Words from the Heart for Saturday August 5th, 2017
How can a young person keep their life pure? By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9 (NIRV)
Keeping your Life Pure
We live in a world where we hear from the media about trending and popular things… but popular doesn’t necessarily mean “pure.” Heroes are presented that promote a lifestyle that would not be described as “pure.” Even jokes can be questionable. What is recommended to keep ourselves pure? The Word is a clean way to order our lives. Live as an example to those younger than you.
Historica Canada released a poll just before Canada Day that asked “what defines Canada?” It turns out that the answers are as diverse as Canadians and there are only a couple of things that the majority of Canadians would describe as “pure Canadian.” President of Historica Canada Anthony Wilson-Smith said the poll, “I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing, I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.” So what are the two core values? A quarter of respondents used the words freedom or liberty to describe Canada, while 20 per cent identified the word home as their descriptor of choice.
I was recently on a long haul flight and turned on the TV in front of me. I decided to watch a show I hadn’t heard of and was shocked. The profanity was blatant, and the nudity and perversion were jaw dropping. Remember, this wasn’t an x-rated movie, but a TV show from HBO. After quickly turning it off, I decided to look it up online and it turns out is the most popular weekly TV program ever produced by HBO, particularly among the 18-30 age group. And then I read Psalm 119:9: “How can a young person keep their life pure? By living according to your word.” We live in a generation that is exceedingly difficult for anyone, and particularly young people, to live a pure life. Temptation is everywhere and the youth culture, which is at best counter to the kingdom of God, and at worst, anti-Christian, is perverse and pervasive. The only antidote is for young men and women to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and then to daily time in God’s word, allowing the principles of the kingdom of God to so fill their hearts and lives that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit to stand up against the reigning culture of our day. While we imagine that things are worse now than ever, remember that these words were written 3000 years ago in King David’s day. If the youth of his day could live for the Lord, so can you.
These have been words from the heart.