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April 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Youthfulness shouldn’t stop anyone from achievement. It certainly didn’t stop eleven-year-old Mikaila. Instead of putting up a lemonade stand, Mikaila opened a lemonade business. Me & the Bees Lemonade started with her grandmother’s recipe and eventually earned a $60,000 investment from investors on the television show Shark Tank. She also signed a contract with a major grocer to sell her lemonade at fifty-five of the chain’s stores.
Mikaila’s drive and dreams point us back to Paul’s words to Timothy: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Timothy, though not a child like Mikaila, was likely considerably younger than most in his congregation. And he had concerns about people treating him with contempt. Also, even after interning with the apostle Paul, some thought that Timothy wasn’t mature enough to lead them. Instead of proving himself by showing his credentials, Paul encouraged Timothy to demonstrate his spiritual maturity by the way he used his words, lived his life, loved his parishioners, exercised his faith, and remained sexually pure (v. 12). No one could discredit him as a teacher and pastor if he backed it up with a godly example.
Regardless of our age, we can impact the world. We do it by setting a godly example for others as God provides what we need. May He shape our lives with the gospel, so whether we’re seventeen or seventy, we’ll be worthy to teach and share it with others.
Base were joining us for today's word of encouragement from the Our Daily Bread family devotional for today was written by Marvin Williams and it's titled age is just a number. Usefulness shouldn't stop anyone from achievement.
It certainly didn't stop, 11-year-old Michaela instead of putting up a lemonade stand.
Michaela open to eliminate business. Me and the bees.
Lemonade started with her grandmother's recipe and eventually earned a $60,000 investment from investors on the television show shark tank. She also signed a contract with a major grocer to sell her lemonade at 55 of the chain stores Michaela's drive and dreams point us back to Paul's words in Timothy chapter 4. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young Timothy, though not a childlike Michaela was likely considerably younger than most in his congregation after interning with the apostle Paul. Some thought that Timothy wasn't mature enough to lead them instead of telling him to prove himself by showing his credentials. Paul encouraged Timothy to demonstrate spiritual maturity. By the way he used his words lived his life, loved his parishioners exercised his faith and remained sexually pure. No one could discredit him as a teacher and pastor if he backed it up with a godly example, regardless of our age.
We can impact the world. We do it by setting a Christ centered example for others as God provides what we need. May he shape our lives with the gospel. So whether we're 17 or 70 will be worthy to share it with others know it's here the words of encouragement and challenge from today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading.
It's from first Timothy chapter 4 verses six through 13. If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters. You will be a good minister of Christ Jesus nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed have nothing to do with godless myths or old wives tales rather, train yourself to be godly for physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, that is why we labor and strive because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith and in purity until I come devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture to preaching and teaching ballots pray heavenly father, help us to model what it means to be devoted to Jesus and the way we speak exercise our faith and love others. And no matter what our age is. May our lives reflect the wisdom you've given us so that other lives would be impacted through us and it's in your great and glorious name that we pray. Amen.
Thanks so much for listening today.
My name is Wes Ward and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries