Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 14th, 2016
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
Share With Others
One way to express gratitude for all you have is to share. Have you received something that would be good to share? Never be afraid to be generous!
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Washington DC this past March, among other topics that he and President Obama spoke about was border security. The two leaders agreed to strengthen their border security agreements and to share more information. New “”exit controls,”” for example, will mean that at land crossings, officials will share details about who is coming and going — in either direction. And at airports, federal officials will now start collecting the names of passengers leaving the country. The airlines are already keeping detailed personal data on passengers flying into or over U.S. airspace, including: Home addresses and telephone numbers, Emergency contacts, Frequent flyer numbers and Meal preferences. The government promises Canada will not collect and share these more detailed records under the new exit tracking system, which will capture so-called “”tombstone”” information such as passenger names and dates of birth.
We Canadians are some of the wealthiest human beings to ever grace this planet. In fact, our middle class is the wealthiest in the world, and no generation has ever been so comfortable financially. We are also one of the most generous nations on earth and that is how it should be. Particularly those of us who are followers of Jesus. Out of our wealth we are called to share with others who are in need – both in our own country and with those in much poorer places. In Hebrews 13:16 the Bible says: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Prosperity often leads to a poor memory. What do I mean by that? When the people of Israel were getting ready to enter the promised land, God warned them that when they entered that land, eating the crops they did not plant and living in homes they did not build, they must not forget the Lord who brought them into that land. God calls us to the same thing. We live in a land of plenty, but we must never forget that every good thing we have is because God has poured out His love and grace upon us. Our God is a generous God, and His desire is that we are generous like Him. Who can you share with today?
These have been words from the heart.