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Do you ever wonder what your personal responsibilities are? I mean, most people understand that they must work, take care of their children, nuture their personal relationships, and pay their bills; what else is there? Being a responsible person is a way of life; are you required to take care of others outside the close personal limits of your immediate family? Who and what are you responsible for? Are there limits to your responsibilty legally, physically, spiritually, emotionally or morally?
Have you ever heard the saying, “Are you your brother’s keeper”? Human beings are complex creatures. We have layers of self, one upon the other…each with their own wants and needs. For those who are spiritual seekers of truth; there are teachings which encourage us to reach beyond the demands of our own personal flesh-n- blood, wants and needs. My road map is the Bible. Everything i need to know to be a successful and fulfilled person is included in that instruction manual.
God wants us to follow his leading; we are to grow and learn how to praise him and serve others. This is not always convienent in today’s society, according to the world’s values. That attitude of becoming a servant requires a bit of sacrifice on our part. Many people run from their own responsibilities and refuse to accept that they have a moral responsibility to reach out to others. And there are others who do not consider themselves spiritual beings who still manage to be service minded…realizing that there is value to connecting with and recognizing need in others.
Understand, I am not talking about enabling others to continue to be irresponsible…but instead, teaching and inspiring others to take up the challenge of meeting their own obligations when they are able. To do that, they must be inspired, they must have knowledge, skills, opportunities and funding…once that happens, they too can become a servant to pass it on to others.
Responsibility is something that we must strive for. When everything is going smoothly…it is because we have acknowledged our responsibilities and have submitted ourselves to the service of God.
God says that we are to take care of the widows and the children; we are to befriend the poor. When we see suffering in the world and we have the ability, the skill, the opportunity to help ,then we must consider it a priviledge and a responsibility to do so. What are you willing to do for those around you? Do you know someone who has a need? Can you listen when someone needs to talk, can you spend time with someone who is lonely, are you capable of performing a chore that someone else cant do and needs done?
There are so many ways to be of service to another fellow human being…it is simply a matter of being aware and observing those around you and being willing to be helpful. People in need are all around us…it will change your life to see the world through the eye and heart of a servant of God.
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Nine years is a relatively short amount of time to change lives, community, and environment. Luckily, Franklin D. Roosevelt didn’t let that thought stop him when he created the Civilian Conservation Corps through his impactful New Deal which created over 59 agencies that worked to help America get out of the Depression Era.
The Great Depression was a devastating period of time in America that impacted every facet of family life. Food was in short supply, jobs were scarce, families were large and hope was wanning.
The year 1933 began to change that…the Depression had already dumped four years of hardship on families and the country. Franklin D. Roosevelt became the President and promised the country a New Deal. He created many agencies that would ultimately turn the country around…but those things took time.
When he created the Civilian Conservation Corps it was intended to take young men out of the city who were on the “help” line or what would today be called welfare. The CCC did in fact help many young city men to leave the city life and got plenty of young men out of an environment of trouble. When some of the young men/boys didn’t want to leave the city…boys from the country also went. If the young men couldn’t work during this time, they were a drain on the family food supply; the CCC provided a solution to that by sending the young men to the camps…not only didn’t their families have to feed them…they could in turn, send home money helping to support their family at home. The requirements were such that the young men were supposed to be 18 years of age, collecting help or welfare benefits, and were willing to leave their families to go to the CCC camps.
The work was hard. The environment was sometimes empty lands that the “boys” had to clear and build their own shelters that would eventually become the camp barracks. The discipline was tough because it had to be. The camps often were blending boys from city life with boys from country life. The times were tough…and many men and boys came without much clothing. The camps provided uniforms to wear, food to eat, a place to stay, and a purpose for the young men and boys during a time when left to their own devices, many were prone to get into trouble. The uniforms helped to instill pride in the work that they performed…for their families, their communities, and their country.
The work that the CCC did was varied around the country…but, basically, they built roads, dams, installed telephone lines, paved roads, built state and national parks, built dams, constructed fire breaks to help control fire damage, planted forests and so much more.
In return for the priviledge of being clothed in uniform and taking pride in the work that they were able to accomplish, the young men had to agree to the payment plan. That payment included three meals a day, housing, clothing, and $30 dollars a month…the men were allowed to keep $5 dollars of that money and the rest was sent home to help their parents; or, if they were married with dependents, then they sent home the $25 to their spouse to help take care of their responsibilities. Many of the young men had to not only leave their homes but some even had to go to camps out of their home states.
This program, the CCC was wonderful at rebuilding a sense of pride in young men who did not want to take help from the government…it allowed them to feel as though they were once again restoring their families by the manual labor that they did. At the same time, the CCC used the young men to construct projects that impacted the country in ways that; to this day, we are able to reap the rewards from. The work ethic that the men exibited during this time was to set a standard for generations to learn from. It was run with a military type environment…not quite a boot camp…but strong discipline and lots of physical labor. Often, the men went on to join the armed forces and used the skills they learned through the CCC to help the military in other areas around the world.
Many of the parks and dams still exist and are enjoyed. The CCC camps lasted 9 years; this year honored the celebration of its 75 anniversity. The CCC put over 2.5 million young men and boys to work. They planted over 200 million trees…my own grandfather was a part of that. In the area where he worked…they planted pine trees that still stand to this day. In the area where he worked…those trees were instrumental to helping to stop the progression of a 10 acre parcel of desert which turned into over 1000 acres before the trees were able to do their job. That gave farming families a chance to regain their farm land which provided their families a place to live and plant their food supply.
All of the men who joined the CCC did work to be proud of. They worked hard, they sacrificed time away from their families and they provided for other members of their families by doing so. Many formed long lasting friendships with their co-workers and all had stories to tell when their time was done. It is a legacy that should not be forgotten. All of the work was important and should be honored. Many of the workers are gone now…some are living still and to them all…we owe a big thank you! Do you know anyone who worked for the CCC? How did it impact their life? How does it affect the environment where you live today? Should we organize something similar today to help our economy, our youth, and our country? https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/impact-action-team-makes-a-difference-in-the-world-through-boot-camp-training/
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This was a very sad state of parenthood to learn about. It seems that a woman in Georgia found out that her teenaged son and his underaged girlfriend were expecting a baby. Mom or grandmother decided that they weren’t ready for parenthood. She took it upon herself to contact the girlfriend and convince her NOT to tell her parents about the pregnancy and to have an abortion. She alienated the girls parents right to love, support, and guide their daughter during one of the most important decisions she would ever make in her lifetime.
The boys mother, Cindi Cook, forged a note saying she was the girls mother and gave consent for the abortion. A judge said she was guilty of interferring with child custody and of breaking the parental notification law regarding abortion. She will be in jail for a year now because of the guilty verdict. There may be repercussions for the clinic involved as well; since they allegedly didn’t follow through and verify Cindi Cook’s claim of parentage of the teenaged girl. (more…)
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