Words from the Heart for Friday July 15th, 2016
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.
Ephesians 6:1 (NLT)
Doing the Right Thing
You want to be strong? You want to live long in the blessings of God? The 5th of the 10 commandments tells you to honour your father and mother. How will you honour your parents today?
Back in May 2016, at the height of the horrific fires in Fort McMurray Alberta, the Royal Canadian Mint coincidentally introduced four new $15 coins to honour everyday Canadian heroes. Each of the pure silver coins features a colour depiction of firefighters, police officers, paramedics or military personnel in action but Sandra Hanington, the mint’s president and CEO, said turning around coins with such intricate artwork and detail can’t be done in a couple of weeks. She said “This has been in the works for more than 18 months. We commissioned an artist to do the drawings for us, then we did engraving and production. We’re at the end of a very long process. We always intended to start with a firefighter, though.”” It turned out that the Royal Canadian Mint did the right thing at just the right time.
Doing the right thing is not always easy. I remember back in my university days, at a secular university, situational ethics was a hot topic. We would discuss, with no ultimate foundation for truth or morality, how we would go about making the right choice and doing the right thing. Hypothetical situations were given and we had to decide what we would do. Everybody had an idea and it was predetermined that it was impossible for there to be an ultimate right answer. As I grew in my young faith, I discovered something altogether different. There is ultimate truth and we are called to follow it. Ephesians 6:1 says this: “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” The Bible is filled with great advice, and even commands, which when followed will lead to a life that gives direction and hope. It is possible to do the right thing, not only for children to obey the Lord, but in every human situation. There are some foundational principles within the Kingdom of God, that when followed, determine our actions in any situation. We love others as ourselves, we lay down our lives for others, we do not think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Unless there are foundational principles upon which we live our lives, confusion reigns. But when we commit to live with Kingdom of God principles, everything else falls into place.
These have been words from the heart.