Simplifying life. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Remember the days when life was less ‘filled’? My 11 year old daughter made this statement the other day. “I kind of wish life was more like it was back in the ‘Andy Griffith’ days – the 1960’s. Things were much simpler then. There wasn’t so much pressure and so many distractions. People were more focused.”
I thought this was an incredibly mature comment from her. If we ever have our television on, it is often tuned to the ‘Andy Griffith Show’. Watching the simplicity of this show, brings us back to the reality of what really matters. Family. Right and Wrong. Trustworthiness. Respect. The world we live in today, has a much different message. Sadly, this is not a new reality. The truth of the world’s harshness has been an on-going fact since the beginning of time. This is why we must be the example of love in this harsh world. We can make a difference in our own lives by being a witness of kindness, compassion, trustworthiness, respect, and character. Be the example of simple righteous living. Allow your heart to be molded into what God desires for your life. In doing so, you will be setting the example for the rest of this world.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. PSALM 37:3-4
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 JOHN 2:15-17
God is with us.
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