BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 1 July 2005

Living in the Here and Now

 

Do you know one of the major differences in behaviour between children and adults?Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown that while the average child laughs 150 times a day, the average adult laughs only 15 times.Isnít that sad?As we grow older, the cares of the world weigh heavier and heavier on our shoulders, and our delight in life seems to grow less and less.Mind you, there often seems little enough to laugh at.There are major problems in our world.Global warming, third world poverty, AIDS, war and conflict are real and serious issues, and there are plenty more.

 

Yet here in the prosperous West, the economists tell us that our standards of living are higher than ever before.But we donít seem to be happier than we used to be in the days where advanced technology included the dolly tub and the blue paper bag that sugar and flour came in.In many ways, we are spiritually worse off as a nation than before.Fifty years ago, you could leave your front door open and no one would take advantage.Fifty years ago, divorce was uncommon, and children were generally brought up in strong families.Loyalty, faithfulness, honour and duty were watchwords in everyday life, and most businessmen lived by the statement: ďmy word is my bondĒ.

 

Things have changed.Most houses today not only have triple-locking doors but sophisticated burglar alarms.Over one in three marriages results in a divorce within ten years.We have to have exclusion zones and ASBOs to deal with loutish behaviour in the streets.I donít remember the last government minister who readily resigned when there was a major blunder by his department.

 

Things were always better in the golden, olden days, werenít they?Just like our parents used to say to us, and their parents to them, and so on, back down the generations.

 

Perhaps though, we ought to stop looking back so much, and stop worrying about the future so much, and start to live in the here and now.Jesus said Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.[1]

 

Have a nice day!

 

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[1] Matthew 6:34 MSG