Posted by: akostecka | October 7, 2008

Grace in Hard Times

Hard times are hard, no question, but what good ever came from anything too easy?  Today’s New York Times has an article about the state of health in hard economic times.  Knowing that hardship brings out the best in humans, I welcome an economic recession and rely on God’s grace to bring out the best in me and my fellow man.  The greatest grace that comes from hard times seems to be a re-orientation to the things that matter most–family, love of neighbor and may I add, love of God. 

 “…economic studies suggest that people tend not to take care of themselves in boom times — drinking too much (especially before driving), dining on fat-laden restaurant meals and skipping exercise and doctors’ appointments because of work-related time commitments.

“The value of time is higher during good economic times,” said Grant Miller, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford. “So people work more and do less of the things that are good for them, like cooking at home and exercising; and people experience more stress due to the rigors of hard work during booms.”

Similar patterns have been seen in some developing nations. Dr. Miller, who is studying the effects of fluctuating coffee prices on health in Colombia, says that even though falling prices are bad for the economy, they appear to improve health and mortality rates. When prices are low, laborers have more time to care for their children.

Could it be that during economic boom times we become so distracted by money and the things it can buy that we loose sight of what in life is really important?  If an economic downturn is what we need to regain sight of what is important (love God, love others), then I joyfully and hopefully welcome it!!

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  1. “If an economic downturn is what we need to regain sight of what is important (love God, love others), then I joyfully and hopefully welcome it!!”

    Amen to that!


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