MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Working More and Accomplishing Less?

February 23rd, 2006 Viewed 1057 times, 1 so far today

Do you find yourself surrounded by time saving devices, and yet not having enough time? Then you’re not alone. I’ve found that there are many interruptions in my day and other things going on. I’ve wondered aloud to Virtuous Blonde if we had more time to get close to God or talk with family when it took hours to do the laundry and it was done by hand than now with machines.

My theory: We’ve taken the time that the devices were supposed to be saving us, and instead of investing it in people, we try to get more things done. This continues in a process that means more people expect us to get more things done, and that makes us more busy. How many jobs have ventured into the home and vice versa because there’s no time to get it done at work. It turns out I’m not alone in this thinking:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most U.S. workers say they feel rushed on the job, but they are getting less accomplished than a decade ago, according to newly released research.

Workers completed two-thirds of their work in an average day last year, down from about three-quarters in a 1994 study, according to research conducted for Day-Timers Inc., an East Texas, Pennsylvania-based maker of organizational products.

The biggest culprit is the technology that was supposed to make work quicker and easier, experts say.

Expectations that technology would save time and money largely haven’t been borne out in the workplace, said Ronald Downey, professor of psychology who specializes in industrial organization at Kansas State University.

“It just increases the expectations that people have for your production,” Downey said.

Even if productivity increases, it’s constantly outpaced by those expectations, said Don Grimme of GHR Training Solutions, a workplace training company based in Coral Springs, Florida.

“The irony is the very expectation of getting more done is getting in the way of getting more done,” he said. “People are stressed out.”
Companies that are flexible with workers’ time and give workers the most control over their tasks tend to fare better against the sea of rising expectations, experts said.
Check out the whole article, and see if this matches how you feel!

So, when are you moving to SC?

February 23rd, 2006 Viewed 1386 times

From NewsMax:

Cory Burnell wants to turn South Carolina into a promised land for conservative Christians – and he says accomplishing that mission will be easier than he’d originally thought.Burnell, a 30-year-old financial adviser, founded the group Christian Exodus in 2003, with plans to recruit conservative Christians to move to South Carolina.

As NewsMax revealed in August 2005, Christian Exodus activists believe if enough Christians relocate, they can take control of sheriff’s offices, city councils, schools board – and eventually, the already conservative state.

With enough clout in South Carolina, the group believes it can pass godly legislation regarding such issues as abortion and homosexual relations, defying Supreme Court rulings on the separation of church and state.

“We’re going to force a constitutional crisis,” Burnell said at the time. “If necessary, we will secede from the union.”

Burnell still hasn’t move to South Carolina and remains in California, saying he is busy recruiting, but insists he is working on plans to relocate his family to South Carolina.

Burnell has picked six counties as the first targets for local action. So far, only about 20 people have heeded his call and moved to the state. But Burnell says 1,200 have agreed to move or given money to the group.

And he believes that in the counties where he once estimated it would take 500 emigrants to turn the tide, he now says it will take only 100.

By 2008, he hopes to see a strong presence of Christian Exodus-backed candidates in the six counties, and he anticipates an “overwhelmingly impact” on statewide elections in 2014, USA Today reports.

Laura Olson, a political science professor at Clemson University who studies religion’s influence on politics, believes the group could actually succeed:

“In many states I would say no chance, but in a state like South Carolina … where lots of people are on that sort of boat to begin with, it’s the sort of thing that’s not unfathomable.”

Charles Lewis, a former school principal in Washington, D.C., is one of those who have already relocated.

“We’re not an extremist group,” he told USA Today.

“What we are doing is reacting to the extreme marginalization of Christianity in America.”

Forced Abortion in Holland?

February 23rd, 2006 Viewed 1060 times

Yet another country considers forced abortions, this time in Holland:

A health official in the Netherlands has called for a debate on the idea of forced abortion and contraception to deal with what she sees as a crisis of unwanted children.

Alderman Marianne van den Anker of the Leefbaar Rotterdam Party wants specifically to target communities of Antilleans and Arubans where she sees the biggest problems of unwanted children.

Her comments have stirred protest by a health foundation working with those communities in Rotterdam. The group, which called the comments degrading, is asking Mayor Ivo Opstelten and other politicians to distance themselves from Van den Anker’s views.

Van den Anker is a mother of two children and the official in charge of Rotterdam’s health and security portfolios.

In an interview in a newspaper Saturday, she said she had tried everything to prevent child abuse.

“I fail, I fail,” she told the interviewer as she outlined her controversial idea for a debate on compulsory abortion and contraception.

The target groups for her program are Antillean teenage mothers; drug addicts and people with mental handicaps, she said, according to a report in Expatica.

According to the report, Van den Anker said children from these groups run an “unacceptable risk” of growing up without love and with “violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse.”

“The exceptions,” she said, “and there are some, can be counted on a pair of hands.”

Van den Anker pointed to the growing number of Antillean youth gangs in Rotterdam whose members come from loveless homes.

So, here we go again… Let’s kill the children because the parents are doing a poor job of raising them. Hey, maybe the government should start going through homes where the parents are up to standards and instead of the DHS taking kids out and trying to find homes (which I find revolting in itself, don’t get me wrong) but now they should just kill the kids! This is outrageous!

The Ultimate Boycott

February 9th, 2006 Viewed 1661 times, 1 so far today

First it was “The Book of Daniel”. Then it was “Crucifixin’s”. Now NBC is showing a risque scene on a risque show during prime time. My question is, why are we just now surprised? WorldNetDaily draws attention to the latest boycott on NBC.

As Christians, we know that the world is consistantly going to do what comes natural to it– sin. Knowing prophecy, we know that the world is going to continue to get more lawless and travel toward the fateful day
of judgement. “As in the days of Noah” reminds one of Sodom and Gomorrah and the perversions shown there.

I guess the only thing that’s really shocking to me is that Hollywood is being so blantant. They’ve been waging an effective war of desensitizing Christians to all sorts of things. Not to say that we should be bombing TV stations over shows like the Islamic reaction to comics, but Hollywood has taken the innocence of us and our children steadily for quite some time. Violence, Sex, Homosexuality, Poor Father images, etc. Perhaps its that the good doesn’t entertain us as much as the bad. I don’t know.

I’ll give you the one sure cure for this: get involved in the Holy Spirits work in changing hearts. Don’t watch shows that offend, but be a witness and spread God’s Word so that hearts will not desire the filth. Let it sink under its own weight, and if you’re kids are going to be offended by it, get rid of it. It reminds me of a concept Jesus taught in the New Testament. He said that if your right eye would cause you to be offended, pluck it out, and stuff like that. I would add, if the TV is causing sin to happen in your house, get rid of it.  If it’s subjecting your children to see things that you don’t want them seeing, remove it.

If you think the things that are obvious are influencing you and your kids, what about those things that you’re missing while focusing on these “biggies”?

Are Circuses Bad?

February 9th, 2006 Viewed 3462 times, 1 so far today

PETA continues to go out of their way to equate animals with humans.

An animal-rights activist painted her nude body to look like a tiger as a part of a protest Tuesday against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jabeen Akhtar also placed herself in a cage in downtown Charlotte, N.C., bearing banners that proclaimed, “Wild Animals Don’t Belong Behind Bars.”The protest was a production of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges trainers use metal bullhooks, whips, muzzles, and electric prods in order to get wild animals to perform stressful and often painful acts.

“This cruelty, these beatings are what the circus is desperate to hide from the public,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These animals are not volunteers. They have been deprived of their precious freedom and beaten for a lifetime of cheap tricks.”

Now, I’m all for treating animals humanely, but we must remember that God made animals separate from humans in that we have a soul. There are people dying in foreign contries and babies that are being murdered every day from abortions, and these things are so much bigger than what kinds of instruments are being used to control animals or to train them for amusement. Let’s get our priorities straight, and maybe show as much passion for lost souls and dying people as this woman shows to save some animal who, if she met it in the wild, would consider her a tasty snack.

Social Security Survivor Benefits

February 8th, 2006 Viewed 1621 times

President Bush’s new budget that is under a lot of pressure contains another lightning rod, but one that makes a lot of sense.

If President Bush gets his way, the venerable $255 Social Security death benefit will fade into history. And 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts will lose their monthly survivor payments.Not, however, if Democrats get their way.”The Republican Congress has given a whole new meaning to the term ‘women and children first,'” Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic campaign committee, said Tuesday.

“There they go again,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who heads the party’s Senate campaign effort. “They can’t resist trying to cut Social Security, and to cut a survivor, a widow or widower’s benefits, it just shows how warped the priorities are in this budget.”

White House officials defended the proposals, included in the budget that Bush submitted to Congress on Tuesday and estimated to trim costs by $3.4 billion over the next decade.

“Children who have lost a parent need every assistance and encouragement we can provide, and everything the federal government can do to encourage them to stay in school and get an education makes it that much more likely that they can succeed,” said Scott Milburn, a spokesman at the Office of Management and Budget.

“Linking benefits to school attendance provides that encouragement and is, in fact, currently the rule for 19-year-olds. We think more children can be helped by lowering that age to 16,” he said.

Congressional aides said Jo Anne Barnhart, the Social Security Commissioner, had told them during a closed-door briefing on Monday that the $255 one-time death benefit has become an administrative burden, since it is not paid in all cases.

Mark Lassiter, a spokesman at the Social Security Administration, said the benefit “bears no relation to what a person’s funeral expenses are or to any of workers’ earnings levels. We believe that eliminating it is not going to cause an appreciable financial hardship to a survivor.”

I’ve personally observed a situation where a family lost their dad, and the youngest daughter milked the system dry by continuing to pretend she was going to go to school, only to drop out soon after. The girl has finally started to hold down a full time job, but not before going through many different jobs, and living off of my paycheck through taxes.

While I don’t have any problem giving people help, we should be teaching them how to live and how to get by after a loved one is gone, not just handing them money. There should be some kind of accountability for the money we give, and we should expect them to finish school (which is probably what their parent would have expected).

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.