I think this quote by Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics' president and chief executive officer, is one of the best I've read in summing up the state of our economy. Commenting in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the 500 production and administrative jobs that will be cut in Quad/Graphics plants across the United States, Quadracci says:
"From consumer spending to housing and everywhere in-between, the world needs to go through a capacity reset. There is simply too much of everything chasing too little demand," he said. "The printing industry is no different. There needs to be an industry-wide reduction in capacity."
Perhaps this capacity reset--in all areas of the economy--will bring things to a more realistic, non-materialistic level; one that will hopefully reveal Christians, especially, as being sound stewards of all that God has given us.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
"Then he said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'" Luke 12:15
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Colossians 3:2