A task for the summer:
Read and meditate on 2 Tim. 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”
Three important realizations:
- All of us have a race to run. The race is not just your “life”, in the meaning: “All of us have a life to live”, but “All of us have a calling to fulfill”.
3. Every race has three seasons: A season of preparation, a season of ministry and a season of transmission. All three seasons have their purpose and are important. If preparation is what you ought to be doing, give your time to that! Your calling does not “just happen”, without you doing nothing. You need to prepare (=develop roots in God, study (do you need to apply to a school, fex), pray, read, learn from others etc). If you have prepared and should start running, doing your what is your ministry, do that! (If this is you and you need “a field” to start working on, ask God for it! If you need help with finding it, tell me! J) If you have been running for a long time and it is time to start to raise up a new generation (transmission) – do that! Who are those that you can start to pour into? Where are the people, the next generation that you can raise up? It does not have to be many, it can be just a few. This is what Paul did with young Timothy.
Two questions to think about this summer:
- Are you just living your life from day to day or are you running your God-given race?
- Where, in that race, are you right now (what should you be doing, in other words): Preparation, ministry or transmission?