We used to sit on our front porch and see only a neighbor or two in the evenings walking their dogs or working in their yards. A huge field adjacent to our block was developed into a housing plan. Then the older folks in the neighborhood began dying off, and landlords bought their homes to rent them out to pretty much anyone who could afford the rent. Many of the homes were not remodeled after purchase making them low rent places. After our car had a window broken out and a GPS stolen, we decided to get ADT for the house before the thieves graduated to home burglary.
It was not long before my neighbor, who did not have a home security system, had his house burglarized while he was at work. They targeted him because they knew he worked on the river system being gone for three weeks and home for three weeks. They had full run of the place to clean him out. We work so did not see them when they were burglarizing him. Other folks on the block work day jobs too. Continue reading ‘Thieves Pick Easy Targets and ADT Makes Your Home a Hard Target They Want to Avoid’
Times are tough for most people these days. The global financial downturn has left us all with less money in our pockets and worried about what the future holds. Most of us are lucky; are heads are above water and we are still able to provide for our families but there are still many people in the world who won’t eat today, have a safe place to sleep tonight or have someone they can turn to. As Christians it’s our duty to help those people however we can. Not because the bible tells us so but because we have been fortunate in the gifts of the lord and we have the love in our hearts to share.
Helping those less fortunate isn’t about money or time, it’s about deciding to do the right thing and bring kindness into another life. Putting a smile on someone else’s face that is less fortunate than yourself if only for a day, an hour or even a minute gives hope and in return you will be rewarded with the satisfaction of not only doing good in this world but the joy of lightness in your own heart for helping others.
Most people think that money is the best way to help but the most rewarding donation you can ever make is of your own time. Continue reading ‘Doing Your Part to Help Those Less Fortunate’
These days, the true calling of Christians often comes into question. It seems that most politicians are fairly adamant that the word of Christ is focused on who to hate. However, it can come as a real shock to simply sit down and read the Gospels. If one approaches it with open eyes, the message there might come as a surprise. We all know, intellectually, that Christ’s word is one of love. However, the nature of it often comes as a surprise when one’s heard the Gospel as related by politicians for too long.
Basically, Christ spoke longest and most passionately about the plight of the poor and suffering. His message rarely pandered to those on the top of the social ladder. In fact, if anything he tended to be most critical of those who’ve had nothing but ease and comfort in their life.
Many of the reasons for his position become clear on reflection of Christ’s full life. Jesus was born into a fairly poor lifestyle. His growth was one often filled with doubt and concern. Continue reading ‘The Reality of Christ’s True Message’