Words from the Heart for Monday July 11th, 2016
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”
Ecclesiastes 12:1 -3 (NIV)
Remembering the Creator
We have only one life, and it will soon be gone. Have you chosen how you will spend your days? Have you resolved what kind of person you will be?
I’m going to test your Canadian memory. When was the last time anybody scored a goal for a Canadian NHL team that won the Stanley Cup? And who was that person and for what team did he play? I was living out of Canada at that time, and I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so this is not a memory etched in my mind. But many of you, and particularly you Montreal Canadiens fans, will remember it well. The date was June 9, 1993, 23 years ago, and Kirk Muller directed a puck past Los Angeles goaltender Kelly Hrudey to give the Habs a 2-1 lead. They would eventually win that game 4-1 and take home the coveted cup, the last Canadian team to do so. Muller still has the stick and the puck. He, and many other Canadians, remember the goal well.
In our work at Bible League Canada around the world we have discovered that majority of people who give their lives to Jesus do so between the age of 4 and 14. It is called the 4-14 window and when churches and ministries realize this and focus on ministry to children they will increase their impact. The Bible recognizes this to be the case and in Ecclesiastes 12:1-3 we read: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’” Jesus tells us that unless we become like little children we cannot gain the kingdom of heaven. Children are so simple in their faith. They know that they are dependent on others. They know that unless there are loving adults to care for them they would soon be in trouble, and their main fear is that mom or dad won’t be there for them when they need them to be. For children, every moment of every day is a walk of faith. We are called to live in the same way in our trust in the Lord. The problem is that as we get older we become self-confident and self-sufficient and we don’t think we need the Lord. Let’s be like little children and put our complete trust and faith in the Lord Jesus. It is never too late to do so.
These have been words from the heart.