Timothy, Tiny Tim and The Word to live by
“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1
The world spins out of control and people argue over what’s right and what’s wrong and why we should do this, that or the other. Truth is, there is only one right answer though not everyone will accept it. Thus, the unsolvable problem, the never-ending story, the downfall of humanity since the first act of disobedience.
Here’s the thing: not one of us will survive this world. Each of us will die some way, somehow, some day. And the only control we have over any of this is to prepare for what comes next. We can’t possibly stockpile for now because we will never, ever find a resolution, stop violence, end suffering, thwart evil. We can try — SHOULD TRY — to thwart the evil and stop violence! But in the end we’re all equals. The only difference is who gets to move on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky, and who will swim in a lake of fire for all eternity, bemoaning sinful ways and enduring unending suffering forever and ever amen. Don’t believe me? Read all about in God’s word. Don’t believe what the book says? You will.
I’m tired of the spineless pretenses of kindness … accepting all and engaging in whatever is [not] right. It’s unacceptable. It’s certainly not God’s directive. And with every new headline proposing equality and distorted justice for all, I waver between weary anger and quiet consternation. The world has distorted what is good and right and true in favor of what feels good, pretends to be right, and disguises truth.
God is not all butterflies and gentle breezes. God is kind and just — always, but do not imagine he is anything but bold and boisterous, too. He is the soft pink and golden hue of a brilliant sunset, but he is equally blood-red and moody blues when we refuse to follow his lead. God loves his creation but reserves the right to be mightily angered at our obstinate behavior. A loving parent disciplines with righteous anger even while love flows freely. It’s not one or the other, it’s both with a vengeance.
We’re defiant. We’re self-serving. We’re hateful. We will be punished — perhaps we are being punished — which begs the question, how long will our sinful meanderings continue? Perhaps until death do us part.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:12-17
At the end of those words written in The Word, perhaps Timothy was thinking, “Go with God, friends. Hold tight to God, friends. God bless you, friends,” or more simply, as another [imagined] Tiny Tim once said,
“God bless us, every one!”