Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help. Psalm 27:14 (ERV)
The old adage-good things come to those who wait-is often laughed at in today’s societies. Our mindset is to beat the clock, or to be ahead of the game; waiting is viewed as a waste of time. We complain about the bureaucratic “red tape” processes or the slow pace of change. Our paychecks are received via direct deposit, and the use of debit/credit card usage exceeds cash purchases to the point that most cashiers are feeble in their attempts to count change.
Most companies measure the worth of employees by their ability to reach or exceed productivity standards. We are encouraged to pursue instant gratification by going after our desires at top speeds: Automated systems, cellular phones, social media sites, instant messages, texting, email, e-books, e-cards, and internet on the go; sorry, no time to communicate face-to-face or to visit friends or family.
We feel revitalized and empowered by technology, considering ourselves fortunate enough to be part of a dynamically evolving high-tech lifestyle. Our daily lives are moving twice as fast, and we are desperately attempting to keep up with the current pace of life.
Stop for a moment. For those of us who can reflect on the lifestyles of our grandparents or great grandparents, pursuits of personal desires were placed very low on their lists of priorities. I can remember when maintaining the stability of the family was considered to be the most precious commodity in life. I can also remember when dinner was a time when the family enjoyed a meal, shared their thoughts, and had a good laugh or a loving spat.
Our present lifestyle did not come as a surprise to God; therefore, the family was designed to withstand the storms of life.
God knew the challenges that we would face in the 21st century. He has given us instructions to just wait, and utilize his perfect plans for our lives. It is worth the effort to re-prioritize your activities for at least one weekend per month. Make calls to set up face-to-face visits, and plan a mid-afternoon brunch or dinner with your immediate, extended, or adopted family. God did not intend for us to feel lonely, or adapt to isolation. We do not have to compromise our values to endure meaningless relationships.
Be strong, be brave and pick up the telephone, or make the visit. The sound of the human voice or a loving hug from our family supersedes all messaging or postings on social sites. Technology has its place; however, God never intended for us to change his original plan for the family and develop a lifestyle that breaks down family ties.
Pray and ask for the Lord’s help in making family the precious commodity it was intended to be in your life.
Challenge for today: Extend yourself to include others in your family circle.
Bible Reading: Psalm 27:4
Prayer for today: Dear God, We are thankful for another day of life. We ask you to help us to return to your original plan for family life. We have become distracted by meaningless things that add no value to developing and maintaining healthy relationships. We ask forgiveness for straying and not doing your will. As we extend ourselves to others who are broken, we pray that we can show your love and provide encouragement. We thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. We ask these blessings upon our lives in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019