-by Mary May Larmoyeux– When Jim and I moved to the country, it seemed like we were deep in boxes for months. And I discovered something that answers a question a lot of people are asking today, “What happened to morality?”
You see, 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 uncoverd pictures of our children’s drawings when they were very small, old report cards, and even a folder with encouraging thoughts.
Inside the folder, I found an old plastic bread bag that once held a loaf of Monks’® Hi-Fibre Bread. It had a price tag of 67 cents. When I read the words on the bag, I knew why I saved it. The “Thought for Today” was about values:
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.
The Road Leading to Today’s Morality
A lot has changed over the years. When I was at the grocery store the other day, I think a loaf of high fiber bread was about $3. And there was no “Thought for the Day” printed on it that mentioned God.
Think about how our many of our society’s values and traditions, like saying prayer in schools and simple respect, have changed. When we look back at the moral fiber of our nation and world, did we gain … or lose? And is there any regret for the price we paid?
Deuteronomy 11:1,19 says: “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 morality and values … even on bread bags. Do you remember that time?
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