In a recent interview I was asked an interesting question.
"What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our economy right now?"
My answer felt well thought out and solid, but somehow surface and hallow. And it's got me thinking about the real answer, behind the answer.
|Attribution:  Nuclear Fear (Explored) by Pascal|
My original answer was basically this:
"... the unemployment rate is still too high, the true unemployment rate is much higher than currently being reported because so many have just dropped out of the job market search. We have more people of working age not working than in any time in recent history.
This leads to less income which leads to weak sales. Weak sales leads to less hiring. Less hiring reinforces the people-out-of-work numbers.
It's a retail cycle with serious long term side effects.
The solution is complicated and potentially political but that's the biggest issue, off the top of my head."
|Screen Shot From BLS.GOV|
|Labor Participation Rate BLS.GOV|
But my answer is still bugging me...
That is the symptom not the cause, the fruit not the root.
Fear is the real problem.
It sets itself up in many ways. Consumer Confidence. Investor Confidence.
The fear of striking out and starting your own business because it could fail.
It is fear that causes you to give up, instead of taking action.
Fear that says: "I'll never get there so why try.."
Fear is keeping America and the World economy in a vice grip.
This Fear can only be replaced with confidence, but in what or whom?
Only He with the power to prosper you despite the economy can give you power over this Fear.Here are some things to meditate on:
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
See Also: Deuteronomy 28; Job 33; Malachi 3:10; 3 John 1:2
So here is the real question:
Whose in your wallet?
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