I was driving home from dropping the children off at school one morning and a jogger ran by looking quite pained in his attempt to get into shape. Sweat glistened on his face and a large wet spot marked the middle of his back showing that he had been out there for quite some time. A brief thought crossed my mind about why God had to make it so hard for us to exercise and lose weight, and then another thought occurred to me: we did it to ourselves.
Years ago, men and women worked outside planting and weeding their gardens, feeding and milking their livestock, mending broken fences, canning and stocking food for the winter to come...the list is endless in the things they had to do to survive. The truth is we simply have it too easy these days. With the modern age of computers, calculators, cell phones, video games, washing machines, dish washers, and whatever newfangled thing they came up with yesterday, we have taken away the benefits of doing these things all by hand. It has also taken away from the creativity of actually thinking about how to do something and the imagination of this generation is gradually fading away.
Yikes! To a writer that scares me to death! I love having my imagination! I remember when I was little, I would imagine these huge stories of adventure and excitement. Day dreaming was one of my favorite pastimes! I was usually the main character in the stories and something always bad happened to me - I was kidnapped, or got lost in the woods, or had some horrible event occurr that put me in awkward positions that God always seemed to get me out of.
I would play with my little Fisher Price people, which, by the way, was the smaller version of today's chunky little people, whom Fisher Price had to go and specifically name all of them and create entire personalities. That really bugs me....children today are not even given the chance to come up with names for their playthings because the companies are naming them even before they are out of the box! I always had fun naming my dolls and little people. Sally was always the bad girl in my games because her face had been rubbed off in all my play and she looked evil to me, no offence to those of you named Sally out there. :) That was just the name I chose when I was a seven-year-old girl.
The last six weeks I have been cleaning houses three mornings a week and I have been enjoying the physcial labor it involves. It is hard work and I always feel like I have run five miles when I am finished for the day, but it is a satisfied feeling that I actually did something good for somebody else and I benefited from the activity too. I have been feeling more toned and the weight I have been wanting to shed has been slowly coming off. Overall, I have been feeling good and I like that.
First Corinthians 1:27 says, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" Modern technology may seem wise and smart, and we may be able to get more done in a day, but is it really helping us physically and mentally? What the world may call foolish may not be so bad in God's eyes. And hey, no mater what a seven-year-old may say, even God loves the people named Sally.