Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 6th, 2019

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

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Me and My Household

The 2016 Census data show that, today, proportionally fewer households are composed of a ‘mom, dad and kids’ family and more people are living alone, as part of a couple without children, or as part of a multigenerational family. Canadians’ lives at home have evolved since Confederation, when large rural families consisting of a married couple and several children were common. In 1871, there were on average 5.6 people per household, a ratio that dropped to 2.4 by 2016.

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A leader is called to set the standard. God had called Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua was one of the two faithful spies who, along with Caleb, had come back from an early foray into Israel, convinced that with the Lord’s help they could take the land. God took notice of his faith and appointed him to lead the Israelites after Moses’ death. God chose wisely. As the people are gathered together in Shechem at the end of Joshua’s life, he speaks these words to the entire nation in Joshua 24:15, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”” What a great statement of testimony: no matter what anyone else thinks or does, I am going to serve the Lord, and so is my household. May that be our bold proclamation as well.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley