For some time, the clouds have gathered on our nation’s horizon. I’m not a doomsday thinker, nor do I believe we should throw our hands up and say, “I quit.”
In contrast, I know we as individuals can make a difference. If we stop looking out for number one, stop pursuing selfish gains, stop worshiping power and money. Lessons I wish those who are paid to represent the people would learn.
As it is, there are stormy seas for the American government while we wait for hot heads to cool, and reason to replace rantings. But how in the world did we get to a place where the government shutdown?
This is simply my opinion, an ordinary woman who like many others, will be impacted by the decisions of policy makers. I’m also one of the thousands in America who does not currently have health insurance, so if we can afford it, I’m certainly all for implementing a sound healthcare program.
With that said, I don’t expect everyone’s thinking to align with my own, and am fine if you respectfully agree to disagree.
Here are my concerns:
- I’m concerned that the power brokers aren’t thinking of their responsibility to make laws for the people, of the people, by the people. Are they listening to us, or simply doing what they can, instead of considering if they should?
- I’m concerned that party loyalty is more important than people loyalty.
- I’m concerened that our government representatives are acting like Dr. Seuss’s North Going Zax and South Going Zax characters, operating out of purely selfish emotions, versus behaving like mature adults with brains capable of practicing common sense.
- I’m concerned that the battle has become a matter of being right, instead of doing what’s right for individuals, businesses, and our nation at large.
- I’m concerned that people who can’t afford health insurance on their own, will buckle financially under the weight of forced programs.
- I’m concerned for all businesses, but especially small businesses, who from the research I’ve done can’t sustain a viable operation when required to provide health insurance for every employee.
- I’m concerned for the workers who will endure drastically cut pay, as employers are forced to decrease their hours to avoid paying premiums that would bankrupt their business.
- I’m concerned for social welfare systems that will ultimately bare the brunt when they are overloaded with thousands of new applicants who have no recourse through an employer, and don’t fit into one of the canned government insurance profiles.
- I’m concerned that we as a nation are setting ourselves up to implode financially, ultimately ending with an internal collapse. At the rate we’re going, we won’t have to worry about terrorists, we’re doing a fine job of destroying ourselves from the inside out.
I hope my concerns are unfounded. I’m certainly open to someone proving there are Reasonable Healthcare Premium options under Obamacare. But my greatest concern is how we as a nation are handling it.
If our government can’t balance its own budget, I’m a little squeamish about them infusing themselves into mine. The Bible is clear about natural cause and effect, choice and consequence, decision and direction, curses or blessings. A good steward of resources doesn’t spend more than they make.
If we’re one nation under God, and I certainly hope we still are, then the hope for this storm to quiet and become still comes from asking Him for answers, and listening when He speaks. A fool stands on the beach, shouts into the wind, and hopes his own voice reverberates a wise word in the echo.
What are your greatest concerns about the government shutdown?
Psalm 119:36 (NIV)
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries. Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.