Daily Devotional Thus did Noah according to all that God commanded him . . . —Genesis 6:22
One day God spoke to Noah about the wickedness of the human race. The actions of men and women grieved Him to the heart. God said that He intended to send a flood that would destroy mankind, and He told Noah to build an ark to save his household and the animals. The Bible says that Noah believed God. Now Noah had never seen a flood. He had never seen a 40-day rain. He had no weather map, no satellite photograph or meteorologist to tell him that a big storm was coming. All he had to go on was the Word of God. But when the flood came, Noah was spared and saved with his family, and the rest of the generation was swept away. Noah was saved because he put his trust in God. The days of Noah are returning to earth, and a catastrophe as great as the flood awaits those who refuse to enter into the ark of salvation, which is Jesus Christ.
With the 2020 Census well underway and households continuing to respond, much attention is directed to daily response rates and the total number of responses. As of June 1, Kansas leads the nation with a state-level average daily response rate of 0.2%! Kansas remains among the top tier of states with a 64.5% self-response rate. (The national average is 60.5%) Thank you for continuing to emphasize how important it is for every household in your community to respond to the census. 2020 Census response rate map
Countering confusion Everyone is to be counted where they are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. As straightforward as this seems, you are perhaps hearing from persons -- college students, service members, people in health care facilities -- who have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond. Other circumstances can cause confusion as well, such as moving, having multiple residences, having no permanent address, living in a shelter, or living at a hotel or RV park. Here's a link where such concerns and questions are answered. Feel free to share: Who To Count
Weekly Infogram The latest issue of Infogram has good info and helpful links. If you like corny videos, check out the likes of Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and their veggie buddies sing about the 2020 Census. Kids love it!
Keep on learning! Attached for social media posting are messages in English and Spanish about how educators and parents can keep kids engaged and learning as Kansas emerges from stay-at-home orders and while social distancing is still recommended. The Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools continues to be a great educational resource while at the same time encouraging participation in the 2020 Census.
Daily Devotional Real life and real living are not related to how rich we are. —Luke 12:15 (TLB)
There are two ways of being rich—have a lot, or want very little. The latter way is the easier for most of us. Many people make themselves miserable by wanting more than they can ever have. They suffer from “thing-itis,” the insatiable desire for more, better, and newer things. Jesus was the most satisfied man that ever lived, and He had less than most of us. “The foxes have their holes, and the birds their nests, but the Son of man has no place to lay His head.” He had learned the secret of adjusting His wants to His needs.
E. Stanley Jones tells about a poor man who had an overnight guest, and as he showed him to his humble bedroom in the hayloft, he said, “If there is anything you want, let us know, and we’ll come and show you how to get along without it.” We don’t need to learn how to get more, but how to get along with what we’ve got, and get on with the business of living.