Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (1 Timothy 4:13)
Three Things To Make Your Day
If you are looking for a three-plan formula for life this is it. The encouragement Paul gives Timothy is to devote himself to reading, exhortation and doctrine. That is a solid plan to help you find a deeper relationship with the Lord. Every day should be a time to meditate on the word of God. If we are too busy to open the Bible then we are way too busy. How much time do we spend on Facebook each day but argue we just can’t find time to read and study the mind of God? A daily reading of the word of God will help us keep a close watch on our relationship with Jesus. Read.
The second thing we should plan for this week is to do some exhorting. I like to be exhorted and I know you do to. There are plenty of folk in any congregation that could use a phone call, visit or (brace yourself for this one) a handwritten card. Let’s face it – stamps don’t really cost that much (one trip to Starbucks proves that) but the return you get from knowing the person getting that note will last a lifetime. Exhorting one another is a kind word, a thank you and letting others know you care. Taped to my lamp on my desk is a saying, “No one really cares what you know until they know how much you care.” I try to live by that rule – exhortation.
Finally the other thing we should strive to do this week has to do with doctrine. Here we find the opportunity to teach. This is connected with reading and exhorting. We take what we read and help others know how great it is to serve our Father. Teaching is about showing the plan of salvation but this also includes teaching our friends how God has made our lives better. If you find yourself in a conversation about family this week let the person know that God has helped you find happiness through His word. Worried about the way the country is going? Remind them what God says. Watching the children play on the playground with your friends and neighbors is a great time to share the plan the Lord has for children. Teaching is telling others about God in your life.
Three things: read – uplift – share. Have a great week this week.
What is happiness other than the grace of being permitted to unfold to their fullest bloom all the spiritual powers planted within us. (Franz Werfel, Between Heaven and Earth, 1944)