Archive for February, 2011

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What does the Royal Wedding really cost?

February 21, 2011

Ok. So I have today off and was watching the morning news programs and a story came on about the Royal Wedding and again I have to say, I really don’t care. But then I got to thinking about how much that wedding cost. One source I found said that the wedding will cost about $48 millions US dollars. $48 MILLION. What impact could we have in the world if we took that money and put it somewhere else. So I did some quick number crunching and came up with two quick impacts.

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The average cost for one well is about $5,000.

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It cost $38/month to sponsor a child.

So lets break down those numbers. You can build 4,800 wells or sponsor 2,923 kids from birth to age 18 with that money.

Each well can serve a small community and can keep people from traveling all day just to get enough water to last one day. A clean well can help prevent disease and put a smile on a kid’s face. A clean well can free kids and women from the daily trek in search of water and allow the kids to go to school. A clean well can reduce violence associated with people fighting for water.

And from the Compassion International site. What specific benefits does a child receive through sponsorship?
The children Compassion serves receive, among other things: the opportunity to hear the gospel and learn about Jesus; regular Christian training; educational opportunities and help; health care, hygiene training and supplementary food if necessary; a caring and safe Christian environment to grow in self-confidence and social skills; personal attention, guidance and love.

So again imagine the impact.
4,800 wells or sponsor 2,923 kids from birth to age 18 with that money.

But wait. Do those numbers seem a bit low? Well they should. That is the impact of only half the cost of the wedding. Yes that is the impact of only $24 million. So double those numbers.

9,600 wells or almost 6,000 kids.

But no. We have to have this huge blowout of a wedding just to say that my family was able to take down another family and take ownership of the throne of England. I’m sorry. I just don’t care. People all over the world are just going crazy over this wedding and people saying how much they would just love to go. Why? They don’t know the couple. The couple doesn’t know them and in all honesty probably don’t care for them.

What kind of wedding could they have for half? Not that anyone with the wedding will ever read this but I will do this anyway. I challenge you. Cut the budget in half and take the other half and build 4,800 wells or sponsor around 2,900 kids. What say ya Royal Family?

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Taking down the giants

February 3, 2011

40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.
51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

1 Samuel 17:40-51 (NLT)

A group of guys I regularly meet with decided this year to take the “Love Dare” since we are always looking at ways to improve our marriages. One thing I didn’t count on when starting this was killing some of the giants in my life. If by any chance you are a regular reader, you know I mentioned these giants during the summer of last year.

Through all of the lies of the enemy, these giants seemed impossible at times to overcome. But through the “Love Dare” I found the way to beat them. Pretty simple really. Just talking. One of the “Dares” in the book is to have your spouse right down three things that they are irritated with about you. That in itself is a huge undertaking. I mean, you are to give your spouse free reign to let you have it and you can’t say anything negative about it. But I told Misty to go ahead and let me have it. Of the three, 1 I expected and 1 I should have but didn’t expected it at all.

The 1 I expected did involve one of my giants that I needed to take down. Misty told me she would do this for me if I did it for her also which I did. Between these two list, we had two great talks. One of these talks really helped me in taking down this giant. It was lies and deceit from the enemy which he tried to focus on Misty. Down deep I knew they were lies designed to do nothing but destroy our marriage but talking about it killed it. Funny how bringing things out in the open really can show you the truth. The enemy just wants you to keep things in the dark. Don’t talk about them because he knows the truth comes out in the light.

Jesus tells us He is the truth and the light. I have always had a problem telling her how I feel but over the last year or so I have seen how much relief and truth comes out by talking. Communication is one of the most important things in marriage and I’m seeing now just how important it is. I have to get past my pride of being a man and thinking that I can handle this myself. I can’t. That is why God gave me Misty. God knows we can’t do this ourselves. We need that person that God created to walk with us.