Economic Recovery, Step 1: ‘We admitted…’

We are now deluged with talk of the economy. It’s inescapable.

Economic Recovery: One in a series.

As the numbers and analysis continue showing a downward trend, as we are touched in personal ways, sometimes already burdened for quite a long time, other times just beginning to experience pain, many of us feel like we are falling from the upper floor of a burning house, looking for someone to catch us.

So, we perk up when we hear words like “bailout,” “stimulus package,” “loan modification,” “foreclosure prevention,” and so on. But what is the “plan?” And who has it?

Who holds the key to economic recovery? Is it the Democrats, who are infused with confidence because of their control of Congress and the White House? Or is it the Republicans, who are digging into their foxholes, ready to launch a new wave of conservatism?

I propose that “The Plan” is bigger than just the U.S. government can provide. Some of us already recognize this. As in the personal recovery from all kinds of maladies, many of us have not only applied the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but have discovered that their “Higher Power,” is God, who sent His son Jesus for our salvation.

When I opened up the Life Recovery Bible, I found it to be the Big Book of AA multiplied times 1,000. The Bible, of all things (when I was a newbie in Christ), was making sense…and not only making sense, but illuminating, refreshing, and life-giving. You can take a look at one of my posts on the Life Recovery Bible here.

So, maybe, just maybe, individually and as a country we can apply some of the principles found in the Bible towards an economic recovery. Let’s give it a whack, shall we?

Let’s start with Step One:
Number One
We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies–that our life had become unmanageable.

I think it’s fair to say that some of our finances at least appear to have become unmanageable. If we recognize that there is a problem, that we may have become dependent on wrong financial choices–and those choices have led to some partially or completely unmanageable situations…then, we’ve taken the first step.


More from the Economic Recovery series
(1) Economic Recovery, Step 1: ‘We admitted…’

(2) Economic Recovery: Change Our Destiny

(3) Accountable To No One? Economic Recovery, Step 2: ‘We came to believe…’

Help Does Not Come From a $700 Billion Bailout

In an “ah-ha” moment while reading through a couple Psalms the other night I realized my help does not come from a $700 billion bailout. Then, I understood that there absolutely was a reason for that pastor to have been hammering out a point in that sermon long ago or maybe not so long ago.

Hope you have a chance to visit my devotional blog where my “revelation” is posted. At the time of this writing, stocks were down 300 points…so, from that end, the news is not great. But we can find hope in something else besides a bailout.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalms 124:8

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