I grew up decades ago when in high school, the worst thing that teenagers did was go behind the school grounds and smoke cigarettes. Once before I graduated, I heard about how a very popular cheerleader had to leave school and go live with her “Aunt Sally.” Not too many mentioned how she left for another state to have a baby and came back home after six or seven months.
No rioting in the streets every summer, no trashing the police with hate talk and violence. Not too many disrespected their parents. Yes, I’m sure some defied authority but not to the extent we see today. In today’s world, we hear on TV and read on the internet reports of vandalism in the city streets. Pride parades honor that which we wouldn’t have spoken of in my day. Men and women flaunting bizarre costumes was unknown back then.
Fast forward fifty years. Our culture has made a one-eighty. Societal changes I’d never dreamed of are prevalent today. Changes that hurt my heart. Not because I’m a goody two shoes. A prude. No doubt, I’d think nothing of these changes if the Lord hadn’t come into my life. Without Jesus, I’d be right in the middle of the action.
But now I have a new nature and a new way of thinking—placed in my heart by God. When I look at the news and see the degradation, I grieve. I hunger and thirst for righteousness. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
The Lord has shown us the way He chooses for His children to live and think. And there is hope. The scriptures tell us about the One who will quench that thirst and feed that hunger. “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35.
If you’re hungry for a change, ask Jesus to come into your life so that you will never be hungry and thirsty again.