Father, as I sit here, You and Your word are my desire. Clear my mind and heart of all distractions and speak to me through Your Word. Amen.
Read 1 Timothy 4: 6-16
Ah. This portion of scripture should be written in every teenagers school binder. Timothy was a very young teacher. Paul is saying that people should not look down upon Timothy because he is young. Stand firm in the faith. Persevere in the faith. Watch your life and what you believe closely. All this knowing that we put our hope in the living God.
Recently I was at a first meeting of a non-profit organization. This people were enthusiastic about beginning this non-profit organization and wanted to expand their membership. Every time I mentioned a person's name the group would say, "oh they are too old" or "that person is too young". They want a Board who is just like them in age and thought. This is the surest way to kill off a non-profit organization. Each board and membership and Church needs a variety of ages not only for longetivity but also for support and enthusiasm!
Today, how will you help someone stand firm in their faith...no matter what their age.
This day O Lord, I pray for all the young people in the Church. May I help them to stand firm in their faith. May I help them to persevere in their faith. May I help them know that our hope is in the living God. Amen.