This picture is of the school building where I attended elementary school. They tore is down last month. Although it was necessary and probably long over do, it made me take a few minutes to reflect. It started with my post on Facebook with a picture of the school and a few of my memories. I got back on Facebook the next day and many other people from all over did the same thing. It was the best conversation on Facebook to date. I loved reading all those stories of teachers, classmates and events that took place in that building. It was more than just a school building it was like a house that becomes a home when you fill it with people and activity. People became close in that building and the activities became wonderful memories that people will cherish for a lifetime. There is one other really neat thing that happened on that little plot of land in a really small town. As many generations of children walked up those steps, ate in that small cafeteria, sat in those desks and enjoyed similar experiences a close common bond developed between countless people that now live around the United States thanks to that building.
Like tearing down a landmark from our past, change can be sad and change can be hard but we cannot keep moving forward without it.. We can become like an old school building; the same old shell, a lot worse for wear, and almost to the point of being useless. We need to step forward and get out of our rut and impact someone's life for the better. Brush off those skills we have learned and share them with someone. Be the friend we always wanted to find to someone else. Find a need and fill it. Show love and compassion to a hurting world. Change is not always about what you can see, most of the time good changes take place from within.
All this reminds me of a song I use to listen to. Some of the lyrics from the song came from the Book of Eccleiastes 3, Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds 1967.
Eccleiastes 3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (9) what do workers gain from their toil? (10) I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. (11) He has made everything beautiful in it's time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
God knows us so well. He created us and he knows change has to take place in order for the human race to continue. My question to all of us today is; are the changes we are making within ourselves and in our world good ones or bad ones? Change can go either way. For me, I'm going back to the creator and His word. How could I possible know what is right. It's like a child who has to depend on their parents for answers and guidance because they are only a child and they do not know the things parents know.
I am a child of my heavenly parent and I am a sister to the world.
Go in peace and love my friends and don't be afraid to make changes. Please post your thoughts or memories of our school I'd love to read them.
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.