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Here’s what’s plaguing my mind as of current:
There are an estimated 350,000 churches in the United States.
In 2010 the top Protestant churches made approximately 65 million dollars and paid 0% in taxes.
The yearly cost of tax exemptions for churches in America is $71,000,000,000.
There are anywhere from 2.3 to 3.5 million homeless people in America.
Jesus said: Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Matthew 25:40-45)
Does anyone else see the problem here?
That’s how many hours of your life you will spend working.
You will work to get that money to buy that house, to put food on your table, to pay the utilities, to buy that car to get you to work, to put that gas in the car, to buy those clothes, to buy crap the commercials tell you to, to…
You get the picture.
Our lives are spent working for money.
How happy are you?
Are you 97464 hours worth of happy?
I just don’t understand why we’re always looking for new and interesting ways to kill ourselves. – T. Gagnon-Stimpson
This past week I started a new position. Of course, all the nerves, apprehension and excitement went with it but I wasn’t expecting to hate it as much as I did.
I found myself frustrated as my first two days at work were confusing, overwhelming and extremely physically demanding. I was ready to quit. But I pushed through that urge and stuck with it and now I am glad to have this job.
Of course I’m happy about the benefits, a steady pay check and being able to have a job when so many others can’t in these tough economic times- but there’s something more. I realized this position was going to give me the ability not only to pay my bills but to also help others who are struggling.
I live in one of the poorest counties in Illinois and I have seen many who have struggled to put adequate food on the table. I’ve heard too many people saying that they are living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ramen noodles and if their lucky, a breakfast burrito from McDonald’s.
It breaks my heart.
And yet, I had the gull to be pissy about an opportunity I was given to have a steady pay check and access to adequate food. SHAME. ON. ME.
Now that I’ve come to this realization I’ve asked myself: What will I do with it? What will I do about the fact that I can cover my bills AND help others? I’ve chosen to help, even if only in the smallest way I can.
I want to offer a challenge: The next time you hate your job and want to quit, remember that the aggravation, the frustration, the tiring hours, and the pay checks are all opportunities to help others
Here we are, 12 days into 2012 and I’ve seen so many articles, blogs and books pointing toward December 21st, 2012- the end of time that I thought it was time to confront it.
The wonderful thing about history is that it can’t be change. It can only be learned from. Of course, what we learn from history is our choice. Just in my short existence upon this globe I have witnessed many of our choices and many of those have been the wrong one, as we have learned nothing from generations before. At this time in particular, I point at the parallels between America and the fallen Roman Empire… In having said that, I have also seen many positive choices. At this point, it’s just a matter of what choices will prevail.
Prophecy is nothing more than the guess of the future based on the past. It’s a guess based on the actions of past human beings. It’s a guess based on what people are doing at the time the prophecy was made- but it isn’t set in stone. (Shut up about the Mayan calendar… Yeah, I’m looking at you who is wanting to make the wise crack) A prophecy is a generic guess at thing that will befall humanity if they choose to continue the path that will, in fact, lead to the end.
The question becomes: Will you accept the 2012 prophecy that this is the end?Will you change? Will you choose to step away from the path laid out before you by your forefathers and their some time stupid choices, or will you heed the words of your grandparents who have already been there and can offer a word to the wise?
I do not believe that 2012 is the end. I believe it’s the beginning. It’s the beginning to choose to end the violence or to choose to bring about a violent end.
Will humanity continue to damage the planet so that nothing more will grow? Or will humanity learn to live as one with itself and with nature, allowing everything to grow? It is by no mistake that the blessed Hoppi left this prophecy of choice carved on rock walls in Arizona.
But again, I must ask you: What will you choose?