Hme, everything. Just a thought to start your weekend.
Not much more, but generations older than us once did much of their daily shopping in what was called a “general store”. A general store, like this one in the heart of the town of Black Mountain, NC, carried just about anything you might need.
You might find fresh garden eggs, bins of grain, and jars of nails. You might find an almanac or other reading material. You’ll likely find an unusual cold bottled soda and maybe choose a stick of hard candy from the many flavors in the large glass jar on the counter. When I was a young boy, about 45 years ago, my siblings and my cousins and I walked these two or three blocks from our grandparents’ house to the little old grocery store. with its bare floors. There, we counted just enough real “penny candy” to buy it and pay sales tax with the dollar bill we each received. It felt like the old store allowed us to step back in time.
A general store. A simpler time. A nicer people. We need it so much.
The Word of God, if you allow me to use the analogy, could be considered a general store – a storehouse of knowledge and so many little treasures. Turning the pages and skimming through the words of Scripture remind us of the goodness of God, the simplicity of his love for us. It reminds us that our world is full of different flavors and opportunities. And it doesn’t even take much to get anything out of it.
Although I want to spend more time in His Word, even just a small amount, counted to make it last all day, will get me further than I could ever imagine trying to do without. The Word of God is a general store waiting to be explored. I challenge you to come in today, explore the opportunities available to you, meet people who will make you feel right at home, and get back to the simpler things in life, like loving our neighbours.
Just a thought.
‘See you later.
Reverend Brad Campbell can be contacted at [email protected]