Long May She Wave


On this day in 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the Flag of the United States.

The flag has been revered. It has been burned.

It has flown over triumphant times such as on Iwo Jima and around Olympic tracks.

It flew over the rubble of the World Trade Center.

It has flown over slavery, over internment camps, over the Trail of Tears.

Over reconstruction and segregation.

It has been the banner carried by our troops into wars both just and unjust.

Your definition of just and unjust may vary.

It has draped the coffins of thousands of men and women who gave their all to protect our freedom.

And yes, it flies over Orlando.

Our country is far from perfect. But it’s a pretty good place to be, most of the time.

Today puts us just about halfway through the month and I have to ask…why is June such an expensive month?

I mean it’s already the month of graduations and weddings thus, for many, upping the present buying expense.

Then there’s signing up for summer camps or tours or projects.

And, in my neck of the woods, there’s personal property tax and AAA membership renewal.

Publisher’s Clearing House are you reading this? If you are, I hope you’re not reading it on the phone on the way to my house. I just hope you’re on the way to my house.

I was not destined to be amongst the rich who never have to worry about money.

No, I had to settle for being extraordinarily brilliant and devastatingly handsome.

You may challenge those assertions on your own blog, not on my real estate.

Let’s just say I’d be willing to take the IQ down a notch or two for a few mil.

It’s a price I’d be willing to pay.

Then again, I don’t think the “rich” are problem-free. I think they just have a different set of worries. That’s just the way life works.

I also know that by many standards I’m quite rich. And, if you’re reading this blog in the United States, by world standards, you are as well.

It’s all perspective.

Money won’t solve problems. It won’t buy happiness.

True it could buy a beach house and alcohol which could make you pretty happy, but eventually you’d have to sober up and come home.

The point here is that, it doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have. It’s about a wise use of the resources you’ve been given or earned.

Scripture says:

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

– Luke 12:48

I’ve been given much, you likely have too.

The choice is what we do with it.



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