The “Success Sequence”
Prophecy News Watch is a website that keeps readers aware of current events of Biblical nature. I enjoy their weekly emails.
One recent article suggested there is a “Success Sequence” for major life choices that impact whether person avoids poverty or lives in poverty.
The article in part said: “The Brookings Institute ‘demonstrated way back in the early nineties that Americans only need to do three things to avoid living in poverty: graduate from high school, marry before having a child, and have that child after age 20… Sociologists today say that this ‘success sequence’ still works. One study of millennials found that 97 percent of those who earn at least a high-school diploma, work, and get marred before having kids will not be poor as they enter their 30s.”
97 percent of those who followed this “Success Sequence” are not living in poverty today! It is hard to argue with those numbers. With all the “Do what you want to do” teachings and instant gratification kids are taught; coupled along with homes that have very little discipline or moral expectations – no wonder poverty in America seems to be increasing. Case in point:
- 2-3 families living in under the same roof.
- Cohabitating with several people, not related, is heard of more.
- Young adults past college age still living at home.
- Living pay check to pay check with no plan to pay off credit cards.
- Kids with little education and no aspirations constantly playing on cell phones.
- A major uptick in drug addictions, marijuana smokers, and the recent opioid epidemic.
- An increase in screen addictions. Parents who allow cell phones and tablets risk not only the addictions to the pornography industry, but also the distorted development of a mind that is relying on a tablet or cellphone for information.
- Personal debt is at an all time high.
- There is an increase in people renting instead of buying homes.
Years ago Solomon taught in Proverbs 24:27 “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.”
It could be stated that in different terms, the report is saying the same thing that Solomon said.
- Finish High School. Vocational and college training is also a consideration here. (Prepare)
- Have a career and then get married. (Make Fit for Thyself in the Field)
- Have children following marriage. (Afterwards Build Thine House)
Perhaps one word to describe this “Success Sequence” is very simply – “Stable.” Stability ensures you will avoid poverty.
One more warning on those little screens and social media: Couples who maintain separate social accounts many times have a more distant relationship with each other resulting in possible unhealthy choices, conflict, and perhaps even divorce. This could contribute to a reversal of the “Success Sequence.” When divorce occurs, no matter the wealth previously accumulated, cycles of decline begin, an estate is divided resulting in wasteful spending patterns and eventual poverty.
Stability will ensure that you do not live in poverty. Better yet – Biblical stability will ensure you live a “successful life.” Parents, teach your kids this plan. The future of their lives and the future of your possible grandchildren depend on knowing this Bible truth.