Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The 3 Men you Need in Your Life & Good 'News' to the Deaf

Every Wednesday, I try to share something inspiring that I have read online within the last week. While I didn’t get the lead clip this week from an online source but in a church bulletin (June 2013), I think it is quite noteworthy:
“Howard Hendricks, author and professor at Dallas Theological Seminary suggests that every person should seek to have three individuals in their life: a Paul, a Barnabas and a Timothy.
The three guys we all need in our lives
A Paul is an older person who is willing to mentor you, to build into your life. Not someone who is smarter or more gifted than you, but somebody who’s been down the road. Somebody willing to share their strengths and weaknesses- everything they have learned in the laboratory of life. Somebody whose faith you’ll want to imitate.
A Barnabas is a soul brother, somebody who loves you but is not impressed by you. Somebody to whom you can be accountable. Somebody who’s willing to keep you honest, who’s willing to say, “Hey man, you’re neglecting your wife, and don’t give me any guff!”
A Timothy is a younger person into whose life you are building. For a model, read 1 and 2 Timothy. Here was Paul, the quintessential mentor, building into the life of his protégée- affirming, encouraging, teaching, correcting, directing, and praying.
Do you have these three guys in your life?”
I definitely have a Barnabas- probably more than one. I don’t have a Timothy- yet. Perhaps I don’t count myself experienced enough to have one but that could be false humility. However, I need a Paul. I am certain about that. I wrote to someone in my church as regards this in April and he accepted but I haven’t found the courage to call him. I don’t know why. I was hoping I would find such relationship that would happen naturally. Do you have to deliberately pursue this kind of relationship? Maybe I would. I should - I’ll give updates when I finally move from ‘should’ to ‘did’. 

I found 2 interesting things:
1.  Bible App for the deaf. However, from what I know, this app is based on American Sign Language. Is Nigerian sign language different? It probably is. Maybe we use British sign language (if there is any such thing), after all, they …um colonised us.
2. A man (Tim Challies) who swallowed his pride and let the world know his wife strengthens him.
 Here is a reminder from last week’s rounds. It is so good I’m sharing it again:
                Josh Harris shared this about when you should stop reading your Bible: 
                Go on reading it until you can read no longer, and then you will not need the Bible anymore, because when your eyes close for the last time in death, and never again read the Word of God in Scripture you will open them to the Word of God in the flesh, that same Jesus of the Bible whom you have known for so long, standing before you to take you forever to His eternal home." - Geoffrey Thomas, Reading the Bible
 Beautiful, isn’t it? And very true too. I really love this quote.  I’ll probably share it every week till someone protests- but what kind of Christian protests against the Bible? :-)

What have you found inspiring online this week? Please drop a note in the comments section.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Miss August

PS: The aim of Wednesday weekly rounds is to share with you things I came across online and found useful. It could also be a way of saying that “if I can’t share it on this platform”, I should rethink reading it.
Would you be able to freely share what you have been reading online in the past week? If you consider it inappropriate to be shared amongst believers, maybe you shouldn’t be reading it to start with.
PPS: The usual disclaimer: I am not affiliated or endorsing the people mentioned in this post. As you know, they are waaaayyyy out of my league J
 PPPS: The picture is from

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