Words from the Heart for Sunday July 4th, 2021
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
Proverbs 17:1 (NLT)
Until the 1970s it would have been unthinkable to most Canadians that separatist movements would threaten the cohesion of the Canadian federation. But on November 15, 1976, the people of Quebec democratically elected a separatist government. The political platform of the Parti Québécois pushed for independence for Quebec and economic association with the rest of Canada. The election shattered the traditional image of peace and brought into the open the great tensions and conflicts that are still rocking the political structure of the country.
So often in this world we get our priorities wrong. We are told and are often convinced that success in life is having more of what the world has to offer. Every advertisement is designed to convince us that we need what it is offering, and our life will never be complete until we have it. What we discover over time, however, is that having all those material possessions doesn’t bring us fulfillment inwardly, or within our relationships. Years ago, wise King Solomon took note of that as well. In Proverbs 17:1 he says “Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.” In spite of all that the world tells us, what is most important is what happens inwardly. When we have our sin removed and our hearts transformed by Jesus Christ, everything else falls into place. I have met many people who don’t have much of what this world offers, but who are filled with the presence of Jesus. As usual, Jesus’ upside-down Kingdom gets it completely right. Life is so much better when Jesus comes first – then everyone else falls into place. Seek first the kingdom of God.
These have been words from the heart.