Watching the Dow Fall Without Falling Apart

Here’s a quick thought that I wanted to toss out while on my lunch break today…

Our government is a mess and the DOW continues to fall. Anybody with one eye and half sense knows that’s bad. And normally, it would really worry me. In fact, normally, I’d be a tad frantic. My friend, Nick Church, can attest to this as he’s gotten dozens of slightly frantic, what-is-this-world-coming-to messages from me over the past several weeks. But last Sunday, this thought started simmering in my brain that maybe—even though this is really bad and it’s okay to admit that—just maybe, there can be a purpose in this whole debacle.

Now, stay with me here…

What if this isn’t just a financial disaster?

What if it’s a terrific opportunity for me to search inside myself, find a little flame of faith, fan it into a little fire of hope inside of me and share that with others?

What if it’s an opportunity to be smart and creative and dig deep to find ways to support charities and churches and people more than ever?

What if it’s a chance for everybody else in the church to do the same?

Isn’t that what it means to show the world that we are Christians by our love?

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  1. I believe this is true. When everyone else circles the wagons and withdraws, we as Christians living in the light and love of Jesus have the opportunity to advance like never before. We have to fight the fear to get there though! Thanks Sarah.

  2. Sarah Salter says:

    Thank YOU, Jason! 🙂

  3. It’s a wake-up call for each of us – and I think for the church, too.

  4. The DOW situation is unnerving, but it makes me ask myself where I truly find security. If it’s in the DOW, I was messed up long before DOW was. If it’s in God, then nothing truly has changed. Yes. I have had to ask myself and reassure me more than once.
    You are right. People will have more needs than ever, and instead of worrying what mine will be, I need to creatively figure out how to help meet those of others.

  5. Sarah Salter says:

    Glynn, I agree. I had to decide whether to invest my energy in worrying or in caring and doing.

  6. Sarah Salter says:

    Great points, Helen! I was talking with a friend today and we came to the consensus that it’s precisely because life is hard that we recognize our need for God. We can choose to point fingers at God or we can choose to open our hands and receive instead. And when we receive, we have something to give.. 🙂

  7. You’re right, Sarah, great post!

    Now, let me see, there’s a school supply drive I can donate to just down the block … see you later!

  8. a better choice than worry any day.

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