Words from the Heart for Sunday March 14th, 2021
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
Light and Momentary Troubles
An aging population means that pension benefits are one of the major social issues affecting those in Canada today. In the past, those contributing to pensions and those receiving the benefit resembled a triangle. The base of the triangle represents a steady source of contributors and those accessing pensions being far fewer. Now, the triangle is upended. In Canada, politicians, strategists, and economists are looking for solutions for what is one of the major social problems of our time.
Years ago, back in our youth ministry days, we took a busload of Albertan young people to an international conference in Illinois. One of the speakers was Joni Eareckson Tada, who at 16 had broken her spine in a diving accident and remains in a wheelchair to this day. She had suffered for months in hospitals and rehab facilities – it was a horrific time in her life. What amazed us all was the text she chose as the basis of her message that evening – 2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” It seemed to me that there was nothing light and momentary about her troubles. She has suffered excruciating pain and would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. What Joni has done, through the rehab and throughout her life is to keep her focus on Jesus and eternity. We are all called to that same vision. No matter how serious our challenges are, no matter how long they seem to be lasting, we are called as Christ followers to keep our eyes on eternity, to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
These have been words from the heart.