maybe it’s just me but i’m getting a bit sick of hearing about this credit crunch and economic crisis – 2 phrases that are just filling our news headlines every single day. every radio phone in seems to be talking about it and many people i speak to are moaning about it.

yes, the price of petrol has been horrendous and inflation is a bit mad. and, don’t get me wrong, i genuinely symphathise for those who are badly affected by it – like my mates in the building industry who are struggling for work right now and are being laid off.

but amidst it all, i can’t help thinking about those in central america, south east asia and much of africa, whose lives are devastated by poverty and wrecked by homelessness. these are the real credit crunch sufferers and those who need the hand up and hand out. we are so self indulged by our own economic problems that the plight of zimbabwe has gone off the radar. we are only glimpsing in the tiniest part what daily life looks like for these people.

and so because of these people’s constant struggles and situations, i’m just a bit sick of hearing people gurning about the price of fuel and their lack of money. it smacks of ignorance as we still remain among the richest 10% of people in the world.

am i being too harsh here??

for me it’s been a timely reminder that i shouldn’t be storing up treasures here on earth anyway – no matter, how hard i try. jesus warned us that ‘moth and rust’ destroy these things and so the challenge remains to “…store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – jesus (matt 6:20)