I spent most of this morning reviewing stat and polling sites with the thought of making a new page for this site that may give you a reason to come back often. (of course, I think I need a course on computer knowledge, having trouble finishing the pages I already have) Anyhow, what a bummer! Some of the stats you read about this country is a real downer. If you read this stuff daily, you would think the nightly news is a comedy! For example, only 56% of Americans are happy, 57% are in poor economic condition, etc, etc. And I read an article some time ago from Breakpoint, I believe, in regard to the happiest children in the world. Well, this floored me. The happiest: Nigeria, starvation and genocide all around these kids. The unhappiest: no surprise, USA. Those children in Nigeria have hope for a better life but here in the USA, they have everything, no hope for better, food, shelter, clothing, and toys all at our disposal. I'm not saying kids in the USA all have everything, many have nothing, these we should attend to first, but not forget the suffering worldwide either. When I could read no more, I saw that we're in a dark place as a nation. In general, many people view history as just that, history. Not so, it has and will be the future. "History is the devil's scripture." -Lord Byron "History is a vast warning system." -Norman Cousins
When we look around us, if what we see is disturbing, perhaps we should look from a different angle and get a different view. So I change positions, here's what I see. Things are tough, you and I are tougher. Things look dark, but we're in The Light, we are the light. Things get us off course, we have a Compass. Look at what you have today and write down your gratitude list, smile as you write. "Yeah but, I'm about to lose everthing, I got no money, got no car, got no way to work, got no...on and on, (I do believe that the Yeah Buts, and the Got Nos are cousins) . So I guess the fact you can walk, talk, see, breathe, and complain, really isn't a reason to see something positive and be thankful for, huh? SNAP OUT OF IT! If you're sad- get glad! Find a place alone somewhere and have a big ole' gut laugh. Smile, let your face know your happy. Or do all of us a favor, shutup, thanks.
With all of the dark forecast, the gloom and negativity of the biased news media, God is still God, He is lighting up the night for you if you are walking His direction. Many who are reading this know what I mean. He has brought us from an addictive past being drunkards, drug addicts, porn freaks, gamblers, haters, worriers, liars, thieves, and much, much more. We know what He can do if we ask. "The path of the just is like the light of dawn that shines brighter to the full day." Prov.4:18 I know that my own personal life has had huge challenges, nearly overwhelming problems has plagued me. (You can pray for Judy and I if you want, we need the prayer, and you need the practice) But I understand that life is tough at times, and when you make a determination to serve others, to serve God, to do anything to help others, you also get opposed by the darkness, satan hates me, and the feeling is mutual. So I'm getting out the gratitude list, I bet I can come up with more than you can! Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.