Can you imagine…imagine…living life without a cellphone, Facebook and Skype, not having a PC, e-mail or Starbucks just down the street? For some of us, that not too hard. It’s the world that we grew up in. That time seems more distant in the way we lived than in the actual number of years in the past that it is. Now, let’s look back farther, to a time when our homes had no microwave, or nonstick pans, we had no credit cards or McDonalds. That was the life our parent’s childhood. Our grandparents went without televisions, board games and beer in a can, and their parents (our great grandpa and grandma) didn’t have the luxury of cars, teabags or even cornflakes. Beyond that don’t even think about life without electric power, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, and anesthesia for surgery.
The truth is that our life has been radically changed, mostly for the better, in the last 150 years. We will never know the hardships that our ancestors had to endure just to get by each and every day. In our time, our biggest concern is in making ourselves happy, comfortable and financially secure. Back then, the main idea of life was life; Staying alive to live another day tomorrow. How often do we take stock of that and thank God for all the comforts that we have that those who have gone before us did not?
The one thing that has not changed, that doesn’t change, and will never change is our God. He is and has always been there for us, to protect, preserve and provide. It’s been that way from creation, the very beginning of time. From the days of Adam and Eve, of Moses and the Exodus, David and Solomon, Jesus and the apostles; God has been showering His people with good and perfect gifts. Not with iPhones and Keurigs, but with gifts of real and lasting value; peace, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, faith, joy and contentment. I really don’t think that our great grandmothers sat around and moped because they couldn’t drive through a Starbucks for a jolt before getting to work, or check Twitter and see who retweeted their picture of last night’s dinner. They lived in the same joy and peace offered freely in Jesus Christ that we have offered to us. Can you imagine…imagine…what OUR great great grandchildren will think about our time, our lives. “How could they (we) possibly survive in a world like that; without all of this stuff?” Does that thought bother us? I highly doubt it.
Stuff is fleeting, stuff doesn’t last. Stuff will not go with us beyond the grave. Only God will, and His goodness. True life is built on the foundation of Jesus, the Son of God, who never changes, the greatest and most perfect gift ever given. He is the One and only source of happiness, joy, peace, and contentment…yesterday, today, and forever!
OUR PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for the comforts that You have provided for us in our lives today. Help us to remember that these come to us through Your goodness, and help us to be always thankful. We thank You that You do not and will not change, ever! That we can depend on You and Your goodness as we journey through this life. Enable and empower us to share our hope, our faith and our love in our homes and families, our neighborhoods and communities, and all the places that You lead us. In Your name we pray. Amen