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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 24, 2010 - The Good Life

By Rose McCormick Brandon

To some, living the good life means having all the right possessions — the car that turns heads, the best boat in the marina, designer clothing, the nicest house on the street. Others describe the good life as traveling to faraway places or hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Some use up all their energy to attain fame because, to them, having a known name and recognizable face is the good life.

Simpler folk appreciate health, contentment, family relationships, hot meals on the dinner table, close friends and a decent job. Life can’t get much better than this, we say.

Whatever our interpretation of the good life, it’s helpful for us to look at God’s definition and compare the goals we have for ourselves with the ones He has for us. The Bible advises us to pursue these good things:

Peaceful relationships. “As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18, NIV). God is against troublemaking, bullying, arrogance and quarreling because these destroy peaceful relationships.

Generosity. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). Be generous with whatever you have — overnight lodging, food, warm clothing, a sincere compliment, friendship. God loves a giving heart.

Humility. “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16). Pride comes in many forms — conceit, snobbery, stubbornness and condescension. Those who wear the badge of pride announce to the world that they don’t really know God.

Integrity. “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody” (Romans 12:17). Set high standards for yourself and be true to them. Honesty is still appreciated, especially by our Lord.

Lawfulness. The Bible teaches that the laws of the land, generally speaking, are for our protection and we are to obey them (Romans 13:1-7).

Freedom from debt. “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another” (Romans 13:8). Most of us would include being debt-free in our definition of living the good life, and the Bible includes it too. Out-of-control spending opens the door to debt. And debt allows misery to enter. Ask God for His help and work hard at freeing your life from debt.

The sum of the good life is peace with God and peace with other people. No amount of money or power can buy these two things.

— Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience essays, Bible studies, news articles, profiles and devotionals from her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.



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