Chapter-a-Day 2 Timothy 1

Bluesbrothers
I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus
. 2 Timothy 1:1 (TM)

We’re in Chicago this week and I was filled with energy by walking in the city yesterday to a meeting. I had some foot-stompin’ blues on my iPod and felt charged with electricity as I made my way past the Sears Tower. Of course, I couldn’t help thinking about The Blues Brothers.

Maybe that’s why my right-brain immediately read the first verse of 2 Timothy and pictured Paul sitting in a Roman prison with black Ray-Ban Wayfarer’s on – turning to the Roman Centurion next to him and saying in a thick Chicago accent, "I’m on a mission from God."

The cool reality for all believers is that we are on a mission from God. Not just Paul, not just our pastor and the missionaries around the world – but me, too. This world is not our home. We have dual citizenship. We’ve got a temporary visa for our visit to this Earth, and God has sent us here with a purpose – to live our lives out for Him, to follow the path He’s laid for each of us, and most importantly to share His love with everyone in our path.

Being a believer means I’m a Soul Man – on a mission from God 🙂

 

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Chapter-a-Day I Timothy 6

Slavery
Whoever is a slave must make the best of it, giving respect to his
master so that outsiders don’t blame God and our teaching for his
behavior
. I Timothy 6:1 (TM)

I’m reminded this morning of a high school teacher of mine who was dismissive of God because the Bible did not specifically speak out against slavery. I have found that there are a lot of specific subjects on which God does not specifically speak. Yet, I don’t think God’s relative silence is because He doesn’t care. The scriptures are not a political platform. They speak to how we, as individuals, are to live our lives in relationship with God and others. When we, as individuals, begin to live out love, mercy, grace, and justice – then social evils tend to get addressed corporately.

God isn’t as intent on changing society as He is on changing me.

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Chapter-a-Day I Timothy 6

Slavery
Whoever is a slave must make the best of it, giving respect to his
master so that outsiders don’t blame God and our teaching for his
behavior
. I Timothy 6:1 (TM)

I’m reminded this morning of a high school teacher of mine who was dismissive of God because the Bible did not specifically speak out against slavery. I have found that there are a lot of specific subjects on which God does not specifically speak. Yet, I don’t think God’s relative silence is because He doesn’t care. The scriptures are not a political platform. They speak to how we, as individuals, are to live our lives in relationship with God and others. When we, as individuals, begin to live out love, mercy, grace, and justice – then social evils tend to get addressed corporately.

God isn’t as intent on changing society as He is on changing me.

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I Timothy 5

Critic
In any event, keep a close check on yourself. And don’t worry too much about what the critics will say
. I Timothy 5:23a (TM)

The cool thing about being in the Word on a regular basis (ala chapter-a-day) is that God can give you just what you need when you need it. As a leader (in family, in business, in community) I’ve been struggling with this whole ‘don’t worry what the critics will say.’ I’m one of those people blessed/cursed with a personality that likes to please people. The reality is that effective leaders don’t please everyone. In fact, sometimes leaders don’t please anyone even when they are doing exactly the thing that needs to be done.

I had just been talking about my struggle in this area with my friend Kevin yesterday. Paul’s encouragement to Timothy goes straight to my heart today. It’s just what the Great Physician ordered.

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Her Royal Highness!

Tom_wendy_the_queen_lrTaylor was crowned Homecoming queen on Monday! Woohoo!

We were so excited for her. As a teenage girl, I know that insecurities abound. Taylor is such a great kid with such a genuine faith. Her kindness towards others is really amazing. I’m pleased to see that her peers rewarded her this way.

Pics of her and the court are here.

Chapter-a-Day I Timothy 4

Harvest
Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes!
I Timothy 4:15 (TM)

Wendy and I drove to Chicago last night. This is one of my favorite times of the year as the crops turn a golden brown against the brilliant green turf of the hills and pastures. There were combines out harvesting as the sun went down on a beautiful autumn evening.

God uses the metaphor of agriculture  over and over and over. The land God created is woven with His character. It’s virtually impossible to work the land or watch it worked year after year without learning eternal lessons. If you’re going to grow something, you have to cultivate ("to promote or improve growth of – by labor and attention" – Dictionary.com) it. A crop of corn, our spirits – they both require cultivation if they are to grow and produce a bushel-busting harvest.

What am I doing to cultivate my spiritual growth?

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Chapter-a-Day I Timothy 4

Harvest
Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes!
I Timothy 4:15 (TM)

Wendy and I drove to Chicago last night. This is one of my favorite times of the year as the crops turn a golden brown against the brilliant green turf of the hills and pastures. There were combines out harvesting as the sun went down on a beautiful autumn evening.

God uses the metaphor of agriculture  over and over and over. The land God created is woven with His character. It’s virtually impossible to work the land or watch it worked year after year without learning eternal lessons. If you’re going to grow something, you have to cultivate ("to promote or improve growth of – by labor and attention" – Dictionary.com) it. A crop of corn, our spirits – they both require cultivation if they are to grow and produce a bushel-busting harvest.

What am I doing to cultivate my spiritual growth?

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