Downsizing

September 20, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Over the past three months my wife and I have been downsizing. In the past we have moved a number of times, but this last move was very different. Moving to a smaller space made us look at everything we possessed, and decide what we needed. We found that there were many things that were no longer useful although good in their day. There were memorabilia: pictures, videos, DVDs, letters, cards, poems from special occasions; then there was furniture we didn’t have room for so asked the family and others if there was something they would like. Some items were taken but most people already had their houses filled and didn’t want any more.

We decided that a good piece of advice to others would be to not wait until you are in your late 70’s to do this. One should do it year by year, or at least every other year! We had to get rid of a lot of things that for years had been just taking up space and were no longer needed. We took most of it to organizations that distribute items to those in need.

This caused me to think that we should not wait to the last minute to clear up our lives from grudges, feelings, and thoughts that have cluttered our minds over the years. We should make sure we are right with God and have our sins forgiven (1 John 1:9-10). We should ask forgiveness of anyone we have wronged; we should do the things we should have done many years ago.

We all accumulate unresolved relationships, practices or habits that we know we need to put away because they are not God’s will for us. There may be things that are not wrong in themselves but take up too much of our time and occupy a place that should belong to God or our family. The writer to the Hebrews said, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

I was reminded of the scripture which tells us to put off the old life and put on the new which is renewed in righteousness. “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 KJV).

Prayer: Search me, O God; help me to remove those things which hinder Your will in my life.

Who is the Boss?

September 14, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Where we live now we have the privilege of seeing our two little granddaughters, ages 3 and 5, every day. They are such a delight to us. One day we were chatting together and I asked them who they thought was the boss in their family. One confidently said, “Daddy is boss!” the other said, triumphantly, pointing to the sky, “No, God is the boss!”

It made me wonder “Who is really the boss in my life?” Many of us would say that God is the authority in our lives but really we act like we are the boss ourselves. I need to ask myself: Is He Lord of my finances? Is He Lord of my business? Is He Lord of my marriage? Is He Lord of all? Do I daily ask God for direction in all my decisions, or do I go ahead and do just what I think?

The truth is we who are followers of Jesus should have given up being the boss of our lives because they are not our own. We were bought by the blood of Christ and therefore should glorify and honor God in our bodies.

Paul said, “I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central… Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that” (Galatians 2:20 MSG).

Another way to say God is boss is to say, “He is LORD of our lives.” When we become Christians we confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Romans 10:9-10). When we are baptised we do so to show others that we have buried the old life and we have risen to walk in this new life where Jesus is Lord. (Romans. 6:4).

My granddaughter was quick to let me know that God is boss in our lives. It is best that He is boss because He knows the future as well as the past and present. It is much better to trust our lives, our futures, our finances, our families, and our marriages to the one who loves us and gave Himself for us.

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for acting like I am boss of my life. Take my life and let it be Yours. AMEN

Driving Distractions

August 26, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Recently province laws were put in place to prevent driving while distracted. A sign on the highway says, “Distracted Driving Law In Effect.” We are not to drive our cars while talking on a cell phone, texting, etc. However, we see people everyday talking on their cell phones, and even texting while driving. Surveys have been taken showing that these distractions are major causes of traffic accidents and often fatalities. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

There are many things that take our attention on our journey of life. Sometimes the results cause spiritual and even physical disasters. Solomon warned his son about being distracted by things that would ultimately destroy him. Over and over again he said, “pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words” (Proverbs 4:20 NIV).

“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble” (Proverbs 4:10-12 NIV).

We can be distracted by the desire to be rich, by discontentment, inappropriate sexual desires, and pride; as well as people who would lure us to the wrong path of life leading to entrapment and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

King David was distracted by Bathsheba and committed adultery. The consequences for him were far reaching, affecting the lives of many, including the generations to come in a negative way.

The Apostle Paul said, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2 NIV).

And Proverbs says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27 NIV).

Prayer: Guide me O God, as I journey home; help me not to be distracted by things that will cause me to be side-tracked from Your will.

I’m too Busy!

August 25, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Over and over I have heard the excuse, “I’m too busy!” In fact, I have used it myself at times when I didn’t want to attend to something. I think there is a tendency to say “I’m too busy” and feel justified using that as an excuse. It is like saying, “I have a right to be really busy” even when there is something or someone that needs attention; our family for instance. In have read about incidents where people were even too busy to help someone who was dying.

Some people are “too busy”; but this can be an excuse to not be involved with what God desires: helping a needy person, teaching a class, going to prayer meeting and Bible study. This is a very destructive pattern because there is an ulterior motive driving us to prove we are very important. We may feel insecure, and this becomes a way to prove our own significance.

I remember a very busy man who carried many responsibilities in his pastoral ministry as well as outside the pastorate; yet he never seemed to be in a hurry. He had time to stop and talk to a neighbor on the street, when others would have passed by; he had time for his family and the needs of his congregation. I worked closely with him and never once did I hear him say, “I’m too busy.” Yet he accomplished so much in his lifetime. I realized that he took time with the Lord and lived close to God, listening for His voice to guide him in all his decisions.

We don’t increase time by neglecting our time spent with the Lord in prayer & meditation. The Psalmist exclaimed this importance when he said:

“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalms 119:97-98 NIV).

Prayer: Oh God, thank you for the Bible –the everlasting resource of Your Word.

The Flood in Calgary, Alberta Canada

August 7, 2022 by  
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By Gillis Killam –

Six of us travelled from Calgary to Southern British Columbia for a golf trip. The weather was wonderful for the trip there and we stopped near Kimberly British Columbia for our first round. We then motored on to beautiful Kokanee Springs, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded with lush green trees, flowers, grass and tall cedars.

After a day and a half of good weather, everything changed when heaven opened and torrents of rain came down on the green landscape. Everyone sped their carts back to the lodge where we waited hoping it would soon clear up – it didn’t. We saw on TV that a massive flood had hit Calgary and surrounding towns. Houses were evacuated and businesses shut down. The whole downtown core of Calgary was without power and communication and the response teams moved quickly to get people out of the flooded areas and into dry places. People were rescued from their flooded homes in a variety of unconventional means. It was a disaster of great magnitude.

Deciding to travel back home, we arrived to witness the devastation first hand and were in awe! It was worse than what we imagined. Nearly one hundred thousand people were evacuated. Hundreds of homes and public buildings were destroyed in just minutes.

What came to my mind was Noah’s flood that covered the whole earth: a gigantic disaster. No one escaped except eight people in the ark Noah had built. We don’t know why this flood hit Calgary and what God’s message was, but in Noah’s day people had become exceedingly evil and violent (Genesis 6).

Whenever there is disaster it is time for people to look heavenward and remember the words of the Lord to nations and people that forget God. It is not for me to say that the flood in Calgary was for the same reason, but God does warn of a day of reckoning. In Noah’s time He warned the people of the coming flood, but they thought him crazy and refused to listen. The Apostle Peter wrote about those who scoffed at God’s warning of coming judgment:

“ But they deliberately forget that … By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Peter 3:5,7 NIV).

Prayer– Lord, I know that you are not willing that any should perish, help me to be a light in these dark times.

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