Posted by: Brad Stanford | January 2, 2014

Winterizing The Country

In most of the world, humans spend a lot of winterizing. For city folk that might mean shopping for a new coat or hat, or making sure the aloe vera plant makes it inside. But for the rest of the world, it means stocking up food, filling cracks in the walls to keep the wind out, insulating pipes, and other items to actually distance ourselves from the harsh effects of winter.

The country, too, needs to be winterized. A very cold financial storm is here, and people are going to caught off guard. But even in the middle of it all, there are things we can do.

Number one on my list is locating people who never see junk. They only see projects. These people can take an old propane bbq grill and make a wood-burning stove. Or they take the big seats out of old cars and making booth seating out of them. When they see an item, they don’t really see what it was, they see what it will be.

That’s a very God-like quality.

These people are going to be the ones that help us convert from a consumer mentality to a legacy monument mentality. Consumers use up everything. Monument makers leave everything behind. I’m not talking about some feel-good tree-hugging lifestyle where you can hardly exist. I’m talking about luxury that you leave behind for your family as an inheritance.

Of course, luxury has different definitions to different people. The United States for many years has had the best living conditions for everyone. People below the poverty line still on average own two TVs. People around the world used to want to get here as quickly as possible. At the peak, people had a house that was too big, at least two cars, vacations, Starbucks every day, eating out more than once a week, the ability to buy Christmas presents every year  – even if it was all charged, and not really payed for.

But those days are over. The financial winter is a time period where there is no sunshine, swimming pool, lemonade, or watching the sunset from the porch. It’s a time of survival, caution, and determination. People that can turn old stuff into new stuff facilitate that plus they bring hope and encouragement. And believe me – hope is going to be just as important a commodity as food. You have to have a reason to eat, after all.

How would you start winterizing the country? What people groups are going to become important that maybe aren’t right now? How do you see people getting through the next decade?

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