Words from the Heart for Saturday July 16th, 2016
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Proverbs 23:22 (NIV)
With age comes wisdom. Have you listened to the advice of your parents? How have you learned from their experiences?
According to a recent article in the Bloomberg website, the world would be wise to start paying more attention to Canada. There are a number of reasons for this. First, the Canadian economy and financial markets are one of the most underutilized barometers of global economic activity. When global growth exceeds 4 percent, Canada’s benchmark equity index, the S&P/TSX Composite, has tended to outperform the S&P 500. Second, though it typically fails to capture the world’s attention, Canada’s central bank has been an innovator in monetary policy since the early 1990s. And third, water shortages, already a severe problem in California (a state with a population roughly equivalent to Canada’s), will become more acute as time passes. Canada, which possesses about 20 percent of the world’s freshwater resources, will be well-positioned to alleviate some global shortfalls in supply.
Wise people pay attention to the important trends in the world, either to improve their financial position or to know how best to impact the world with the Gospel. The apostle Paul’s time in Athens was recorded in Acts 17. He took time to assess the spiritual condition of the city and was greatly distressed to see that the city was filled with idols. We who follow the Lord are called to understand the spirit of the age in which we live. But we are also to pay attention to godly advise and wisdom from those who love us and want the best for us. Solomon gives this advice in Proverbs 23:22: “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Christian parents have no greater desire for their children than that they follow the Lord. Even when children get older they need to heed the advice of their parents. My father passed away when I was 20 years old, and was just reaching that age where I would have appreciated his counsel. As we get older, we begin to appreciate the wisdom that experience brings, particularly when it comes from godly parents. If your parents are still alive and are godly people, pay attention to the advice they give you. They want the very best for you and they would rather learn the lessons the easy way – from them – rather than the more painful teacher called experience.
These have been words from the heart.