Let’s get back to the basics!

Haggai 1:5-6 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

*”Ye have sown much, and bring in little”  How much does the average American earn in one year? In Missouri in 2008 the median household income was $46,876, we are ranked #35 in the US. That’s approximately $22.53 an hour. #1 is Maryland with a median income of $70,545 and #50 is Mississippi with #37,790.  How much of that income do we give?

We sow much, the average Missourian must work 2080 hours, no overtime to make the $22.53 an hour. Let’s assume that both adults work, then it’s $11.25 an hour per person. Honestly, most people don’t make over $10 an hour, so there’s gotta be some overtime in there somewhere. How much of our time are we giving to God?

*”ye eat, but have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink” Can anyone say “super-size”?  We live in a super-sized world. EAT, EAT, EAT! It’s like the movie “Over the Hedge” the raccoon tells them humans “live to eat” it goes through a whole variety of scenes where they are shoveling in food, watching TV and eating, having food delivered, and exercising because they feel guilty for eating too much. It really hits the nail on the head, if you haven’t seen the movie, watch it, it’s a pretty accurate example of the “American Dream.”  OH YEA! Taco Bell also advertises for the Fourth Meal – do we really need a 4th meal?  And the Drive-Thru Diet? We’ve gotten our bodies so outta whack with our diets that it’s no wonder most of the US is overweight.

*”ye clothe you, but there is none warm”  I’m going to give you MY opinion on this part. Two words-Dress Code. How much cleavage do you see when you go to the store? How many pairs of boxers do you view? The tank top industry should be booming! You can’t go to the store for clothes without having to buy a tank top to go under what ever shirt you buy, if you are trying to dress modestly, that is. Some people (most) just let it all hang out. The previous paragraph tells of the overweight situation, we don’t want all those extra curves accentuated!

*” he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” How many people are living outside of their means? The average household credit card debt is over $7,500. FOR WHAT? People spend their checks on the overpriced home they bought-have you ever wondered how many people actually LIVE in the houses at the golf course? My guess is no more than 4. You’ve got 2,000 sq. ft. PER PERSON! How about the cars people drive? We got a smokin deal on the pickup we bought–when we bought it! Now you can’t hardly give it away with the gas prices, but we’ve still got that payment. How about the cell phones? Do you really need a $400 phone? Mine was 30 bucks and it works just fine AND I have internet! Plus, it’s only $45 a month for unlimited EVERYTHING! I can’t take pictures-but I’ve got a camera for that! How about cable? WHEW! Last time I had cable it was almost $200 a month! 200 bucks!! People spend so much on their house, car, phone and cable payments that they have to charge the necessities-like food and TP. Then they have a revolving credit card debt that can’t be paid. We are really getting things out of whack! If we’d just get back to the basics!

If you don’t attend church-start! If you don’t tithe-start! If you don’t read your Bible-start! If you don’t spend at least 1 hour with your family a day-start! When you get to know your family-you’d be surprised how much the kids care about the time you spend with them! They’d rather have YOU than the TV! It’ll take some adjustments at first, they are in a routine. Get up, go to school, come home (to an empty house), find a snack, watch TV, talk on the phone, get on the internet, run through the drive thru to get dinner before the ball game, come home, shower, talk on the phone, go to bed, start over tomorrow. How much greater would it be if they came home to mom, had a snack with mom, talked to mom, helped make dinner, eat at the table with dad and siblings and played a board or card game after? Maybe a little devotion? When your kids grow up are they going to remember those home cooked meals? Will THEY know how to make a home cooked meal? It took a lot of adjustments around here! I hadn’t planned on homeschooling! Those kids were weird! Now that I’m 3 year into it-it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done! When you live your life according to the will of God-you’ll find that things are soooo much easier! Who knows, you may decide to turn of the cable (add $200 to the ole bank account!) and spend your evenings together playing games or having devotions, the kids will remember THAT when the grow up and move out!

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