Have you ever seen a rabbit gum? A rabbit what? A rabbit gum? It’s a trap or cage to catch a rabbit? You say, “That’s cruel isn’t it?” No, not really… It’s not if you lived in the 30’s during the depression and you needed food to it. My grandfather, Frank McNiel used rabbit gums as a boy doing those days. He showed me how to build one when I was a boy and today I showed Andrew and Clara how. Here ya go:
What do ya think? Not bad for a novice huh? Andrew and Clara said, “What will we do with the rabbit.” I said, “Well, we might not catch a rabbit…it could be a opposum, raccoon or even a skunk!!” I said, “Either way…we will turn them loose.” But, the thing is…I think they will long remember making this little “tool” of the woods. My grandfather used to “fry up” what he caught and it was good eating back “in the day.” But, it’s not something many do today. But, it could be something that we could have to return to one day.
Why? Because this nation is so laden with debt that one day…yes…one day…we will have to pay the “piper.” When we do…it could get difficult… Like a Great Depression? Well, I hope not…but, it could…or even worse. If that’s the case…should we prepare for it and challenge our young people to be equipped and mentally trained to live on less? You better believe it! I’m convinced we should admonish our children and young people in our lives to be prepared to live on less and to be resilient and self-sufficient. Many today count on others for everything: parents to bail them out, friends to cover, and the big one…the good ole government… Good Ole Uncle Sam will bail us out right? I mean Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare will always be there. The disability checks (for the masses that could work is who I’m talking about here…but abuse the system)…they’ll always be there too, right? What if they aren’t? How would we live?
Crazy thinking? Maybe? Maybe not. For most, we live in a bubble where we never hear the truth of the severity of the debt our nation is in. Debt is bondage and we are really slaves to our debt whether we realize it or not. So, I taught Clara and Andrew how to make a rabbit gum this afternoon. Will they ever need to use one? I hope not. But, just in case…I’m going to continue to train my children to live on less and be prepared. That’s my job…
Father, do not frustrate your children, but rather bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4