
Take a look at nature. Have the squirrels evolved as they say man has? How about the birds, who know how to build their nest, mate, have young, raise them and forage for food. Do you think they were an accident as complex as they are?
Have you ever looked at a leaf or plant or flower? I mean really looked at it. The veins in the leaf, the stem, the skin all have a function. Look at the flower with it’s beautifully colored petals that know it is time to close up when the sun goes down, see the stem, the veins in the leaves, the stamina, the stamen, the petal, and yes, even the ovaries keep the plant alive and growing.
If you really start looking at the different things on this planet, the natural life, the human body, the majestic mountains, the rivers in the valleys, the animals going about their daily routines, the oceans, the deserts, the meadows and fields how could you possible believe it was all an accident. Today I am thankful for my belief in God and all the beauty he has created.
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”