A Tale of Two Tragedies

Recently, we were all impacted, directly or indirectly, by the horrific scenes of Hurricanes devastating the southern United States. I hope we will all continue to keep everyone impacted in our thoughts and prayers and continue our relief efforts. Too often, disasters can slip out of our consciousness over a few weeks or months as they are buried by other news stories, but our friends in the hurricanes’ paths will be dealing with the aftermath of these hurricanes for many years to come.

Tragedies seem to come in two forms: Those that strike us immediately and those that slowly build while no one is noticing.

One of the commentators reporting on the hurricane in Houston said that projections were that there had been over 20 trillion gallons of rain that had fallen on Houston. The number 20 trillion is so hard to imagine, but it’s an important number to all of us nevertheless. Our national debt here in America is in excess of $20 trillion. While it’s hard to imagine 20 trillion gallons of water, at least we have the devastating video images of the massive flood in Houston to help us understand; but a $20 trillion deficit is almost impossible to imagine.

This deficit did not strike us suddenly like a hurricane. It slowly built up over a number of years and decades, eroding our future much as the Colorado River eroded the Grand Canyon. Just because it’s not immediate or conceivable doesn’t mean that our national debt isn’t real and something we are going to have to deal with, or it will deal with us.

Debt creates risk and danger. In our personal finances, if we have maxed out all our credit cards, carry a massive mortgage, and have no savings, it’s only a matter of time before the smallest incident can push us into a financial disaster. Much like the neighborhoods around Houston that did not flood, they survived on the very edge of disaster because another inch of rain could have destroyed them.

Carrying debt, personally or nationally, is tragic in and of itself, and it makes tragic situations like Hurricane Harvey in Houston even more difficult to deal with and overcome.

As you go through your day today, do all you can to avoid both immediate and slow-growing tragedies.

Today’s the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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