Remember when you used to gather your family up, and put them in your wagon. With the horses in the lead, you head down the dusty road that would take you into town for Sunday morning church. You attend service with all your “neighbors,” then head down to your brother’s house just outside town for lunch and the weekly social gathering. Laughter fills the air as young children run around in the fields playing tag. Then everyone would sit down at the table and fill their stomachs with a delicious lunch, but not before you give thanks to the one who has blessed you with this beautiful day and the bountiful feast before you. Then everyone would head home, relax with the family and settle down for a quiet evening of reflection.
You don’t remember that, well neither do I, but doesn’t it sound very appealing. It was a simpler time when things seemed to move in slow motion. It was when you couldn’t look at your cell phone every thirty seconds or your eyes fixed on the television, ignoring the sounds of children wanting so desperately to get your attention. Conversations with your spouse would be filled with how much fun it was to see Uncle Charlie and Aunt Sue or how you hoped Cousin Richard would recover from the fall off his horse. Then you would talk about the chores that needed to be completed on Monday before heading off to bed and say your evening prayers, then climb into bed for a well-deserved restful sleep.
Today’s world is so different from a hundred and fifty years ago, even fifty years ago. The world is moving so fast that we can’t keep up with the changes; technology is changing rapidly, and what was new yesterday is outdated today. What was once the family is totally different and disjointed; it is hard to describe what is normal anymore.
We don’t take the time to think of tomorrow because it gives you cause to worry. How are you going to pay your bills? Why are prices going up so much, and what will happen at work if you can’t get that report finished. Time slips away so fast that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Instead of sitting down to dinner with the entire family, the kids are out with friends, and the husband is working late, so eating together is an impossibility.
At the end of the day, we climb into bed exhausted, too tired for evening prayer, but not too tired to have the phone in hand looking at Facebook. When you can no longer keep your eyes open, you lay the phone down next to you and close your eyes. But sleep doesn’t come because you are worried about tomorrow; when morning finally arrives and the alarm goes off, you climb out of bed totally exhausted, unprepared for the coming day.
Today’s problems are no different from years back; they had concerns like we do today. The main difference then is they took the time out of their day to talk to someone, not holding what is pulling them down so deep inside that problems just pile themselves one on top of the other. Time moved much slower, so you had time to think things through and act rationally. When evening came, you put the work issues out of your mind and enjoyed the company of your loved ones.
Right before laying your head on the pillow, you get down on your knees and thank God for the many blessings in your life. As you lay down your head, you tell your spouse you love them, then you close your eyes and gently fall asleep.
Take the time out of your day to talk to friends and loved ones; slow down and see the beauty around you. But most importantly, speak to the one who created you and give thanks to Him who gave his life for you.