The Stop and Go

2 Timothy 2:1 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

2 Timothy 2:22-26 “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

Grace, the free and unmerited favor of GOD. How and Why would I be strong in something that is free and unmerited?

I am blessed, truly blessed… and yet I am still addicted to the things of this world!

My true joy, my most relaxing, rejuvenating moments come not from money, or alcohol, or drugs… they come from moments I have shared with those closest to me. My wonderful wife, my awesome children, my loving friends. And yet I find myself pursuing more stuff, more upgrades, better things.

I’m struggling with the point “have I had enough?” And I think I may have passed it, but something inside of me and the world around me tells me not to stop, not to think about it, just keep, keep going!

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul (his true son in the faith, 1 Timothy 1:2) says to flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace…

And I wonder, what are the evil desires of youth?

Sheryl Crow in her song “Soak Up the Sun” says “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”

Paul says to Timothy “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” The free and unmerited favor of GOD.

It sounds easy, but Paul doesn’t tell us to be strong because it’s easy! To “stop” when the world says “go” can put us at odds with our neighbors, our friends, our family… and even ourselves.

If you’re upset by the news, or concerned about racism in (put a place name here) then stop! Fear Not! And help a widow or orphan or homeless person or someone who is oppressed. If you don’t know where to start or how… then commit an hour or two to an Extreme Community Makeover or The Gathering Place or Paris Elementary or Wyatt Academy, Love Light & Melody or Open Door. I’ll see you there and together we will learn to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Precious Father, Loving GOD, Holy Spirit, AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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