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Topic: Making Ends Meet (01/16/14)
TITLE: The Crux Of The Matter
By Walter Kahler
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As children there was no need to concern ourselves with the necessary responsibilities in providing our own basic needs for surviving. Our parents were there making sure we had all which was required to live and did the best they could in exemplifying certain values for rightful living. Even when we were adolescence there was no thoughts of making ends meet and in this stage of our lives many of us began shaping the attitudes and behaviors that set us up for adulthood.
In our senior year in high school preparing for graduation was a serious focal point because we had been attending classes which seemed like eternity. Our vision after graduating was filled with great promise but in the background hidden behind the walls of reality lurked a truth in the form of finding the vital means in making ends meet. Some of us went to college which only postponed the inevitable and the dreaded making ends meet syndrome. Others joined the workforce or the armed forces with great ambition of taking our place in the world and imagined being able to live freer than ever before but eventually the persistent making ends meet situation arose from the annals of our humanism.
Then came the time when we all were thrown into the world and came face to face with the truth of our existence. The care free approach in living life under the umbrella of our parents in those youthful years would no longer suffice as a reliable source in making ends meet so we arrived at a critical turning point in finding our own way to meet our personal obligations. We had been forced to get up close and personal with the real world, not out of our own virtue, but from the circumstances which derived out of a world demanding a wide range of responsibility. It surely is a rude awakening to meet the challenges life brings to the table and understand the correct methods in rearranging our lives in order to make ends meet. We had to grow up.
All of us come to the realization that making ends meet is in every aspect of our human experience. There is no escaping or wishing it away because the crux of it is as much a part of life as is DNA. We can run, hide or ignore all we want yet this reality does not go away and by taking this approach the onslaught of problems piles up from our lack of attending to its pertinence. This unpalatable truth of its existence shows up in our marriages, careers, family matters, church responsibilities, friendships and social outlets. Everywhere we turn there is something needed to be met!
Finding ways in making ends meet brings us to a crossroad by placing us in the position of choosing the direction we take in meeting the demands of every day living. There are really only two choices available for the taking and our free-will is involved with both. We can go alone and do it our own way or we can consult God for help. When we rely upon ourselves there are limitations because we do not have all the ingredients necessary in making the right decisions for the required changes. Choosing ourselves over God allows us to fail for pride tricked us into believing we have the means to provide all our needs. It is quite a different story when God is involved. Exerting ourselves by applying faith in Him brings about powerful results and we are able to sacrifice the impossible in order to make ends meet. God will never fail us and through trusting in Him we find the courage to accept the changes necessary instead of grudgingly forcing them. No matter how faltering we are in making ends meet God will be there to comfort us because He loves us unconditionally.
Making ends meet maybe a permanent place in life but we can be assured with Godís help and our willingness to follow His commands they most certainly will be meet. Christ will make a difference in achieving all which is needed in meeting the requirements of life but He wants us to do our part by taking the right actions through relying upon Him in the decision making. In Christ all things are possible and making ends meet is only one in many that He allows us to accomplish. There will always be ends to meet.
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