Aug31st

Are America’s Assets Changing Hands?

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What is a fixed asset? It is something that is tangible like material or property – it may change hands or ownership, but it will remain a fixed asset. The minerals under a section of property are a fixed asset even though the rights to those minerals may change ownership. The dirt on the ground is another fixed asset. The dirt may even be moved from one location to another, but it remains a fixed asset. In other words, it is not going to vanish. Some may think of energy as a non-fixed asset, but the reality is that energy never fully diminishes; it simply converts from one form to another.

Money is also a fixed asset. Sometimes this may be hard to imagine because we may be unemployed or we may have gone through a financial crisis. Even though we may not have money, someone has the money we used to have. The money still exists, it has simply changed hands.

If we could see through God’s eyes, we could see all of the dirt, all of the energy and all of the money. Therefore, these things remain fixed assets. Wealth could also be considered a fixed asset. Riches could be something altogether different – here today, gone tomorrow. Proverbs 23:5 “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? Riches certainly make for itself wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven”

Wealth is derived from working hard, living with discipline, saving money wisely, spending with discretion, and overcoming adversity. Riches can be won at the game table and lost the very same night at the very same table. Someone said, “If we did not have the experience of making wealth, neither will we have the wisdom to keep it.”  Countless stories have been told of people who won millions in a lottery, only to end up in poverty a year or two later with former friends now present enemies. We tend to value and retain what we work for, while we often take what we did not earn for granted.

Wealth is not limited to money and possessions. There are people who have a wealth of knowledge whom we can count on for guidance. There are also people who have a wealth of peace and calm whom we can turn to when our life is filled with confusion and chaos.

Food stamps are not a fixed asset. Once the food stamp credit is used on the card, its asset value no longer remains. The same can be said of benefits received through a charity or government program. Once the limitation of the benefit is reached, it no longer remains an asset.

There is an old story told of Naboth who had a fixed asset. I Kings 21:1-3 Now it came about after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden because it is close beside my house, and I will give you a better vineyard than it in its place; if you like, I will give you the price of it in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid me that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.”

The great country in which we live is an asset passed along to us through the generations. We did not win the privilege to live in a free country through chance or luck; it is a right that has been earned through the hard work and sacrifice of dedicated men and women over the last 300 years. Our current education system and the news media would like for us to forget our history which has brought us the great wealth which we enjoy. Not too long ago, a new history textbook was introduced which taught the Muslims discovered America before Columbus arrived on these great shores. The history book was rejected before it made its way onto the desks of students, but if we do not protect our fixed assets, such books will eventually become accepted as American history.

American history will never vanish – it is what it is, but it may change hands and take on another visible form. When the founders of America originally came to our shores, their desire was to become one nation under one God with freedom for all. In time, the US flag was designed to communicate that mission with one unified voice. Over the years, many other people immigrated to America because they hungered for our values and principles with a desire to realize the American dream as their reality.

Today, the fixed assets that people sacrificed, earned and died for are at risk of changing hands. We are no longer one nation under one God, flying one flag. We are quickly becoming many nations under many gods, flying many flags. If this trend continues unchecked, our card of US citizenship may lose its value.

While I do not adhere to nationalism, I do adhere to the ideals, principles and values of the American way as a nation under one God……………….

Mitch Odom

 


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