It's been a while since I've blogged and after reviewing my activity over the past months, I've decided to offer a point of view about the family foundation. Navigating between the secular and faith-based community affords me an opportunity to ask questions that people may think, but lack the courage or the interest to ask. With that in mind, I'd like to put forth this theory for for healthy conversation.
As I spoke with families from diverse backgrounds, I have yet to find that they wake up every day wanting to fail. To the contrary, they very much want to succeed in hopes of providing a strong legacy for their future generations. In everything communication is key and yet I discovered that the correct questions are not asked and erroneous conclusions are drawn and stated as fact. It is often stated that, " If only our children came with an instruction manual we would know how to raise them". Well, we all have the manual, the B-I-B-L-E, and it is the most misrepresented item known to mankind.
Furthermore, we are too quick to rush to labeling people according to our own individual perspective of what wealth actually is and can do. I know a large number of wealthy people by societal standards that are extremely miserable; and the poor by societal standards that have joy unspeakable. Why you may ask? Simply because many labeled as poor reject that label. They lay a foundation for the children that consists of moral values, academic importance and civic responsibility. They understand the value of hard work, yet lack the tools to hoist themselves to the next level. There are times however, that they may each be out of their roles in the order of family dynamics, i.e. having their children take on the responsibilities of an adult in order to help the family.
Therefore, I am asking this question: What constitutes a wealthy or poor family? Please keep in mind this commonality among each of them: 1) Have a roof over their heads; 2) Clothing to wear; 3) Food to eat; 4) Means of transportation.
Jesus told us that the poor would be with us always, but I don't think He meant based on material things. Let me know what you think. Blessings and remember, only the Creator can heal His Creation-Rosalind