Words from the Heart for Thursday June 23rd, 2016
There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
Ecclesiastes 1:11 (NIV)
One day your life, your accomplishments, even the memory of you will be forgotten. While this sobering reality may terrify or sadden us, the hope of Christ is that if we live for Him, our lives can be part of a greater story than just our little life. Resolve to live for the glory of the eternal God and the fame of His name!
In 2011, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – that’s 14.9 per cent of Canadians 65 and older. By 2031, if nothing changes in Canada, this figure will increase to 1.4 million. Today, the combined direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs of dementia total $33 billion per year. If nothing changes, this number will climb to $293 billion a year by 2040. Caregiving is a critical issue for people living with dementia and for Canadians in general. One in five Canadians aged 45 and older provides some form of care to seniors living with long-term health problems. A quarter of all family caregivers are seniors themselves; a third of them (more than 200,000) are older than 75. In 2011, family caregivers spent in excess of 444 million unpaid hours looking after someone with cognitive impairment, including dementia.
How easily we forget those who have gone before. Cemeteries are filled with tombstones, with names that no one remembers. Every one of them was a life lived – some for a few short years and others for decades. The other day I saw someone on TV show teens a picture of Frank Sinatra, and not one of them could name him. Just a generation ago he was one of the best known pop singers in the world. This is nothing new. In Ecclesiastes 1:11 we read “There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.” How sad it is for those who have no hope for eternity. We live in a day when more and more people believe that this life is all there is. When we die, we become food for worms and nothing more. How hopeless is this teaching? The Bible recognizes that life is fleeting and in the eyes of the world a generation is soon forgotten. But those of us who have put our faith in Jesus Christ recognize that while the world may soon forget a generation, God doesn’t. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses – those who have gone on ahead of us in the faith and who now cheer us on as we stand for Christ in our generation. You are eternal and if you have trusted Jesus, what you do now will be remembered for eternity.
These have been words from the heart.