Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 10th, 2021
Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
The Canada Pension Plan was created through federal-provincial negotiations in 1965, as a response to growing poverty among retired Canadians. Its target benefit at the time was to cover 25 per cent of a worker’s average lifetime earnings, up to a stated ceiling on earnings covered. The CPP was originally financed entirely by payroll taxes levied on employers, employees and the self-employed. Benefits depended on current contributions. The CPP now earns investment income, along with payroll contributions, which are split equally between employers and employees, with the self-employed paying the full rate.
We all like to have some plan for our lives. We look ahead and make all sorts of plans – whether it is for the day ahead, or the next week or month, or even months out. We update our calendar constantly. But so often those plans change, even those we have planned for the next day. What a contrast to God’s plans. He has been working out His plan for our redemption that was put in place long before He created the world. Nothing the Lord plans will ever change or falter. Which makes what Paul writes so important in Romans 12:2: “Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.” As we commit to turning our backs on the principles and lifestyle that marks the world, we are more clearly able to discern God’s plan for our lives, and align our lives with that plan – His good, pleasing and perfect plan.
These have been words from the heart.