My Son

“To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy” (2 Timothy 1:2-4).

There is no bond that compares to a father and his son. Oh, fathers deeply love their wives and adore their princesses, but it is their sons that carry on their legacy. You hear that love expressed with every A on a report card: “That’s my boy!,” or goal scored or pass caught or basket made or base hit: “That’s my boy!” And, when the boy becomes a young man, it’s, “My son manages this,” or, “My son is an excellent that.” Dads never stop being proud of their sons. Never. Dad’s will share their lives with their wives, will guard their daughters, but will share things with their sons that they will share with no one else.  That’s because they know that their sons will understand like no one else. A daughter would think something to be foolish a wife might get worried, but a son’s heart beats in the same rhythm as his dad’s.

Paul shared his life with his son Timothy: “You, however know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings – what kind of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured” (2 Timothy 3:10-11).

Paul gave Timothy all of his life, knowing that all of it was important to give. A man can feel comfortable doing that with his son because he knows that his son will receive it like no one else can.

One of the beautiful things about Paul sharing his life with Timothy is that Timothy was not Paul’s son at all. Timothy was a young man that Paul took under his wing and mentored and loved as though he were his own. Paul found someone to pass on his legacy through.

Men we all have life to give, a legacy to pass on. Paul found Timothy and thought it important to give him all he had. He gave Timothy his teaching, his way of life, his purpose, his faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings–all of it. Do we have any less? We also have a way of life and a purpose. We have faith, love and sufferings. We are to give all of our life because all of it is important to give.

Our sons are out there. Maybe not biological but they are out there none the less. Many of them. Would our joy in giving them our lives be any less than Paul’s? No one will accept the offering of our life more than a son, and no one needs it more.

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