Living Lent 2020 — March 5


Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:3-7, NLT).


We are in this together. None of us walks with God alone. We need each other as we live our faith in this world, which specializes in fear and intimidation. The gifts of God — power, love, self-discipline — are not just for us to enjoy on our own. They are sources of strength and encouragement for those who journey with us.


Who is your Timothy — the person you long to see again, because you just know you’ll be encouraged when you do? Whose very presence fills you with joy every time you get together? Today is the perfect day to tell them how important sharing the faith journey with them is to you. Meet up in person if you can, write a note if you can’t. Encourage someone today. Your words might just fan the flame of the Holy Spirit in them!


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  • Rich

    Love this. While we long for encouragement, we often don’t offer it as freely as we should. Making it a habit will change our daily interactions and sooo increase our blessings. Thank you for the reminder.

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