Date: Tuesday, July 23
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Verse: For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands (2 Timothy 1:6)
This weekend during a Rockies game, the announcers were talking about rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado who is in a terrible hitting slump. One reported asking Arenado if he did anything baseball related during the All-Star break, a time away from the sport for most who are not fortunate enough to play in the All-Star Game. Arenado said he had his dad pitch him batting practice like they did when he was a little leaguer. The practice and encouragement from his father must have been effective, as Arenado hit a single driving in two runs, giving the Rockies a win Sunday afternoon. We all go through slumps – periods where successes are few and far between. It can be terribly discouraging.
Yesterday we read in Acts about Paul partnering with Timothy in ministry. As you can hear in these opening verses, Second Timothy is a letter of encouragement from Paul to his “beloved child” Timothy. Paul reminds him of why he is in the position he is in, even as he struggles. He talks about the faith he received from his mother and grandmother, and reminds him of the gift of God he received and had confirmed by the leaders in the church. Paul, the mentor, is there for his apprentice Timothy, to guide, direct, and encourage him in his call.
My guess is there is someone in your life who can use that kind of encouragement today, someone for whom your words would be a word from God calling them forward. Like a major league baseball player taking batting practice from his dad, or a new pastor receiving a letter of encouragement from his mentor, a word from you could bring peace to one who is struggling. It might just bring them out of their slump.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me the courage to speak a word of encouragement today. Amen.
Action: Consider writing a note or speaking a word to that person you identified yesterday as one you could mentor.
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