Family is No Longer a Priority

I want to bring back the days when family was important and people had love, respect and compassion for others. Those times when doors didn’t have to be locked and children could play outside without fear, and neighbors cared for other neighbors. Those times when everyone dressed in their best clothes to attend Sunday services and had a large family dinner afterward. Families sat around the kitchen table at night and talked. What happened?

I’m drinking my morning cup of tea and thinking about how the way I grew up understanding family is no longer the way family is valued today.

Family and neighbors and loveOh, how I remember playing in the back yard with my cousins and friends, letting our imaginations flow. We didn’t need any technology to entertain us. We learned to entertain ourselves.

Food was prepared with loving hands and no thoughts to if it meant the current standards of a healthy meal. We had a balance of meat, potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Good old country cooking at its best!

People talked! People laughed! People helped each other when the need presented itself. In one word, it is summed up as love. Loving our neighbors. Just as Jesus commanded us to do! We loved God, honored Him, worshipped Him, and loved each other.

No nothing is perfect. We had our struggles, too. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m comparing today’s situation, where people stay inside their houses when they aren’t at work. When children are glued to television sets and electronic devices. When adults are glued to electronic devices. It is so bad that adults can’t drive without talking on their phones, or looking at their messages or texting. Yes! I see it every single day. Any second of being stopped in traffic calls for grabbing those cell phones for entertainment.

Now cars are produced with television screens and GPS screens. What happened to good old radio? I love listening to the radio when I drive. I don’t have to be like the car beside me who is competing to see if his bass is stronger than anyone else’s. I don’t need to listen to foul language and when did that become necessary anyway? What happened to good old-fashioned music?

Yes, I’m longing for a change. Mostly, I’m longing for a revival of families and family values. Families where the focus is on each other, where love is shared, discipline exists, and love doesn’t have to be bought. That’s the change I’d like to see for America…for the world. Respect, love, and compassion.

I lift my cup of tea and pray for God’s forgiveness for how we far we have moved from His law. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, all are summed up in this saying, namely,  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:8-14)


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