Do you know your boundaries?

(Pulpit view for Hawick News Friday 17 February 2012 by Captain Steven Turner)

Two unrelated stories dominated the news on Sunday evening: Whitney Houston’s death and the Greek austerity package. Both will create pain and sadness for many people.

Unexpected and early death is always a tragedy, regardless of status or background. Internet comments are already blaming the music industry, her ex-husband, “uncaring” family and friends for Whitney’s fall.

In the Eurozone, tough measures have been demanded to earn outside help, and hopefully restore Greece’s economy. Meawhile accusations fly back and forth over who is responsible for the mess. No doubt some deputies will lose their seats in parliament!

We live in a strange world which encourages us to spend, to experiment, to achieve. But when things go wrong that same world punishes us: real people lose homes and jobs, fall into addictions, or cheat to stay on top.

Mr Micawber warned Dicken’s character David Copperfield against spending more than he earned. And the Bible lists the consequences of abusing alcohol. We don’t like being restricted in our choices, but there is wisdom in the boundaries laid down by earlier generations.

King Solomon had this simple advice: Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. (Proverbs 3:6 GNB)

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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