I saw a clip of “Little House on the Prairie” the other day. Yes, there might have been some heart grabbing moments and memories of watching the show when I was a kid. (FYI, not many guys are willing to say they watched this show…but I am that guy!)
This show is set in the settling of family in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and often shows us a picture of simple farm life. No TVs, no electricity, no email, no iPhones, etc. You get it.
It got me thinking about how often we stay up late trying to find something to watch or play. How often are we looking for the next text, email, news item totally missing what’s happening in front of us?
When the message comes, we feel we’d better respond right away or else the person will think we’re mad, dead, or worse yet, they might find someone else to take our place in getting their attention!
This isn’t new information for most of us.
But when’s the last time you sat down to really think about it?
In “Little House on the Prairie,” they went to bed pretty much when the sun went down. They were not exactly searching DirecTV for a movie to watch until midnight or Facebooking until all hours of the morning.
They were sleeping. They were giving the body the rest it needed.
They got up about the time the sun came up and started over. They went to things around the time they were supposed to happen. If they mailed a letter to someone, they would look forward to the reply knowing it would come when it would come.
Much less stress and a lot more patience. Life was about people, family, really hard work, community, and patience.
I wonder if I would be willing to trade the speed of life today for then.
I love technology. I really do. I definitely don’t want to go back to polio, malaria, yellow fever, etc. icky…
But I think back then the food would have been better. (Sorry Taco Johns fans). I think relationships could be deeper sometimes. Winters would be harder (though I give this year’s an A+ for effort). Ministry would look different…
I’m just thinking out loud, friends.
My questions: is how much less stress would the body feel? Less rushing? Less need to spin so many plates?
What do you think? Do you have any insight? Do you think you could live in that kind of a world?
I welcome your words.
God is good all the time