If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
there wasn't much to you in the first place.
Proverbs 24:10 (The Message)
Ouch! That is definitely a harsh word, but very true. Since our country's economic tsunami began about 3 years ago, I have seen people in both my personal and professional life literally fall to pieces. A lack of additional resources has caused many to now publicly display their abundance of personal inadequacy. Without their bells and whistles attached, people have become unrecognizable to even themselves.
I have witnessed brothers and sisters turn on one another, children rebel against parents who are struggling and striving to keep a roof over their head as opposed to a Louis on their arm and husbands and wives ripped apart over financial failure.
These observations have left me wondering on countless occasions, "Was their much to these relationships in the first place?" Foundations made of sand . . . the only explanation I have come up with thus far. People who allowed money to make them . . . instead of simply making money work for them. Marriages that are founded on selective amnesia which conveniently forget the vow "for richer or poorer." Parents who buy love instead of give and receive love freely. In my eyes, this is what our society has become.
My true and sincere prayer is that people will recognize that these times are here to bring us closer together and help strengthen us at our core. Its time that we value relational wealth over just material possessions, for how we treat our loved ones in times of crisis reveals the authenticity of the foundation of that relationship.
Life is cyclical. This is not the first recession and it certainly will not be the last. Take a moment and reflect on how you've allowed this crisis to affect the real you and the people in your life. Remember that who YOU are in times of economic crisis or any other state of personal emergency is truly who YOU are.
Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth & Be Blessed!