h/t Carol’s Blog
I remember a simpler life “back in the day” where family mattered. No hustle, no bustle and there was a definite sense of belonging. You belonged close, not obligated, but you had a true sense of togetherness. FAMILY
What happened to get-togethers that didn’t require an event such as weddings, funerals or family reunions? Have we all lost our minds? Has social media like FB and TWITTER really taken the place of a hug from maw maw, aunts, uncles and even the occasional cousin? Are you really more interested in everyone elses lives and pictures so much that you don’t feel compelled to take out your own camera or recorder? Where did the need to be drawn close to each other go? Has the TV taken the place of conversation and does the internet truly take the place of an uncle teaching you how to shoot or work on the car?
I think that the family, as we knew it in the past, has been taken over. Kids are being told that the school knows more about what is real than their parents do. Video games have taken the place of any outdoor activities and offer much more instant gratification than working with your daddy on building shelves for momma. Learning trades from family members is a thing of the past because we have been taught that all you need to know will be absorbed at some college or university. It breaks my heart to know that kids are hurting for affection and have way too many avenues other than mommy and daddy to get it from.
I remember talking about more than just football, movies and work. You could actually discuss things like RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY and God forbid…….Politics without bloodshed or even so much as a raised voice. We didn’t have to be right…..just there.
Praying a lot, especially when certain family members were around, was normal. It was more than normal it was……PRECIOUS!
The name Jesus was not spoken softly with a slight look around the room to see who might overhear and object. You didn’t care who heard you worship but didn’t worship just for show at the same time. Children knew Jesus’ name and it was ok. We were taught the true meaning of the season from Thanksgiving through Easter and it ALL centered around Christ!
Stop allowing everything and everybody to get in the way of your relationship with Christ and each other. Hold your spouse and children near you and tell them you love them as often as possible. I hope my kids always call me “DADDY” not just “hey” or “father” and never have a problem with telling others how close we are as a family.
Most of all, I pray they know which line they’ll be standing in when it comes time to meet Jesus!
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