The Times We Live In

Things that are happening around the world right now are concerning and downright horrible. It almost makes one wish that they were born in another time. It is tempting to think how things were better hundreds of years ago.

It is tempting to romanticize other time periods. When you read a lot of fiction books you see all the wonderful things about a period of time. Dressing up in fancy clothes, dancing, socializing, horses for transportation (okay, maybe not everyone would think that is better, but I do), slower pace of life…none of the worries and stresses of life in current times. But were things better?

No, not really. Every time period had its difficulties, wars, famines, epidemics, etc. People didn’t live as long because they didn’t have the medical knowledge and advances that we have available now. Overall, life was harder and lots of things took more time to accomplish.

Yes, there were good things in every time period also. So I suppose it just depends on one’s perspective of what is good or better about then and now.

I was recently thinking about the internet and how we have so much information at our fingertips. Our children just take that for granted for the most part. They will never know what it is like to have to go to the library and spend time searching for useful information. Now you can just “ask” your smart phone questions and it will audibly “tell” you the answer.

I guess my point is that we need to be thankful for the good things that we do have as we live our lives in this crazy world.

God chose for each of us to be born at a certain time. I try to be thankful for the good things that I enjoy on a daily basis and I am comforted to know that He is in control even when things seem bad. God wanted me to be living during this time and He is far superior in everything than I am.

But…I wouldn’t complain too much if me had to go back to horses for transportation…actually, I probably would. 😉


About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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