Exhibit A (Valentines Day)
THEN: On February 14, 1984 I bought my wife an engagement ring, flowers and proposed marriage. Good news for me Mary was very excited about spending the rest of her life with me.
NOW: On February 13th my wife informed me she was going to grocery shop, then pick up some flowers for my 86 year old mom for Valentines Day. I replied "Great, and while you're at it, pick up something nice for yourself from me.. cuz I like ya."
THEN: Mary and I were married in August 1984. The newlywed excitement of starting our lives together, holding hands, the excitement of the kiss, and all the other 'fringe benefits' of being married were truly wonderful.
NOW: Just the other morning I tried to kiss my wife Mary on the lips before I headed out the door to work. But she turned her head at the last moment offering me only to her cheek to kiss. So I said to my bride "I noticed you turned away", and she replied matter of factly.. "yes I did not want you to wreck my lips." Wreck her lips? I was her husband wanting a simple kiss, not a zombie wanting to eat her lips.
THEN: March Madness Year 1 was a simple game where dunking was not possible as the hunched over Neanderthal players had little to no vertical jump compounded by using a ball which technically was a medium sized boulder.
NOW: The game now is fast, the players tall and athletic, the action is high flying and the courts are free of dinosaur droppings.
THEN: When I was a kid I could spend hours drawing cartoons.
NOW: Hmmm, never mind that is still what I like to do.
Exhibit E-Z (God)
THEN & NOW: The great news outside of all this silliness is that our God did not evolve. His timeless truths are just that.. TIMELESS. Our society travels down a progressive road at 90mph with a bumper sticker claiming Wrong is the new Right. Why does our society believe it is privy to a new age of enlightenment? God never changed, nor do His timeless truths need to 'evolve' to account for our 21st Century World age of so called self-enlightenment.
This truth of a non-evolving creator and His neverending love and Grace is the anchor we can count on. This is the message we need to share with our ever changing tumultuous world.
May God bless each of you with the contentment found in honoring our Heavenly Father.