I have been thinking lately about the simple life of Mayberry that we see on the Andy Griffith Show. What happened to the days where we could be a community, where folks trusted one another, where people enjoyed a good church service and a get together where they weren’t afraid to sing praises to our Lord. What happened to these days?
We live in a time of corruption; we live in a time where folks have turned their back on the old way of life. Many seem to have forgotten where we come from.
Looking back to Mayberry, I think we can all see a way that life could be simpler for us. We must learn to trust the Lord and trust one another again. The problem is, no one cares these days if they are trustworthy. People are too busy trying to look out for themselves and forget to look out for one another. We forget that we are to be praying for one another. We forget that we are to be showing the love of Christ to others and we forget that we need to band together as a community.
Ephesians 5:15-21 tells us about what has happened to our way of thinking:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
We must watch out for our steps, we must guard our actions, but we must also watch out for each other today. We can’t be afraid to allow God to work in our lives. We don’t have to miss Mayberry today, we can pray and get ourselves back to those days. There is nothing wrong with the old way of life. What is wrong is our perspective.
I encourage you today to think back to how things used to be and see what changed. I guarantee you that you are the one who has changed, the Savior is the same yesterday, today and forever.