I have been watching with the rest of the country as the stock market goes through what is called a “correction,” and I realized that God may be taking us through a “correction” as well. We are a very blessed people, but have we gotten so accustomed to having so many “things” that we always want the new and nothing satisfies? Do we have runaway inflation within our minds, wanting or needing more and more to fill us up?
Without even realizing it, we gradually got used to having these things – the bigger and better – until the bubble had to burst. New technologies made life seem easier ar first, but then more complicated, robbing us of simple pleasures.
I remember as a child, the simple pleasure of having an ice cream soda at the local soda fountain. It was a special treat. I savored every taste and did not rush through it. Maybe the good news – if there is any good news in this economy – is that God is taking us back to the simple pleasures in life – giving us the opportunity to enjoy them more. It is amazing how. when you do not have the money to spend that you used to have, it makes you appreciate the little things. It takes you back to the simple pleasures in life.
What we thought we had to have a few years ago, now becomes not very important. Making due with less, actually gives us more. More time to stop and realize what is most important in life.
I would not want to be without new technology such as cell phones and internet. However, I wonder if we have become so addicted to them, that we forget to take time for simple pleasures with our families and friends. Do we have time for our Lord? Sometimes we “seek ye first” the computer in the morning before Him! Wasn’t technology supposed to free up our time? I think that which was supposed to free our time can actually keep us in bondage to it! These can become time stealers if we let them.
In a previous blog, I wrote about the Big C – Communication, and how even in a restaurant, I see couples, not talking to each other, but on their cell phones. How sad that we do not give the special people in our lives the gift of our full attention – our time.
Is it possible that God needed to shake us to bring us back to what is most important in our lives? A “correction” in our thinking to give us a different perspective in what we perceive is important?
Take time to enjoy simple pleasures. When we do this, instead of feeling “deprived” we start to feel more “alive.”