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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Back When On Sundays...


On our way home from dinner with friends this evening Justin and I were discussing some of the things that have changed, compared to when we were growing up to the present day's things.  We were having this conversation with our children and they were so interested in learning about our childhood and comparing it to their childhood today.  One of the things that we discussed that has changed is how Sundays are now.  I recall our parents often talking to us about how their lives were growing up, and it was neat discussing the changes from our childhood lives to our present day lives with our own children.

Actually, I recall how my parents have told me many times that they wish that life was the same in their adult life as it was when they were growing up.  I think they meant life was a lot more simple then.  I've often found myself wishing that very same thing for a lot of the things in today's world.  One of the things I wish were still the same as back when we were growing up is the simplicity of a Sunday.  I would love for our kids to experience that.  There was actually a time when some, if not most, businesses were closed.  Sundays were set aside for God and family and not for the dollar.

I recall when business was not at the top of the list, but God was at the top of the list for a lot of people in the world.  Following right after God on that list was a person's family and time well spent with them.  Now it seems like a lot of people in the world is in a race to see who can become rich and make the most money faster and a lot of people don't even take time to say a daily prayer little on step foot through a church's doors on Sunday morning.  Sundays now have become more of a distraction for a lot of people, rather than what it used to be about.  During our childhood Sundays were about the Lord and family.

The Bible tells us how the love of money is the root of all evil, and I think that when it becomes a distraction from what's really important that is true.

1 Timothy 6:10 reads: 

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (ESV)

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (KJV)

While I realize people are supposed to work, it is sad to think how the things of this world have become so important.  Sundays should still be as important today as they were back when I was a kid.  We are serving the same God now as we were then.

We discussed many other changes that took place over the time of our childhood to now.  The kids were interested and listened to every word.  It was great to take a stroll down memory lane with our kids and I may have to write (or now, in this modern day age, type) more of the changes that have taken place over the years as we think of them.


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