‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because…’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Try as you may, you will never fulfil a dream that is not your own. Stop and think about your personal history. How have your plans, goals and desires been influenced by others? Is it possible your dreams are the result of who your parents think you are? Who think you are? Who you wish you were? Or are they the result of who you really are and what God meant you to be? You will live the life for which God created you, only after you figure this out. When a dream is right for you and you are right for a dream, the two cannot be separated from each other. TS Eliot said, ‘Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure it is what you want.’ Paul told Timothy, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.’ Evidently certain people in the early church thought Timothy was too young and inexperienced to be in leadership. But Paul thought differently; and so did God. Cecil G. Osborne writes, ‘The young child has no clear picture of himself. He sees himself only in the mirror of his parents’ evaluation of himself… A child who’s told repeatedly that he is a bad boy, or is lazy, or no good, or stupid, or shy, or clumsy will tend to act out this picture which the parent or some other authority figure has given him.’ Let God, and God alone, tell you who you are and what you should do. Get His opinion, for in the end it’s the only one that counts!
SoulFood: Num 8-10, Mt 10:32-42, Ps 107:10-16, Prov 3:19-20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014