Steve Lyston, Contributor
Many are now crumbling under these hard times.
But, regardless of how hard it is, each person must know that they can make it. It just depends on a person's daily, personal choices.
Each day, God creates opportunities and access to blessings (Psalm 68: 19).
We must begin to embrace the fact that politicians don't determine your future, you do! They are not responsible for your children's not going to school, neither are they responsible for the poor choices you may make - adulterous relationships, common-law relationships, producing children you refuse to take care of, and spreading HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Even if you are/were a school dropout, for whatever reason, you can still rise out of your present situation.
Many are looking for the easy way out so they get involved in drug trafficking, dealing with illegal weapons, and other criminal activities.
Even if you are fatherless, it is no excuse for getting involved in crime for survival. There are many persons who were without a father in their lives but they made it big. Persons such as Rex Nettleford, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, the Matalons, the Issas, William 'Bill' Cosby and Dr Benjamin 'Ben' Carson all started from modest backgrounds, some without their fathers present, and their names are known today.
Don't Sell Yourself
You are more valuable than an iPad, BlackBerry, Android device or any amount of cash!
Seek for an education! You have the capacity to own businesses while you maintain your moral values!
Be wise! Keep away from brand names, most of these business moguls have made it already; you can make it too! Why would you spend three or four times the money to get brand-name items when you could invest that in your education or in your own family for a better tomorrow!
You don't need to drive in luxury, high-priced vehicles when you can get something less costly and save.
Don't sell yourselves to get rich.
Back To Basics
In hard times, for survival, it is cheaper and healthier to make use of the things that God has placed in our surroundings or environment. For example, it is cheaper and healthier to drink lime and water, or the basic lemonade, than it is to guzzle processed drinks. Limes and lemons have 10 times the health benefits of the processed drinks and 'juices'.
It is healthier and less expensive to grill or bake your meats than it is to microwave the processed foods. Not only does it damage your health, but it pushes up your electricity bill significantly. The good ol' wood or coal fires are better for our health. I am sure that there is someone who can come up with good ideas to make that work despite today's fast-paced global existence. Where there is natural spring water, cut down on imported water and source your own! Boil and purify your water and stop spending so much on imports!
Finally, when God gives you dreams and visions, it is to help you to be a better person. Stop gambling your life away!
Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.
You can make it in hard times!