March 13, 2018
A sailor meets a pirate, and talk turns to their adventures on the sea. The sailor notes that the pirate has a peg-leg, a hook, and an eye patch.
The sailor asks, “So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?” The pirate replies, “We were in a storm at sea, and I was swept overboard into a school of sharks. Just as my men were pulling me out, a shark bit me leg off.”
“Wow!” said the sailor. “What about your hook”? “Well”, replied the pirate, “We were boarding an enemy ship and were battling the other sailors with swords. One of the enemy cut me hand off.”
“Incredible!” remarked the sailor. “How did you get the eye patch?”
“A seagull dropping fell into me eye,” replied the pirate.
“You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?” the sailor asked incredulously.
“Well,” said the pirate, “it was me first day with me hook”.
Sometimes it is hard to adjust to change, but if we don’t the results can be devastating. No generation has had to deal with change more than this one. The advent of the computer has hurled humanity forward at break neck speed, affecting every arena of life, from automobiles, to health care, to communication.
Certainly there are many changes in our world which are negative, however most of the changes in our culture are positive, many even mind-blowingly so, and we must learn to embrace these changes with gratitude, rather than stubbornly resisting them.
I have had a large flat screen TV for about 3 or 4 years now, yet I still find myself watching a hockey game and being absolutely stunned with the clarity and the quality of the image. Since our first TV, was a black and white 13” picture tube TV, I still find the advances in technology amazing (yes, colour TV’s had been around for 20 years when we got married, we just couldn’t afford one).
Besides the incredible advances in technology, far too numerous to name here, society has changed as well, and most of it for the better. Abolition of slavery. Equal rights for women. Ending child labour. Shortened work week. Access to health care. The list goes on and on.
Only by embracing the changes in culture, will we be able to speak to the generation who is pushing them forward. If we don’t adjust to change, the results could be devastating indeed… we could lose the opportunity to share the gospel with an entire generation.
While we are in a constant state of flux, there is one “who changes not” – who is the same “yesterday, today and forever.” Though nothing around stays the same, His love and mercy is constant. He is still reaching out today just as He was 2000 years ago. So take hold of his unchanging love, while embracing change… the future depends on it.