Well, this has never happened to me before. I try to keep my political opinions off of fb, but last night I did respond to a comment in a closed group concerning how much the govt. should be involved in helping people and how much people who are able to work take advantage of the system.
After teaching school for 15 years, I am now in the social services field. All I said in my comment was that I think something needs to be done to make a more effective system to insure people do not take advantage. I mentioned how I have seen people come in with the newest iphone, fancy acrylic nails and driving a new car all while having food stamps and coming to our office for help with their rent or electric bill. There have also been people who come for food, yet refuse the food box when they don’t like what is in it (then you aren’t hungry). Last weekend we had a coat give away, and there were people who turned down coats because they did not like them (then you aren’t cold). Just to be clear, the food was normal food, not liver or cheap spam or anything. The coats were in good condition. We had gone through them and thrown out any torn or damaged ones. We even had them all dry cleaned.
Now, to be fair, there are those who are extremely grateful even to the point of tears.
I wasn’t insulting anyone or calling anyone names or cursing. I simply described the situations as above and was told I am not a real Christian because Jesus said to help others. Yea, well Jesus never said give to those who don’t need it so there won’t be any left for those who do.
That’s why my family lives below our means. I can afford a new car but drive a 16 year old car. I can afford a new iphone, but have a cheap Samsung. I could afford a better house, but live simply.
Anyway, I was blocked. LOL Fine with me.
Life will go on.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about everything I am thankful for.
I’m thankful for Jesus saving me by dying on the cross.
I’m thankful for my parents and that I had a happy childhood. I’m thankful my Dad is still here for another Thanksgiving.
I’m thankful for my husband even though he can drive me nuts. He has a gun and I know would protect our family. Plus, he knows how to fix things around the house. LOL
I’m thankful for my children. I’m going to make sure I cherish the last few years we will have them at home.
I’m thankful that my family and I are healthy.
I’m thankful for a home. Most of us take that for granted, but in my line of work, I see others who don’t have a place to call home. I don’t care if someone is homeless because of their own bad choices or stupidity. Everyone should be able to have a warm, safe place to sleep at night.
I’m thankful for my car. That’s another thing we take for granted, but I see many who have to stand in the cold to ride a bus or are stuck walking.
I’m thankful for my job so I can pay for the home and the car. I’m also thankful I have a job I like.
What are you thankful for?
I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately. God wants us to forgive. Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Of course I know one can forgive, yet not stay in a bad situation. Some cases are clear. God does not want someone to stay in a dangerous situation.
What I wonder about are those cases that are not so “clear cut”. If my daughter has a friend being mean to her, at what point is enough, enough? When does one draw the line and say he/she will not be treated that way anymore? Then there is the case of Anna Duggar (Yes, I follow that “train wreck” of a family. Don’t laugh). What she decides is her business, ( I vote for her to take her kids and run) but how many chances do you give? In her case, her creep/perv of a husband is putting her health at risk.
It seems at some point, forgiveness can become a license for someone to continue to mistreat you.
It’s a hard one. The Bible says 70 x 7, and God always forgives us when we ask, even though we keep screwing up.