Thursday, December 05, 2013
Making Choices or Excuses?
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." ... 2 Corinthians 9:8
So I read an article last week which horrified me. Gah. A Christian woman gave excuses and Bible verses, even, why she believes poor people can't help but be poor and why wealthy financial advisors (specifically) just don't understand poor people and 'never the twain shall meet.'
Oh, the excuses!
In fact, I felt so horrified that, afterward, I rushed here to my blog and read through lots of my posts, searching to see if they, too, contained such blame and hopelessness. And you know? If I'd found much of that, I just may have shut this thing down. Forever.
I mean, how helpful would I be if I spread tales that God prefers His kids to be poor and unable to give to the needy or pay their own bills? (Actually He tells us to owe no man anything but love.) What kind of a parent would I be if I preferred that Naomi struggle financially? Am I spreading hope if I write an article (as this woman did) citing 'logical reasons' that poor people eat only bad food because it's cheaper and cannot exercise because they can't afford gym memberships?
Uh, no. (What about becoming a coupon/shopping/nutrition expert or exercising at home or walking around your block?)
Maybe it's a clash of personality types or something, I don't know. But whenever I read this sort of thing (which is, sadly, often) it wakes me up at night. I find myself preaching in my dreams and to my pillow, nearly.
How dreadful, that we-can't-help-it-cuz-we-are-victims attitude. It stops all good things.
Ever since I was a (strange) little kid, I'd read 'how to' articles and search in them for ways I could better myself. If a piece gave ways to improve my speaking voice, I'd practice those steps rather than whine, "This advice won't help my sorry voice."
Rather than thinking, "I'll just have to wait until I'm grown-up before I can have a nice room," I'd rearrange my bedroom similarly to magazine photos, craft an odd looking dressing table or ottoman--then step back and feel enchanted by the new look.
Later, when I read articles about how to supplement your husband's income, I'd choose the ideas which I was capable of. I never tossed them aside, muttering, "That writer just doesn't understand my own sorry personal circumstances."
I'd do a sort of "separating the chaffe from the wheat" thing rather than throw-out the whole article if I disagreed with one or two points.
Never lose your imagination and a can-do spirit! And always believe that God is a father who provides for His kids (because He does). Never let anything or anyone snatch your faith. And please, please don't sit on your couch wishing things were better or waiting for them to just get worse.
Pro-activity and always believing for the best and making choices rather than excuses! That is my advice today...
... and now that I've written this, perhaps I can stop waking-up in wee hours, preaching to my poor ol' pillow.
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" ... Matthew 7:11
"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you." ... Proverbs 4:6
"I have been young, and now am old, yet I've not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread." ... Psalm 37:25
God is a wonder at showing us how to create what we need or want ... if we'll listen to and prefer His ways, ideas and techniques.
Never give-up on something God started!
All day long, if you must, repeat, "I can do this! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"Complain and remain." ........ Joyce Meyer