It's so interesting how the world and our friends can affect us. As children, like me, you were probably told to be careful who you hung out with, and not follow any bad examples. "If they jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?" Of course we said, no. But we did follow suit in certain incidences, didn't we? We might have smoked a cigarette or drank a beer, hopefully nothing worse than that. We were influenced by our friends, we have to admit that.
I know everyone, especially in my age bracket, seems to say how society has changed. And not for the good of all. If we take the time to look around, we'll see how truly awful our society is currently. The bad news is, it only seems to get worse. I'm sure many would point fingers and say, well, it's always been that way, we just didn't know about it. Really? I don't think so.
Divorce would be a good example of how society has changed. Like most things in our lives, marriage is considered disposable; temporary. If he turns out to be a bum, get rid of him. Now, I am not judging because I have a couple divorces under my belt. I am observing from the benefit of time and experience. I have been married to a bum, and I divorced him. But if I had taken the time to know him, I wouldn't have married the guy. If I had been more secure within myself, I wouldn't have felt needy and settled for less than. There is always more to the story.
Our society is in such a hurry! We want it yesterday! I know, I am the queen of impatience! But a little bit of yesterday just might be a good thing... There are some things that don't really have to change. Some things are just fine they way they always have been. When we walked at a slower pace. When we didn't run around with a cell phone permanently glued to our ear, or so addicted to a game we feel we simply must complete it. I think we have placed all too much importance on things rather than being.
We have become 7 day-a-week seekers of fun. Busy all the time! Some of us don't attend church, we're just too busy. Worse yet, we don't even take our children to church. Whatever happened to making it a priority to attend church?.....People are not attending churches, and I think that is such a shame. I receive great joy from my church. I look forward to attending. I also enjoy the camraderie when I am present. My soul is filled up to the brim with guiding words of wisdom. I need that. Society needs that. We need our souls renewed.
Personally, I believe some of our societal problems stem from not attending church. There was a time when we made it a priority to be in church, and not just on Sunday. We took time out to praise God, to love God, to pray. Life may not have been perfect back then, but it certainly has not improved. By us not going to church, we are allowing society to influence us.. Society is not supposed to influence the church. The church is meant to influence society. For its betterment.
Perhaps you'll join me in church one Sunday.... If you don't enjoy the one you select, try another one. Keep seeking until you find a minister who speaks to your heart. You deserve that special time with God. If we make God first, the rest will fall into place. I promise!
(c) 2018, Elizabeth Owens