Today I’m experiencing some nostalgia… The University where I’ve taught and been associated with as an administrator for the past 30 years is preparing for another academic year with something every educator understands… “in-service!” And here I am in Western Montana adjusting to something called “retirement!” (Now that doesn’t mean I’m going to allow myself to be “shelved” or become a mossy relic! No way! I’ve committed myself to teach some distance ed, teach some graduate seminars, supervise the projects/dissertations of some doctoral students, take some Bible conferences, and overseas teaching missions… even write a textbook.) But my relationship with the University has changed.
Back to “nostalgia” … I’m sitting here in Montana thinking about all the wonderful students I’ve had the privilege of investing in over these 30 years… There a thousands of them! They’re all over the world! Many of them hold high positions in various organizations, others lead large churches, they’re in places of influence, and my fervent prayer is that all of them are serving the Lord with all of their heart in the power of the Holy Spirit!
In my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord” I read a Scripture this ol’ prof would like to send their way … Kind of a “charge” or “challenge” that I borrowed from Apostle Paul. I’d like to make it my challenge today to all of my former students (or anyone else for that matter who is involved somehow “in the Lord’s work”…
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness! For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come… Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (from 1 Timothy 4:7–16 ESV)