A friend of mine visited the homestead. He looked around: chickens everywhere, the sights and sounds of a farmstead, marveling at our way of life. (I’m not sure his wife was quite as impressed.) He then realized, “There’s always work to be done, isn’t there?”
Always work to be done. I am up at 4 a.m., coffee, prayer, Bible devotions (and of course writing this article), all the while in the back of my mind are the chores and projects that need to be done.
The pile of logs that need to be cut and split and stacked. The turkeys to be harvested, just in time for Thanksgiving. The smokehouse that needs to be constructed for the hog we will harvest in a month. The fences that need to be repaired. The chicken coop that needs to be cleaned out. The greenhouse that needs repairs.
The list goes on.
Many times, I hear people yearn for “the good ole days.” I do the same thing. But I also enjoy the conveniences of today. Before typing this article, I plugged in our Internet hotspot. My coffee was made in a one-cup brewer. And I am not writing with a quill pen under the flickering light from a kerosene lantern.
When people yearn for the old days, they typically have a revisionist memory. We imagine life was like the Norman Rockwell paintings of old-fashioned family Thanksgiving gatherings. We forget that throughout history, the wickedness of man was always there, a fallen and broken world on display, with divisions, injustices, wars and rumors of wars.
The struggles of today are nothing new, but when I remember my childhood, the 1960s and ’70s, I hear in the background the song from the old Coca-Cola commercial: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.” In 1971, Coca-Cola gathered a group of young people of all nationalities and ethnicities on a hilltop in Italy to sing this song together for a soft drink commercial.
Romans 12:16 says, “Live in harmony with one another.”
The Apostle Paul compels the church to live in harmony with one another—many voices singing different notes in perfect harmony.
In eternity, we who follow Christ will sing praises to God in perfect harmony. Forever. We will live in harmony with each other and with our Lord.
I would encourage you today, don’t spend your time yearning for the good old days. Live fully in the present, giving thanks to God for His many blessings. And take the time to consider our eternal future in Christ Jesus, the good eternity, made possible by a merciful and holy God.
Give thanks with a grateful heart to the holy One because He’s given His Son, Jesus Christ.
Happy Thanksgiving! To God be the glory!
Denny Dillman is benevolence pastor at Southeast’s Blankenbaker Campus.