Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Dear reader, may you be blessed today with God’s presence in all you do. May you also share God’s grace with those around you. This is what Paul is doing with today’s letter to Timothy. It is a beautiful letter of encouragement to a younger colleague. We can assume that Timothy is struggling and is being persecuted in some way and Paul has become aware. Paul lovingly urges Timothy to stand firm and to rekindle the gift of God that is within him.
Paul knows Timothy’s family well and obviously cares for him a great deal. He reminds Timothy that the grace that he has been given through Jesus Christ is a treasure to be guarded. He also reminds him that God’s promise of life eternal has always been there and that Jesus is present and living proof and not to be denied. It is a privilege and honor to be chosen to deliver this Gospel to the world. What ever pain and suffering is involved is nothing when compared to the gift of everlasting life without pain and suffering for eternity.
This is a bold example of elderly experience mentoring to youthful inexperience. This is something all of us late in life must do. It is expected of us. However, we must be careful how we do it. I find myself very much in this position today both personally and professionally. I see younger people struggling with the same problems and questions that I struggled with at their age. However, I must constantly be reminded that people and world and life conditions have changed. Sometimes the best mentoring is simply encouragement and support. Others must find their own answers in their own way. As a God conscious mentor I can show by my behavior that decisions and actions driven by Christ’s example are the right ones; just as Paul does with Timothy.