These are rough times for a lot of people. Companies are down-sizing. Those that are left behind are picking up more of the slack. I left the house this morning with thoughts of paying the rent, bills, tuition, and trying to do the math in my head. Although we’ve thought of cutting the kids back to one meal a day, we haven’t done so (yet). Even though I’m a pastor, I still need to remind myself that God is in control and doesn’t need a government bailout. And he has also created us with freewill — the ability to make choices. Even when life seems bleak, we still have a choice. I stopped doing the math long enough to remind myself of that. I can choose to let God be in control. As ironic as it may sound, that is a most liberating of thoughts!