November 22, 2008

2008 Thanksgiving Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 9:40 am

Sunday, November 23, is what I call Thanksgiving Sunday. Every year I like to write out some thanksgiving thoughts and share those with others. It always does me good to express my thoughts in writing. I trust that the reader of these thoughts will have your thoughts drawn toward God and all that He has done for each of us. The song writer said, “Count your many blessings – and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”

I thank God for the plan of full salvation. I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ paid the price for my sins and that my sins have been forgiven. I’m thankful for the second work of grace God provided which cleanses our hearts from the carnal nature that we are all born with! Praise the Lord that we can live a life free of sin! (1 John 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) If you have experienced the full salvation provided by God, you have much to be thankful for today.

I must not fail to thank God for His faithfulness to provide for all of the financial needs of my family during 2008. He promised that all of my needs would be met…and He has been faithful. If I went to bed hungry one time in 2008 it was my own choosing. I’m thankful that God has kept me employed by Associates Solutions, Inc., through another year. He has even provided some of my wants and I give Him thanks for everything.

God blessed Shawna and I with a baby boy on July 18! Karson Jay has certainly been a blessing to our family. He was a perfect baby, not a flaw that I could see on his little body! We are very thankful that God brought him into our family. I’m thankful that all six members of my family have been blessed with good health this year.

4 months old

4 months old

November 2008

November 2008

God also blessed our family with some friends, Greg & Becky Fuchs. The Fuchs also home school their children (as we do) and it has been a blessing to become acquainted with them. We have become such good friends that they are like my brother and sister! I feel like we are siblings from a different mom! We are also thankful for our friends, Bob & Vicki Holloway. Vicki also is as dear to us as a sister. She and Bob came and visited earlier this month and they spoiled our kids rotten! We thank God for the blessings of family and friends who love us!

Last, but not least, I thank God for the privilege of being an American and getting to live in the greatest country in the world. This year brought a historical election across the radar screen of life! I was very disappointed in the outcome of the election, but I know God is still in control of this world. At times it may seem Satan is running this world, but we know based on the authority of God’s Word that God is still in control. Even though the stock market is down, even though banks have closed, I know that God is still holding the whole word in the palm of His hand. I believe this passage of scripture from Habakkuk is very appropriate: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! “(Habakkuk 3:17-19, HCSB). Whatever the future holds, we know that Yahweh my Lord will be in control and will be providing for and taking care of His children.

I want to close with some words from the song “He Never Has Failed Me Yet” written by W. J. Henry:

Then I’ll dread not the future, and fear not the foe. I am safe in His keeping wherever I go; for no soul that has trusted Him will He forget, For He never has failed me yet! He never has failed me yet. He never has failed me yet. I have proven Him true; what He says He will do. He never has failed me yet.


November 1, 2008

I’m tired of hearing this stuff!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 9:39 am

Okay, we are in the final three day countdown before the 2008 national election in America. Wow!! What a year it has been as far as politics are concerned. I’ve never considered myself to be “into politics” – however, even now I find myself thinking about politics quite often! My friend, Becky Fuchs, laughs at me because I told her I wasn’t into politics, yet she came to visit us recently and saw six signs in our yard! She’s been “making fun” of me ever since! (It is okay, as I know she is only kidding me a little bit, and I certainly deserve that since I do my fair share of kidding others!)

Thursday evening, Shawna and I watched Barack Obama’s infomercial from YouTube. Urghhhh!! It frustrates me to hear this sort of make-America-look-bad-stuff! That’s all it was to me, an opportunity for Senator Obama to make it look like everyone in America is poor, unable to buy snacks for their family and having to ration the milk! Oh sure, I recognize that there are people and families in America who are struggling financially. Jesus told us in His Word that the poor would always be with us, “You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want” (Mark 14:7). Yes, I believe we need to help each other out…but I don’t believe that “helping each other” should be forced on us by governmental leaders. I believe God’s plan is for everyone, and especially Christians, to always be looking around for those in our lives that we can help. One of my many frustrations with Senator Obama is that he doesn’t have a history, at least that I know about, of being very helpful to those in his life. Yet, he is very adamant that the wealthy in America should have to have their wealth spread around to those who have less. Senator Obama needs to set a good example by voluntarily helping others, starting with his brother in Kenya who lives in a hut and his aunt who lives in the slums.

Anyway, enough of that…what I want to do now is give my personal make-America-look-good thoughts.

First of all, I’m very thankful to have been born in America. America is the greatest, the most powerful, and the wealthiest nation in the world. What a privilege to be able to say, “I’m proud to be an American!” I’m very thankful God allowed me to be born in this great country 38 years ago! What a blessing. I’m thankful to have the freedoms that we all enjoy and take for granted each and every day. The freedom to worship God as often as we want…the freedom to have copies of the Bible in our house…the freedom of free speech and being able to say what we think. We are so blessed here in America. I hope whoever reads this blog will take time to pause and thank God for America. Our great country has done so much to provide for people all around the world…we’ve provided food, we’ve provided freedom, and we’ve made it possible for the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to be spread all around the world via every form of media! God has truly blessed our country up until this point in history! Thank you God for all that you’ve done for us! The freedoms that we have, however, have not come without cost. I’m very thankful for every man and woman that served our country and for those who died so that these freedoms and rights that I enjoy as an American could be mine!

Secondly, I’m thankful to have been born into a Christian home! I’m thankful that my parents taught me the importance of “working for what I get” and that they taught me the importance of being a good and faithful steward of the money and resources that God trusts to my care. We have a huge problem in America and in our world. So many people don’t want to take personal responsibility for their own lives and they don’t want to practice basic principles of honesty, discipline, and hard work. The more that is done for us, the more it causes people to surrender personal responsibility and accountability. What a shame! Oh sure, hard times will come…people lose jobs or encounter unexpected medical expenses…but for the most part, people who are “hard up” are that way because of a past life that lacked discipline, honesty, and careful living. Many want to blame our government and look to our government for a “rescue plan.” What a shame. God’s Word clearly tells us that if a person doesn’t work they should not expect to eat; “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Handing Americans something on a silver platter isn’t going to make our country better…we need to focus on honesty, self-control, discipline, and personal responsibility.

My final thoughts…I’m thankful to have had to work for everything I have. I spent over six years attending private college and receiving two degrees so I could be prepared to work and earn a living for my family. Nobody handed me a college education…I worked my way through and repaid my student loans as quickly as possible. Shawna and I waited to buy our first home until we could afford a down-payment and make the monthly payments. We drove used cars, used free or cheap furniture, and waited until we had been married nearly 14 years to buy our first comfortable easy chair! We decided to follow Biblical financial principles. We decided to take personal responsibility and practice self-control, discipline, and honesty. In fact, 15 of my 17 ½ working years were spent at Christian ministries where my salary for most of those years was only $19k – $45k per year. It wasn’t until I was 37 years old that I earned more than $60k a year. Shawna has been a stay-at-home-Mom for the past 11 years. Yet, in spite of this, we are debt free other than our house, and we have a very modest and manageable mortgage payment. God has provided for us and taken care of our every need…we’ve tried to do our part and He has done His part! Am I bragging? NO! I’m telling you my story. Obama told us stories of other families…I want my story to be heard. I want America to know that things are not all doom-and-gloom…we don’t need Senator Obama to be our savior!

So, Senator Obama, you and I do agree on one thing…CHANGE! We do need change in America…but it isn’t the kind of change you’ve outlined in your Obamanomics. We need to turn back to the principles of God’s Word that this great country was founded upon. We each need to be personally responsible and practice self-control, discipline, honesty, and hard work! That is the CHANGE that is needed!

I’m reminded of the words from a song sung by The SteelesWe Want America Back. Please listen to this song and especially the narrative by Jeff Steele:  We Want America Back by The Steeles.  Do your best to rise up and be part of the Army of God to help take America back! November 4, 2008, is your opportunity to help promote the kind of CHANGE that is needed in America…GET OUT AND VOTE!

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