I met Erin Brooks & her family last week. Erin is a 9-year-old future surfing champion and an amazing young lady.
In last week’s surf competition she came in 3rd. I was impressed with Erin and her entire family; and the tremendous support system they’ve built. Her father had a great perspective. While he could have listed the legitimate reasons she was at a disadvantage, he focused on the character that was being developed as part of these trials and errors, these wins and losses.
From the moment you said yes to Jesus, you were meant to be amazing. Your setbacks are merely preparation along the way. You can choose to let the setbacks drag you down or choose to look beyond them and see that God’s plan is still at work.
God has big plans for you, but our attitudes will either carry us on to our destiny or cause us to miss it completely. So carry the Brooks family perspective with you, always.
By the way, if you want to cheer Erin on, you can find her on Instagram & Facebook @ErinBrooksSurf.
One of the results of the great recession, as it has become known as, is a trend towards a healthier financial state for the American middle class.
At the beginning of the recession it was obvious that American’s were saving more and putting a greater emphasis paying down their debt.
For quite some time we were unsure of whether this was a trend or a temporary emotional reaction. Eight years after the initial meltdown, the evidence continues to indicate a significant cultural shift.
American’s continue to save more, strive to eliminate their debt and are more judicious in their spending.
As a side note, a recent survey found that 25% of families say they are now debt free. That is up from 14% just a few years ago.