Post by Cindy on Feb 17, 2023 11:25:47 GMT -5
I'll have to take another picture of my fire bush later this year for you guys. That last storm we had when we lost electricity crushed many trees, taking many of them down, and sadly broke many of my fire bushes branches. So it's going to have to be pruned back.
I used to wish I was born in an earlier time, a time when people really worshiped God in spirit and in truth. But the more I've studied, I've discovered that during all of history, the vast majority of people who said they were Christians were only pretending, because that was what society expected of them. But they weren't really saved.
Plus I've often said that back in the "old days" people were proud of their work and always did their best. (I'm speaking specifically of before the industrial age, when things were handmade.) When people signed their name to what they'd done, it was their honor at stake. They certainly didn't want to do a horrible job because for one thing, no one would want whatever it was, and for another, word would quickly get around not to get anything from them. Now days, it seems most people do as little as possible and couldn't care less about the quality of their work.
I don't know about other states, but here in New Hampshire the "covid emergency" has ended and all the various things people were getting because of covid, like money from unemployment, extra food stamps, etc. is completely over. Therefore, people had better jump up and find a job quick or they'll be going hungry and won't get any help. Because in NH, if you're physically able to work, you can't get food stamps or financial help unless you are working, and then only if your job doesn't pay enough, which is pretty rare here.
This whole covid thing has shown me a number of truths about us humans, first how lazy many of us are, such as the ones who chose not to work even though they could have. It also showed me how greedy we are as we saw those who didn't work trying to wring every dollar they could out of the system so they could enjoy themselves while not working. It was really an eye opener because those who didn't work were being paid 3 times more than what most of the people who were working got paid! Yet those people who continued to work, never stopped and didn't complain publicly about how much non workers were being paid. Now we're seeing people scrambling to find a job, even going back to the jobs they left and trying to get hired back there, as they won't be getting any more free money.
Honestly, I think this simply shows us what people have always been like in every generation everywhere. It just wasn't so easy to see it before. Kind of like those folks who found ways to get together with other believers weekly, and pastors who found ways to keep their church open. For example, our pastor rents space in the building our church is in and they closed it down because of covid, so they had the church meet in their back yard and it was fantastic! During the winter of course they moved it indoors . Another church for the same reason, get his people together at our one and only drive in theater . I'm sure we've all heard about how John MacArthur's church stayed open no matter how hard the state tried to shut him down, and how he gained another 7,000 + members from other churches who had closed their doors. That's an amazing amount of new members, not just people who happen to come to the church, but have officially joined the church and have no intention of ever leaving. Sadly the opposite is also true. Since the churches opened up again, man of the people have stopped going to church at all. They're the ones the Bible says were never really saved in the first place. (like in 1 John 2:19 and other scriptures)
Again, I can't speak about what's happening in other states, but there's more than enough work here for everyone. Anyone who wants to work can find a job if they'll just look. In fact, I've heard about and seen for myself many employers literally pleading for people to come and work for them. Maybe now they'll finally get some help!
Hope you're all having a great day!