If you said “yes” to any of the above questions keep reading …
I love this photo done by the famous, French photographer, the late Robert Doisneau. I actually have an enlarged print in my home and cherish the value and essence of what is captured within. Though, I can’t credit the image for what drove me to write this article. I believe it does however capture the essence. What drove me was more a progressive thought that built in my mind and culminated as I reflected on the recent devastation in the world such as the earthquake in Haiti and the beauty of the Colorado Rockies during a ski trip I was on. I watched so many privileged families and individuals whom I was among that were enjoying a magical travel and leisure opportunity. I was saddened by the thought that there was a definite sense of reality check that was being missed in the world around us and even more so the problems within our own self-absorbed, self-centered, culture that seem to permeate throughout and a greatly blinded or selfish nation.
I’d like to share this poem with you in hopes that it reaches your heart as well:
– Recently something has consumed my mind,
– For that fact I am grateful,
– It could be most easily posed as a question,
– Why has our society thrown away the charm of our past?
– So many have traded hard work for the pursuit of the quick buck,
– The value of the dollar symbolizes a tool to merely gain stuff,
– Sundays full of family values time is nearly a dead art,
– Church at best has become a weekly box to check for many if they attend at all,
– Respect for your parents and authority has been replaced by an acceptable level of disrespect sadly,
– Honoring innocence and purity seems to have no or little meaning today,
– The marriage covenant so often has been replaced by the simplicity of a mere marriage certificate,
– Our technological world has eroded the development of deep relationships in the name of access and convenience,
– I have certainly been affected by these changes personally,
– Even worse I have honestly contributed to the problems,
– Though my heart cries out full of righteous passion,
– I desire to become a change agent with God’s help,
– So I can infect my sphere of influence in a meaningful way,
– As I dream of bringing back the charm of the past…
I truly pray that something in this article resonates with your spirit. I pray it does more than that. I pray it spurs you on to make changes and take action within your own life. We can all become change agents and reclaim the beauty and charm of the past by starting within our own lives. Great thoughts and passion without action, creates no change. Will you join me in becoming a change agent for God’s glory and the blessing of our world?