So tempting it is to remember the times past, my past,
when public discourse was gentle;
when we all cared deeply about the well-being and rights of fellow citizens;
when our leaders were humble but might servants;
when we all unfailingly did the right thing . . .
Yeah – right. Maybe what I remember is the times were gentler because current events were not in my face all day.
I plow this ground often enough – and keep returning, hoping that some seed of hopeful change in the national dialogue springs up.
Learn from yesterday—don’t live in it. Dr. Tony Evans
What do I learn from my past?
I react, more than I think.
I like like-minded people.
I am glad Rogers and Hammerstein wrote South Pacific, particularly, You’ve Got to Be Taught.
God shows Himself real in unexpected ways – even times when He seems hidden from my helplessness. Therefore, today I will – can – wait, and pray.
Advice from Solomon is worth taking. Pick a proverb, any proverb, and its pithiness will probably shed light, comfort, or confront my silly self. For starters:
Proverbs 16:18-19 (NLT)
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.
19 Better to live humbly with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
James 3 is worth reading and re-reading. And mastering.
Finally, an article from the Gospel Coalition about Jean Bethke Elshtain cited an argument she made, and I hope we hear above today’s cacophony:
. . . She argued that in order for the common good to flourish we had to focus our energies not just on the government or the individual but also on all the thick stuff gobbed in between them, including, most fundamentally, faith and family. The free society requires, and assumes, the critical role of such morally formative institutions to build and sustain the habits necessary for the prospering of the free society itself. Among those habits is the ability to sustain real dialogue. . . . (Emphases added)
What do you learn from your past, dear reader?