“…We sometimes have to deal with setbacks in our immediate family… where “cutting back, and making-do,” has become a way of life for many…”

Image result for caricature: woman aircraft mechanicBeing CREATIVE. ….I can do anything I want (almost), with those skill-sets that I have developed, those that have been made available to me, and those that God has blessed me with. I am reminded of the Apollo 13, which was the 7th manned mission, and the 3rd intended to land on the moon… but because of an oxygen explosion, the flight had to be aborted, and… despite great hardship caused by… limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system… the crew returned safely to earth 6 days later, on April 17.

The point I make, here, is… often times in business… and family situations, we run out of funding, supplies, food, or whatever; and we have to “make-do” with what we have. We sometimes have to ration expendables, such as was done in WWII, when milk, butter, gas, sugar, tires, cars, etc. were rationed… in order to supply our troop overseas.

As a young child, during WWII, with my Father off in the war… I remember watching my Dear Mother, (who was also an airplane mechanic at age 21, just a few months after I was born) mend socks, sew shirts from scraps of yard goods, repair household items, electrical repairs, upholstery furniture, and even plant a “victory garden.” Which, as need required… we still had up until 1950.

We sometimes have to deal with setbacks in our immediate family… budgets, particularly now (due to the economy and massive unemployment), where “cutting back, and making-do,” has become a way of life for many impoverished families. Even, too, young families having to move back in with Mom and Pop…

And for some… there are… ‘Spiritual setbacks,’ which take a toll on our spirituality. When this happens; we MUST go through a ‘renewal process,’ seeking out God, and relying on Him to ‘mend our soul.’

We are told in2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. And, also, 2 Corinthians – 1:3-5God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

We boys were taught to “make-do”… with what we had. I’ve carried that skill-set throughout life, and am better for it.  Thank you Dear Mother, for training me to be creative.


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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