Little House On The Prairie

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?

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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


4 thoughts on “Little House On The Prairie

  1. I would LOVE to live like that sometimes! Knowing you had to take each day as it came. Being EXPECTED to spend time with family and friends in work and play. Having just enough to survive, and not worrying about how much “stuff” you needed. Your days would be filled with hard but rewarding work, and your nights would be about resting. Opening mail was a treat, and you found ways to entertain yours… Sorry, I gotta go. My phone just beeped!

  2. Love, love Little House. Read it as a kid and now read it to my girls. I often dream about moving out to a couple acres and raising my girls alongside chickens and goats and gardens (maybe we will one day!). Life would be simpler, yes… but maybe we romanticize it. Back in Little House days each day was about survival. We don’t live like that anymore. We have many blessings in medicine and technology.
    God has called us to live in the now. Yes, we need to put the phones away and really be with those around us… balance is the goal… more Jesus… less stuff that isn’t Kingdom. I sure hope chickens are Kingdom! 🙂

  3. I’ve gotten a little taste of Little House on the Prairie this month living at a remote church in Peru. I will admit, it’s annoying at times. Like when you’re trying to make scrambled eggs so you crack them but end up with egg all over your hands. Before you can use the match to light the gas stove, you’ve got to walk all the way across the back yard and turn on the well to turn on the water, rinse off your hands, turn off the water, turn off the well, and return to your eggs. But it’s also so much easier to relax in a hammock and read or have in-depth conversations because there’s no internet distracting you from the people right there in front of you. Boredom or peace drive you to bed a lot earlier but it’s ok because the sun (and trucks driving down the Pan-American highway) wakes you up in the morning ready to do ministry all over again.

    And, yes, those scrambled eggs do taste better… but it could also be because you put everything that’s about to go bad into them to not waste food. (Unfortunately there’s no cheese though… but I think that’s a Peru thing).

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