Saturday, March 29, 2008

dummies for freebies

"There's no such thing as a free meal". Introduced to this economical concept in my early college years, I found myself clapping ecstatically as I sat in the lecture hall, pondering on the rationale behind it. The "Big Bang Theory" didn't really sparkle for me, but here's where Economics and I had a moment of intimacy. Shucks! Brilliant dude - whoever came up with it.

An online buddy,Wikipedia quotes:
It demonstrates
opportunity cost. Greg Mankiw described the concept as: "To get one thing that we like, we usually have to give up another thing that we like. Making decisions requires trading off one goal against another."

Something's gotta give. The lesser of two evils? Not really. Rather, the 'greater of two goods'. I guess Abraham aced Economics 101, making a choice between obeying God, and giving up his beloved son, Isaac. Tracing the roots, it looks like God inspired the fundamentals of this whole economical hypothesis. He created the world, and it was good. Then, when the apple went bad, he had to choose between the RESET button or hitting Ctrl-S(apple-S for Mac users); He chose the latter - saving the world and sacrificing His beloved.

"Yeah, this buffet lunch's a free meal to me." Great! But somewhere between the lines, the cost has been incurred. Someone paid the price.

'Paying the price' or 'footing the bill' is really about investment - into the present; with perspective, possibly the future. A tie-in with the whole clockwork issue, there's a "right time to plant and another to reap."

Keep sowing till the time is right, I shall. I'll only know when the time comes. On a farmer's note, I always envied Ol' Mc Donald - not a clue who he is, but everyone's raving about his farm.
A real marketing gimmick, I'd say.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

i'm a campaign manager too.

Politicians and their manifestos; He trumps every one of them. In fact, I caught a glimpse of Him in action, just flipping through the pages. Jesus, was just out-of-this-world (literally), and yet He could be found at street corners, the market place, and even in the homes of the common folk. Down-to-earth would be an understatement; His PR skills ... unmatchable.

He didn't just promise, He delivered.
  • Better healthcare - He healed the sick, gave sight to blind, even raised the dead!
  • Feeding the hungry - the remainder food were baskets full
  • Education system? - real & relevant, His parables and teachings hits understanding in the heart, not just the mind
  • Gender equality and youth empowerment - He ministered to the Samaritan woman at the well, and He chose young fishermen as disciples
  • A clean goverment - He wasted no time in toppling over the filty market tables in His Father's House
  • Safety - We're talking about the One who calms the storms and raging seas
  • Freedom - He had it written all over Him. He came to set us free
  • Better living standards - He's prepared heaven-of-a-place for all those who would believe and follow Him
* more promises listed in a really thick book called the Bible. Do check it out.

To amplify the magnitude of His convictions, He made no apologies for what He believed in and unlike J.Co Donuts, He valiantly served the truth plain as it was - sugar-free. He was no crowd pleaser. Condemning Him to death, the angry mob, Pharisees and
Sadducees evidently weren't lining up for an autograph session.

Yet, He walked the talk on earth, right to the utterance of 'It is Finished'. He took His Father's business to the next level. He bridged the gap between God and man, between heaven and earth. He paved the way for our future, for the welfare of mankind.

He believed in us. He chose us. He gave His life for us.

Vote Jesus. Make Him the Lord of your life - He's all you need. He'll bring about the greatest ch
ange in your life. You could cast your decision anytime, anywhere. All it takes is a simple "Jesus, I believe in You."