Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Since Elections are Coming Up....

Someone sent this story to me today, and I liked it so much, I decided it was worth posting here:

The Ant and the Grasshopper

Two Different Morals!

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs anddances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!


MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should beallowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold andstarving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures ofthe shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Hillary and Barack go on national television agreeing that the plight of the grasshopper is the fault of George Bush. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity &Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Obama gets his old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be very careful how you vote in 2008!

Life is Sometimes Hard

Ok, so I'm new to this blogging stuff, but many years ago I used to journal about my life, thoughts and feelings and really loved doing that. But then I got married, had kids and got out of the habit of journaling, and I'm realizing that I miss it. And now there is blogging, and I think it's going to be right up my "alley" and help me get back to writing about my life. So here it goes. Hopefully it will wake up my love of writing again and not bore too many of you to tears. :-)

Of course the first and foremost thing I will start this blog about is our financial situation. It really stinks right now, hence my title that "Life is Sometimes Hard." Right now it is VERY hard! My husband has had his own computer programming business for the past 17+ years with one main client for the past 11+ years. This client has kept him more than enough busy, which was great! But now, this one and only client decided to "go a different direction" and is now gone. We are now in a situation with NO income! Yikes! The lessons I am learning about letting go of worry and fear and simply trusting in God's care and provision for us are HUGE! I've always been SUCH a worrier, and I'm telling you, the worry-rut is deep, and I'm finding it hard to climb out of it! I feel pretty battered and bruised from climbing and falling trying to get out of this huge worry-rut. However, I am seeing God's Hand more and more as I go through this. The past couple of days have been particularly hard... we were pretty sure that Bob had found another client, and he had been in contact with them for a couple of months with everything sounding promising, and then THEY decided to "change direction" and now they won't need him! What's with these companies and all this direction changing??? So this past week has been HARD! I've been struggling daily to not let my fears take over and fall right back into that worry rut. These struggles come with feelings of "evil forboding" and fears for our future that just start looming up big and ugly. So, I've been crying out to God and asking for His strength to just trust Him and be thankful for today. I need to give my fear of our future to Him. He's got it securely under control, even though I don't always feel that. So, life is sometimes hard, as it is for us right now. But God is in control, and I must put, AND KEEP my trust in Him and then hopefully His peace will replace the fear and worry that seems to hound me on a regular basis. A scripture that spoke to me today is:

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
~ Psalm 27:14

So I wait, knowing that He knows what He's doing with my family and me... and that does give me peace. Prayers, if you're so inclined, are always appreciated. :-)