12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. 15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
Would you consider yourself an ideas person, a visionary, or maybe a details person, more comfortable with the behind the scenes perhaps. I am struck by Paul’s combination of vision/encouragement /exhortation vs these verses of practical ’housekeeping’. Bottom line we need both. Whether that is in a team or with in our own lives. The vision often can’t happen without someone attending to the details.
Likewise, being trapped in detail without engaging the vision will result in smallness.
So, maybe if you consider yourself one kind of person (visionary or details) it is time to embrace some of what you feel you are not. Feel the stretch because that is where you will grow. Celebrate our differences as together we make a whole, well rounded community.
Heavenly Father help me appreciate the strengths you have built into each one of us. Stretch and grow me Lord do that I can be more like you. May I always bring Glory to you by what I say and do. In Jesus name I pray Amen.
Written by Christine Knight