The Paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but
shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower view points; we spend more,
but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less
time; we have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less
judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less health.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too
tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too rarely.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too
much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a
living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, but not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the
street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner
space; we’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but
not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; we plan more, but
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower
morals; we have more food, but less appetite; we build more computers to
hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less real
communication. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men and short
character; steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less
fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality,
one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer
to quiet to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the
stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time
when you can choose either to make a difference, or just hit delete.
[by Rev. Bob Moorehead, retired pastor Overlake Christian Church, Seattle,
in his devotional book “Words Aptly Spoken” written 20 years ago]
Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”