Opportunity. . . the answer?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts, Uncategorized |

A few weeks ago a lady who has known Bruce’s family for years was visiting with us at church. She commented about how smart Bruce’s Daddy was. She mentioned that he was so good with his hands. She summed it up this way. “If he had had the educational opportunity he could have been an engineer or something.”

Bruce agreed with her.

We were talking again Sunday about my Grandpa and Grandma Jones, Bruce’s parents, other adults we know. Many, many of them did not have much for opportunity when they were young. There just weren’t choices for education like there are today. Life was tough. Putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads was a higher priority. Yet their lives were a success. They were honest, hard-working people who did a good job of raising their kids to be productive members of society while themselves being honorable. What more could we ask?

I’ve had my Aunt Arlene on my mind lately since I’m doing a family newsletter and it’s her turn to be interviewed. The trouble is, she’s in heaven and I can’t call her. So, I’ve enlisted help from others. What I’ve heard over and over from her siblings and children (8 of them) is that she was a hard worker and she was smart. My Uncle said he thought she might have been the smartest of all. She never went to college. She chose to get married and raise a family and that’s what she did. Very well.

I look back at the lives these people lived and I can’t help but wonder this. How much better off are we now that young people have every opportunity. Pretty much if you want to you can find a way to go to college. There are even colleges for kids who aren’t college material. There are scholarships and grants just waiting to be snatched up. Maybe it means student loans but there are ways. The world says you can be anything you want to be.

The problem doesn’t seem to be the lack of opportunity today. The problem seems to be lack of character. So many people today don’t want to have to work for what they get. They feel entitled.

I think it’s time to change the conversation. I don’t think we should be telling kids they can be anything they want to be. I believe with all of my heart they need to be told this:

You can be anything GOD wants you to be.

He will empower YOU to do the work needed and it CAN be accomplished.

If that is their vision and mind-set they will have both the opportunity and the character they need to change the world!