If you were born in the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s here’s an important memo for you: You survived being born to moms and dads who spanked you or pulled you by the ear. You took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, Twinkies, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Your baby crib was covered with bright colored lead-based paints and you played in the streets as the mosquito jeep sprayed DDT into the air. You had no child-proof lids, doors, or cabinets and when you rode your bike you had no helmet. When you took a trip across town you dared to hitchhike.
As a child you would ride shotgun in the family car without a seat belt or air bag and there would be times you would hang your arm out the window. You were known to ride in the back of a pick-up on a warm day as you enjoyed the wind in your hair. You drank water from a garden hose, shared a soda with your friends from one bottle and no one ever got sick and died. You ate cupcakes, cheese, white bread, real butter, drank iced tea with S & H Sugar, and you weren’t overweight because you ran, jumped, skipped, and enjoyed the outdoors.
You would leave home in the morning and play all day just as long as you were home by dinner. No one was able to reach you all day, but you were o.k. You would spend hours building a go-cart out of scraps then ride down a hill only to discover your feet were the brakes. Later on you would nail a stick next to the wheel to serve as a better braking system. You didn’t have cable, video games, cell phones, or a PC, but you had friends because you went outside and found them.
You fell out of trees, got cut, and nobody sued. You ate worms and mud pies and stayed healthy. You had a BB gun, made swords out of sticks, and you had the fun of your life. You built a fort in a tree, slept overnight in it, and nobody fell out. You got into trouble with the law and your parents backed up the police not you. Your school teacher called your dad to complain about your behavior and you got disciplined big time.
You are from the generation that produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. You were free to succeed or fail and to learn the knocks of life. You knew the 10 commandments and you respected them. You placed your hand over your heart proudly declaring “One nation under God” when pledging allegiance to the flag. You went to church on Sunday or at least stayed at home and rested on the Sabbath.
Life was very simple. Fixes were easy. The past 50-60 years, because of you, have been an explosion of innovation, inspiration, and creation. You were tough and very sensitive to the needs of others. It was a sure thing that you enjoyed life to the fullest. Sadly, your generation is swiftly coming to an end, and it hurts. Now all you can do is thank God for what you got to experience. They are good memories. For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com.
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.