We have been blessed with a comfortable life to some extent. Those who went before us experienced hardships and tougher lifestyles, but in some aspects their lives were certainly less hectic, less complicated, and perhaps more fulfilling.
In my personal 80 years, the pace and demands of life have increased exponentially. Let’s talk about some of those comforts and the challenges that seem to follow naturally.
When I was young, I lived on my grandparents’ farm for several years. With no plumbing indoors, they embraced outhouses near barns as a way of life.
Our first TV had a very small screen, with only 3 stations, and a black and white image that entertained us every night. Yes, I also enjoyed the radio program during the day!
It wasn’t an easy time for my family, but it was a good time.
The farm had a party line (three short rings, as I remember). We had to respect the privacy of others who called through our local telephone operator. As you can imagine, we didn’t spend much time communicating across that party line.
In recent years, we have all been inundated with various forms of electronic communication at our fingertips. Many have built extensive friendships and followers on blogs and the like. Personally, I prefer real friendships where you can actually carry on a meaningful conversation face-to-face with another person.
I believe that is what God intended from the beginning. God wants us to spend time with Him and others every day during our short time on this planet. We are all wise to understand that nothing is more important than the relationships we form.
Listen to the words of wisdom of the Apostle John in 1 John 2:15-17.
“Do not love the world, do not love the things of this world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love is not in him. For everything in this world comes not from the Father, but from the world, such as boasting about what you have and what you do.The world and its desires are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”
Think about who or what gets your love and attention.
Perhaps the fact that some of the comforts of life that we have seen in recent months is gone is God telling us that we need to return to a simpler life. I repeat the words of Proverbs 3:5-6. Let’s learn… He will make your way straight. “
It’s so easy to get caught up in the ways of this world.
We must deliberately put our lives ahead of our own selfish desires, putting God, family, and others first. It is a formula that leads to a simpler, more satisfying and peaceful life.
In Philippians 4:4-7 the apostle Paul teaches: I say again: Rejoice! Show your kindness to everyone. the Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but present your request to God in prayer and petition, with gratitude. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. “
It’s put together pretty well!
place to ponder
» Deuteronomy 11:26-28
» Jeremiah 32:39-40
» Ezekiel 36:26-27
» John 14:27-28
» Hebrews 10:24-25
— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw closer to God as well. As a long-time member of the CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing his Q4 strategy column in 2014 and now he writes on CBMC International Mondays through his manna devotional. Reaching audiences around the world.he can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for past columns. The opinions expressed are his own.