Journal Entry by Geoff Allen

S – Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11 (The Message)
But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this.  Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.  Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

O - Observation
What wonderful encouragement Paul was giving to Timothy?  Telling him to run from the traps of life and encouraging him in his faith.  There is nothing of complacency here.  He is telling him to run from things and to run hard and fast pursuing his faith, to seize eternal life.  He was already a leader in the faith, a pastor but Paul obviously felt he needed this encouragement.

A - Application
How much more do we need to be active in our faith pursuit whether it is in the avoidance of those things which deflect us or are intended to trap us; or actively pursuing our faith and encouraging others in their walk.  What a great self-check-up? Do you need to break free and run after Jesus? be inspired.

P - Prayer
Father God help me to run from those things set to distract me and to pursue you more and more.  Help me be an encourager of others and be active in my faith.