I read this article in the Houston Chronicle today and wanted to share it.
Pastor Gregg Matte, Houston’s First Baptist Church
April 17, 2009
Pastor Gregg Matte: Five reasons I love this recession
I bet that title got your attention. Of course,
I’m not excited about people in pain or need,
but there is some good that can come out of
our nation’s economic situation. Here are a
1. The recession reveals our love of money.
It’s interesting how losing money affects us so
much more than making money. When
everything is climbing, we don’t feel it
emotionally like we do during a downturn.
2. The recession reveals silly spending. Was
the value of coffee ever four bucks a cup?
No. But now we realize things worthy of
purchasing and the value of saving money.
We are all wasteful with our money in some
way. The recession trims the silliness off our
3. The recession reveals sin — Ponzi schemes, greed and the sin of my own
heart. Selfish thoughts abound during these times. We just want to know how
our personal lifestyle will be impacted. Remember, there is always someone
in worse shape in need of encouragement and prayer.
4. The recession provides a teachable moment. It is good for our children to
see us tighten our proverbial belt. Help them understand by talking with them
about it openly. They are the next generation to work on Wall Street and
Main Street, so let’s take this opportunity to teach. The recession also
teaches adults the burden of debt and the power of bad decisions. We now
realize the hard way the simple truth, “Don’t buy things you can’t afford and
don’t need.” That’s the deal. Period. End of story. Wants and needs are
vastly different. Help your kids to understand this truth.
5. The recession reminds us where life is found. Relationships with others
and with Christ – that’s life. Be thankful. Pray. Talk to a friend instead of
watching a movie. Play in the yard hitting a ball instead of hitting the mall.
Life is not found in stuff. Life is found by fulfilling God’s purpose — and I can’t
find a verse in the Bible that says where that can purchased. It is given freely
Of course, I don’t love the recessionary layoffs and losses, but my heart and
yours need to learn their lessons. Let’s be smart with our money in these
times — and wise with our hearts.
I don’t think I can add anything better.