What is your plan? What have you mapped out for the life ahead? What have you done to prepare for the future? What are the odds of you achieving your dreams? And, more importantly…. What have you done to prepare you children for their future? These are some very tough questions.
I know when I started out, at age 19, freshly married, out of high-school, with an “o’hum” job making $60.00 per week, along with her job paying $55.oo per week; which was very adequately providing for my bride and me, and later; our children. We thought that we had the world at our fingertips. My wife was much more optimistic about “our future” than I was. She had a plan before I did… and was mapping out our future long before I gave it much of a thought. Her plan was to “guide me” through the maze… and that she did. Although, once she got me going, encouraging me along the way, doing my job at home in addition to hers, her freeing me up so that I could go to night school for 13 years. She’s the one that took them to ball games, taught them how to throw a ball, or to dance lessons… Me? I just went to work, and went to school. I focused on “our future” where she left off. I planned, I dreamed, I prayed, I paid all the dues of life to get ahead…. And…thanks be to God…it did. It all fell into place…. It worked. And, had it not been for my bride “pushing me,” it would not have happened. I just needed the push, the encouragement, and the love that she and our children provided.
That was yesterday. The rules were different then. It was an era where one could leave his front door un-locked at night, and sleep peacefully. No POLITICAL correctness to contend with… just hard work.
Today… our children and grandchildren, will have to “fight harder” than in any decade before us to secure their future. The problem is, though,…. they are “not prepared.” The current generation is, to me, the generation of entitlements. They think that everything is to be laid out for them on a silver platter. And, I suppose, as parents, and grand-parents… we do just that. It’s our fault! We make it as easy as we can for them. Today’s generation is the best educated, most entitled, and yet, the least prepared to take on the debt of $50K for each head living today…. Not counting tomorrow. In comparison, I was around 35 years old before I had my first credit card, I had “no-debt”, $25K in savings, and a $500K net worth. Plus, I was earning $ 50K per year. Today, our “kids” are given credit cards at about age 15, a new car, an unlimited allowance, no-job, and $50K in debt. I came up in a era whereby, if you wanted something…. you saved your money, and paid “cash” for it. I share this with you as a comparison of my generation, today’s generation, and the next generation. Our children and their children are in deep, deep, trouble.
Some of “us” have seen our future, our 401K, our retirement, and soon our Social Security…wiped out. This generation is not going to be much help to the future generations…. Not as it stands now. The guard will change in a few weeks; and it will be up to “us” to DEMAND that “they” keep their PROMISES, or else…VOTE the rascals out. While all of this does sound a bit dismal…. All is not lost.
We were lost, but now we are found. Luke 15:1-7 – Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I don’t suggest that God will “fix everything,” but rather….. He gave us ears to hear, eyes to see, a mouth to speak, and a brain to control them….. that, added with a dose of serious prayer will go along way towards “improving” our future.
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