How do we do both? That’s a question that many of us must answer in multiple facets of our lives each day. This month, we highlighted the disciplines of silence and solitude as well as the idea that we shouldn’t go on our faith journey alone. These seem to be conflicting ideas.
Again, how do we do both?
You’ve probably heard people refer to the thought that what we do in private is ultimately displayed in public.
A perfect example of these disciplines working together is when we see the Apostle Paul encourage the younger Pastor Timothy by saying, “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers”
(1 Timothy 4:16).
In this short verse Paul reminds Timothy of the truth that what we sow in private has direct effects on our public relationships, ministry, leadership and the list goes on and on. In this simple encouragement we see the truth that two truly are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
As we close out this month, who can you invite along in your journey that can be like the Apostle Paul, holding you accountable that what you sow in private you will reap in public? In the same way, how can you take to heart the challenge offered in 1 Timothy 4:16 and use times of solitude and silence to watch over your life and doctrine closely?