While counseling with a couple who had weathered 40 some years of marriage, the wife expressed disappointment at her husband “taking her for granted.”
In today’s high tech world the “taking for granted” syndrome is exploding in the U.S.A. and around the world.
Back in the day, (19th Century) Emerson was a noted liberal preacher among other things. His comment on assuming the love, loyalty, and care of loved ones, friends and people, in general, was to involve risk. Here’s his statement:
“If the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. But we have seen the stars so often that we don't even bother to look anymore!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Relationships often take on the place of the stars mentioned in Emerson’s statement. We take the people around us for granted. Because they are always there. Little attention is given or expected. The resulting loneliness, disaffection, as well as disinterest sets in and the wonder of love fly’s away, seeking refuge from the cold.
As the wife of my youth and I sat in a restaurant the other evening, we noticed a couple with wedding rings spend the wait eagerly staring into cell phones, hardly aware of the other. The food came, they put the phone down, ate a bite, and picked up the phone and continued staring at the screen. They never said a word to each other. Not one.
Concerning the wonder of Creation Stuart K. Hine wrote:
“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.”
To be sure, the heavens declare the glory of God. Have you ever considered the people in your life with this comment from the Lord:
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
The same is true about your mate and friends. Put the phone down and pay attention.
Larry Lilly Use at your will for friends. For twitter go here: https://www.larrylilly.net/blog
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