Friday, August 24, 2012

Passing on (2 Timothy 2:2) what we know and what we have experienced.

SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:2 (TM)
Pass on what you heard from me - the whole congregation saying Amen! - to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.

Life is a matter of building. Each of us has the opportunity to build something -- a secure family, a good reputation, a career, a relationship to God. But some of those things can disappear almost overnight due to financial losses, natural disasters and other unforeseen difficulties.
What are we to do? Daniel Webster offered excellent advice, saying, "If we work on marble it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust. But if we work on men's immortal minds, if we imbue them with high principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow-men, we engrave on those tablets something which time cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

A teachable moment. A chance to share. Opportunities to pass on wisdom. Our lives abound with these unique moments … don’t miss them.

The scripture encourages us to pass on what we have heard. Teach it – share it – live it – embody what we believe. Pass it on, it only takes a moment.

What we leave in our path is our legacy. Who we leave in the wake of our life is a living testimony to the reality that lives in us.

Watching a butterfly yesterday reminded me that their path through the air is because they follow a fragrance … a smell … a hint of something from which they can draw some food. As I watched my thoughts wondered about the “fragrance” that I leave in my path and who might be looking for some “food” for their soul.

The sensitivity of the soul is rather keen. It is in direct proportion to the need. The greater the need the greater the sensitivity. A chance encounter. A simple word. A teachable moment. An opportunity to pass on what we know. A unique moment in time for us to share where we have found bread for our souls.

We are building bridges over difficult terrain to make it easier for those who follow.

Thank you for giving us the wisdom to pass on our knowledge and experience. Thank you God for allow us to make it easier for others who might be following us. 

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