The Emotional Deep End of Economics

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There’s an inextricable connection between finances and human emotion.  Studies show recently that 80% of the American public is connected with a downward spiral emotionally due to recent economic downturns in America. In light of the connectivity above, this ought not to be surprising to any of us.

The quest at hand now is for us to weather through to the end simple question: “how does one not just survive but thrive in the midst of an economic catastrophe such as the one that we are going through?”

How to thrive in the desert:

A.   Reconfigure your ideal circumstance.
“What quality is my life filled with now?” “What is the flow of my life like now?” We will pester ourselves to death if we hound ourselves too much with the dogged questions that cannot be answered.

We may never see what we previously thought of as ideal again. Let’s face it: we were living in a self-manufactured dream for some years. All of that has all come to an end. It’s time to get over it, to move away from the table of make-believe and move on with life.

B.   Embrace your circumstance now.
Toward circumstance and “circumspect” are almost identical. That means, “the ability to see our situations objectively.”

C. Let’s start loving the unideal.
There are numbers of aspects of my life right now that I am finding less than warm and fuzzy. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to love as many circumstances by faith.  Sometimes even people are easier to love than circumstances. People are at least entertaining. You can tease them. When they are somewhat emotionally healthy they can take a good ribbing and will tease back in good taste. Circumstances are just a bunch of statistics staring back at us.

Thank God for people. The gift of people is the silver lining we receive in all of this today.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


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