Words from the Heart for Thursday April 22nd, 2021
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
Back in January, CTV News said a report released that month suggests that nearly two-fifths of Canadian workers are concerned about a co-worker’s mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Morneau Shepell’s monthly Mental Health Index, 36 per cent of Canadians indicated that they were concerned about a fellow employee’s mental well-being.
The report suggested that the Canadian workforce may be at risk of “detrimental long-term mental health effects” amidst the pandemic. As the pandemic drags on, Canadians are finding it challenging to endure.
We have all learned a lot through the pandemic, and one of the most important lessons is that life is a marathon and not a sprint. This is a huge challenge for those of us who grew up with fast food and instant gratification. Most of us are on this planet for decades. How do we cope when the pressures come, when we are dealing with grief that seems to last forever, or pain that just won’t go away? Paul the apostle had endured more than his share of challenges, disappointments and physical and emotional pain. So, he speaks from experience when he writes this in Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” God has spoken into our world and into our lives through His Word. The Bible constantly encourages us to keep pressing on, and as it does, we discover hope welling up within us. We read the promises of God that He will never leave us or forsake us. If you are having trouble enduring, take time to read the Bible today.
These have been words from the heart.