“Keep reminding them of these things.” (2 Timothy 2:14, NIV)
“Don’t forget!” These words have a way of grabbing our attention!
What did I forget? Did I leave the coffee pot on? Did I miss a meeting?
There was a time when people used to tie strings around their fingers as reminders. Now we just ask Alexa to keep us on task.
While imploring young Timothy to keep the Word of Christ, the Apostle Paul uses a surprising reminder – his own life! On any given day and under any circumstance, he knew his story pointed to the saga of saving grace through Jesus Christ. So Paul ties “a string” around Timothy’s finger to remind him of the Truth.
He says, “You know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings… the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.” (2 Timothy 3:10-11, NIV)
The implication here is that each of us must study life stories that point us to Jesus. Who serves as your string, calling you to hear and obey the voice of Jesus? Even further, what reminder is your life’s story providing others?
When family and friends consider your purpose, your love and even your sufferings, how are you pointing them to what matters most?
There are any number of ways you can provide reminders to your family about the Word of God and the impact Christ has had on your life. One tangible way to do this is by writing a spiritual love letter. A spiritual love letter allows you to communicate your faith and values to the next generation. It’s a meaningful way to wrap a string around their fingers, well beyond your lifetime.
When the road seems difficult, or they simply need a little encouragement, your life’s story will be a reminder to your loved ones, “Don’t forget!”
Need help with your spiritual love letter? Learn more about this loving document and tips for writing it by emailing Starla at Starla@GuidingLightWorks.org or by calling 616-451-0236.
THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17