Thursday, May 13, 2010

Two Blocks From Main Street

Hello Family,

I hope that you are doing well this fine Thursday. Today, I want to talk to you life on your street.  According to the Free Online Dictionary Main Street can be defined as the "[a]verage businesses and households considered as a group".  If you remember, the past Presidential Election put heavy in emphasis on "Main Street" vs "Wall Street" (where Wall Street is for big business and the wealthy).

Why am I talking about this?  Well it is because the other day I was at work and received a phone call from a past co-worker.  He had been out of work since November 2009 and was looking for work.  As many of you may (or may not know) I was out of work from May 2009 until January 2010 of this year!  Yep, my family and I survived and God brought us through it all!  I had to move to Milwaukee, WI to find employment but the good news is that I found some.

I say all of this because I was just out of work and it is easy to get caught up in the day to day churn of life, therefore, forgetting what it was like being out of work.  Well that call woke me up really quickly and made me realize that times are still rough for a lot of people and I am blessed to even have a job right now.  When you are in your own little world and street, it's hard to understand what is happening two blocks over because you do not see it. 

I do not want to be misunderstood as bragging, but I count it all joy that the Lord has brought my family to where we are.  Had we not been in the trial that we are exiting, our faith would not have grown at all.  In James 1:2-3 it says to "(2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."  We all have persevered something, but always remember that you are but a blink of an eye of being back where you were.  Always continue to learn and grow in faith and do not take God's blessings for granted.

Be blessed folks!


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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