I found these articles interesting from Time magazine. When we think of the future, we wonder how we will be differrent. Many of our perspectives have changed over the last year as we stumbled down the hill of drastic economic downturn. It is the first real national financial crisis many of us have ever experienced. If you are around my age somewhere close to 50, you may have heard your parents talk about what they remembered of the Great Depression years following the Crash of ’29. My great Uncle John would sit on his front porch, whittle a small stick into a pencil and toss it in a box, and say, “There will come a day when a man won’t be able to afford his land because of all the taxes.” (Texas has no state income tax, so property taxes generally run a little higher here.)
I am beginning to believe what Uncle John said will be true. I wonder if people will divest of property and other commodities that used to be called assets, in light of the new taxation and punishment for those of us who “saved for the rainy day.” Do you wonder, as I, that recent events have markedly changed our priorities, our global perspective, and certainly our personal perspective on what is ahead for our children, for our families, for our lives?
No one is certain what the future holds. It is scary to think about (if you listen to the news) or fun (if you read that article series in Time I suggested) depending on your outlook. But for those who have Christ Jesus as Lord of their lives, the future is brighter tomorrow than it is today. Try not to worry. Keep looking up. It’s the direction from which your help will come. From a worldly view, the only constant is change. But for those who have an eternal focus, the only constant is the Lord Christ Jesus. Lord, help us keep (or turn) our focus on the eternal things of value, not the temporal pleasures or discomforts of this world.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
P.S. If you get the chance to read the Time articles from the link at the beginning of this post, tell me what you think particularly the “New Calvinism” article.