As we continue to do our best to live under the guidelines of “staying well” and other good sense matters, we are also inundated with the concerns about hoarding, the Stock Market and possible government bailouts. This is a world-wide problem and no one has the perfect answer for any of it. Yet, some make their voices known, either to agree or disagree with certain positions being taken.
Nikki Haley, the former United Nations Ambassador has just resigned from the Board of Boeing because of the discussion of bailing out the planemaker. See her letter and reasoning here:
Everyone would like a stimulus check, but only a certain number will get government help. Even if it is for a good cause in the economy, a bailout to anyone, big business or private individuals, comes from somewhere…those who have worked hard and paid their taxes.
The thing to remember is that there is NO FREE LUNCH. It wasn’t in the past and it won’t be in the future. Nothing is ever free. Even the politicians who promise free education, free health care, free anything…there is nothing free. This does not take a genius to understand this truth…yet, many hope on…passed reality.
Does the Holy Scripture say anything to us about finances…need or faith in the midst of crisis? Let’s look at a few verses that can help us weather the storms as we look for peace. In doing so, we must not forget to pray for those making decisions that effect our lives.
To be content:
- Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:11-13 (Words to the Phillippians by the Apostle Paul)
Help those who need help through generosity:
- As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Anxiety only raises blood pressure
- “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these… Matthew 6:25-32
God’s blessings to all our readers!
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To be kind is defined as benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity,sympathy, compassion, tenderness. One would think that it would be very easy to be kind. For some it is easier than for others. Usually we notice that a person is being kind, generous, compassionate when he/she goes out of his way to do something for another. It is amazing how much people also go out of their way to be belligerent, condescending, sarcastic, and even ruthless. Those who fit this description must go to bed each evening with very little happiness. There is joy in doing something for someone when we receive no credit or recognition. It is a little secret that we hide within our heart.
I remember when I was in college and had very little money for everyday spending. I went to my college mailbox and found a white envelope with my name on it. Inside was a $10 bill with a note…saying “something for one of God’s children”. That has been many years ago, but I have never forgotten it. Only God knows who sent it to me.
In the Holy Scriptures, Ephesians 4:32 tells us “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Why do we show kindness or compassion? It may be because there is a place in each heart, unless it has been hardened, that knows that we are blessed…and there is always someone else who has a life more difficult. We reach out because in the back of our minds we know that were we in the same place, we would hope someone would reach out to us.
We may be in the right place at the right time to see a heroic deed that goes beyond kindness. We call those people heroes. A kind person does not have a name…but the person or animal receiving that kindness will remember even if they don’t know a name.
Make this day a day to show your kindness to “one of God’s children…or small creature .”
Take a look at this face. Very ordinary by most images, but Kathleen Magowan, of Simsbury, Connecticut, is neither ordinary or pretentious. Before her death, she was above all things:
- A TEACHER
- A CHRISTIAN
- DEVOTED SISTER
- UNPRETENTIOUS NEIGHBOR
So why was she so extraordinary? Kathleen could have had the best of everything…new cars, clothes, fancy furniture and house, the most up-to-date electronics, but she chose another path. She loved books and people.
Jenny Depper has written an excellent article about Kathleen. She says in part the following:
“Kathleen Magowan may have passed away in 2011 at the age of 87, but her surprising charitable donations have given her a very unexpected legacy: she’s being called a “secret millionaire.”
During her lifetime, the former first grade teacher and her twin brother, Robert, amassed a fortune of nearly $10 million… She willed sizable sums of her wealth to places she held dear:
- Simsbury public schools $480,000 where she taught for 35 years
- University of St. Joseph in West Hartford $500,000
- St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church $375,000
- McLean Nursing Home that took care of her before she died $400,000
Neither Magowan nor her twin brother ever married and their fortunes were never mentioned in their obituaries. Robert Magowan, who worked for Prudential Insurance, died one year prior to his sister.
It reportedly took lawyers two years to discover the entirety of their massive wealth, which was amassed through a series of smart investments.
“In one of the most stunning discoveries, a neighbor who was helping the attorneys found a Quaker Oats can in a closet that contained the original war bonds from the 1940s and 1950s, largely in small denominations of $50 and $100. The attorneys had no idea what the bonds might be worth, but some research on the Internet showed that the papers in the Quaker Oats can were worth $183,000.”
…”They didn’t throw anything away,” attorney David Bondanza said, (attorney for the estate) “That’s the bottom line. There was a lot of history in that house.” The contents of their home reportedly added $10,000 to their estate after lawyers found $6,000 in jewelry in a safe deposit box. The Magowan twins’ list of priceless items go on, with National Geographic magazines dating back to 1929, old newspapers, dozens of file folders filled with magazines, record albums from the 1920s along with a record player that still worked. However, the most important lesson from their savings seems to be in the power of giving. “People don’t give to be recognized…”
This story strikes an emotional note with me. I, too, was a teacher for many years…both here in the USA and internationally. I know what kind of salary teachers make and how frugal one has to be to save. No, I did not amass a fortune…but the obvious love of learning that Kathleen shared with her students and friends, after retirement, is something I do understand. I’m sure she would be the first to tell to parents, “Teach your children the power in learning generosity; sympathy, and kindness. If it means taking the electronic games or TV away for a while so they can learn the power of conversation, do it for their sake. They will be the better for it. Teach your children how to save a part of their allowance that they have earned…and understand priorities when buying.”
Kathleen did not think only of herself, but in her will, she showed that she wanted the things she loved to go on after her death…which included education, Christian faith, and remembering those who give care and service to the elderly. Blessings on Kathleen….teacher extraordinary.
Happy Thanksgiving from Boyer Writes