Today’s Reading | 2 Timothy 1
In what way does your life affect others? When a person remembers you or thinks of you, what comes to their mind? It surely must have encouraged Timothy’s heart to know that he had positively influenced the life of the Apostle Paul. When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, his life was difficult, and he already had endured much. He was in chains for his faith and according to verse 15, had seen everyone desert him. He must have been extremely discouraged at times. I am sure that some of the people who had deserted Paul were people in whom he had invested much time. Their rejection must have broken his heart. Timothy was different. Whenever Paul stopped to think of Timothy, he was filled with joy because of Timothy’s faith. In the midst of great discouragement, Timothy brought Paul joy. Is your life such that those who think about you are filled with joy because of your walk with God? Or do you bring them sorrow and cause for concern due to the choices you are making? We need to strive to live the kind of life that encourages those who are close to us and love us. What traits in your life bring joy to those who love you? What traits do not? What needs to change?
List the people who have contributed to your life.
In what ways does your life encourage or discourage them?
What can you do to continue to encourage them?
What personal commitment can you make in light of this passage?