Sunday, June 19, 2011

Semi-colons; lists, wisdom, and more.

2 Timothy 4:1-2
"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; kreprove, rebuke, and lexhort, with complete patience and teaching. "

Sometimes I get the honor of teaching teenagers on Saturday mornings. The lesson plans are written by myself and a friend, usually on Wednesday nights, sometime in between goofing off and spiritual discussions about life, the universe, and everything. Yesterday, we finished up Timothy, a book that is written to a young man starting his spiritual journey.

I won't tell you what I said, exactly, but I will tell you that I started by asking the kids what they remembered from past weeks. What they remembered, I am somewhat impressed to admit, is that Paul, who wrote the book of Timothy, liked to make lists.

Now if you haven't read it (specifically the second part) you need to get on that, because the kids were dead on. In a previous conversation last month, we had talked about how Paul made lists for everything- what to do, when to do it, why you should do it, and what you shouldn't do because of it. And in the final chapter of second Timothy, Paul makes a final list. But he breaks the grammatical pattern that he has followed. (see the verse above). He uses the semi-colon to tier his list, a thought, a sub thought, and three thoughts of the sub thought. Paul was a writer with a plan.

In life, we spend a lot of time putting semi-colons into place. We make our Statement, then we make decisions based on it, and that's what leads us to our actions. Both good and bad thoughts come full circle to a starting moment; an initial thought; rational or irrational, but still real. (yes readers, I did that on purpose).

I'll leave you with this- Paul's list had a purpose. If he'd only made one of the statements, the Message would have made little sense. Next time your thinking about doing something, consider the list of actions that brought you there. What statement are you really making.

I would like my life to make only one statement. Yeshua is my Messiah;I serve only him; with my words, my actions, and my life.

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