Sunday: May 17, 2020
Reference Acts 16:1-10
Acts 16:2, 3a The believers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about Timothy, so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey.
With many job applications, at least one referee is sought. Whether as a character or an academic reference, another person is contacted to give their assessment or opinion about a job applicant. Thus, while we may hear the statement ‘I don’t care what people say or think about me’ in a variety of settings, in these circumstances, they couldn’t be more profound.
Our goal in life clearly should not be to please everyone we encounter. That in truth is an impossible feat to attain because we will rub shoulders with others the wrong way every now and then. However, others ought to be able to associate something unique with us: our work ethic, communication style, fashion sense, zeal for spiritual matters or commitment to academic tasks. Some kind of opinion will be formed about us eventually and it does matter.
Timothy received a good report from the body of believers and he was immediately scouted by Saint Paul to join his company. There is no other reason for this recommendation other than the impression he left on the hearts and minds of his brethren. Thus, they had no reservations recommending him to Paul. That is exactly what referees on a job application are meant to do, but their responses depend largely on their opinions about the applicant.
My dear, let’s not get into the habit of living our lives anyhow, executing tasks as we see fit and treating our relationships with others disrespectfully under the premise that we don’t care what opinions others form about us. That can come back to haunt us because those opinions may become the keys that open specific doors to us, the fuels that accelerate our advance or the walls of defence that fight our cases even in our absence.