The kids and I just returned on a long trip with some of our closest friends to visit their family in South Dakota and Minnesota. We had a great time. Beautiful weather, definitely cooler than Texas, and it was great to see everyone. Plus, the kids and I got to see a part of the United States that we have never seen.
We mainly stayed in South Dakota because that is where my friend’s parents live. One of the many things I admired during our stay was their garden. They have a real gift in raising one of the most productive gardens I have ever seen, rows and rows of all kinds of vegetables
American is known for its love affair with vacations. After WWII, America saw an explosion of vacations—specifically in the 50s and 60s. With the creation of the interstate highway system, it became common for families to load up the camper and do a road trip to places like the beach or a recreational lake. Or, with cheap air fair, they would jump on a plane to places like Disneyland or Yellowstone.
I have found out in my life that nothing comes easily. I must push myself to reach any goals. If I wanted to make a great grade in school, I not only had to study, but I had to rewrite my notes from the class to reinforce what I learned. Sometimes it gets rather discouraging to always have to work hard to reach a goal. Sometimes I find myself wanting to give up because I’m tired of having to always climb uphill, never reaching the summit. It is also tempting to think that others have it easier, but I must not let the few who “appear” to have an easy life cause me to become frustrated with my own.
No one out there has an easy life. One guarantee we have, other than death, is that we will face tribulation in this life (John 16:33). We all will face various trials, especially when we are trying to reach our goals. The thing is, we cannot let trials and setbacks win. We have to be willing to work hard.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling, legalizing homosexual marriage. This law has afforded the homosexual community to obtain marriage licenses for legally authorizing same-sex unions as a legitimate marriage. However, does this really provide same-sex couples to access the status, or condition of marriage? Are homosexual couples actually able to enter into the union of marriage? Does the Supreme Court of the United States have the authority to actually define marriage as a homosexual union? These are important questions.
In a world filled with conditions and events that are not what they appear to be, it would seem this legislative ruling is just another attempt to claim something is, when in fact, it’s nothing of the sort.