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We have been big on tea-time here at Homeliving. This has been a cold, dark winter in the northern hemisphere.
In spite of the recent political excitement, the things that really should concern us are the things Christ said in his last will and testament: the duties of Christians. Ladies especially are concerned about having a home that not only is orderly but displays a good influence, comfort, safety and good values so that children and future grandchildren and people around us wiill desire to know and live by truth.
I was recently looking through an album of photographs, letters and things of my own ancestors dating back to the 1800's and noticed the Presidents and political events of their times were not mentioned as much as what their parents their children were doing. It is also significant that their religious heritage was included in these old albums, such as when they were baptised (immersed) into Christ and where they attended worship services. I also have some of their sewing and crochet and teacups. I can discern from the letters, photos and household items, quite a lot about their values.
It occurred to me that we spend a lot of time thinking and reading and listening to political things , but when our loved ones want to find out something about us after we are gone, they will be most interested in who we are and where we came from, in what we believed and some of the things we did while here on earth. They may also be influenced by our ways. It probably will not matter to them who the President was. But it will matter to them who we were and what we taught by word and example. We should have not only photos to leave but written things with good teaching.
It is important not to allow your life to be too shaped or too influenced by the events of the news, but to have an agenda and interests of your own, creating your own history and your own future, guided by the principles of scripture.
At home, I use tea time for a chance to stop and sit still and rest. Otherwise, I would keep going and doing. I am a believer in rest, because it adds energy to your body and clarity to your mind.