Sunday, February 12, 2006

1 Timothy 3:14-4:10

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?
Then that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that comes over you when what you have planned has been accomplished?

I've just completed a very significant activity (installing a new version of a computer system). The last 5 months have been almost solely devoted to planning and testing how our 20 person install team was going to accomplish our assigned task. We felt as if we were being asked to fit 10 gallons of water in a 1 gallon bucket and we could only have 1 bucket!

Yesterday was a MAJOR day in our plan. We had been given a 10 hour window in which our current system could be shut down, upgraded, and then the new version started again. I won't say that we were surprised but we were EXTREMELY excited when we were able to release the upgraded system back to operations after only 9 hours.

In today's reading, Paul writes to Timothy about planning and preparation:
"I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God..." (1 Tim 3:14)

Much like I had a very specific goal in my assignment at work, Paul had a very specific goal for Timothy (and us) in his direction:
"Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." (1 Tim 4:8)

What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment it will be, when at the end of our life, we can hear our Lord say: "Well done good and faithful servant. Come, enter into my rest".

Let's heed the words today's reading, and plan for that day.

Alan Davenport

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