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We can do it better than God!

11/15/2016

When my children were little, I used to read them a children’s book, The Little Engine that Could,  where the main character was a little engine that was trying to pull several railroad cars over a high hill, after many larger engines had refused.   As he huffed and puffed the little engine kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” and it did make it over the hill.  It seemed to be a great story to encourage my children to try even when obstacles seem great, and to believe in themselves.

However, today I see an America filled with people who all “think they can” to the extreme.  The stress becomes overwhelming as we try to forge our way into new things, just because we think we can, or think we should be allowed to do so.

There is a great deal we can do, but we do not have to do it all.  For example, women do not have to do everything men do, just to be important, valuable members of society, and invaluable family members.   God created us men and women, and He gave us different strengths.  Women, we can multi-task like men will never be able to do.  Why do you think that is so?  Because women are the ones who God intended to bear and raise children.  We were created to be nurturers, and so were given a huge dose of feeling.  We can emphasize, console, and passionately fight for what we think is right. And we can cry, boy can we cry.  Why?  It is because God gave us an extra dose of feeling.  Men don’t have that. (generalizations please, not 100% of the time true)

Men, however, are physically stronger than us.   That is because God created them to be the protector of the family, and the hunter/gatherer to provide food, shelter, and such for the family.  They are not multi-taskers, but they have the gift of being able to focus without being distracted by other things.

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to survive if you had a husband who could not focus on his job, but kept trying to do something else?  It would add the burden of providing for the family’s health, shelter, protection, and provisions all on the woman.  This is exactly the same for women who are raising their children alone.

Or consider the fathers who are raising children alone.  How does one successfully balance the jobs of cooking , cleaning,  washing and folding clothes, getting children off to school or to bed, or to doctors, all the while holding down a full-time job, while not being gifted with the ability to multi-task?

Whether man or women, it is tough to go it alone.  Yet as our culture breaks down, this is where our society has ended up, with far too many one-parent homes. 26% of children in 2009 were from single parent homes, and the numbers are growing.  Men and women really do need each other.  (singleparents.about.com/od/legalissues/p/portrait.htm)

If you put a male and a female together, with both understanding how the other was wired, and allowing their partner to shine in that strength, you end up with an amazingly smooth functioning, fruitful and successful family unit.  God created it to be that way.

We, however, think we can do better by ignoring God’s plan at creation.  Who needs God anyway?  Who believes in creation?  Who even believes in God?  We can do fine just as we are.  We do not need to rely on some fictional supreme being invented by the weak and ignorant. (Their words, not mine!  I very much believe in God and creation and the differences between men and women.)

So, feminism takes on life, and women become the little engines that could, taking on the large hills they were never intended to climb.  Now we have the military opening doors for women to be not just on the front line, but also in the Army Rangers and Navy Seals groups.  Why?  Well it’s because women think they can be as good as or better than men.  Or it’s because they no longer think there is any difference between men and women.  (We are taking that to the really distant extreme lately!)

The results of our plans are these:

Loss of gentlemen t1653626_702443219817333_1847933587_nreating women with gentleness and respect, opening doors, giving up their seat for a woman, etc. (feminists would reject such treatment, much to the loss for the rest of us who appreciate it)

Larger numbers of women who no longer want to have children, and are content to just have social sex rather than a lifetime relationship (cnn.com/2014/10/15/opinion/schwartz-single-women/)

Increasing numbers of same-sex living arrangements (theweek.com/articles/481467/tremendous-increase-samesex-households-by-numbers)

Women craving to conquer every field of endeavor that men have done to prove they are just as good, just as strong, just as smart, etc.

Adults allow gender changes in their children, even to the point of puberty prevention (religioustolerance.org/transsexu17.htm)

Youth no longer respect their parents and those in authority (wolfcreekacademy.org/why/disrespect-for-authority/)

And a country full of people striving to be happy, and believing that they would be if only….

May I suggest we turn back to God the source of life, joy, peace, happiness, love, and fulfillment?

We have not done a good job of creating, planning, and controlling our own lives.  We are left with this constant drive for something more or something better, but never consider that the more and better just might be God.  “If I only had more money,”  “If I only had another job,” “If I only could get a better car (cell phone, tablet, house, job, running shoes, purse, and on and on it goes), but the “If only” wishes never end. We get one, and almost immediately are looking for another.

Satisfaction and peace and joy come from contentment.  We just can’t seem to find it.  I’m living proof that it can be found.  It is right in front of you.  Love, joy, peace, and contentment can all be found in a relationship with God your creator. Stop running away from the best life you could have.  Seek God.  He will be found by you.

We can still be little engines that can, but the fuel that gets us to the top of the hill comes from God.

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