Two weeks ago, on Father’s Day, as a part of my message on parenting, I included a five minute video clip of my Father speaking at a church in New Orleans. That service was about two weeks before his death on November 6, 1979.
As I watched that clip, I couldn’t help but notice how different the people looked. The way they were dressed, the haircuts for the guys and the way the girls fixed their hair, was so different than those things are now.
I looked on the internet and found the cost of living in 1979 was substantially different than what it is now.
Cost of Living 1979
How Much things cost in 1979
Yearly Inflation Rate USA11.2%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 838
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 15.25%
Average Cost of new house $58,100.00
Average Income per year $17,500.00
Average Monthly Rent $280.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 86 cents
There are so many things that have changed since 1979. Minivans weren’t invented yet, unless you count the VW bus. Our church didn’t even have one personal computer. Back then we used IBM Selectric typewriters. And if you owned a 1979 Corvette Sting Ray sports car, the standard engine put out a whopping (not really) 180 horsepower, less than a 2017 Honda Accord four cylinder at 185 horsepower.
As I said, things have changed. Our world seems to be so much different than what it was like in 1979.
But wait a minute. Once I got past the dated hair styles and 70’s clothes people were wearing, I sat back and listened to the message my Father was sharing with that congregation. You know what? The message fit in 1979. The message fits in 2017. And it will fit until the day that Jesus comes to take His people home.
You see, my Dad was visited by angels. They were the ones behind the message. The things that they shared with him were timeless truths from the heart of God. The central thing that my father was saying, back in 1979, at an Assembly of God church in New Orleans, was simply and beautifully this; if you are a follower of Jesus, everyone who is related to you is highly favored by God. It is true that they will have to accept Him themselves, but they are highly favored by God.
His favor rests on them. They are closer to the Kingdom of God than they realize. This is good news to anyone who has relatives who, at this point, have not surrendered to God yet. They are highly favored by God. Right now would be a great time to give God thanks and remind yourself that God is on their trail. Don’t stop praying for them. Don’t give up on them. Don’t stop loving them.
Yes, a lot of things have changed since a pastor from Boise, Idaho went down to preach to a congregation in Louisiana. Clothes are different. Hair styles have changed. And, since I’m a car guy, I might note that a swoopy 1979Corvette would be killed in a drag race by a 4 cylinder, 4 door 2017 Honda Accord.
But the message that Roland Buck shared about our loved ones being highly favored by God will continue to, no, it will always be true for our loved ones. Maybe today would be a good day to call them and let them know that you love them.
Well, I better stop for now because my typewriter ribbon is about worn out.
I pray God’s richest blessings on you and yours.