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Clear Choices

July 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles

I can almost picture the scene. A dark, lonely prison cell. The faint light of a flickering candle casting shadows on stone walls.
It is approximately A.D. 67 and the Apostle Paul is writing with an increased sense of urgency. These will be his last words to Timothy. You can almost feel the power guiding his pen, his heart bleeding into ink on the page.

I love how he delivered such an important message in such a simple, direct and clear manner. He wrote with encouragement and conviction, urging Timothy to remain faithful to God’s calling, to “fan into flame” the gift God had placed within him, urging him to “not be ashamed to testify” about the Lord.

Reminding Timothy and all of us about the grace of God, revealed in Christ Jesus – the one who “destroyed death” and “brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

This is why he was willing to suffer, willing to wear chains, willing to spend untold hours writing long, wrist-crippling letters to someone he hoped would carry on the work of spreading hope – sharing the good news of the gospel.
“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Timothy had a choice. He could cower in the shadows or stand boldly in the light God gave him, writing his own story of faith for the faithful who would follow after. Fortunately, he chose the latter.

We can too. Because these words still hold true today:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

A. L. Bowles is a southern woman who picked up a pen at an early age and has never looked back. She enjoys sharing her Christian journey through words, writing about the things that inspire her in hopes of inspiring others. A freelance writer, blogger and dreamer, she describes herself as “A deep lover of God, my awesome husband and all things chocolate.” Visit her at

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