And the things you have heard me say [seen me do] in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Not sure if you have noticed, but I love bad puns. That’s just how eye roll.” If you asked anyone I know to describe me, puns and dad jokes would certainly make the list. And they would definitely roll their eyes when they mentioned them. I hope there would be other qualities of a higher quality that would make the list too, but certainly those two. But lettuce move on.
On occasion my son will proudly tell me about a pun or dad joke he came up with. Apparently he was paying attention when he was young. I think he may have picked up a few nobler characteristics along the way as well. My dad was a practical joker. I have a bit of that in my genes too. I learned many other things from him as well. If I turn out (better happen soon, I’m 67) to have half the character he had, then it will be a life well-lived.
The point is, people are watching us. And while it may seem like they don’t hear what we are saying at times, they are listening. The questions are, what are they seeing and what are they hearing? But they are not the only ones. I had a gym teacher in junior high, that would say, “men, give me fifty sit-ups.” He would always follow-up (tongue-in-cheek) with, “and remember, the LORD is counting.” He meant it as a joke, but the LORD really is watching.
When it is our time to leave this earth, we will leave everything behind. Will it be merely the things that are listed in our last will and testament? Or, will it be something that will be more lasting, like character. It is the only thing that you can leave behind as well as take with you. And no matter how much you leave behind, it does not diminish what you take with.
My Advice – What are people seeing and hearing from you? Are they things you really want to pass on? Character that you want to take with you? If not, you can begin the transformation now.