How Do You Run?

informal young woman with pack of cigarettes

this was your grandmother

The caption under the picture of the three teenage girls in their hip hugger, bell-bottom jeans with their long, center-parted hair read to the effect—this was your grandmother. They say these women’s styles are coming back as well as the mullet hairstyle…I assume the mullets are for boys and men, but that being said old is becoming new as it usually does.

Going around is coming around. Like hamsters on a wheel, we don’t see the bigger picture. Even when we know something we don’t always know it. Life under the sun or life apart from God is—as in the words of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes, vanity. Yet, how we do run from God in order to spite ourselves.

When we are young we look at old people never wondering what and who those old people were back in their ‘day’? Life is a journey Life is about change. If something isn’t changing for the better it’s going downhill.

And sometimes it is doing both changing for the better and going downhill. There is a strong push nowadays for the younger generation to look at those who are on Social Security as leeches on society, outdated, and parasites.

Yes, this makes those of us who have made it to the top of that hill a wee bit angry. We realize that we paid into that Social Security fund all of our working lives. Most of my family began working at a young age at a much smaller wage, but I think the real problem began when…

There are so many whens I’m not sure where to begin. When I was small there were no ‘daycare’ centers. This wasn’t as big of a problem because percentage-wise most women married and there wasn’t a stigma with being a stay-at-home mom.

So mothers and grandmothers were most often the primary childcare for the children. However, it was when the government decided if it could provide ‘quality’ daycare more mothers would gladly trundle off to a job.

In that one act government cut ties with family throwing children into the care of strangers who weren’t always the quality they were supposed to be.

Still, many mothers didn’t stop and ask themselves ‘who will love my children more than me’? They simply followed the trend and it was easily available and with government funding it became affordable.

The funny thing is this; very seldom does anyone ever stop and ask how can the government afford to make this cheap or in a nutshell, who pays for the childcare?

Why do our taxes keep skyrocketing? I’ve heard the phrase everything is so expensive now it takes two paychecks to make ends meet, all of my adult life.

Another funny thing is if a husband and wife are both working one of them is working to pay taxes. By the time they get through with the expenses for them both to work one person is earning about one dollar an hour.

So, we’ve removed the personal mother/grandmother loving their children from the child’s life. The child grows up in impersonal childcare, then school care, and then they are graduating from the impersonal government school.

And now they are locked into a society that wants them to work and provide money for a government-run system. A system that robbed them of a family and a life; gave them parents who were too busy for them.

Then they get the bill because although the parents and grandparents worked and paid in money to the system, that system robbed the coffers and stole the money that was for the parents and grandparents and…

Now the kids are paying into a system that should be for themselves, but it isn’t because the government robbed the older generation’s money and are now robbing the younger generation’s money to pay the older people…and the younger people don’t understand this.

And they don’t think it’s fair they should support the older generation…the generation they never knew because the government stole everyone’s life. This sounds at best like rambling and at worst like an Orwellian 1984, but it goes back to the circle and cycle of life.

God didn’t create this mess and as long as common sense doesn’t grow in our gardens we will allow it to continue.

My Adorable Cousin has told me on several occasions, “Back when my kids were small the Elders in the Church said to us, You women need to go back home and get back to raising your children… I wish I had listened. Some women did listen and went back to raise their children, but I didn’t. I wish I’d listened.”

God is not the author of confusion. Ideally good homes include good fathers and mothers supported by good extended families. One of the problems is not just the lack of fathers in homes of black children but the lack of fathers and mothers across the board in all of the homes.

We need to get back to God’s plan.

Acts 10:

34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

1 Corinthians 14:

33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.