“… but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation (lifestyle), in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT that is in thee … Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine, continue in them” (1 Timothy 4:11-16).
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we bought nothing into this world, AND IT IS CERTAIN we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW YEAR?
Reading Paul’s words this morning reminded me of a book that I just started reading last night. It is called, “Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life.” It is written by a man named Gene O’Kelly.
What if you were told you only had 100 days to live? This corporate executive was told just that, and it changed his life. While not written from an entirely Christian perspective, many of the lessons are invaluable and biblical, not to mention thought-provoking!
- What would we change if we only had 100 days to live?
- What would we start doing?
- What would we stop doing?
- How would we use our time if we only had 100 days to live?
- How would we spend our money?
- How would we use our gifts and talents?
The answers to those questions and doing something about it could very well be LIFE-TRANSFORMING!
Paul’s admonitions to Timothy might be a good place to start!
“The business of dying is hard.” – Gene O’Kelly
Just reflecting on life and death!