In today’s economic conditions most people are looking for ways to save money or make the money they have stretch farther. Knowing your value system and what is most important to you and your family is the first step. Get the entire family involved in this or you may find yourself facing a rebellion later. A family meeting is a good idea.
Actually make a list from most important to least. You may need to cut down on spending for items at the bottom of your list to help pay for the things that are most important. At the top of our list is health. This includes nutritional supplements as well as buying and preparing fresh, nutritious food. To do this we cut down on spending in areas less important to us such as clothing and electronics.
What is at the top of your priority list? What are some of the things you spend less on or do without?
“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.” ~Gerard K. O’Neill, 2081
This is sometimes a difficult concept for even Americans to understand. No one is free, unless everyone is free.
I know how difficult it can be to listen to people stirring up fear, mistrust and hatred and want them to have the freedom to continue to do so, especially when they seem to want to take the same freedoms away from those who disagree.
So what do we do? We continue to speak our truth and live our lives as a reflection of that truth. We must work to guard freedom for all or there will be freedom for none.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and it there be any praise, think on these things.” — Philippians 4:8, The Bible
In many churches Sunday morning fellowship hour means coffee, some sort of sweet drink and doughnuts with nothing for those with special needs. Stewardship includes keeping our bodies healthy and including people rather than excluding or inadvertently leaving them out. Keeping this in mind let’s consider these points.
1. It isn’t about food. The purpose of the fellowship hour is to encourage people to talk, get to know each other and welcome visitors. No one should feel left out. Food and drink are used to encourage interaction. If food is driving people apart we need to think of other ways to accomplish this.
2. Add healthier foods instead of taking away the doughnuts. Steer away from having nothing but sweets. Take known special needs into account. Given choices, fewer people may eat doughnuts.
3. Add pitchers of fresh water.
4. Change may not happen quickly — we are talking about church. Don’t be demanding, just casually bring it up. Take a fruit or veggie plate on your turn to provide food. Remember we are talking about adding healthy options, not taking away the doughnuts.