I've been too busy to post anything over the last 2 weeks, so here are some of the things that have been on my mind since my last post. It's somewhat random, but that's how my mind works sometimes.
The results of the election have finally sunk in. It's taken awhile, but I think I've come to accept the fact that our country is going to make a big leap to the left over the next few years and there is very little I can do about it. I've actually taken a break from politics for the most part since the election, but I think I'm now ready to get back into the fray.
I find it interesting that the economy has continued to decline since the election. I was actually expecting a little bit of a rebound once the election was decided, regardless of who won. I guess Wall Street isn't jumping on the "hope" bandwagon just yet. I wonder how quickly others will jump off once they realize they aren't likely to get a tax cut, but instead see government spending continue to go out of control. With an unchecked liberal Congress and President, you better hold on to your wallets. Although the Republicans haven't been any better in recent years.
I also wonder which industry will be the next to go begging for a hand out from the government once the US auto industry gets theirs. You know they won't be the last.
I've also been thinking a lot about my responsibility as a Christian to help the poor. I've posted on this topic several times as it is a very important issue to me and it continues to weigh heavy on my heart. With all the suffering around the world, people dying of starvation and preventable disease, children being sold into slavery, etc., it just seems like there is more that we in this country can do. Even with the difficult economic situation we are in, we are still better off than the majority of the world. How many of us live in an 6x6 shack with mud floors and don't have access to clean water?
Organizations like Compassion and Food for the Hungry are great places to start, but I can't help but feel like there is more I'd like to do. I continue to pray that God would reveal to me how I can be more involved and how I can encourage others to get involved.
I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving next week as well. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for and this has always been one of my favorite holidays. I get the joy of spending time with family and reflecting on all that God has blessed me with, but none of the stress of Christmas shopping, endless holiday parties, etc. As I usually do, I'm taking the entire week off and am looking forward to some quiet time to reflect on the last year. Don't get me wrong I love Christmas as well and my wife and I really try to make an effort to focus on the real reason we celebrate, but Thanksgiving is just a more peaceful time for me and because my job is rather high stress, I look forward to it every year.
This year has gone by way too fast and there have been many great times and some very difficult times. But God has really infused me with a new joy this year that I've not had in a long time. In spite of some very difficult circumstances, I can truly say that God is good and faithful.
I warned you that it was kind of random, but this is how most days are for me, a dozen things going through my mind at the same time. So today you get a glimpse inside my head. (Scary!) Hopefully, my next post will be a little more focused and I'll try to stay on one topic.