Monday, March 29, 2010

Out Of This World

The Worldly hope men set their hearts upon
Turns ashes-or it prospers; and anon,
Like snow upon the desert's dusty face
Lighting a little hour or two-is gone. Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam

Don't these three girls look like hip, with it, cool chicks? The play we went to last night was set in the 50's, and these actresses played the sassy gals who hung out at Skid Row Florist. They kindly struck a pose for me after the play, even patiently waiting as my camera messed up the first picture. My father-in-law would have said that these girls were way too WORLDLY. You see, he was an extremly conservative Mennonite preacher. No T.V.'s, no radio, no reading the comics in the papers. And certainly NO plays. He did not want his family going to any organized entertainment of any kind. The kids could not go to the go cart races, nor to gym, or any of the sport events at school. Not even band. All too worldy. This is a picture of Phil's parents with three of the children. It's about as far away from my first picture as you can get. But one day, when daddy was away preaching, mom decided to attend a play at the high school, and take her son with her. That would be my husband. I think she was a bit more more fun loving than his dad. Off they went, and both enjoyed it. But when dad got home and found out, he was NOT happy. The bible speaks many times of not being of this world, being set apart, so I'm not saying this was really a bad thing, as Phil and his five siblings have turned out really well. Not one of the six has ever gone astray or gotten into any serious trouble, and all are Christains. You can't argue with results. Tomorrow I'll show you some people who are REALLY set apart.

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2

"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight." 1 Co. 3:19


Betsy from Tennessee said...

So Phil was raised Mennonite? That is neat. I've always admired them. The rest of us could learn from them...

Which one was Phil in that second picture??? How many children total in his family?

YES---kids today are WAY too worldly... Scares me sometimes to see my grandchildren growing up so worldly. They know more about life than I did when I was a young adult... ha


DawnTreader said...

Cute pictures, each in their own way... Not easy for young people today (if it ever was), in some ways there is so much pressure to grow up fast, and in other ways they have to "stay young" a very long time.

George said...

What an interesting post. I'm not sure exactly what constitutes 'too worldly', but I do know there are too many distractions that entice us away from God.

Glenda said...

Don't we need our minds renewed daily during these turbulent times we live in? It's so easy to compromise just a little so that we fit into the world's mold. But I, too, believe that as Christians our lives should reflect Christ not the world we live in. To me, that doesn't mean I isolate myself from the world but that I let His light shine through me.

SquirrelQueen said...

Kids today do grow up way too fast but then our parents probably had the exact same thoughts. I wish we could protect them from the world but we can't. Not allowing a child to do or see something usually just makes them want it more.

Sandra said...

my dad was a Baptist minister and was almost as strict as Phil's dad. I was not allowed to go to dances, or play card games or wear pants or makeup. we had no TV until I was 15 and he did buy one, but he closely monitored what we watched and was in full control of that TV. he did mellow a little in his older years and let mother where pants when in the garden picking vegetables. I think TV is a big prolbem today and our children and our adult selves would be much better off without it, but now that I have it I would not want to give it up. there is good and bad of al our new technolgoy and I am torn about what I should and should not do. but life has been that way since Adam and Eve. they made wrong choices over and over just like we do. until I met you I thought all mennonites were like the ones we see in our resurants, they men have long beards and wear black and the women wear bonnets and long dresses and black hose. after i met you I googled the mennonite church here and found a lot different congreagation that what i assume all menniontes were.