I've been of the opinion for several years now that we in America are in another Great Depression. People just don't realize it because they are living on debt. I grew up listening to the stories of families who lived through the Dust Bowl. I recognize those people, especially the women who were little girls during that time have very fond memories. They get a gleam in their eyes when they talk about it and say something along the lines of, “It was a hard life, but it was a good life.” They have memories of sitting on the porch in summer or around the cook stove in winter with their families. Those children grew up and said, “I want my children to have more than I had.” And so they did, materially. Many grew up spoiled, undisciplined, and consumed with self indulgence. Others grew up workaholics overly concerned with career success. Their children suffered broken homes and relationship neglect. We are seeing many sad, sad results from the best of intentions.
Are you ready for real change? I sure am. Let’s get back to the basics of what made those “golden years” so good. Hopefully we can keep some of our modern conveniences in the process.
Something we have lost, that should actually be easier with modern conveniences is Punctuality. Punctuality is showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time. (CharacterFirst!) I don't know about you, but the more gadgets I have, the more time things seem to take. What makes it so hard to manage our time? I can name a number of things. You see, a mother can be home all day preparing her family for an outing. Just as she is ready to walk out the door, a million things will happen all at once. The baby will make a mess. The phone will ring. A visitor will suddenly and unexpectedly show up. The toilet will overflow. When she finally gets everyone out the door, loaded in the van, and heading out of the drive; she'll realize she forgot the diaper bag and have to go back to the house and try again. It’s hard.
There are some ways to help become more punctual:
- Start each day with prayer.
- Have consistent morning and evening routines.
- Know your limitations and don’t over schedule.
- Keep a planner or journal to help remember.
- Be considerate and flexible.
In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” We need to keep in mind that when we are not practicing punctuality, we are often being inconsiderate to others. Sometimes things can’t be helped; life happens. In those times, it is important to keep a good attitude and not get grumpy with our loved ones. Occasionally God allows interruptions in our lives for very good reason. If you find yourself perpetually late, maybe it’s time to reevaluate and simplify. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed. Slow down and enjoy the gifts God has given. May the Lord bless your family this year!