Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Gimme Generation

We live in an entitlement culture.

I doubt that any of you balked at that statement.
Everyone feels that they 'deserve' something or other.
"I deserve a well paying job."
"I deserve to go to college."
"I deserve a break."  
Or my favorite, which I saw on a billboard for a grocery store recently:
"You deserve fresh."
Whenever I see a billboard that says something like, "You deserve fresh produce," my first reaction (and one that I often make out loud while I'm driving), is WHY?
WHY do you "deserve a well paying job?!" Did you work hard? Are you industrious?
WHY do you "deserve to go to college?!" Because you got good grades in preschool?
WHY do you "deserve a break?!" Because you are just sooo awesome? WHY!?!?

The feeling that we are owed anything, just because, is a huge problem in our society. It can come from a lot of different places, and things like allowances are probably about the worst.
Think about it, Dad goes to work everyday, and brings home a paycheck because he has been productive ( <-- key word there). But now, little Johnny and Sally want their part of it, so Daddy kindly gives them a portion of his salary. "Why" you may ask? He may have any number of reasons:

"Because they're not old enough to earn money themselves."
Let me get this straight, because he's not old enough to earn some money, he deserves to have it handed to him on a silver platter? So when he's old enough to earn money himself, is he just going to stop taking the free money from you?
"Because they've just been so good this week,"
Hmm, I sure didn't get paid to behave. Good behavior was expected of me. I was punished for bad behavior.
"Because they deserve it."
No comment.
Etc, etc, and etc.

We need to develop an earned mentality. Don't give me something because I deserve it. Give it to me because I earned it by doing something! Live so that you can say:
"I earned the privilege of a well paying job." Because I worked hard to get there.
"I earned the privilege of a college education." Because I studied hard, and can afford it.
"I earned the privilege of taking a break." Because I've been working hard. (Just make it a short break.)


And whatever you do, please, Please, PLEASE do NOT give your kids an allowance. Ever. Being on the parent dole is just one step from being on the government dole, and we know where that leads. Just say no! (And make that little guy rake the leaves or something. So what if he's only 3. Trust me, he'll thank you for it later.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

If I Wanted America to Fail

Here is is really good video on the current state of America. On their website is says that this was inspired by Paul Harvey's classic essay "If I were the devil."
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

History gets more expensive

"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
― George Santayana

“Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”
― Ronald Wright

Am I the only one who looks at what's happening, and thinks "Hasn't this happened before?"
And it's only going to get more expensive.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

True Chivalry by Sophia Smithe

Here's a really good poem by Sophia over at Sophias Siege. May we all in this generation work to restore the concept of Godly chivalry.

“Let the women and children be first”
Rose the courageous cry
From the throngs of men aboard the ship
Who were destined that day to die

Their hearts were saddened by the grim proposition
Yet they clung to their manhood and stood
Willing and ready to give their own lives
As a man of true chivalry should

Nary a word of dissent was heard
Upon the forlorn decks
As scores of men boldly met their deaths
And were buried at sea with the wreck

A century past, and the men of our day
Have all but forgotten the call
Of “Women and Children first, Gentlemen;
Let not one of them fall”

 The sacrifice of Titanic’s heroes
Must shine out to the end
“Greater love hath no man than this:
That he lay down his life for his friend”


Monday, April 9, 2012

Semper Reformanda

I came across the phrase "Semper Reformanda" in the signature of a blog I follow (Sophia's Siege) and didn't know what it meant. So I, not being one to just pass over something I don't understand when I have the whole internet at my fingertips, did a quick search, and this is what I found:
Ecclesia semper reformanda est Latin for "the church is always being reformed", sometimes shortened to semper reformanda, "always being reformed"
Here's a life principle that we would all benefit from. I've met people who are set in their ways, and not open to critiques, and they always seem to be, well, kind of stale for lack of a better word. We should always be striving for closer adherence to God's word, and to be open to being corrected by others, we all (at least, I know I do) have blind spots that we can't see, but may be blindingly obvious to others, so when they point them out, thank them! We all need one another to help build each other up!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Bride of Christ

"I do."

Those are two words which I look forward with great anticipation to saying, to know and be known through and through by a woman with whom I can share everything that I am, every hurt and every joy, every laugh and every cry. And yet, how much more should we long for that kind of relationship with our Lord? Ultimately, that's the purpose of marriage; to portray to the world the kind of relationship that we will have with the Son. He is the ultimate Bridegroom, and we, The Church, are the Bride of Christ.

This is one of the reasons why divorce is so destructive . It's not just two people breaking a convenient that they made before the Almighty God, but because their marriage is so much more then that. God didn't institute marriage simply as a means to propagate the human race, nor to make us happy. He designed it to be a picture of something that is much more, something beyond us. Marriage is a picture of the relationship that the Son will have with his Church! This is the reason why there are such harsh punishments for people who divorce and who commit fornication, it's a blatant violation of the marriage covenant, and what the marriage represents!
The culture has really lost sight of the holiness and sanctity of marriage in our day and age. So let us be the shining lights in this dark world of what marriages should really look like!


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