Don't be a product of the times

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This world is producing a lot of things. We produce more as a society than we ever have. We also consume more, it seems. Yet, as we produce more materially, we're also producing many unattractive qualities. We seem to have more undesirable traits being displayed. While we have more than we've ever had, maybe it's produced some undesirable results. I'm not very old, myself. Yet, I think of myself as an old school kind of thinker. I don't get wrapped up in a lot of the same things as other people in my generation. I suppose that's because I don't want to be a product of my times. As you look at each generation, there seems to be a pattern of thinking ascribed to each one. There's a mode of operation that each one seems to go by. Certainly, my grandparent's generation didn't think the way that my generation does. And my parent's generation doesn't think the way that mine does. I guess my observation is, that with each succeeding generation, the important things become less important, and the less important things become more important.

You can tell what people believe to be important by what they do. If you look at the decline in church attendance over the years, it would reflect that we have become an increasingly secular culture. People don't seem to think faith in something other than themselves is very important. But what does that produce, other than a society more focused on themselves. Our buying habits also reflect that trend. We purchase more things that we don't need than ever. Of course, they're producing more things that we don't need than ever. I suppose that's because we keep buying it. It's a vicious circle.

And there are other aspects of society that have changed, as well. We seem to be more disjointed as a society. We spend more time on social media, and less time with each other. Less actual interaction, and more virtual interaction. I don't believe having more virtual friends is better than having more real friends. With all the technology, there doesn't seem to be that face time with other people anymore. In the multitude of options, the important things have been forgotten. So, we become distracted from the important by the unimportant. We let things get in the way. But we don't have to.

Maybe it's just time we get back to the basic things. More of the simple that was profound and meaningful, and less of the complex that is shallow and trivial. I don't think we have to go down the road society is taking. We can decide to keep the important things important. We can decide to minimize the unimportant. It takes a conscious effort to do this. It's a struggle sometimes to go against the grain. But if enough of us do that as individuals, maybe we can have a positive impact on our society as a whole.

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Written By: Brad Kallas

I enjoy blogging about everyday things and endeavor to shine the light of God's word in our daily lives.  It's my desire for God to use this to open the Word for us and apply it to our lives on a daily basis. The first part of my post is intended to draw you in to the '...Let's go deeper' link at the bottom of the page, where I apply scripture to to the topics and ideas discussed in the main portion. Find me on the web at http://mymomentoftruth.org