With yesterday's news of two financial giants crumbling (Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch) I thought of how interconnected our economy is. One number, the interest rate, affects how much people and companies can borrow. When that number is a small one, a lot of borrowing is encouraged. Borrowing allows people to acquire things they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford and for companies to expand without having the assets to do so, otherwise. That one number plays right into our natural tendency towards greed. I thought about how widespread the impact is from that one number and how tightly interconnected we all are economically. We are a large world, but in many ways we are small and tightly linked. Our decisions and actions personally and corporately echo across the world. On the flip side of this concept, our lives make a positive difference around the world as well. One life positively influencing another changes our entire world and reverberates geographically and forward across time. Just as one number leverages our economy, so one life can leverage great change. Of course, Jesus is the greatest example of this as His One life continues to bring hope to generation after generation.
Hebrews 11:4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That's what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.