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Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay back when life was so simple
I know I can't add more time to the clock, but reminiscing back to the days of living when life was so simple, can anyone remembers back when life was simple? People had morals and values; they knew how to be a good neighbor and love overpowered hate. We did not live in a complicated world – which means from our childhood, we learn how to respect our elders, the parent took the children to church, and the children follow the rules and guideline. People had faith in God, and they established their faith by the life they lived, but with every culture and society, over the years somehow things, today sure have changed.
Back in the day before the pressures of life took over, people knew how to get past life’s complications. If someone is having a bad day or need to hear a kind word, someone in the neighborhood will extend kindness, or someone shared a thoughtful expression that lets the person know that he or she care and are there for them. If an individual in the neighborhood needs food someone in the area will make sure they had something to eat; whether it snacks or a complete meal. We need to step back and take the time to begin to understand what it means for a society to become a more modern community again when life was so simple.
Back when life was so simple, people understood the traditional African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child.” The neighborhood was a place where people could share their misery with others that would understand, and remember that showing a little love goes a long way. Today, our “village” has never been more necessary, especially since now children are faced with a countless of both challenges and opportunities. We all need to be put back on the right track to parenthood where we can be a daunting undertaking – communities and supports are longed-for and necessary to prepare our children for tomorrow.
The simple life consists of no cell phone, no Internet or computers, no nude television shows, no heavy drug use, no IPads, no short skirts on young ladies, no sagging pants on the young males and no violence in the video game of any kind. We did not see many gangs, killing and robbery were almost none exists, and people seem to capture the sentiments of Christians. Sentiments with simple rules back in the days when life was full of happiness, and things were much better than today. The only shot we heard of being was in the war called Vietnam.
While living in the hustle and bustle of our modern world, I find myself missing the simpler time when life was so simple; people allowed good to overpower the bad. Young girls knew how to be ladies, and the young men knew how to treat a lady. Now that thing has changed, and the simple life and rules have faded away, drug use heavier than ever, gangs are growing more, robbery and killing are at an all-time high and life are more complicated. Do you miss the days when life was simpler and less complicated?
What happened to the beautiful world God created when people used to know how to distinguish what right and what wrong as well as what most important in life? They knew how to live without wasteful spending and always consuming and pushing for the next big thing. Parents did not buy children clothes or toys just to be spending or to try to replace the idea they were not available to raise them. Mothers were available for their children, and the fathers shed the light and showed the children what's right, parent purchase clothes or toys on a need base or a particular occasion like Christmas or Birthdays.
Life today is more complicated because of the wrong decision and the many poor choices people make and the many technologies we all take for granted to move us from simple to demanding. We'd create problems with our overspending and too much time enjoying life's simple pleasures that we fail to teach our children how to deal with every terrible situation. So they begin taking matters into their hand by joining gangs, picking up a gun robbing, killing and stealing and doing everything they feel they able to do as long as they do not get caught.
Before life got complicated mother did not go out to clubs or stay out very late, they were at home with their children. Older sibling took the time to help the younger sibling with homework and father took their rightful place in the home by going to work and taking care of the family. Children could go outside and play without being in the crossfire of gun violence, and there were no strangers, only friends we had not met. Children did not spend many hours watching television as they did not allow television or video games to rule their life.
But, today, with more homes without a father figure to raise boys to be real men and work to take care of the family. The pressure is placed on the mother’s shoulder to balance her home and work due to the need for income, so all the home training dissolves like a bubble on the surface of the water. The only wisdom comes to children today arrives in the form of legends, heroes or from the wrong people on the street.
Before life changed from simple to complex children went to school and learned all the required subjects, and they had a sense of belonging but now young people no longer listen nor desire to learn or attend school, and the dropout rate is very high. Young age girls are giving birth to babies, and they are left, raising them themselves with no home training and that's enough to make anyone facetious and think to bring back the simple days when we could plainly see our way.
These days a lot of people are living overly stressful lifestyles. Life is not complicated; we complicate it. Things are so difficult today until the Winans Brothers recorded a song titled “Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay.” The lyrics: “I remember when life was so easy, boys grew into men, little girls to women but it ain't like that anymore somewhere we lost the way.” “Bring back the days of yea and nay when we could plainly see the way ... then it was up to us to choose whether to win or to lose.” The Winans Brothers were singing about the simplicity of mere days that no longer exist today.
Although one person does not have the power to bring back the mere days, he or she can identify what most important in life today and look for the best in a complicated world. If you are one of the ones who is confessing to being concern about how over the years things have changed and our simple life, have faded away. You should spend more time praying and listening to God than trying to gain material things and fit into the world where you will never find real peace.
If we would go back and pick up our Bibles that are gathering dust on a forgotten shelf in our home, we would not feel God is so distant. Also, we need to begin uttering words in prayer to the Heavenly Father on a daily basis so we will find that real power and peace that can be located when life was so simple.
Bring back the days when life was simple has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means to spend more time reading the word, praying and listening to God, knowing whom I am and getting rid of life’s complications so I can enjoy living a simple life. It means getting rid of all worries and all the clutter I gathered over the years and eliminating it all but the essential, so I am left with only that which gives me value.
Ways to Simplify your Life
- first spend more time praying, reading the word and listening to God; God has the answer to bringing back the simple life
- Make sure you have a church home and attend on a regular basis
- You must be willing to let go of the life you planned, so you can enjoy the life that God has waiting for you
- Start embracing the life that is waiting for you
- Identify what’s most important to you in life
- Then eliminate all clutter gathered over the years that weight you down and prevented you from living up to your true potential
- Step outside the box that you hasbox yourself into so you can live a better and complete life, so that you can live your life fully.
- Start focusing on the things you can control and less on the things you can do nothing about
- Look for the positive in every challenging situation
- Concentrate more on what you have and less on what you do not have
- Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and be there for you
Truth be told, life is still simple, but it not easy because people insist on making it confusing and overly complicated. Most of us are searching and hoping for a simple and more comfortable life, and we can enjoy a simple life if we allow God to help us. He will bring back the simple day where we can plainly see our way. When we allow God to assist us to stop doing the wrong things and start doing what’s right, life is simple.
I miss the simple day and if I could I would bring them back, do you miss the days when life was simple and less complicated?
The Winans - Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay
"Bring Back The Days Of Yea & Nay" on the album CeCe Winans(2001).
Cece Winans - Bring Back The Days Of Yea And Nay / Lyrics
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