Re: Verse reading–1 Timothy 4 (day two)
“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.” (vs. 16)
My father has a way of cutting to the chase when offering advice. I would go to him overwhelmed by the amount of things going happening at once, the demands placed on me by others, or if I just felt like I was sinking. In those times he would say “just put your head down and get after it.” He never would allow me to find a way out, or quit. He knew life was tough and more often than not, unfair, but that didn’t excuse me from participating. ‘Put your head down’, was a way to remind me to focus, not to look around and worry about what others were doing or thinking. Looking at that phrase now, I would an additional instruction. Pray.
Life is tough, and often unfair. There are those seeking to derail us from our course and purpose, but we were not called to the sidelines. Get yourself ready for the task, pray for the strength to endure and then get after it. God bless you.