The Opioid Crisis is NOT caused by opioids. For that matter, most crises are not causes by whatever the crisis is pretending to be. Rather, they’re caused by people, entire nations, even, coveting what they don’t have.
So, the next time someone claims this or that crisis is causing problems in the world, as yourself just which crisis is it, really? Opioid? Escapism? Parental Absenteeism? Internet and Gaming Isolation? Bullying? Cliques? Money?
I think if we tackled the REAL causes, you’d find this “opioid crisis” all the medical doctors keep talking about would largely, if not completely vanish.
As for Money…
Parents are so busy working for money to pay for “the American Dream” they have little time and less energy to invest their lives in their kids. Instead of interacting with their high-energy kids, they placate them via TV, movies, the Internet and computer/online gaming.
Try shutting that off, instead. Totally. ZERO Internet, and NO PHONES. Well, the vast majority of the time, anyway, even on weekends. Schedule a very limited time for computing devices, say, 30 minutes, before dinner and only in the living room where you can monitor. They can retrieve and submit their homework during that time. No exceptions. On rare occasion when a teacher gives them an assignment requiring computer time, require them to show you that assignment, then hold them to a reasonable schedule. If the teacher keeps giving online assignments, talk to the teacher, the principal, and the school board in rapid order, telling them you “restrict your children’s access to the Internet for both their safety and the integrity of your family. If a teacher has an assignment, put it in terms that do not require Internet access.”
Churches are so busy begging for money to pay off mortgages and other programs because they overextended themselves instead of waiting for God to bring the increase FIRST that most of them have little time or money left to tend their flock.
Try feeding the flock FIRST, with real food, spiritual food, the complete and unadulterated Word of God, even if you have to meet in a shack or people’s homes.
1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Can’t find enough money to pay for that big church building mortgage? Sounds like you erred from the faith and pierced yourselves through with many sorrows.
As directly translated from the original: “A root for all kinds of evils is the love of money, which some stretching after have been seduced away from the faith and themselves have pierced with sorrows many.” – Interlinear Bible.
Love God, not money. Love one another, not money. Love your kids, not money. Love your neighbor, not money. Sure, money is a means to an end, but if it’s eclipsing God, your spouse, your family, your church family, or those with whom you do business in any way, shape, manner or form, you’re doing it wrong.
Instead, practice “The Most Excellent Way.”
And just WHAT, exactly, is “the most excellent way?”
Jesus is the reason we even know what love is. In laying down His life for us, He taught us everything we need to know about true love. Love is self-sacrificing, generous, unending, not a temporary feeling or attraction. Because of God’s love for the world, we know love is also undeserving and often unreciprocated. – Kristi Walker
True love pours one’s self out for others. Spending time with your spouse is more important than nailing that elusive promotion. Spending time with your kids is more important than working a second job. Cut back, WAY back, on all these things of the world, and instead, pour out your LIVES into others, not into making money.