|UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, EASTON OHIO|
A Little Country Church Build in the Civil War Era
|DELBERT RASENCHENBERGER'S 90TH BIRTHDAY|
A World War II Naval Hero of Six Pacific Invasions
In America today, families average two cars and three televisions with everyone having stoves and refridgerators. Americans have indoor plumbing and take unlimited, clean water for granted. When compared with the rest of the world, life in the USA is good.
My wife and I own three cars and have a large television in every room of the house, except the bathroom. We have an additional two large televisions at the lakeside retreat. My wife and I each have our own computer at home and I have a computer at the lake. At best, we are just a middle income family. No, I don't watch much television, the news morning and night and the O'Reilly Factor.
I might mention that all these large TVs have been given to us by people moving up to the large flat screens. We did not buy a single TV and have, in fact, passed along a number of big TVs to other needy people. And, to be honest, two of our three cars were given to us by folks moving up to bigger and better. The three computers were also gifts as people upgraded. Thank you, thank you and thank you!
Observe youth from even the lower income families. They are dressed in expensive clothing, albeit, horrible looking, expecially the boys. Check out their new shoes. (My wife bought me the first pair of new shoes I have had in years, and she bought those to help me get dressed with the difficulties of a hip replacement). A majority will be overweight, obviously having adequate food. Check out their cell phones, yes, they will each have their own phone, some of the phones costing hundreds of dollars.
|GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN|
Riley, Greyden, Delaney, and Cisley
The annual earnings of the parents of Riley and Delaney Rose, my two youngest grandchildren, I am sure are well in the top 5% of the nation. I once heard a person comment that "Kimberly and Jack have more money than God". They send the kids to the very best private school and insure that the kids are active in school by being active in school themselves. Their parents are disciplined, the kids are disciplined. The parents work extremely hard, the kids work hard. The parents are frugal, and the kids are frugal, especially the son. It shows.
At Christmas time I see, at best modest income families, overflow their homes with gifts for their children, even expensive laptop computers for preschool kids. The parents of Riley and Delaney Rose give them each three presents. Last year the kids desperately wanted a dog to replace a pet that had passed away. The parents asked if the kids would like to restrict themselves to only two gifts and use the value of their third gift to make a donation to a favorite charity.
The parents agreed among themselves that if the children chose to be charitable, they would get the dog. I think Riley donated the value of his one gift to a hospital and Delaney Rose made a donation to an animal shelter. The new dog's name is Bella! THESE CHILDREN ARE AND WILL BE OUTSTANDING CITIZENS.
All too often we only see the bad! When that happens, look around, you're missing something important.
God bless you and yours.