The Good Old Days

Steve Marr

As I grow older, I reminisce about how times always seemed better in the past. King Solomon understood this issue when he wrote, “Don't long for ‘the good old days.’ This is not wise.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10, NLT)

However, consider that toilet paper wasn’t invented until 1857, relatively recent in the history of man.

Richard Russell compiled a list of basic living conditions in 1904, conditions familiar to my grandparents. When one longs for the good old days consider these facts:

Today, we need to remember that even a lower income family lives better in many respects than a king of 1900 did. However, there are aspects of the past that I long for. When I was in grade school, it was safe to walk a few blocks to the school’s baseball diamond to play, probably not something a child should do today.

Thinking the past was so wonderful affects our business thinking, too.  We can get locked into thinking that what happened in the past is good for today.  We start believing that things don’t need to change, which can be dangerous. Instead, embrace the good of the past; understand the advancements the Lord has allowed us to enjoy, and look to the future with anticipation.

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