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I donít know how to fix the economy. Iím pretty sure there will never be world peace, not in this life anyway, but I do believe we can make this a better nation and change our attitude towards one another and our circumstances if we begin to instill Honor for one another (whatever the differences) and learn to be Thankful (whatever the circumstance).



By Ernie Heavin

Whether the social media or classrooms are willing to admit it or not, we live in a great country. Sure, we have some historical sins of our past and even at the present, but to be honest, weíre not really even honest about those misdeeds of justice. For example, weíre really big on how Whites have treated Blacks and how Whites have treated the Indians, but we excuse ourselves of hearing the facts of what Blacks have done to Blacks and Indians have done to Indians along with what Whites have done to Whites. Oh, I forgot about the Hispanics, them too. What we fail to consider (here comes the pastor out in me) is that itís not a White or Black or Indian or Hispanic race problem, itís a Human Race problem. There are those who would like you to think different, but thatís their job, causing division in the country. It pays well and comes with excellent benefits.

So what can we do to help bring some unity and communication back into a country that could use a break from the discord that seems to be rising in our nation? Two words: Honor and Thankfulness. In Romans 1:21 (donít worry, Iím not going into sermon mode, just illustration mode) Scripture teaches that there are two basic reasons for denying God: 1) They fail to honor Him. 2) They fail to thank Him. The result, they become futile in their thinking. I think two words that could also help bring more unity into our nation are Honor and Thankfulness as well.

HONOR: You donít have to agree with someone to honor them. Whenever someone posts their anti-Republican or anti-Democrat propaganda on my Facebook, I delete it for the trash it is. Same goes for the anti-gay marriage and anti-Christian indoctrination as well. Like it not, we all made in the image of God. In my book (literally and figuratively) Heís the ultimate Judge and He insists that we show honor to one another. No excuses, no, ďWell they started it first.Ē Show honor for one another.

THANKFULNESS: There are three basic mindsets in our nation, two causing major problems. The first is greed and letís be honest, greed never has enough. The second one is worry or anxiety which is basically the fear of never having enough. Learn to be content, thankful. Thereís always going to be someone richer than you and poorer than you. Life isnít fair and until the Judge comes back thatís just the way itís going to be. Since working at Lighthouse Ministries and feeding the poor and homeless I have suddenly become aware of my massive wealth. And hereís something else Iíve noticed while serving poor and watching them eat. You know what the most common thing they say to us as they leave and go to wherever it is they sleep? They donít whine and complain blaming someone else for their miserable woes. They say something like, ďThank you and God bless you.Ē Here are a people who basically have nothing but what they bring to the Lighthouse for a meal, something to drink and a pair of shoes or piece of clothing to wear, whether itís the right size or not. And theyíre thankful. When was the last time you came home from work, looked at your tax ridden paycheck and said to your employer or God or somebody, thank you? When was the last time you had just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and were thankful for it? Learn to be thankful. Learn to share. Share if you have a little or a lot.

I donít know how to fix the economy. Iím pretty sure there will never be world peace, not in this life anyway, but I do believe we can make this a better nation and change our attitude towards one another and our circumstances if we begin to instill Honor for one another (whatever the differences) and learn to be Thankful (whatever the circumstance).

Have a Happy 3rd of July and even a better 4th! And by the way, a little advertisement for Lighthouse Ministries and an opportunity to show Honor and Gratefulness today:

The Lighthouse is in need of the following items: razors, men's and women's shorts, tee shirts, underwear, and tennis shoes. Men's jeans.. Thanks and many blessings!
http://thelighthouseministries.org/

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Reviewed by Eva Pasco
Your message is far-reaching.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
If only everyone had your viewpointÖ

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