Many years ago; during one of Dad’s visits, Dad had some words of wisdom for me. We had arrived home and were unloading the trunk. I proudly showed Dad my CD’s of the entire bible – maybe 40 CDs in total. Dad looked at me, smiled and said – “wouldn’t the CDs be of more use if they were not in the trunk.”
Dad had rightly called my bluff. The reality was that I owned a nice set of CD’s, but I wasn’t putting them to good use.
Dad’s in heaven now but I’m so grateful he wasn’t afraid to speak the truth to me when he was here. It took me to long to listen to him but thankful now to be getting into the Word like he did, learning what God has to say to me.
I listened today to 1 Timothy, verses 18 and 19 reminded me of Dad. Dad had way of talking to me the way Paul talked to Timothy.
1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NIV)
The Charge to Timothy Renewed
18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.