You can have the best pizza parlor in the world but…
if it’s in the middle of the Sahara Desert it probably won’t win the most visited parlor in the who’s who of whodom. As an entrepreneur, one of the first things you learn in starting a new business is about location.
On one of the reviews of my manuscript, the reviewers at one point must have reviewed the location of my residence which happens to be ‘in the middle of nowhere’ literally. But I’m a writer and although that doesn’t affect my writing it does affect my networking and social connections. However, in an effort to remain positive the consensus of the reviewers was, ‘you are located by I 80 and you can go anywhere from there’.
The translation of course is if I want to network, going to conferences, meeting fellow writers, and so forth, I must go there’s nothing happening where I am at.
Location. We’ve tried to start businesses but, our location isn’t right. Perhaps now we have a different networking system ie computers might help. And this year people have had a jarring wake-up call.
Grocery stores this year were out of more than toilet paper at times. One of the wonderful things immigrants from other countries have noticed is that they can walk into an American grocery store and there is an abundance of food and supplies. Indeed, one of the things as a children’s Bible class teacher is it’s difficult to explain to our children is the idea of a famine.
God has so blessed this country that very seldom is it that we are unable to go to our local grocery and pick up the items we need. Until the year 2020 at least. This last year there were times when bread was scarce, meat was a bit hard to find, and other things on occasion.
Indeed, some people were told they could buy meat directly from a beef-producing farmer in order to circumvent the lack of beef at the grocery store. It sounds good but—picking out your beef from the farmer is only part of the problem.
Farmers don’t butcher the meat, so when you buy from the farmer the second step is you will also need what we call a ‘locker’ that will take the live beef, butcher it and package it for the individual. We raise our beef and send it to a local butcher yearly as well as sell a limited amount of beef. (Here is the link for our farm page. We do not have beef ready at this time, and will not have any ready for some time, but we do sell other things in season. https://www.facebook.com/TheFuzzyFarmerProduce)
It has become more and more difficult to get a date with the butcher because this year so many have been trying to buy meat from farmers.
In the good old days, it used to take us two to three months for a locker date. Two years ago it took six months to get our beef into the locker and last year we had to make our date a year in advance in order to have our beef processed this year. Part of this is due to several of the local lockers in the past number of years going out of business, but most was because of the number of extra dates this year.
Location—where you’re at. Many people today are short-sighted. We stopped thinking about where our food, clothing, and medicines come from only to discover much of our supplies come from other countries.
We still get much of our fresh fruits and veggies from Southern and South-Western states, but…although the people in the U.S. could be 98% self-sufficient for our needs—we aren’t.
At one time farmers in our state raised veggies and fruits for local canneries. The canneries are gone and the fields that supported them are gone. Many orchards are also gone.
Our current situation should shock us out of our self-imposed you’re alright I’m alright attitude and prepare us for harsh realities.
America and Americans have been exceptional for many reasons not least of which is because of the Can-Do spirit. The idea that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. No matter what the re-writers of our history may say, the Pilgrims definitely relied on Jehovah God.
The Pilgrims weren’t self-sufficient farmers when they arrived at Plymouth Rock. I would hazard a guess that they knew very little about raising their own food and building their houses at first, but they learned. They learned how to raise their own food, how to spin their own thread, make their own cloth…all the way to how to be independent.
Something we should never have outgrown was our admittance that God is our rock and high tower. It is God that sustains us in both the good and the harsh times.
As you go through this earthly life, don’t be afraid that you will die. You absolutely will die before this life is over. You must remember it isn’t that you will die in this life, but where you will spend the next life. It’s all in the word, location. Location, location, location.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.