Devotion in Motion: Too much and not enough

12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  ~ Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

I never cease to be amazed at the amount of “stuff” available now. When I was a kid, our TV had an antenna and we only got 3 channels. There wasn’t much for a kid to watch except Captain Kangaroo in the morning and cartoons at three in the afternoon.

But that’s all changed now. I’ve been amazed at just how much television — for children and for everyone else—that’s out there now.  With the networks, DISH, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Roku and all the rest, there’s an unending supply;  it’s almost “too much” TV.

Indeed, we live in a time when it’s easy to get an overwhelming amount of anything. When I was younger I always wanted more books and magazines to read, but now on my phone and computer I have a never-ending digital supply. Growing up, my dad took us to eat burgers every week or two, but now I’m able to drive through at any hour, day or night. And we all had to wait until five o’clock for a chance to find out the news. Now we have loud political discourse that cycles on the airwaves every 15 minutes. So many things in our culture are just too much.

I believe this trend toward overload is something foretold by Scripture. The Bible teaches that in the Last Days there will be too much of some things and not enough of others. The verse for today (at the top) makes it clear that as the clock winds down, the world will have too much lawlessness and sin. And along with this glut of evil, something that will be in short supply: There will be a worldwide shortage of love.

My grandson Landon has recently turned 2 years old. It’s always surprising to see the things toddlers choose to do. For instance, Landon’s favorite record is Dionne Warwick’s Greatest Hits. (Who would have imagined that?) His favorite song is clearly “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” But he also likes to hear, “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

I’m sure my grandson is too little to understand the lyrics, but I’m not.

“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.

  That’s the only thing that’s there’s just too little of.” 

The message is true and clear. In this present age, there are things we have plenty of.  There are other things we have too much of.  But the thing most sorely lacking is love.

That’s my message for Mothers Day.  So all you mamas, just keep doing the thing you do. “What the world needs now is love.” That’s just another way of saying, “What the world needs now is Mom.”

From our house to your house, Mothers’ Day blessings….

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 33 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. He’s a retired Mississippi public schoolteacher with grown sons, and is now a stay-at-home-grandpa to Landon (and hopes that Eliza Bea will stay with him some day.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in a brick house in town (where Landon had ear infections and strep this week.)  You can send him a note at brotherjohn@ilovechurchcamp.com.

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