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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Since 1776
By Ken Ebright
02/20/11


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It's amazing the changes that have taken place since our country was born in 1776. In the twentieth century things like washing machine, electric oven and air conditioning have become common place. Communication has changed; we communicate through telephones, e-mail and through computers. Because of the invention of the automobile, you can make a trip across the country that will only take days. One would think because of these inventions that we would be happy and worry-free.

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 didnít 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 werenít 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 didnít 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 wouldnít have to pay a mechanic to fix my horse.

The thing is we canít 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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Bonnie Bowden02/24/11
I believe that our modern conveniences do take our minds away from the important things in life.
diana kay02/25/11
changes have certainly been huge..thank you for sharing your reflections on the centuries of "development"
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/27/11
This is a nice devotion that gets right to the point. Now that we have all of these time-saving devices, what do we do with that extra time. It's It's certainly something every person could ask of himself. Nicely done.