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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
TITLE: Since 1776
By Ken Ebright
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In the eighteenth century they traveled by horseback,. Air conditioning in the summer probably would be a swim in a lake. People had to do more hard physical labor. They didn’t have conveniences that we do today.
When I ponder my life and the lives of others, I don't think these modern conveniences have made people worry-free and happier.
In 1776 they had to work harder, but families also had time to spend together. They weren’t hampered by soccer practice or the electronic media. They didn't have the junk we have today, their lives were simpler. These conveniences actually bring more worries. In 1776 people didn’t have the worries of a car breaking down or the refrigerator going on the fritz.
When I fill my gas tank and pay five dollars a gallon, I wonder if going horseback would be better. At least I wouldn’t have to pay a mechanic to fix my horse.
The thing is we can’t bring these things with us when we die. They may make things easier but these conveniences can distract us from our relationship with the Lord. Matthew 6:25 (NCV) says, So I tell you, don't worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. We need to trust in Jesus and believe that he will get us through the journey of life.
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