Are you longing for the better days?

Published 1:00 pm Sunday, November 19, 2023

Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.

Have you been grocery shopping lately?  If so, then you may have experienced “sticker shock” similar to what you experienced the first time you bought a car. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but surely you have noticed how expensive everything currently is.

Take a look at this newspaper clipping from Atlanta, Georgia, in the mid-1930s. Twenty-nine cents for an entire dozen eggs. That same amount of money might get you two eggs in today’s market, if they’re on sale. It’s amazing to look at these prices from about 90 years ago and see how things have changed.

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Regardless of our age, I think everybody sometimes thinks of days gone by. We dream of simpler times, cheaper groceries, and gasoline. We wonder what happened. Maybe we are finally beginning to appreciate what we or our parents and grandparents once had. It was a tough life for so very many of them, and yet it seemed to make them stronger and more resilient to this old world’s problems and difficulties.

I can’t speak for you, but I’m getting older every day. I don’t yet consider myself old, but I’m certainly past the halfway mark. I look like it, and I feel like it. But I am also very thankful, more and more so, for the life lessons and experiences my parents and grandparents shared with me.

They taught us to appreciate a good deal, to look for the sale in the store, and to look for the best in people. They shared the love of Jesus and their love for one another, and for us.

No doubt some folks perusing those grocery ads in the 1930s were thinking the same things we are. Prices were higher than ever, and the struggle was real. And yet they marched along like the Christian soldiers we are called to be, and better days were ahead.

We can believe the same. For the Christian, there will ALWAYS be better days, brighter days, greater days in our future. So, while we’re here, we continue to grit our teeth, buy what we have to buy, and keep on keeping on, because that’s what every generation before us has done.

Longing for the better days? Turn around. The better days are ahead. Trust Jesus to provide.

Just a thought. ’Til later.

Brad Campbell can be reached at