-by Mary May Larmoyeux– When Pops and I moved to the country about five years ago, it seemed like we were deep in boxes for months. We had lived in the same house for almost 30 years, and it was a hard job to pack up not just our things, but also so many memories.
While packing, I discovered pictures of our children’s drawings when they were very small, old report cards, and even a file with encouraging thoughts. I wanted to share one of these “thoughts” with you. It’s about values, and its message had been hidden in a folder for who knows how long.
A Thought for Today
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important
because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure;
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.
What’s amazing is that this little quote was printed on a Monks’® Bread Hi-Fibre bread bag. The price was still on it: $.67. Wow!
A lot has changed over the years. When I was at the grocery store the other day, I think a loaf of hi-fiber bread was about $3. And there was no “Thought for the Day” printed on it that mentions God.
As you and I invest in the lives of the next generations, I wonder about the investments that have been made in our society. When we look back at the moral fiber of our world, did we gain … and not lose? Is there any regret for the price we paid for it?
I’m reminded of these words in Deuteronomy 11:1,19: “You shall therefore love the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments. … You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
Once upon a time we taught values … even on bread bags. Do you remember that time?
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Searching for some creative ideas for grandparents? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)