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Daily Devotional – April 23


“I  just can’t get over this younger generation and how they have it so much easier.”

“Things couldn’t get much worse than they are today.”  

“I remember the good ‘ol days.”

Older folk tend to look at the younger folk with a patronizing eye, thinking (if not saying), “In the old days we had it much worse than you do!”  Of course, change the conversation around a bit, and you will catch them telling you about how much better it was “back when.”   

There’s nothing like a good verse of scripture to put things in true perspective when our reminiscing gets a little “out of hand”:

1CORINTHIANS 10:13 There hath no temptation(trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Seems that there is nothing that can or will happen to us that hasn’t or won’t happen to someone else!  

Any time we start to feel that our circumstances are “special”,  maybe we should funnel that energy into thanking God for his omnipresent assistance in bearing those burdens.  

“I had to walk to school every day – 5 miles, uphill both ways, through 4 feet of snow, while fleeing a pack of wolverines, with no shoes–(that’s me, not the wolverines), and…”


April 23, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. The one that angers me is when people talk about the 50s like Jim Crow didn’t exist, like the 60s spoiled everything by bringing thought from the “evil” east. Spoiled everything for whom? Black people? Women? The Civil Rights Movement of the 60s could only have taken place in the 60s. The time was right. And now women get nearly equal pay checks. So is life a bigger challenge or a different challenge now? It seems scripture supports the latter.

    The “good” thing about the 50s and 60s was that I was child and had little responsbility then. Never mind the uphill walk to school in the snow drifts that I had also . . . . LOL

    Comment by helenl | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Helen!

    You’re absolutely right! Apparently the scripture supports the “same ‘ol thing, different day” position! Also, our wise friend Solomon pointed out:

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.

    This was a devotional to myself–in response to a conversation I had with my daughter this weekend. ha!


    Comment by bereans | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yep. Love you, Jack.

    Comment by helenl | April 23, 2007 | Reply

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