Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Obituary of Common Sense

This was sent to me by email and I wanted to share it with you - kinda makes you think a little.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, that life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a Band Aid to a student - but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, Churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

O Lord God, teach us to remember Your Words and Your instructions to us. Forgive us Father when we neglect to use the common sense that You've given us and begin to live by the world's standards rather than Yours. Give us the strength and the courage God to stand strong in the faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. Give us wisdom to teach our children Your ways as instructed in Your Word, the Bible. Help us all to come to a complete understanding of what Your Son Jesus Christ did when He died on the cross to give us the gift of salvation. He didn't stay on that cross, He rose again and is now in Heaven preparing a place for us. Teach us Father, help us to be open to Your guidance and direction. We know You will never leave us - You will always be there for us when we choose to follow You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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