Chuck Norris

"I believe giving our life to benefit others is the key to experiencing life to its fullest. That is why Jesus also said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' It couldn't get any clearer than that.

"Lean upon the Lord for help and strength.

"We didn't just have one another to lean on, but we had God, too. In God we trust was not merely stamped on our money but embedded in our hearts. We all attended church and belonged to a faith community. Church was the hub of society, the community core and rallying point. We thought and worked in community. The way we saw it was: If one of us was chained, none of us was free.

"It's sad to see how many today have abandoned faith and religion. We trust money more than God. And maybe that's a reason we're in this economic pickle. If greed has become our god, then maybe we'd be better off viewing the bad economy more like a re-alignment that helps us to shift our eyes from our greeds to our needs.

"Keep persevering in prayer.

"The necessity of prayer reminds me of another story in which a rural farmer was paid a visit by one of his city relatives. Before dinner the farmer bowed his head and said grace. His sophisticated relative jeered, 'This is old-fashioned; nobody with an education prays at the table anymore.'

"The farmer admitted that the practice was old and even allowed that there were some on his farm who did not pray before their meals. Justified, the relative remarked, 'So enlightenment is finally reaching the farm. Who are these wise ones?'

"The farmer replied, 'My pigs.'

"Again, Jesus admonished us: 'Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.'

"There was nothing easy during the Great Depression, but we endured and made it through, and we learned even more how to simplify, help one another and depend upon God. Children took on chores at an early age and by early teens were assisting in some ways with the provisions of the home. Yesteryears' kids often bore today's adult responsibilities. Back then, we grew up fast and often married young. In fact, by the time I was sixteen years old, five of the seven Scarberry children in our family were married, including me."

On Mother's Day weekend 2012, many of you probably watched my mom being interviewed by a friend of ours, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, on his Fox News Channel show, "Huckabee." WorldNetDaily also reported on her television special.

If you didn't catch it, you still can view the interview on my official website, at http://chucknorris.com, the only place where you can order an autographed copy of her autobiography.


Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.