Along the way of life…
I have found that I’m not excited about the new things happening around us. Take music. There is very little in the new world that makes me simply have to tune in and listen like the music from my era. I could name a lot of older names and some of you would chuckle and shake your head, but you can name your names of modern people and I will give you a blank stare!
Fortunately, my kids know my temperament and ear for sound…
…and every so often they suggest someone that I will enjoy!
The basis for what I enjoy comes from my home life as a kid. My dad could sing and yodel, and Hank Williams, SR was something he could replicate. In fact, his choice of older songs that he would be called upon to sing as specials, or at a memorial service…Well, they are some of the best things of his I enjoy.
Even when it comes to Praise music. The newer songs seem to change us into watchers and not participators. If I’m going to sing Praise to my God, then “I” want to do it and not watch “you” do it.
I especially like it when I find (or am pointed to) a new radio program to listen to… Fresh Air. Radiolab. StoryCorps. This American Life. All Things Considered. Add to this the podcasts that keep me fresh and pointed. A Prairie Home Companion. This Is Your Life. Vinyl Cafe. Rick Steves. EntreLeadership. TEDTalks.
Hollywood keeps getting dirtier and techier, and stranger. Little comes out that can be enjoyed as simple as “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Books, even, just keep getting more gritty and it’s harder and harder to find something as good as James Michener or James Alexander Thom. And, if you’ve never read or listened to Tom Bodett (Motel 6 voice – click here), then I suggest you listen to him and his piano music intro’s by Johnny B (click here).
Yes… I have an eclectic taste!
And cars? Whoa. Where did the good ol’ fashioned wheels and tires go? Why does everyone like those gangster looking pimp mobiles? Leg room. Head room. Shoulder room. Where did it go? Everything is getting so much smaller, but labeled by the sizes of familiar verbiage – full size? Since when did a Jetta equal the comparative size of an Impala to be called a Full Sized vehicle?
Then the styles of “stuff” people do to themselves. Body piercings. Tattoo’s. Fashions…. Don’t get me started!
The main thing for me is to find someone better and smarter with an intelligent presentation to hold my attention.
Every so often something pops up on my radar, even from out of the blue, and I turn my attention into a detail search of what’s available. My wife referenced something used in a training course at her job… There is a YouTube channel (click here) and a Facebook page (or click here) called “Smarter Every Day”… The creator is Destin Sandlin, a Rocket Engineer in Alabama. You may have seen some of his video’s without realizing the depth of content. I suggest you check him out.
Finally. Think it through. Unless you are a unique personality the most of what you enjoy was formed by an earlier point in your life. You may modify it with life experiences as you age, but to make yourself feel really settled and happy, then turn to that past when something pleased you so well that you wanted to enjoy it for ever!
I just did something that the Apostle Paul did in many of his letters. He gives a “finally” moment. Sum up what you’ve heard and learned, and take it and do something with it.
- 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
- Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
- Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
- Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;
- 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,
His last “finally” was in his last letter before his death. It’s almost like he knew where he was going and wanted to express himself to his protege, Timothy.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8 NKJV)
What would you say, finally, to those who are following you?