According to a recent report by Epoch Times reporter Roman Balmakov, if things (in the government) do not change soon, the Social Security checks (that we retirees live on) will be slashed by as much as 23 percent! One of Mr. Balmakov’s warnings dealt with the current election scenario and what many candidates are saying (concerning Social Security). It is pointed out that if a candidate says they are not going to touch this government account (and basically let it run as it is in the present), they are endorsing a 23 percent across-the-board benefit cut (affecting us around 2033). Now, this may sound like someone “crying wolf” about an issue that is quite a ways off, but let me ask you this: How fast did your last ten years pass you by? As I have stated in the past, “Life (regarding time) can be like a roll of toilet paper. The closer to the end it gets, the faster it rolls!”
Many of our readers may be of the age that a 10-year warning does not scare them (as they may be of the mindset that they may not be around in 10 years). I have just entered my “golden years” and would like to be able to live out the rest of my time in relative comfort. (If it is God’s will, He will grant it, but there again, I must say, “Not my will but Thine, O Lord God!”
I am also aware of the writings in the Bible that tell us not to fret excessively over the future. This comes from the book of Matthew, chapter 6, and verse 34. As Jesus was giving His Sermon on The Mount, He said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” The reason I threw this bit of scripture out there is to remind you all (and myself as well) that there are future problems that we need to be aware of (and possibly plan for). The thing that we need to realize is this; There is a difference between warnings and worries. In my opinion, warnings are put out in front of us so we can (as safely as possible) navigate around those coming obstacles. Worries come from not having faith in yourself (and in God) to get around the obstacle or problem. There are decisions to be made today (and tomorrow) that will guide us on the pathways of life. Being informed (and informing our families and those close to us) will help us live better lives in the future (with caution). But I refuse to let the worries of tomorrow ruin the life I am living today. Y’all have a blessed (and worry-free) week!
Steve Goodwin is a recently retired Christian conservative veteran (of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division), who still feels that “duty to country” did not end when the military uniform got hung up. He and his wife Cecelia live on the edge of a beautifully wooded tract of land just south of the bypass, and are involved in not only church activities, but also attend school board meetings and local community action events as well.