Lord Jesus--The Word endures and it is a guide. As I write this I can imagine the courts of heaven looking down on and cheer on this young pastor being instructed at the master missionary’s hand. In some ways Paul’s job had greater sweep and he moved on in a way that this young pastor did not. Paul had other battles to fight other places to be, the road in many ways was his home...and there was a Roman court that awaited him. I wonder if Timothy ever missed the road? But Timothy’s call was to lead a group of people in Ephesus.
There is need for encouragement...keep doing what you have been taught...don’t give up...the angels are watching...Jesus knows well what you are doing. Treat everyone without favorites and with a fairness that can be clearly seen. It can be lonely leading with endurance, facing the threats both internal and external, but remember the crowds that are just beyond sight that are cheering you on.
Up Close and Personal
Lord Jesus--In the middle of the daily walk, it is following you in the large things and the small things that brings me to the place of effectiveness. Putting one foot in front of the other in the walk of faith...knowing that even when the way is obscure and appears to be difficult you are with me...I am never alone.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Even when the race seems like it is a foot race with turtles winning I will continue to put one foot in front of the other.