- There was a little house that sat at a crossroads, surrounded by wheat fields. . . . The house is no more.
- There was a car, servicing the family needs. . . . It is no more.
- There was a couple at the center of a family's focus. . . . They are no more, at least in this world. (my maternal grandparents)
Seasons change, people change, and time marches on.
I've spent a lot of time down Memory Lane this summer, starting with my trip to Kansas. My sister talked a lot about that house among the wheat fields where I spent my first few months of life and of which I have no memory.
Lately my mom and I have been going through hundreds of slides she took in the 50s and 60s. I've been scanning many into the computer to preserve them, and I'm finding numerous interesting scenes like this one of our Ohio farm from the early 50s. These buildings are now all gone and my house sits at the bottom of the hill on the far side of the road to the right.
Often it is hard to accept change. We prefer to keep things as they have been and preserve the memories we have that are peaceful, comforting, and good, believing those times were better, safer, and easier. But change is necessary for us to grow as individuals and to make room for the new.
Buildings and vehicles deteriorate until they can no longer be maintained or useful. People age as part of nature's course and move on to their eternal home.
It is good to revisit the past, but we can't live there. We must live in the present.
Recently I've dealt with some author attitudes that come across as "what I write was good enough to get me published # years ago. Why won't you buy my stuff now?" I have to answer, "things change." A writer has to move with the flow of change. If we baulk against change, then our writing and our message will soon become dated and disconnected from today's reader.
If you are having trouble selling a manuscript in today's market, you might ask yourself if your writing has moved along with cultural changes or if you are writing the same as you did # years ago.
We are people of the present, and we must learn to embrace the time and place in which we now reside in order to be relevant to others in our relationships, our Christian witness, and our writing.
"Dear Lord, thank You that You are unchanging. Help us, though, to recognize that change is a part of the human reality. We must change in order to grow, and we must grow in order to serve You to the best of our God-given potential. May we live out each day to Your glory. Amen."