Thursday, 24 October 2013

Someone's Dream

L'il Dave's Service N' More.
I passed this place the other day on one of Alberta's secondary highways. Did you ever see something like this and imagine the story behind it?
This was someone's dream once - a dream to be one's own boss; a dream perhaps to be independent and provide for one's family. By the look of the trees growing up around the gas pumps this place has been abandoned for about 10 years or more. I can imagine a guy named Dave dreaming of owning his own small business. He may have been a mechanic working for someone else, the facility obviously consists of a gas bar, perhaps a convenience store, perhaps a small restaurant, and a separate garage - possibly added so that Dave could service cars in addition to the other business.
Maybe he had a young family. Maybe he and his wife sat at the kitchen table agonizing over whether or not to buy the place. Maybe Dave pleaded with her, sharing his dream about how great it was going to be.
I can imagine Dave buying this business then adding the shop, convinced that people would flock to his doors when they realized just how great a mechanic he was. And then, perhaps things didn't work out.
Many people dream of owning their own business. The majority of newly formed small business go out of business within a few years.
As one who has succeeded in my own small business, then been a part of a hugely successful company that started small and grew to medium size, I have a bit of a heart for people with these dreams. I realize how difficult it is to succeed and I ache for those who go in with such dreams then find them dashed.
And so I imagine the story of this place.
But maybe it's nothing like that at all.
Take Care

Monday, 7 October 2013

Two Is Better Than One? Who'da Thought It?

From here
This is one of my favourite hobbyhorses - the relationship between marriage, single parenthood and social/economic position. Once again, statistics and reality bear out the relationship.
“This is the marriage crisis behind our inequality crisis. It is not complicated. It requires no regressions. It is the simplest math equation in the world. It says: Two is more than one.”
However, it occurs to me that the correlation may not be as simple as at first sight. It may be that the persons of a certain group are less inclined to marry, and that that particular group also happen to be the ones who tend to be at a lower economic level. Such a group may be grouped by intelligence, education, social environment, moral values or something else. But in fact, I wonder if the relationship may be more correlational than causal. In any case, for whatever reason, they may be less inclined to hold to what we may call traditional morality and, as I have posted a number of times, I believe (and statistics and reality seem to bear this out), there is a direct relationship between uncommitted sexual activity, single parenthood and poverty.

Obviously I am writing in a general sense, and there are surely some wonderful exceptions, but also in general, there is a right way of doing things, and if people would just see it and do it, we would all be much better off.

Take Care

Thursday, 3 October 2013

You Have Saved the Best 'Til Now

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10)

Great things are happening in Alberta, Canada. Alpha is on fire. We have hundreds of churches offering  even more hundreds of courses this fall.

But some are new to Alpha, and not sure of what to expect. I have spoken recently to a few who seem disappointed with the numbers attending. One of these was a local pastor Monday evening who was wondering whether to cancel her course because her church had only 3 or 4 guests registered. I told her I could not make this decision for her team, but the decision, with prayer, would be theirs.
Then I told her about what I consider, humorously perhaps, my most successful course. It consisted of my wife and I and two guests in front of our home TV. One guest was already a Christian and the other came to faith on the course, so I can claim that by the end of the course, 100% of my guests had become Christians.

The following evening she then came to my house to pick up some resources because by that time they had 10 people registered.

 The real point is to take the long view. Not all such prayers are answered so quickly, but I believe that every effort we make in accordance with God's will, will somehow bear fruit - even if we don't see it immediately.   The key is not to give up - Jesus sometimes saves the best for later. And later may be just ahead.
Take Care