From Cold War to Warm War

by Andy Wood on April 21, 2008

in Allocating Your Resources, Five LV Laws, LV Cycle, Principle of Legacy

EarthI guess it was the first face-off between parent and teacher in Carrie’s life.  She was a little freaked in first grade about some impending disaster reported as fact in her science class – global warming, the death of the ozone layer, or something.  We were riding in the car, and she asked me what I thought (in first-grade language, of course) about the certain impending doom of planet. 

I found myself speaking from the depths of my soul – using words I’d never put together in the same sentence before. 

“Carrie,” I said, “never, never, never believe anyone who would make you afraid of the future.”

I came by that honestly.  I remember asking my dad at about the same age, “Did you know that the Russians have enough bombs to destroy every American?”  He replied, “Yes, and we have enough bombs to blow up every Russian.”  That more or less ended the Cold War for me.  (By the way, you just haven’t lived until you’ve heard “Shout to the Lord” sung in Russian.  Those American Idol contestants got nothin’ on our brothers and sisters in the former Soviet Union.)

This all came back to me last week.  I was shopping with my wife at Walmart and passed a display of some sort of DVD series or books or something.  The basic idea was, “spend your money on this to learn about how we’re all going to hell in a handbasket.”  I passed.

In a generation we’ve gone from the Cold War to the Warm War.  Either way, the message is the same.

I think I’ve seen this already.

Gloom, despair, and agony on me.
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

Okay, let me hasten to say that there is a such thing as calamity, and humans are experts at creating it.  Or asking God for it.

But it’s also possible to create a future you can laugh at.  I rediscovered this verse last week about the Proverbs 31 Virtuous Woman:

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25)

What is it about this woman that put her in a place where she wasn’t wringing her hands every time somebody predicted the end of life as we know it?  What can you and I learn about preparing for tomorrow so that when it gets here, we’ve already been here, and we’re peaceful and ready for it?  In the next post, I’ll share with you what I learned about it.  In the meantime, here’s a thought I learned from this chapter:  Don’t wait until it’s snowing to make coats for your kids (v. 26).

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