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2 Timothy 3:1-17: You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,...
 
People relying solely on GPS devices often have trouble finding my house. The machine announces, “You have reached your destination,” at a corner with three houses which could be that destination.
 
We have become so dependent on our navigation devices that we no longer navigate by observation and listening. Spiritually, we find ourselves in all manner of trouble and wonder how we got there, when we could tell by attention that we are in the wrong place.
 
Second Timothy offers a portrait of the “last days” in which “distressing times will come.” The indicators of lostness are that humans become, “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive..” The list goes on.
 
While all of those descriptions seem particularly true now, they have actually been true for human nature in all of human history. Without God, we are lost, and we lean on selfish and foolish means to find our way. But we are called to be like God, to love like God.
 
Only then have we reached our destination.
 
 
Psalm 88; Isaiah 61:1-9; Mark 10:32-45
Copyright 2019 by Carol Mead. For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please go to the website (www.holyordinary.com).

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