“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”
2 Timothy 4:2 NLT
“Preach the Word”… fewer words can terrify me more than these… it always puts in mind the picture of standing in front of a crowd and having to speak. This is not in my comfort zone at all! The one time I was asked to get up in front of a large group to talk, I could barely speak clearly. I couldn’t remember what I had said and needed a shower after sweating so much! I will always have great respect for those who can speak to large groups.
I love this version from The Message:
“He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Now I know….
I can keep on watch for those who need the message of God’s love by showing kindness, sharing smiles, hugs, and tears with those who are hurting.
I can challenge people to trust God’s Word because it never fails.
I can warn people when they are searching for love or acceptance outside of God’s will.
I can encourage people as they grow in their relationship with God.
I can choose to never quit on people, to keep loving them with the love of Jesus.
I can “keep it simple,” (my forte)!
Prayer: Dearest Heavenly Father, keep me close to Your heart and continually fill me with Your light. Keep my eyes and heart open to know when I can share Your amazing love with anyone you place in my path, in any way You plan. Amen