Prayer: Lord, as I live each day, help me to trust you and do the things you want me to do.
Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Howard McCarney was the president (now called bishop) of the old Central Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. In one staff meeting, we asked him, “How do you assess your ministry?” His immediate response was, “I have been faithful.” That was many years ago, but I have thought about that response over and over again. Even more so in my 74th year!
Near the end of his life, St. Paul summarized his life this way: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Sounds pretty good to me. Worthy of a tomb stone.
Each day, how do we assess our living? Doing good? Sticking with it? Being faithful? We don’t need to be in the last years to think about these things. Each 24 hour period—how do we do? We’re not perfect. We just try to do things that make life better. We don’t give up. And we trust God. --Jim Bricker
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