2014 is leaving, and we can't do anything about it. Life moves through and leaves it's blessings, and takes it's earthly toll. I have been supremely blessed this year and saw several friends pass on.
The longer we live, we discover fewer and fewer things are important. Among the things, at this stage in my life, I find important include: living my life for Christ and serving my Lord and Savior daily; working and serving my family; making new friends and serving mankind. Of course, I fall very short on all these counts. But, that is what I aspire too, at the end of 2014.
Very frequently, almost constantly, you read where the American Dream is being challenged, and this era is compared unfavorably with previous era's. When this era receives so much adverse commentary; you should start thinking there is something to it.
There is !
It started in the sixty's and it started with the family. We become materialistic, secular, and selfish, but the broad-based effects didn't mature until this era. And, as always, it shows up in the statistics. Look at church, family, education, and now economic statistics and the vivid picture is painted and complete.
Most leadership attacks the problem at the periphery where reforms are, at least, palpable. Palpable,but not likely to work !