Whitney Huston, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Prince… the list could go on and on. The best of the 80’s, or at least those are the ones I remember. With so much time and no place to go we have found ourselves doing creative things to keep busy. Last night my husband got on an 80’s music kick. Actually to be honest, he never really got past the 80’s, but now he has plenty of time to share his favorites with his ever so patient, yet unimpressed kids. After playing several winners such as “living on a prayer” and “I wanna dance with somebody” we talked about the 80’s and what a “happy” time period that was. They commented on how fun it seemed to be a kid then. And I have to agree, the 80’s were fun. We wore neon clothes and Keds, permed our hair, and drove around town at night looking for people. We spent hours in our cars, actually talked on our phones and played Pac-man. It was awesome. The funny thing is, at the time, I didn’t know I was making great memories. As a high school student I was pretty absorbed with myself, and I do not remember being conscious of the place I was in. I remember being self-conscious. I
remember being socially conscious of which group I belonged to. . But I do not remember going out of my way to make thoughtful memories. I don’t ever remember saying to myself as a 16-year-old that these were going to be the best years. In fact much of high school was not. Most of us would agree that those days are often laced with challenges. Changing relationships, changing family structures, and growing up were just plain challenging. But when I look back on it now it holds a sweet place in my heart. Even though the pictures might make me want to cry, I smile when I think of the 80’s and the memories I have. I wonder if, 25 years from now, we will listen to certain songs that will bring us back to this very day, this very place in time. I am sure certain artists and certain songs will immediately throw our minds into the space of being at home, being in seclusion , together. I wonder what our memories will be? Will they be laced with sweetness, growth, and joy? Or will they be laced with challenge, disdain, frustration? Maybe they will hold all of it in one tightly packed ball. Maybe that’s ok. So my question is, are we making memories now? We are in a moment in time that will stay with us forever. Will we look back in contempt and be glad it’s behind us or will we,
somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, have sweet memories? Memories of being together. Memories of trying new things. Memories of helping others. What memories am I making today?
The choice is really up to you. As our friends from the 80’s classic Indiana Jones movie would say, “choose wisely”.
1 Corinthians 16:14 reminds us that all we do should be done in Love. When we love well, we live well. Ask God today for patience, creativity, and motivation to love others well. Identify someone near and far that you will “love well” today.