Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 24th, 2021
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
Colossians 4:5 (NLT)
If you are reaching retirement years and will be living on a fixed income, you will need to choose wisely where you want to live. Contrary to popular belief, Canada offers a number of affordable places for retirees living on a pensioner’s income. Moncton in New Brunswick, Lacombe in Alberta, Stratford in Ontario and Brandon in Manitoba are some of the best places for low-income Canadians to live during their retirement years. These locations offer inexpensive real estate and low-cost public transit, without compromising on healthcare facilities, infrastructure, and social and cultural offerings.
It isn’t easy living Biblically. The principles of the world are in direct opposition to the principles that underpin the kingdom of God. The Bible calls us to live wisely. Paul puts it this way in Colossians 4:5: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” How is it possible to live wisely? Theologian Karl Barth answered that question this way: “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” It seems to me that Christians these days are tempted to two things as we deal with the realities of life in Canada – we become combative and rail against the world, or we pull the sheets up over our heads and hope to ignore what is going on. Neither of these is living wisely among those who are not believers. We must first be students of God’s Word so we understand how to live as citizens of God’s kingdom. Then we must keep up with what is going on around us, speaking into it with the compassion, wisdom and truth of Christ.
These have been words from the heart.