Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
From My Journal Last Week
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.—1 Timothy 3:1
Many desires—even if not wicked—are not noble. To read great books, to hug your grandchildren, to take a nap … all are good and fine. But in and of themselves they are not noble. In part, they are not noble because they are not love … even the hugging. Love invests in the welfare of others, pointing them to God. So, the reading of great books, the hugging of the children, and the taking of a nap could be expressions of love if they don’t end there. But if they end there, they are not love, and they are not noble.
The man who aspires to the office of overseer desires a noble task, if love is his motive.