There’s hope when we see what the problem is. The law of demand says when prices go up, consumer demand decreases, and when prices go down as they’re inversely related to each other, consumer demand increases. However, for some it doesn’t matter what the price is because their demand is for what’s in. Therefore to a degree, those who own supplies made in demand are trapped because he or she is consumed by the consumer. Oftentimes in this regard, one can lose sight of the more important things in life rendering an acclamation. Don’t allow the job to eclipse those who have a crush of life and your days become filled with getting, the lust of the flesh, and with the pride of life, whether you’re the consumer or supplier.

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” — James 4:13-15

Is not family more than material things, a fellowship that creates intimate moments that bond people for life more than the accumulation of earthly possessions? To jolt one’s perspective, isn’t love and compassion for one another considered priceless or the innocence of our youth and time shared with them? These moments shared often reminds us of pleasant and familiar days we lived. The love of money or things acquired doesn’t fulfill these sincerities in the heart of man.

“Therefore we should, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” — Matthew 6:19-21

In all our getting, let us get understanding so that we are established to use knowledge to appropriate things in life. May we use the wisdom of God and be fruitful, abiding in Him. May we never be lulled away by what the world says or legitimized by its standard but hold fast to integrity that speaks of the gospel character. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” — Philippians 4:11-13

As we understand time returns to no one, may we use it wisely so that we won’t miss each other along the way. I wouldn’t trade precious moments spent with family, friends and assumed strangers. Each one poured into me in such a way that unto this day memories hold true, and they’re not forgotten. It says a lot after many years have gone by when we’re able to count it all joy, the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Recanting such memories gives us hope in light of those we are to become acquainted with in the future. As individuals set apart from the reel of life, may we grow together, and our hope be in things eternal.

May we build upon what God has given us and reverence that He is the chief cornerstone of all our endeavors. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at