Thursday, March 05, 2009

The McNuggets-less Woman

I thought it was a joke. The headline on my computer news block said, “Woman calls 911 three times when told McDonalds was out of McNuggets.” It was no joke; this actually happened.

The McDonalds was out of McNuggets so it offered her an alternative and she said she didn’t want a McDouble—whatever that is.

If we as a nation need to call 911 when we can’t get our McNuggets, I don’t want to be around when the food shelves go empty or raging inflation drives food prices so high the average person will not be able to afford the food.

In our business we are beginning to see our customers (clients and/or tenants) getting into problems. Rent collections are becoming harder. As I see it, hard times are ahead and we are losing our head. Not only “the McNuggets-less woman” but others are reeling and bounding off the wall. We live in a society with an entitlement mentality whether it is McNuggets or not paying my home mortgage.

A close associate told me that five houses on his street in suburban Minneapolis are in foreclosure. Some people are not paying their home mortgage because they hear of other people essentially being bailed out. One party made a deal with the bank to pay $1200 less a month than they were currently paying (after not paying their mortgage for seven months). In addition, they were told they could stay living in the house. What a deal! The associate told me, “I must be stupid for paying my mortgage on time.” The attitude of entitlement says, if someone else gets a perceived free ride so should I. What has happened to our integrity?

Listen, the God of the ages will honor honesty and integrity and doing our best to fulfill our obligations. Don’t become disheartened because your neighbor’s financial malfeasance (the doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed) “seems” to be working in his favor for now. Yes, times have changed but God’s laws are eternal and reign supreme and do not change.

Matthew 22:36-40: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Deuteronomy 30:5, 19-20: “He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers.” “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

1 John 2:4-6: "The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

Walk on in Christ Jesus, brothers and sisters; walk on in Christ Jesus. Amen

1 comment:

Wayne said...

Thank You Jerry,
I hear the same story from people. We might as well all do it, where do I get mine, it's only fair..
Thank you for blogging...I look forward to seeing you soon Wayne