One thing I really miss from my youth is the hours spent just hanging out with my friends. Back then we didn’t have video games or electronic devices or um-teem number of television stations. All we had was our own sense of adventure and time. Needless to spent hours of time out doors playing made up games and even more time just hanging out at one of many places. One of our favorite places to go was the mall. There we would compete with each other at the local arcade, comment on people walking by or spend time seeing the latest movie.
I learned a lot about my friends in the hours we spent together. I know hanging out sounds dull but we were happier and closer then. Sadly once adult life caught up with us we stopped hanging out together and almost all of us went our separate ways. I look back on that time and wish I could recapture those moments now, but times have changed and become more hectic.
Those by gone days remind me of all the time Jesus spent hanging out with his disciples. As they traveled together they learned a lot about their savior and friend and while Jesus, being God come to the Earth, already knew all about the disciples found out what it felt like to hang out with your friends. We need to get back to those days with fellow believers, just hanging out with other believers in order to get to know each other better and grow as Christians.
I’ve written before about how Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors. The closest neighbors we have live right next door or right across the street. Growing up those neighbors were my best friends, the first girl I hung with and so much more. My neighbors were the ones I went to when I wanted to talk over things or when a good time was brewing, like a party. Sadly today in many neighborhoods our neighbors are just the people next door we may talk to from time to time. We need to reestablish the connections to our neighbors in order to make each community better.
As I grow older I have discovered…wait what was I going to say. Oh yeah! Now I remember. As I grow older my rate of forgetting things has increased. It is the little things I forget like where I last laid down my phone or what my wife told me five minutes ago. No wait, I have been doing that for years. Well anyway we are all forgetful at times. Like when we forget about God and try to do things our way until we find we need to ask God for help in getting us out of the jam we find ourselves. So from now on don’t forget to seek out God’s advice first.
I spent a lot of my youthful and young adult years skating through life. For those of you who don’t know what that means, skating through life is a euphemism for doing the easy stuff which takes little effort while seeking to avoid the harder road with greater rewards. I don’t know if it came from my upbringing hanging around with members of the sixties generation or not. Whatever the reason I am here to tell you life is hard and takes work. If you want to succeed get to the task of working do not try to skate by because before you know it the years are gone and you’re not where you like to be in life.
I think it is very interesting that the world we live in today though different has many similarities to the one I grew up in. Back in the good ole days people, me included, tried to look and act like those we considered to be cool, like rock stars and the cool people at school. I have since come to realize that we are all individuals and we should revel in our individuality. Also, instead of criticizing those we don’t know or think don’t meet our standards, we should revel in getting to know them and learn from them.
There is not much to say about the drawing today, “A Bunch of Balloons,” but the fact that whenever you see balloons you assume something festive is happening. The little fairy is using the balloons to fly up in the sky. I hope you like the drawing.
Have you ever noticed the older you get the more you take a stroll through your past life. You reflect on all you’ve accomplished, all your failures and all the things which might have been had you taken a different road. I know I would have changed a few things like trying to stay healthier or maybe have become a teacher like I always wished, or maybe kept up with practicing my art but in the end I can truly say my life hasn’t been all that bad. Here’s to life and the roads we all travel.