I Timothy 6:11-12 NRSV
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Do what you know is right even if others are just going halfway. Paul is inspiring Timothy to be steady and keep true to his original beliefs. Other leaders around Timothy are not holding to high standards and are profiting from it. It is so easy for us to grow lazy over time especially if we don’t think it is harming anyone. And if those around us are sloughing off, it becomes even more difficult to be different. We draw energy from the community surrounding us. If others get away with doing less, or of being less than they could be, then we begin to think we can do less or be less too. Besides, who really cares?
When we compromise our own integrity, we are the ones who suffer. Paul encourages Timothy to remember what he believes; what he has dreamed of doing and the promises he made in good faith. Holding on to what we have learned is a life-long endeavor. When discouragement hits, we all need a friend who will help us remember who we are and whose we are.
Prayer: God send me the friends I need at the times I need them. And help me to be the friend to encourage others. As the Jews say at the end of the Seder meal, “Let us meet in Jerusalem next year.” May I always remember who I am and whose I am. Amen.
Rev. Andrea Andress