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Old Things

As we age we find that things familiar to us have much more meaning.  The little things of comfort and safety are no longer just a ‘luxury’ – they are everything to us.  We are slower to change – at least most of us – and slower to accept and adopt new ideas.

Yesterday Greg was at his parent’s home talking with his Dad and brother (here for a week from Billings, Montana) – the subject:   To repair an old beach cabana on their lake front property – or tear it down.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  For you and me who have no emotional connection with it – it is easy.  It’s an eye sore – it leaks – it’s in need of a complete overhaul – just get rid of it and put it out of its misery!  Easy for us to say – even Greg – but not so easy for his Dad who has attachment to it – spent a good many years on that property and watched his boys grow up swimming in that lake.  He is hearing the familiar ‘voices’ in his head from his parents now deceased – the voices that all of us carry around in our heads – like it or not – and he cannot just ignore them.

We are all like this – maybe not about a cabana or house – or things in it – but we are all held ‘hostage’ by those ‘voices’ in our head – by those that have gone before us – or are still living.  They are powerful voices – they are the connection from the past to the present – the anchor that sustains us and prevents us from plowing wildly down an unfamiliar road.  We may want to abandon the old and embrace the new – it sounds romantic and fresh – but we are seldom able to make the leap because the ‘old’ way of doing things is our default position.  We are never able to fully escape the voices that call us from our childhood – they are deep in our spirit and timeless.

Those of us that are in this crazy ‘between’ generation – not senior citizens yet – but not young either – are torn. We can see the old – respect it and even understand it to a great deal – but because we are also trying to embrace ‘new’ – it is a tightrope of travel for each of us to not forget our heritage and still see things in a fresh ‘new’ way.  There is much to be said for the ‘old’.  God is a God of history.  He is in the stories in the Bible of those saints that have gone on before – strength, courage and flawed humanity acting as great examples for us and the way we should live.  There is also much to be said for ‘new’.  It is God reminding us that He is new every morning – His ways never change.  He is already there before we get there.  He is timeless and ageless – and walks beside us in past, present and future – every generation the same.  He is current – He is past.  He is God.

For me – I say, “Hey tear down that ‘eye sore’ and put something new and current there in its place”.  Start a ‘new’ legacy down at the lake.  Maybe it’s time.  Someone like me – with that kind of thinking can appear ‘dangerous’ or even ‘wildly undisciplined’ – and some older people (even some young) are threatened by that.  But I disagree.  There is a time to ‘let go’ and see what other possibilities there are’.  Not forgetting the past – but building on it and bringing in something new.  Isn’t this what God does?  He calls us to ‘honor’ our heritage and past – and yet He brings in the ‘new’ as He refreshes us daily.  In an ever-changing world He brings peace and consistency to us in ‘new’ and unique ways to be a shining example to a world in need.  He helps us stay current so that we can identify and reach a lost and dying world – today.

My prayer for you today is this: Stay true to your past and honor those that have gone before – but don’t get lost there.  Always press on to what God has for you in your lifetime – and your world.  Embrace ‘new’ ideas from the one who is the creator of our hearts and minds.  Be willing to ‘step out’  beyond the past and simple comfort – to be ready for big changes as the past gets tangled up with the present and longs to reach for the future.  Hold loosely to the things that would prevent you from being all that you can be as you strain toward the prize and purpose for your life.

God Bless

Old days
Good times I remember
Fun days
Filled with simple pleasures
Drive-in movies
Comic books and blue jeans
Howdy Doody
Baseball cards and birthdays
Take me back
To a world gone away
Seem like yesterday

Old days
Good times I remember
Gold days
Days I’ll always treasure
Funny faces
Full of love and laughter
Funny places
Summer nights and streetcars
Take me back
To a world gone away
Boyhood memories
Seem like yesterday

Old days – in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days – darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days – days of love and feeling fancy free
Old days – days of magic still so close to me
Old days – in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days – darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days – days of love and feeling fancy free
Old days – days of magic still so close to me


One of my favorite older Michael W. Smith songs – written about a young girl lost in a car accident.  It is reported that she was the younger of two sisters in the car – and the older one survived.  The older sister had a terrible time over the loss until she had a vision where she saw her sister in heaven telling her,”I’m okay”.  It’s a very moving and powerful song – especially if you’ve ever lost anyone close to you.  Enjoy!

Seems like it was only yesterday
She was living here
Yea, she was living here
Lord knows why He’s taken her away
It isn’t very clear, no it isn’t very clear
Into every life a little rain must fall
And losing one you love is like a storm
But storms are passing
I hear Leesha
Singing in heaven tonight
And in between the sadness
I hear Leesha
Telling me that she’s alright
Life goes on even after life
That’s what I believe
Yea, that’s what I believe
Leesha’s gone, but she will still survive
In a memory that I’m keeping here with me
Silencing the voice of mortal tragedy
Listening to whispers of the soul
All is peaceful

Next Life

In this life I’m a woman.  In my next life I’d like to come back as a bear.  When you’re a bear you get to hibernate.  You do nothing but sleep for six months.  I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.  I could deal with that too.

When you’re a girl bear – you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs.  I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear – everyone knows you mean business.  You swat anyone who bothers your cubs.  If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.  I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling.  He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup,  gonna be a bear!

Thanks to my friend Mick for sending this to me!

Have an awesome day!!

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