Take the Good with the Bad
Are we seeing signs that inflation has peaked? The July Consumer Price Index is still way up but down since June. This while jobs are still being created, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. has now officially gained back every job lost to COVID in Spring of 2022. Those are all good things.
And yet, if you are a builder, none of it matters if you can’t get transformers in order to build homes. Yep, the good news is there’s still demand for homes. The bad news is you can’t build them. If we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that you take the good with the bad. Or maybe even, take the good expecting some bad.
Perhaps this is what Jesus meant in Luke Chapter 14, "For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?"
He went on to say that if we’re not careful to consider all that may stand in the way of success, we may get caught. In his fairly simple examples, it could have been that one did not have enough money to do the job. Or it could be a king who underestimates his adversary. Then, in a way that only he can, he goes on to say none of that matters in eternity.
In 2022, the point still applies. It’s just a different set of problems. "Which of you, desiring to build a house, does not first sit down and make sure there’s a transformer available, and OSB, and a plumber."
I’ll be honest, I don’t envy you guys who are builders. You are amazing. You keep the economy going, and it's not easy. So I suppose this is just an ‘atta boy/girl’ for you. Let us know how we can help, or if you need a shoulder to cry on. I know it's hard, and we want to do whatever we can. Keep up the good work.